News from the Access to Justice Foundation
The Access to Justice Foundation is pleased to announce grants have been awarded to the following organisations through its autumn 2019 regional grants round. All grants are unrestricted and are to support grantees increase their reach.
Citizens Advice Barnet
Offers free, impartial and specialist legal advice to those who live or work in the London Borough of Barnet across a range of legal specialisms. They will use this grant to boost staff capacity and improve organisational reliance through specialist training in welfare benefits, immigration and employment law.
The You Trust
Provides a range of specialist advice and holistic services. They will use this grant to develop specialist debt, housing and welfare benefits advice within the social prescribing team in Portsmouth and also working with local domestic abuse services to provide specialist advice to women in refuges.
Suffolk Law Centre
Aims to empower the people of Suffolk to understand and assert their legal rights. They will use the funding to develop a mobile specialist triage advice service, to reach rural communities not currently able to access legal advices services.
Citizens Advice Devon
A consortium of seven local Citizens Advice covering the county of Devon. They will use the funding to further develop partnerships which will improve the availability of specialist social welfare law legal advice in the county.
Citizens Advice Central Dorset and Dorset Race Equality Council
Partnership funding to improve the availability of specialist discrimination advice and employment advice across the county of Dorset, including improving access into rural communities through video conferencing and the development of pro bono initiatives.
Speakeasy Law Centre
Provides specialist legal advice to lift people out of poverty in Cardiff and surrounding areas. The funding will support the funding of the senior staff costs in order to develop services across Wales, to include strategic and operational partnership working.
Reaching Justice Wales has opened a grants round to fund advice projects across Wales. If you are an advice agency looking for funding, please visit their website for more information. The deadline is Thursday 16th May 2019.
The Access to Justice Foundation, in partnership with Advice Services Alliance, LIP Network and Legal Voice, is organising the Sharing Solutions Conference - kindly hosted by Allen & Overy on 21st May 2019
This collaborative event, aimed at people working in the access to justice sector, will focus on showcasing and discussions solutions to the key issues faced by the access to justice sector today.
The conference will provide space and time to share work, experiences, problems, and learning points on some of the key issues facing the access to justice sector, as identified by the sector - creating a dialogue between professionals and exploring the potential to develop solutions and further collaboration.
Current sessions in planning include:
This session will share experiences from frontline service provision with a friendly clinical psychiatrist who will outline some of the most common mental health issues experienced by vulnerable people. This will be a safe session for people to share their experiences of working with distressed clients.
We will explore how psychiatric issues my present themselves in distressed and vulnerable service users and highlight some top tips on how to identify distressed and vulnerable service users and how to adapt your service provision to ensure a better experience for you and your clients.
This session will look at the whole digital landscape; everything from the servers you use to the services applying private AI software. We will have experts by experience sharing their successes and disappointments as well as giving an overview on the digital design, development and implementation process.
How can we, as a time and resource poor sector make sure we care for the mental health and well-being of our single biggest asset; our people?
With contributions from experts on how to support mental health in the workplace there is a chance to get some guidance on where to start supporting good practice around mental health in the workplace. An important part of this session will also be for you to share the experiences you have had of the effect working in the sector can sometimes have on mental health.
And more to be announced…
You can book tickets online now!
Attending the conference is free though a refundable £20 deposit fee will be taken (repaid on attendance of the conference). Travel grants will be available for charitable organisations based further than 50 miles from London.
Pro Bono Week will take place from 4th to 8th November 2019, returning for its 18th year to its traditional timing of the first full week of November. The aim of the Week is to recognise and support the free legal help provided by volunteer lawyers, and in particular to:
Law firms, chambers, legal societies, charities, universities and law schools are encouraged during Pro Bono Week to plan events and comms towards these aims.
For example, a discussion on the role of pro bono in a particular area, or an event to bring together lawyers and organisations who could collaborate, or social media posts to highlight particular pro bono achievements. Events such as conferences are also sometimes scheduled during the weekends around the Week (i.e. 2-3, 9-10 November).
Resources and updates are at: http://www.nationalprobonocentre.org.uk/national-pro-bono-week/
Organisers of events may email firstname.lastname@example.org for help, or to get their event added to the online calendar.
Pro Bono Week is supported by the Law Society, Bar Council and CILEx and is organised by a committee that includes representatives from pro bono charities, law schools and law firms.
Last year after Pro Bono Week took place, Justice Week, a new initiative organised by the Law Society, Bar Council and CILEx to provide an opportunity to discuss wider justice issues, also took place. The next Justice Week is now scheduled for spring 2020.
The Access to Justice Foundation is looking for a new Head of Development to join our small busy team and enable us to increase the impact we have in this important sector. This senior role will focus on developing new and existing income streams for the Foundation, as well as having a key role in shaping and implementing our new communications strategy.
You will have a track record of successful fundraising from high net worth individuals and corporations, as well as solid experience in communications. Strong communication and networking skills are essential, in order to develop and articulate philanthropic propositions and maintaining strong networks. We are looking for individuals with strong organisational skills, able to meet challenging deadlines and targets with a positive “can-do” attitude and the motivation to work effectively within a close-knit team. Sound knowledge of charity-related legislation and a commitment to the aims of the Access to Justice Foundation are a must.
For more information and an application pack, please email email@example.com Closing date for applications is 5pm on 27th February 2019. Interviews will take place on the 7th March 2019.
In 2017 we had around 60 teams participating and raising thousands for local legal advice causes. While this is fantastic, this year we want to raise even more!
Join us for the 2018 Great Legal Quiz on Thursday 1st November.
As well as being a fantastic social event, taking part in the Great Legal Quiz enables vital funds to be granted to local advice charities, helping to protect those most in need.
Hosting your own quiz is simple - you just need to register and find yourself a venue, which could be your home, a pub, or your office. Once registered we will send you a registration pack including some FAQs and fundraising tips, and you will receive the question pack on the day (to make things fair!). Once you have completed the quiz, send us your scores and see how you fared against other teams across the country!
You can also schedule the quiz for another date after 1st November, but if you do so unfortunately you will not be eligible to join the national competition.
Also, if you would like the Access to Justice Foundation to promote and spread the word about your quiz, let us know and we would be happy to!
Please click here to register.
Find out more about Justice Week here.
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