Resources: Advocacy and legal

Avon and Bristol Law Centre

ABLC provide specialist legal advice and representation to people who could not otherwise afford access to justice. Their solicitors focus on social welfare law issues such as community care, discrimination, employment, housing, immigration & asylum, mental health and welfare benefits to people living in Bristol and in some cases across the South West.

Mind Infoline

The national Mind Infoline is a service which provides callers with confidential support and information on mental health problems, access to help, potential treatments and advocacy. The Infoline is open Monday to Friday 9am-6pm (excluding bank holidays) and can be contacted by phone on 0300 123 3393, by email at and by text on 86463

Shire Advice Service

Based in Shirehampton and delivered in conjunction with North Bristol Advice Centre, Shire Advice provides information and advocacy covering welfare benefits, debt, housing, employment rights, consumer issues and family issues.

St Pauls Advice Centre

A community resource at the heart of St Pauls. St Pauls Advice Centre offers independent legal advice, a confidential, non-judgemental, free service, drop-in and appointment based advice sessions covering welfare benefits, debt and money, employment, housing, immigration and other advice, outreach sessions at various other venues, home visits on request, a daily reception service providing information and triage facility and a bilingual service can be arranged at some venue.

Swan Advocacy

This advocacy service offers free and independent support to users of adult Social Services provided by South Gloucestershire Local Authority where they are experiencing issues relating to social care.

University of Bristol Law Clinic

The University of Bristol Law Clinic, situated on Berkeley Square, offers free legal advice to members of the public on a range of issues – from landlord-tenant disputes, to benefits and employment problems. They also answer queries relating to the field of Family Law and related areas. The Clinic works by recruiting law students from the university at the beginning of every academic year, who are then trained and offer advice to people under the supervision of staff members.