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Youth Legal and Resource Centre
Free independent legal advice for young people under 25
About us

We help vulnerable, marginalised young people and destitute children and families by providing free specialist legal advice in homelessness and community care law focusing on those with disabilities, care leavers and carers in a youth friendly environment using a holistic approach, improving young people's  life chances and preventing crises. 

 

Our main activity is providing free specialist legal advice, representation and advocacy with holistic support, to obtain due Social Welfare entitlement under Community Care and Housing Law, particularly challenging Local Authorities (LA). We have a Legal Aid Agency contract in Community Care Law.

 

We receive funding from Chances and Battersea Power Station Foundation for our Opening Gates: Homelessness Advice Project where we give fundamental homelessness advice, the work that is no longer in scope under Legal Help, to people over the phone or face to face.  We advise people of their homelessness rights, such as the legal definition of being eligible for housing assistance, homeless, in priority need and that they can apply to any LA in England and Wales. 

 

Our Resource Centre has volunteers giving young people information about organisations in the area and helps them contact and make appointments with them. Our youth advice network website holds the information on local young people's services and fact sheets drafted by volunteers, and people can send an email, call or text for callbacks if they require further assistance. They are then helped with signposting/referring to services by a volunteer advisor all from our volunteer programme funded by Wandsworth Council.  Or they can receive advice from a solicitor/caseworker. These connection / signpostings to local specialists, foster inter-organisational cooperation and improves access to local services.

 

We also provide 2nd tier advice and training to local voluntary organisations in homelessness and community care law. Last year we ran 3 training sessions with 50 people attending in total including parents. Our goal is to inform as many people as possible about their rights in housing and community care to prevent rights being eroded and empowering people to assist their service users and or deal with their issues themselves. At the least they will know when their rights are being impinged and where they can get help if they need it.

 

We are presently running a project with a Strategic Legal Fund grant looking into the practice of local authorities bypassing s17 Children Act duties towards families with no recourse to public funds by discrediting the parents making the application. We are building a database that will be available to all those working with NRPF families in conjunction with Project 17 who are looking into LAs bad practices. 

 


 

 

 

 

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Finding Us

Ashburton Youth Centre
Westleigh Avenue
Putney
SW15 6XD