Project LIGHT is a collaborative effort between the School of Medicine and the Law School at the University of Leicester. The legal side of the Project is in its early stages of development with the desire to provide legal support alongside the healthcare already provided to vulnerable individuals and homeless people in Leicester.
Project LIGHT (Leicester Initiative Good Health Team) began in the University of Leicester's medical school in 2010 based on service-learning projects in North America. In the early phase, medical students contacted students in North American projects and carried out some research with homeless people in Leicester to understand their needs. The project leads developed relationships with Action Homeless and The Bridge where medical students now volunteer doing health promotion with homeless people.
More recently a branch of LIGHT was set up in the University of Leicester Law School as a Pro Bono Project.
The Project LIGHT team hope to provide legal support alongside the healthcare provided by the medical students. The Project is looking to establish a greater presence at food kitchens, health promotion sessions, support groups and mentoring schemes when COVID-19 restrictions are reduced and allow members to safely do so.
In the meantime, Project LIGHT will be operating virtually and team members will be contributing to the production of content to create an educational and informative online presence.
The longterm aim of the Project is to develop a successful support service for the vulnerable members of the local community.