Standing up for renters

Ways you can support us

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Legal Rental Experts
30 Years Experience
Campaigners for Justice
Award Winning

Membership & Campaigning

We are a democratic organisation, governed by our members, through a Board of Trustees elected at our Annual General Meeting.

At the forefront of campaigning

We want to be at the forefront of campaigning to give private renters a better deal and we’re always looking for active participation from those who share our passion.

Our campaign priorities include:

  • Getting rid of shorthold tenancies so that tenants can feel secure in their homes, without risk of being evicted when they have done nothing wrong
  • Control over high rents
  • A national regulatory scheme which requires landlords to provide evidence that they, or their agents, are competent to manage tenancies and keep their tenants’ homes in good condition before being permitted to let

Membership is open to all who support our aims. To join, simply fill out the application form and we’ll be in touch. 

Membership subscriptions can be reduced or waived in cases of hardship. Please let us know if this applies to you.

Warm Homes Cool Planet

At A4R, we take heating and hot water in rental properties very seriously… simply because it’s a basic need for health and safety especially in a cold country like the UK. We’ve been asking the Mayor to commit to our Manifesto.

As part of our Warm Homes Cool Planet programme, we have been campaigning the Mayor’s office to address fuel poverty amongst private renters.

You can find out about the Mayor’s Warm Homes Fund here. We’d love you to be part of this.

Volunteer with us

Our mission is to contribute towards the health and wellbeing of people living in the private rented sector.

We do this by recognising the human potential of our service users and giving them hope and self-belief, while addressing specific problems through general and specialist advice and support services; education and training in tenancy rights; mentoring and campaigning for effective regulation of the sector.

We’re always looking for people to support us in our mission. We have a number of volunteering opportunities ranging from short term work experience for local students through to dedicated volunteers who have been with us for many years. We’d be thrilled if you’d consider joining us.

Volunteering Under One Roof

Our mentoring and befriending service, Under One Roof, matches people who are isolated, lack confidence and need help with daily challenges with trained volunteers.

What is Under One Roof?

Under One Roof supports households to live in a warm home and manage the tenancy beyond legal issues. To continue the success of this service, we are recruiting mentors with good listening skills and the ability to connect well with others. Mentors will offer around 2 hours support each week on a one-to-one basis. Following training, a commitment of 6 months minimum is requested. A DBS check is required which A4R will process.

What will you be doing?

After training, you will be matched with someone who needs help with housing related problems. You will meet weekly for a couple of hours, initially getting to know one another and working towards goals agreed from the beginning. You will be listening carefully to your mentee’s concerns, inform him/her about other agencies that can offer further assistance with their financial and housing goals. Additionally, you might accompany your mentee to housing meetings, help with switching energy tariff or provider and assist with reducing isolation. Community languages are a plus.

What skills do you need?

  • A ‘people person’: good listener & approachable
  • Genuinely interested in helping and making a difference
  • Non-judgemental
  • Basic IT skills
  • Interest in housing issues and/or speaking other languages are a bonus

What will you gain from this role?

You will receive a certificate on completion of training about mentoring and befriending and basic housing legislation. You will be part of a small, supportive team and be giving invaluable help to someone in need which will develop your skills and knowledge for your CV. We offer you regular on-going support, travel expenses, the opportunity to meet other mentors and a reference after 3 months. A4R will also pay for your DBS check.

Contact

Diana Young, Under One Roof Manager:
diana.young@advice4renters.org.uk
Office tel: 020 7624 4327
Direct tel: 020 3002 2781 (Tue – Thur)

Its All About Money Volunteering

It’s All About Money is looking for enthusiastic and committed volunteers to join our team.  If you have at least half a day a week to spare for a minimum of 12 months, enjoy helping others and learning new skills, we provide full training. 

Our Money Mentors provide one to one support for people who want to improve their financial circumstances, helping with budgeting, maximising income, minimising costs and getting the best deals.

Our Money Management Workshop Facilitators provide group workshops in an informative and relaxing atmosphere and help faith and community groups and help to establish Community Savers’ Clubs with our partner Brent Mutual (part of Hillingdon Credit Union).

Our Debt Managers work with clients and creditors to resolve complex unmanageable debt.

Whether you have professional or ‘lived’ experience of being on the receiving end – if you enjoy helping other people and would like to give something back to your community: contact Pat Fernandes/A4R etc

Thank you for believing in me

“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for believing in me and giving me the chance to show you my skills.  Thank you for always being available and for the regular support.  I am very grateful.”

Under One Roof volunteer

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Thank you for believing in me

“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for believing in me and giving me the chance to show you my skills.  Thank you for always being available and for the regular support.  I am very grateful.”

Under One Roof volunteer

5/5

Thank you for
believing in me

“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for believing in me and giving me the chance to show you my skills.  Thank you for always being available and for the regular support.  I am very grateful.”

Under One Roof volunteer

5/5

Become a Trustee

Trustees have overall control of the charity and are responsible for making sure it’s doing what it was set up to do. They are the people who lead the charity and make strategic decisions, while delegating operational decisions to the CEO and other managers. By becoming a trustee of Advice4Renters and using your skills and experience on our Board, you will be making a difference to our local community. You will probably also acquire new skills during your time on the board.

For general information about becoming a charity trustee, see the Charities Commission guidance, The Essential Trustee
Board members act in a voluntary capacity but expenses are paid. The Board includes a Chair, Vice-Chair and a Treasurer. There are current vacancies for the Vice-Chair and the Treasurer.

Current Trustee Vacancies

Trustee – Treasurer

We are looking for a Treasurer to maintain an overview of our financial affairs, ensuring our financial viability, and that best practice is maintained through our financial records and procedures. The Treasurer will work with the Chief Executive to scrutinise the accounts prepared for us by our external accountant, and will lead the financial discussion at Board meetings.

Trustee – Vice-Chair

The vice-chair stands in for the chair and helps with decisions between meetings. In line with A4R’s succession planning, the Vice Chair will normally become the Chair in due course. The chair should ensure the vice-chair knows enough about current issues within the organisation to be able to stand in at short notice.

If you are interested in joining the Board please contact tiziana.falco@advice4renters.org.uk for further details or ring for an informal chat with our Chief Executive on 0207 624 4327.

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