The Brixton Neighbourhood Advice and Community Centre opened at 1 Mayall Road in October 1970. This venture, as the South London Press noted, marked something of a departure for the social welfare provision of black Brixton. ‘Up to now most of the free advice services have been provided by churches, youth organisations and social work centres or by MPs at their weekly “surgery”’. Not a faith, inter-racial or municipal effort; the Centre advertised itself as black-led, employing only black advisors, though it offered its services to any who needed them. The new Centre, though, did retain some commonalities with the past. Run by Courtney Laws, formerly of St John’s Inter-Racial Social and Cultural Club, the Centre was, like St John’s, supported by the church, who leased Laws the building. Its concerns were also the classic social work concerns of the voluntary sector that had long filled the welfare needs of black Londoners. They offered legal advice, counsel, guidance through state bureaucracy, and, reflecting the pre-occupation with the younger generation of black Londoners, who were increasingly in the minds of politicians and social workers, help finding employment and apprenticeships for ‘coloured youth’. It also ran Brixton’s first West Indian carnival, in September 1971.