Host Organisation: Greater Manchester Law Centre

Josie Hicklin

Josie moved to Romania with her family when she was 16 to work with a charity supporting Roma street children. She quickly noticed these children faced inequality on a daily basis solely because of their social status and skin colour and made a decision to stand against such inequality wherever she could. Upon moving back to the UK she decided to study law and is passionate about using her legal skills to stand alongside vulnerable people to ensure their rights are realised.

After studying for her law degree at The University of Salford, Josie moved to London to complete her Legal Practice Course at The University of Law. Whilst studying in London she worked as a communication officer for an international development charity and volunteered with housing and immigration advice services.

She returned to her home town of Manchester in 2018 and began working at Greater Manchester law Centre as a volunteer housing caseworker before joining them as a Justice First Fellow and trainee solicitor in 2020.

Project

Homelessness is an increasing problem in Greater Manchester as it is across the UK, however Manchester consistently has some of the lowest figures for housing people under homelessness legislation. A move towards a charitable focus as opposed to a rights-based approach within frontline homelessness services leaves homeless people vulnerable to not being able to access the housing they are entitled to. The project I am working on aims to increase access to justice for homeless people in Manchester by working closely with these frontline homelessness agencies, providing training and support to ensure a robust and effective housing advice is given throughout Greater Manchester.

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