Community blog

Here you can read about how we are working with our community to help local people access justice.

This blog is updated on a regular basis so please be sure to check back for the latest news.

26 August 2022

2 things we already have planned this September

Do you live in temporary accommodation in Croydon or Wandsworth?  Members of our Social Justice Network told us how important a temporary accommodation project is and how as a law centre we…

8 August 2022

Our first Picnic for Justice

This week South West London Law Centres held our first Picnic for Justice. We came together to celebrate the Legal Aid and Advice Act 1949 which had its 73 anniversary…

21 May 2022

Workshop with Tower Block UK to members of London Tenant Federation

This week I presented to tenant reps who form the London Tenant Federation. Also on the bill was iconic campaigner for Tower Block UK – Danielle Gregory. Tower Block UK…

13 May 2022

MPs visit two south London estates

Members of the Levelling Up, Housing and Communities committee visited two south London estate this week to investigate levels of disrepair in Central Hill and Regina Road estates. The ‘regeneration’…

4 May 2022

DJ Frisky 04.05.22 broadcast about how to speak out about bad condition housing.

Today 4th May I spoke on the radio with DJ Frisky about housing. Not as my colleagues have done previously, where they may have explained specific legal rights. I spoke…

22 April 2022

Employment rights and connection with health

This week my community engagement work focused on employment. On Tuesday evening we repeated our ‘Employment Rights’ workshop delivered in partnership with BPP Law School’s Street Law project. The session…

1 April 2022

Ending a financial year, planning for change.

I was still at the start this week as ‘cost of living crisis’ reporting dominated the news. Trying to join dots of why the conflict would have an impact on…

9 March 2022

Using the Law to Support Our Community

How it works if you are part of a grassroot or community group … Make a request for our workshop ‘Using the Law to Support Our Community’ my emailing me…

4 February 2022

6 Journalists four different perspectives

Last week I mentioned the request we received from BBC Panorama. The requests increased this week as Fuel Poverty Action have constantly been contacted to speak to people in fuel…

28 January 2022

12 new community law workshops start.

This week we launched our workshops in partership with BPP Law School. As part of their StreetLaw project BPP Law School students have agreed to offer our community 12 community…

21 January 2022

Cabinet, Consultation, Meetings and Reports

Monday – The week started with Croydon releasing its cabinet paper on its future plans for Croydon Council Tax Support. You can see from other blog posts that we have…

10 January 2022

“Hope is essential to any political struggle for radical change when the overall social climate promotes disillusionment and despair.” — bell hooks

On Friday the 7th January 2022 I sent my first update of 2022 to the Social Justice Network.The network now has over 350 members and consists of people who have…

6 January 2022

12 WORKSHOPS ANNOUCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH STREETLAW

Introducing Wednesday lunch time legal education workshops. The StreetLaw project at BPP University’s Law School will be delivering 12 community legal education workshops in partnership with South West London Law…

22 December 2021

Thank you

Our ‘social justice network’ now has over 300 members. The network mainly consist of people who have made enquires to the South West London Law Centre needing legal advice. There…

10 December 2021

10.12.21 – respond and change.

We are told our views are valued and our input important – has austerity meant that local authorities can’t afford to listen to us though? November marked a decade since…

8 December 2021

Today the Nationality and Borders Bill passes Third Reading in the Commons.

The Bill now goes to the House of Lords, with Second Reading taking place on 5th January 2022. This thread tells us some key things about the bill: Here are…

2 December 2021

3.9 million tenants in English Social Housing – lets shout.

The Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee has launched an inquiry examining the quality and regulation of social housing in England. If a housing association or council is your landlord this comes…

26 November 2021

1000s of Londoners affected by SWEP

Today, Friday 26.11.21, the Greater London Authority (GLA) has activated its SWEP protocol. STEP stands for Severe Weather Emergency Protocol and is the mechanism used to reduce deaths on our…

11 November 2021

Community mapping for social justice

There are many different types of mapping. I am not talking about the maps that exist to maintain power, or land division. I am talking about community mapping, so we…

5 November 2021

Legal advice is needed.

It is easily said and harder to do. When a situation is overwhelming terms like “self help” and “empowerment” can be suffocating. Expert legal advice must always be available. This…

3 November 2021

Plans to scrap privacy laws

Open Rights Group held a briefing meeting this week on data discrimination highlighting Government plans to scrap GDPR privacy laws will unleash data discrimination against workers, children, students and more –…

12 October 2021

Hearing about things locally, nationally or globally and thinking “that isn’t just” and not realising things I was experiencing were also unjust.

I had bad employment with an abusive boss and a landlord who kicked my door in and left me without gas and electric for weeks. Things didn’t seem just but I found…