Help, Advice and Legal Opportunity
Coram's innovative Help, Advice and Legal Opportunity (HALO) programme provides opportunities for skilled 16-25-year-olds to help their peers.
In 2016-2017, 50 young people were involved in volunteer opportunities, internships and placements. These included:
- Volunteer advisors in the Child Law Advice Service (CLAS) and Coram Voice helplines.
- Youth Rights Trainers, who developed and co-delivered training courses on children's rights and the law.
- A trainee solicitor in the Legal Practice Unit representing children, young people and their carers in court proceedings.
- A young editor of lawstuff.org.uk, a website on young people's rights.
Together, these young people helped at least 1,108 others directly and 10,932 indirectly. In the coming year, the HALO programme will expand to help young people benefit in other fields.
I have gained the understanding of what it is like to have really impacted someone's life - HALO volunteer working on Child Law Advice Service (CLAS) helpline.