I had my first meeting with Patrick Torsney, the relatively new Director of Brixton Advice Centre on Railton Street today to explore how we can work together to tackle hate crime in Lambeth.
- To promote the on-line advice finder launched in June 2015, the advice finder will be updated to include hate crime information.
- To organise hate crime awareness training for staff and volunteers in the New Year 2016.
- To review each others websites to see how we can link and share hate crime information.
- Patrick will become the Venue Hate Crime Champion for Brixton Advice Centre.
- Patrick will attend the Lambeth Hate Crime Forum.
- Mark will promote Brixton Advice Centre’s services through the Lambeth Hate Crime Blog and the Lambeth Hate Crime Stall.
It was a really productive meeting and I am looking forwarding to working in collaboration with Partick over the course of the year ahead.
Brixton Advice Centre is in the process of being refurbished and Patrick has already given the centre’s website an overhaul (I am pleased to learn that he also uses WordPress to run the site).
Here is some of the information about the centre which I read on their site today.
Brixton Advice Centre was founded in 1966 as a Family Advice Centre by a group of volunteers from the then Children’s Department of Lambeth Borough Council. The Centre moved to its present Railton Road shop front premises in 1974 and added regular general advice sessions to the existing, predominantly legal, evening sessions. Lambeth Borough Council increased its funding to reflect the Centre’s growing reputation for good advice and legal work
In 2000 the centre achieved the Community Legal Services Specialist Quality Mark in Housing, Employment, Welfare Benefits and Debt, enabling us to provide legal aid to eligible clients in these areas of law
In 2005 the Centre further expanded its services through the Capitalise partnership, accessing funding from the then Department of Trade and Industry providing complex debt and money advice, including representation in applications for Debt Relief Orders and in bankruptcy
EDF Energy Trust funded us throughout 2010 to end 2012 to support clients in fuel poverty with debt advice and grant applications to help write-off arrears accumulated on gas and electricity costs
Brixton Advice Centre is a registered charity and is currently funded by through donations and by Lambeth Council, Big Lottery Fund, Capitalise and Legal Aid Agency. The organisation has a voluntary Council of Management currently consisting of several trustees, and employs a number of staff. There are also a number of people who volunteer at the centre.
165 Railton Road was the last home in England of the great West Indian activist, historian and cricket writer CLR James. English Heritage has awarded the Centre a Blue Plaque to commemorate this, which was erected in 2004.
You can read more stories about Railton Road here.
Brixton Advice Centre promotes access to justice by providing good quality legal advice and representation to people who would otherwise be unable to afford legal services
If you need help now use One Lambeth Advice to find online information, speak to advisers by web chat, email or telephone and to find out about advice and support services in the area. Brixton Advice Centre accepts referrals from One Lambeth Advice.
They also provide a free legal advice clinic every other Thursday evening (click here to check dates). Advice is given on a first come first served basis and the clinic is open between 5.30 and 6.30pm
Brixton Advice Centre is part of the Lambeth Advice Network, which receives funding from Lambeth Council. We are also part of Capitalise – a London-wide consortium providing free debt advice and we have an approved debt intermediary to assist people make Debt Relief Order applications. They hold the Specialist Quality Mark in Housing law.
Brixton Advice Centre is open Monday to Thursday between 10am and 3pm, and provide a legal advice clinic every other Thursday evening between 5.30 and 6.30pm (click here to check dates)
Brixton Advice Centre 167 Railton Road Brixton London SE24 OLU
We regret there are no parking facilities available at the Centre for visitors. Visitors could use nearby street parking however please note that this is all metered and very expensive