Supporting financial difficulty and mental wellbeing - what practical actions can organisations take?
In 2017, the University of Bristol’s Personal Finance Research Centre (PFRC), as part of a series of events exploring the relationship between financial difficulty and mental wellbeing. Tackling areas such as suicide and debt, gambling and debt and money, mental health and ageing, the events have produced some initial practical ways that organisations can help people in financial difficulty who have mental health problems or are in other ‘vulnerable situations’ that may affect their wellbeing.
he Transition Advice Fund (TAF) aims to ensure that people who are eligible can secure their right to settled status, particularly those who need help to navigate the process or who risk failing to secure the status. The TAF is a pooled fund established by Unbound Philanthropy, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Legal Education Foundation, and is looking to build the capacity of the voluntary sector to support people who need this sort of help. More details on how to apply here.
Dean Anthony Da Conceicao has released some straightforward tips on how to deliver the best and most effective services for people with autism.
UNICEF have released a new advocacy toolkit for LIPs and others dealing with children's legal issues.
A new step-by-step guide has been produced by Namati and the Open Society Justice Initiative to help those struggling to document their citizenship or legal identity.
The PSU is opening a part-time satellite service in Southend-on-Sea.
The Access to Justice Foundation (ATJF) have launched a local grants round. The deadline for applications is midnight on 12 September 2018. The Trustees will consider requests for funding from organisations and projects offering services in England & Wales or Scotland which provide free legal advice and representation at court or tribunal, including on the day of a hearing.
Free Seminar on homelessness legislation
Cardiff University Lecturer, Jess Mant discusses what inspired her research on litigants in person in the family court.
Preliminary findings from research regarding litigants in person in the private family court suggest that the post-LASPO process has led LiPs to lose trust in the system and in some cases made them feel worse off than when they started.
In the UK, litigants in Person can claim up to £19 per hour for time they spend working on their case (or the actual financial loss if this can prove this), where as Pro Bono costs can be claimed for any advice given for free by lawyers. But what if you're both?
From supporting staff wellbeing to supporting EEA and non-EEA migrant communities, this year's Frontline Network conference has produced a wealth of resources for frontline workers to support them in supporting others.
A recent presentation through the Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN) examines how chatbots can be used to guide and direct litigants in person to useful online resources, guides and information.
As part of the Network's work on affordable advice our members from University House Legal Advice Centre share their resources and knowledge around legal expenses insurance and we examine how it can be used.
HMCTS have launched a dedicated webpage which will collect all thier updates and announcements regarding the court reform programme.
January to March 2018
Co-located support services, such as Citizens Advice services at GP practices, can play a crucial role in helping both patient/clients and the service provider. A national average shows the almost a fifth of GP consultation time is spent on 'non-clinical' issues presented by clients, but how is this reflected in the poorest and most vulnerable user groups?
Mental Health issues experiences by litigants in person was highlighted as one of the key issues facing the sector but following our Mental Health training in April it emerged that supporting staff and volunteers who engage with distressed people in emotive circumstances is just as important.
Legal Choices is a website which was set up by the legal services regulators to act as an independent source of public legal education on access to the legal services market. Its aim is to increase access to legal advice and representation.
In essence, Legal Design reformats the presentation of legal advice, information services and resources in a way which makes it easily accessible and understandable. Legal design puts the users of the system at the heart of its considerations and develops services and products based solely on their needs, understanding and likely user journey.