The Evelyn Oldfield Unit
About The Evelyn Oldfield Unit
The Evelyn Oldfield Unit (EOU) was established in 1994, by a consortium of funding bodies and agencies which work with refugee community organisations, including City Parochial Foundation, Thames Telethon, London Borough Grants, the Refugee Working Party and the Refugee Council.
The EOU’s aim is to provide, develop and co-ordinate specialist aid and support services for Refugee and Migrant Community Organisations and individuals. We endeavour to increase their capacity and potential for meeting the needs of their communities and to support RMCOs to set up partnership initiatives with mainstream agencies and to engage their members with the wider community.
Evelyn Oldfield was one of the first field officers for the City Parochial Foundation and the Trust for London, who died in 1992. Evelyn had devoted her energies to developing a strong and effective voluntary sector in which refugee organisations played a key part. The Evelyn Oldfield Unit is a testament to her vision and commitment.
Evelyn Oldfield Unit is a registered charity no. 1044681 and company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales no. 2921143.
About the project:
In light of recent Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 cuts, Black, Asian, migrant, emigrant, and refugee (BAMER) individual’s access to justice has been rendered more difficult. In addition to the usual hardships of life, this group faces cultural and language barriers as well.
The Pro Bono Legal Advice project provides free legal advice on immigration and criminal law, landlord, tenant and claims again the police, and family law. The aim is to ensure BAMER individuals have an accessible pathway to justice. We have a team of dedicated volunteers who support BAMER individuals to have access to qualified solicitors for a free advice session. The solicitor provides initial legal advice and guides them in the right direction on what actions they can take to help resolve their problems.
As a result of this project, more vulnerable individuals, who would otherwise not be able to afford legal advice, will receive the free professional legal advice and effective representation they need. This can have a profound effect on an individuals’ economic and social future, and thus society as a whole.
What we are looking for?
We are looking for 3 x volunteer Solicitors to support our monthly Pro Bono Project. Tasks includes the following:
Qualifications in law are required for this volunteer opportunity along with the following:
Ideal For: Long term commitment
Interests: Migrants, Refugees, Service to Community, Passionate about Law
Activities: Interviewing clients and providing legal advice
Skills: Communication, reliability, talking to others, organised, teamwork
If you are interested in this opportunity please contact the Evelyn Oldfield Unit on 020 7697 4100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
To apply for this job email your details to email@example.com