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Oxfordshire Welfare Rights
Barton Advice Centre

 

We are experts in social security law and provide specialist advice, casework and representation in welfare benefits.

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Training & Courses

Funding Opportunities

Help & Advice 

 

For Telephone Advice

All Oxford City residents

All Oxford City residents can contact us for telephone advice on 01865 744165 
Monday to Friday  9am - 5pm

Residents outside of Oxford City

Residents outside of Oxford City requiring advice should contact the Oxfordshire Specialist Advice Service on 01865 410660

Oxfordshire Welfare Rights

Our Consultancy Telephone Service (for agencies only) is available:
Tuesday 10am - 1pm
Wednesday 10am - 1pm
Thursday 10am - 1pm

 

Self Help

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Debt and Money Advice

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Welfare Benefits

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Employment

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Housing

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Domestic Violence

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Immigration

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Family

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Consumer

 

Partnership Projects

 

Core funded by Oxford City Council


We secured financial gains for Oxfordshire residents of over £8m in 2021. This was made up of £1.8m of additional benefits gained, over £6m of debt write offs and over £3000 in charity applications and food vouchers.

58%

Were Living in Social Housing

78%

Suffered with a Disability

58%

Are Living on Less than £10,000

49%

Had Dependent Children

 

Thank You Funders

We would like to say a huge thank you to our funders

Oxford City Council
AgeUK
Headway Oxfordshire
Sovereign Housing
Community Justice Fund
Greensquare
Big Lottery
Awards for all
Thames Water
London Legal Support Trust - The Oxford Legal Walk
Brethertons Solicitors

 
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Meet the Team

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Sarah Darby

Manager

Sarah started in advice work as a volunteer adviser at Bicester Citizens Advice Bureau in 2001, Whilst at the CAB her roles included Guidance Tutor, Fairer Charging caseworker and outreach worker.


She was offered a trainee-ship in welfare benefits at Oxfordshire Welfare Rights in 2006 and became a specialist caseworker in early 2008.


She is experienced in delivering training, consultancy delivery, benefits casework and tribunal representation. She became joint Manager of OCWA in 2009 and took over as full time Manager in July 2015.

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Sophie Keys

Training Developer

Sophie trained with Oxford Citizen's Advice Bureau in 2008 before gaining a role as an advisor with us in 2010. She became deputy manager in 2015. 

In 2017 Sophie moved to Cornwall and now works as a benefits specialist for a mental health charity there. During 2020 she was very pleased to be able to 'remotely' join the team at Barton, once again, developing and delivering online training.

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Gary Horne

Debt Caseworker

Gary has 20 years of experience as a debt specialist. After working for a number of years at Citizens Advice in both Gloucestershire and Camden as a debt specialist Gary joined the team in 2017. Gary has extensive experience of helping people to manage their household income and to resolve debt problems.


Gary is a member of the Institute Of Money Advisers and an Intermediary for Debt Relief Orders.

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Nick Turnill

Caseworker


Nick has been working in advice for twenty six years, starting at Berwick-upon-Tweed Citizens Advice Bureau, and has been a full time welfare rights worker since 2002.


He has been a specialist caseworker with OWR for 10 years and represented at over 600 tribunal hearings. He is a co-author of the Child Poverty Action Group’s Welfare Benefits and Tax Credits Handbook, works on the Child Support Handbook and also provides consultancy work for CPAG.

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Mina Katouzian

Adviser

Mina has worked in the NHS and Social and Health Care for over 20 years; and in the past 5 years has worked for local charities and not-for-profit organisations. She has experience of working with people from all walks of life and has always enjoyed working within an enabling capacity.


She has been working in the area of advice and welfare rights since 2016.  

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Laura Harris-Steers

Position/Role

Laura worked at a disability charity in Hillingdon alongside her studies at university. She picked up basic benefits knowledge whilst she was working there and wanted to build on this after graduating.


She joined us as a trainee in October 2018 and since then has been working as part of our partnership with Headway Oxfordshire offering countywide benefits advice to people affected by brain injury.

 
 

Working Together

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