Free legal advice to homeless people and ex-offenders

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In a bid to provide justice for all, lawyers from local firm, James Legal Solicitors are working in partnership with Humbercare to provide free legal advice, to adults and young people who are users of the Charity's services.

In a bid to provide justice for all, lawyers from local firm, James Legal Solicitors are working in partnership with Humbercare to provide free legal advice, to adults and young people who are users of the Charity’s services.

Humbercare aims to improve communities in Hull and the surrounding area through rehabilitation and resettlement by promoting mental health and moral improvement of offenders and homeless individuals. This is achieved through peer-mentoring and volunteer befriending services, advice, information and guidance on education, employment, training and housing. It also provides supported lodging services, to help make positive use of time and integrate into the wider community.

Richard McKinnon is the Chief Executive of Humbercare. He said:

Our aim is to help people become responsible members of the community by giving them the opportunity to realise their full potential, improving skills and life chances.

Quite often gaining access to the legal system can be difficult for our service users. As part of the rehabilitation programme, our service users want to make contact with their families, their children and members of their extended family. James Legal will provide advice in this area and have kindly offered their services to us for free, at a monthly drop-in clinic which will be held at one of our centres.

Debbie Matthews is a lawyer from James Legal. She said:

At James Legal we pride ourselves on being able to put something back into our local community and feel that everyone, no matter what their circumstances, should have access to justice and to the legal system.

We work with a variety of Hull based charities and not-for-profit organisations to ensure that everyone can get legal advice when they need it most. With Humbercare, we aim to provide advice to individuals, which in turn will help their families and also the community at large.

Any legal problem can be answered by just popping along to Humbercare and having an informal chat. There is no need to book an appointment and it is completely free.

The first drop-in service will be announced shortly. If a question is more urgent, contact by phone and social media – www.jameslegal.co.uk and find on Facebook and Twitter @JamesLegalLaw or call on 01482 225566.