What is a McKenzie Friend?
A McKenzie Friend is a non-legal member of the public who assists an appellant when they have no legal representative, at a time that is often bewildering and full of anxiety. A McKenzie Friend is a volunteer, independent of the court system and the Home Office. Our volunteers assist asylum seekers who have no legal representative or access to legal aid to submit appeals and fresh claims, attend court hearings with the clients and provide moral support.
We are always looking for new volunteers. Volunteers will attend a two day training session are encouraged to visit the court at Phoenix House in Thornbury - contact us if you would like us to arrange a court visit with one of our experienced McKenzie Friends. Our next training session will be held in October 2012 (dates to be confirmed). Please click here to download and application form. Completed forms can be sent to Kezia Rooke:
32 Merton Road, Bradford, BD7 1RE
We currently have a wonderful team of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds and with a range of experience. Wherever possible it is our policy for volunteers to work in teams of two. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss volunteering opportunities further.
If you know someone who needs a McKenzie friend we are operating a referral system and we may be able to help. Referrals can be taken either by phone or email:
01274 727525 or 07531 576330
More information on McKenzie Friends can be downloaded here.