Community advisers course

Community advisers are ordinary people with no degree in law who have been trained on the basic legal issues and received the corresponding certificates.

Community advisers study the existing legal issue thoroughly and forward it to the competent authority or institution, or furnish legal information that will help resolve the issue on your own. Such advice by the community adviser may be applicable to the specific person and the entire community.

Community advisers are also called paralegals. Community advisers may be representatives of service organizations, local authorities, or executive authorities as well as students studying law in the regional centres who return to their communities from time to time and may provide expertise.

Community advisers may also be volunteers, community workers, librarians, etc. In fact, a community adviser may be a person of any occupation if he or she can study and wishes to use his or her potential in the community.

Community advisers are leaders in their communities who help resolve legal issues and accumulate the critical number of the people experienced in law around them, thus overcoming the legal isolation of the vulnerable and low-income citizens. They facilitate the expansion of legal opportunities for the people living in small remote communities, and the network of such advisers may turn into an important tool for the harmonious development of communities in the legal field since they are the first point of access for people in small towns and villages.

The program activities include competitive selection of community advisers, training and practical training of community advisers, planning of training courses and analysis of the community needs for additional training.

Team of program

Iryna Ostrovska
Head of the Community Advisers Programme, Regional Coordinator of the Southern Region of the NGO “Association of the Community Advisers of Ukraine”
Anatolii Levchuk
Head of the NGO “Association of the Community Advisers of Ukraine”, Deputy of the Boratyn Village Council of the Volyn Region, specialist in project activities and cooperation in the local authorities
Tetiana Serhiienko
Regional Coordinator of the Northern Region of the NGO “Association of the Community Advisers of Ukraine”
Tetiana Tulchyi
Regional Coordinator of the North-Western Region of the NGO “Association of the Community Advisers of Ukraine”
Maryna Kopachevska
Regional Coordinator of the Central Region of the NGO “Association of the Community Advisers of Ukraine”
Olena Khomych
Regional Coordinator of the Eastern Region of the NGO “Association of the Community Advisers of Ukraine”
Ihor Sviatyi
Regional Coordinator of the Western Region of the NGO “Association of the Community Advisers of Ukraine”
Kateryna Yeroshenko
Programme and Project Coordinator of the Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation
Oleksandr Baranov
Acting Director of the Coordination Center for Legal Aid Providing
Olha Halchenko
Coordinator of the Human Rights and Justice Programme of the International Renaissance Foundation
Kateryna Lukasevych
Coordinator of the Human Rights and Justice Programme of the International Renaissance Foundation
Oleksandr Hryb
Coordinator of the Community Advisers Programme
Community Advisers Joint Their Efforts to Respond to the Ukrainians’ Legal Inquiries Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Since the very first days of the coronavirus spread, the community advisers have been facilitating elimination of consequences and prevention of the spread of COVID-19 in the Ukrainian communities. Thus, according to the survey conducted by the Ukrainian paralegals in 16 regions of Ukraine, as of the beginning of April 2020, the most common legal inquiries regarding the recovery of rights violated as a result of the spread of COVID-19 were as follows: Violation of the labour laws (dismissal of employees, non-payment of wages, involuntary unpaid leaves); Violation of the patients’ rights (medical facilities refuse to render services to the sick; it is difficult

TOP 11 Themes for Training and Advance Training Selected by the Community Advisers

The survey has been conducted by the monitoring group made of the members of the community and involved 92 community advisers. Thus, according to the survey findings, the main requests for training and advanced trainings among the advisers are: Mediation and Recovery Practices; Project Management, Grant Writing; Facilitation; Decentralisation, Activities of the Local Authorities and Amalgamated Territorial Communities, Development of Communities, Educational and Health Care Reforms; Training and Coaching; NGO Development, Strategic Planning and Organisational Development; Public Speeches, Eloquence Training; Anti-Violence; Data Collection and Analysis, Visualisation, Monitoring Skills; Information Security, Counteraction to Manipulations, Black Rhetoric; Team Building. As a reminder,

What is the structure of the educational program for the community adviser

The educational programme for the community advisers has been developed by the practical experts, including:  Practitioners from the free legal aid system; Representatives of the non-government organisations providing the legal aid and human rights defence NGOs; Care workers and gender and anti-discrimination experts; Mentors of the legal clinics. The programme has been developed with account of the international experience in paralegal training and understanding of the strategic role of the community advisers: facilitation of the community and integration of services in the community. The training programme includes there modules dedicated to different themes and supplementing each other. The last three


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