"During the Fellowship, I have found the workshops, where all the Fellows and host organisations are brought together, very useful in building up skills and giving me new ideas about how to approach my project. It is inspiring to meet the other Fellows. I leave these events feeling that we are making a difference."
"Without the Justice First Fellowship I wouldn't have had the opportunity to train at the Public Law Project. It has provided opportunities beyond those of the average training contract. Workshops in fundraising, social media and project planning have helped me develop the skills necessary for a social welfare lawyer in an increasingly difficult environment. I've also made lasting friendships with other Fellows, and look forward to building on that network for future projects."
"My JFF project is the Greenwich Migrant Hub, which launched in April 2016. Based in Woolwich Common Community Centre, it provides immigration, housing and community care advice to destitute migrants. It also acts as a social space, and somewhere people can get support with health, domestic violence and help integrating into the local community."
"I’ve only ever been interested in social welfare and equality law, civil liberties and human rights. The Fellowship scheme provides everything you could possibly want (and more) to forge a career in these areas."
"An important part of the Fellowship programme is that each of us undertakes a project to increase access to justice. My project looked at economic and social rights in a human rights capacity, and sought to develop an evidence base on the impact of the UK and Scottish governments’ policies on vulnerable groups."
"Fellows are expected to undertake a project aimed at increasing access to justice. I have looked into the viability of Legal Expenses Insurance (LEI) as an alternative income stream for funding employment cases at the centre. Although LEI is no panacea, it could have a significant role to play."
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