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Youth Legal and Resource Centre

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Thank you for visiting our profile page on MyDonate.  Our overall aims at Youth Legal are the relief of financial hardship, suffering and distress by the provision of assistance including (but not limited to) the provision of legal advice and representation to young persons, children or their families who live, study or work within the  Greater London area, through lack of means, would otherwise be unable to obtain such advice.
To meet our aims we provide free, independent, specialist legal advice, in community care and housing law focussing on those with disabilities, carers and care leavers; 2nd tier advice and Public Legal Education to local voluntary organisation and young people. We aim to give young people the tools and self-confidence to solve their own problems, empowering positive changes in their lives and prevent issues from developing into crisis;  helping young people feel more confident about legal issues and more able to control their lives.

“Over 1 million 16-25 year olds are currently left to cope alone with complex rights-related problems each year and this is unacceptable” (Make Our Rights a Reality–Just Rights 2014). “A million 16–17 year olds face particular risk of harm because they are already dealing with multiple issues such as poverty, poor health or a lack of supportive relationships.”  (The Children’s Society) “Just under half of young people in care have mental health problems.” (Mental Health First Aid England). The ‘Youth Manifesto’ (Make Our Rights a Reality–Just Rights 2014) made clear that one of the key gaps is the diminishing accessibility to free legal support advocacy and representation. We won't be able to fill that gap. We helped an unaccompanied asylum seeking minor who is a care leaver and suffers from depression and Hep B who was homeless and sofa surfing. He tried to make a homelessness application twice but was turned away. We went with him to the housing office and made reps on his behalf. He was given emergency accommodation that day, the council accepted a housing duty, and he was got permanently housed. Without our help he would still be homeless.

Charity No: 1151052

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