There were many smiling faces and some great local dishes in Sparkbrook last week, as Birmingham Community Law Centre celebrated its first year of working for the community with an open house event.
BCLC's story is truly one of triumph over adversity. Its local predecessor, Birmingham Law Centre, had closed its doors in the summer of 2013, after over 100 years as a community resource. But the spirit of initiative was still strong among some of the old staff team, as were their community connections with local groups. They believed the Second City still needed a Law Centre.
The opportunity came when Coventry Law Centre and its director, Sue Bent, were able to extend their support to the Birmingham group, who have set up their new Law Centre as a unit of Coventry Law Centre. After a busy first year, and in the face of public service cuts and other adversity, BCLC has a lot to celebrate.
Click here to see what the Law Centre has been up to in its first annual report.