Veterans Legal Link
Reducing the legal advice deficit in Wales and linking veterans with specialist services. Free legal advice and specialist signposting service for veterans in Wales. Offering free legal advice, specialist signposting, casework and advocacy in ‘Debt and Housing’, ‘Divorce’, ‘Family and Child’, ‘Employment’ and ‘Military Injury Claims’.
Veterans Legal Link was founded on a belief that lawyers and law students could use their skills to bring equal justice to veterans and their families in need who are living in Wales.
Set up in 2015 by Dr Olaoluwa Olusanya, lecturer in Law and Criminology at Aberystwyth University. The project has now made successful applications for a grant of £20,000 from the Ministry of Defence and almost £5,000 from the Big Lottery Fund and relies on a network of volunteer legal clinics, charities and organisations including Citizens Advice, West Wales Action for Mental Health and the Ceredigion Armed Forces Community Covenant.
As well as helping veterans, this project also provides valuable work experience and shows students how law operates in real-life and how it can help people in need, as well as conducting its own independent academic research.
Students from Aberystwyth University can sign up for the voluntary internship that is flexible enough to work around a busy student schedule and gives them over 80 hours of both academic and practical experience. Please email Dr Olaoluwa Olusanya for more information on internships and volunteer opportunities.