A little of our history:

Brixton Advice Centre was founded in 1966 as a family advice centre by a group of volunteers who worked in the then Children’s Department of Lambeth Borough Council. The Centre moved to its present Railton Road shop-front premises in 1974 and added regular general advice sessions to the existing, predominantly legal, evening sessions. Lambeth Borough Council increased its funding to reflect the Centre’s growing reputation for good advice and legal work

In 2000 the centre achieved the Community Legal Services Specialist Quality Mark in Housing, Employment, Welfare Benefits and Debt, enabling us to provide legal aid to eligible clients in these areas of law

In 2005 the Centre further expanded its services through the Capitalise partnership, accessing funding from the then Department of Trade and Industry providing complex debt and money advice, including representation in applications for Debt Relief Orders and in bankruptcy

Since then the Centre has continued to improve its services, taking new quality schemes, audit culture and policy changes in its stride, always putting the community first in terms of its development to ensure its services remain relevant and effective

You can see our current services here

You can see our mission and the values we hold here

CLR James:

165 Railton Road was the last home of the great West Indian activist, historian and cricket writer Cyril Lionel Robert James. English Heritage has awarded the Centre a Blue Plaque to commemorate this, which was erected in 2004


Blue plaque, Shakespeare Road side


Darcus Howe at the unveiling of the plaque

You can read more about the history of Railton Road here [Stories of Railton Road – clickable link]

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