Who and how we help
Here listed are organisations we have awarded the Community Justice Fund Grant across Wales, supporting their vital work in providing access to justice for all.
Grant awarded: £73, 000
Asylum Justice is the only charitable organisation in Wales, offering free legal advice and representation to asylum seekers. These may include recognised refugees and other vulnerable migrants, such as women previously trafficked to the UK or who are victims of domestic violence. Asylum Justice expect to see increased demand from NRPF (no recourse to public funds) clients, acutely affected by the Covid-19 outbreak and subsequently by the termination of exceptional support under public health measures. This grant will help Asylum Justice meet the increasing demand from this group at risk of destitution by expanding capacity and partnership working, as well as covering the additional costs of remote working.
Grant awarded: £25, 000
Oasis Cardiff supports refugees and asylum seekers in Cardiff as they navigate integrating into life in the UK. Oasis Cardiff provide one to one support on a wide range of issues including access to healthcare, education, employment as well as assisting with legal advice regarding asylum claims and immigration. Their integration team works with marginalised clients and with the local community to offer support and general advice. They also have one OISC registered staff member solely dedicated to providing legal advice. This grants will help Oasis Cardiff to cope with increased demand by recruiting two additional staff members.
Grant awarded: £83, 881
Shelter Cymru provides independent specialist advice, advocacy and legal representation for anyone with housing problems. Last year, their advisers provided face-to-face help for nearly 16,000 people from all over Wales, helping to prevent homelessness in 86 per cent of cases where it was threatened. The grant will help to mitigate loss of income since 1st April and keep services at full capacity so people in Wales have access to specialist housing advice and legal representation and cope with the expected increase in demand due to the impacts of COVID-19.
Grant awarded: £80, 820
Riverside Advice offers free specialist advice in welfare benefits, debt and housing and specialise in helping people experiencing mental health difficulties, those who receive assistance from a support worker or organisation, and people with MS. The grant will help Riverside Advice to increase specialist casework for vulnerable people meeting a surge in demand; retain expert staff whilst some funding is temporarily reduced; and give greater capacity for safety and social distancing in the work premises to prepare for a staged move back to face-to-face casework.
Denbighshire Citizens Advice
Grant awarded: £44, 200
Denbighshire Citizens Advice provides free, confidential and impartial advice and campaign on big issues affecting people’s lives. The organisation is an independent charity and part of the Citizens Advice network across England and Wales. Denbighshire CAB anticipates demand for employment advice at levels necessitating considerable investment to meet community demand. The Community Justice Fund grant will help them to recruit and employ one full time employment adviser per county.
Speakeasy Law Centre
Grant awarded: £4, 200
Speakeasy Law Centre provides free legal advice across Cardiff & the Vale of Glamorgan, tackling social welfare issues including welfare benefits, debt, housing and employment law. Speakeasy employs practising and trainee solicitors to deliver high quality advice in the Cardiff area for the last 25 years, helping thousands of families and individuals to seek justice. The Community Justice grant will help this Law Centre to secure direct financial benefit to their clients leading to improved health and reduced likelihood of future problems.