LawWorks is pleased to announce our training session dates for Autumn 2018. The programme of training for LawWorks members and clinic volunteers aims to support the provision of pro bono legal advice. LawWorks also provides training in professional advice skills.
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.
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.
As part of its work around improving access to justice for individuals, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is providing a second tier advice line on discrimination and human rights issues for those supporting individuals with complaints that might involve discrimination or human rights.
Human centred legal design has the potential to deliver enormous benefits not just to the to legal profession but to the everyday person when encountering the law. Legal Geek conference scheduled for October
Judges in Nova Scotia learn about the challenges faced by the African community in the justice system
“We all carry with us lived experiences that shape who we are and what we believe, and those experiences help guide the decisions we make...it is important that we take time to better understand the world view of those who turn to us for relief, particularly when those individuals come from a background different than our own.”
Following their vulnerability guidance for money lending and debt collection, the University of Bristol's Personal Finance Research Centre has created some complementary resources for advice agencies
The International Commission of Jurists has recently published a set of training materials on access to justice for migrant children. These training materials should help representatives of migrant children increase their knowledge of the rights of the children, increase their understanding of the use of international redress mechanisms for violations of human rights and give some advice on how to effectively communicate with child clients.
While technology can be a game changer, it can also be a non-starter due to the challenges it carries for many grassroots groups, including heavy costs, the need for technical expertise, and confusion on which tools are fit for purpose. If you're thinking about using technology to improve access to justice and want to ensure you’re pointing your efforts in the right direction you can sign up for this free webinar on 20 June.
The webinar, available on YouTube covers strategies and approaches to identify and support customers with mental capacity limitations.
On 23rd April we arranged a free one day workshop on working with distressed Litigants in Person. Over 90 people registered to attend but unfortunately others were unable to join us as the event was oversubscribed. Given the high level of interest, we have provided an update on the workshop below together with next steps to ensure everyone in the LIP Network is informed about our work.
Shelter Legal is a website containing a wide variety of resources for housing professionals. The good news is that the comprehensive and up-to-date housing law resources are now available for free.
The Equality and Human Rights Commission is providing a service for advisers and those who support individuals with their problems. Do you want the chance to talk through a case involving equality or human rights issues? Experts at EHRC Adviser support are here to assist, through a telephone-based second tier advice service.
Hosted by LawWorks CEO, Martin Barnes and delivered by Angus King, Solicitor at Lambeth Law Centre and Ian Peacock of Arden Chambers, this webinar covers the legal issues to address when a person applies to the local authority to be housed and the criteria set out in local allocations policies, including housing options and prevention of homelessness duties. The Webinar was hosted and facilitated by Lexis Nexis.
This fast-paced session provides tips about free and low-cost tools, apps and software. The presentation is a video from NTAP, an organisation in the US which helps the non profit sector improve client services through effective and innovative use of technology.
(Author: Mary Marvel, Head of Policy and Communications, Law for Life) Writing good legal information is hard. Finding a way of communicating what the law says so that people with limited legal knowledge can not only understand, but use it, is very tricky.
Participation in the LawWorks Clinics Network is completely free and allows access to many services such as training, resources and guidance on the practical aspects of running a legal advice clinic and the opportunity to network and exchange best practice with over 200 clinics nationally. This document outlines the support and resources available to clinics in the network.
Law for Life has worked with many organisations to provide training for intermediaries, informal advisers, or problem-noticers as to how to help the people they come into contact with deal with common legal problems.