Details of the charity:
Hillingdon Law Centre was set up in 1975. The Centre has successfully obtained contracts from the Legal Services Commission in Housing, Family Welfare Benefits and Immigration and we also have the contract to run the housing law advice desk scheme at Uxbridge County Court and High Wycombe on days there are possession hearings.
The Law Centre’s main objectives are to provide free legal advice and representation to poor, vulnerable and excluded members of society, where possible. Unfortunately, due to the abolition of Legal Aid in April 2013 for many areas of Social Welfare Law, we obtained permission from the Charities Commission and Solicitors Regulation Authority to charge for some services no longer covered by Legal Aid. We remain a Not-for-Profit organisation and any income generated by fees goes towards the core costs of keeping the Law Centre open for the benefit of the community. The fees we do charge for some services are very low.
The Centre is now funded by various grants one being from Hillingdon Community Trust. Funders undertake periodic evaluation of the grants that they give. All funders are concerned with ensuring the best value achievabe for their money. We are always applying for grants but competition is fierce at the moment as a lot of cuts have been made to organisation that provide advice and there is less money available.
Details of the volunteering opportunity:
- Meet and greet clients
- Answer calls and transfer to appropriate member of staff
- Appointment bookings
- Photocopying and scanning of documents.
No skills required.
- £5 reimbursed travel expenses for lunch and travel.
- Hours recorded on your HEAR – which goes on your permanent university record
- All hours contribute