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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:

  • Areas of Law: Family (held 4th Wed of each month), Landlord & Tenant (held 2nd Wed of each month), Welfare Rights (maybe flexible)
  • Holding a 15mins face-to-face advice session for each client once a month from 5:00 pm – 6:00pm
  • Interviewing clients and providing advice
  • Accurately recording advice given on the client information forms and noting any actions taken
  • Working closely with the Pro Bono team to ensure an effective service is given to clients


Practical Considerations

Qualifications in law are required for this volunteer opportunity along with the following:

  • Good communication skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of issues affecting the BAMER Group
  • Be supportive, understanding and patient
  • Be able to commit to a monthly session
  • Be London-based or within easy travelling distance


Must Have:

  • Qualified Solicitor in areas of Law noted


  • Appear on current Solicitor’s Roll


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  We look forward to hearing from you.

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