Coventry Law Centre has been shortlisted for a GovKnow Social Justice Award for its project targeting the needs of Troubled Families in the city.
The project, funded by the Baring Foundation, has Coventry Law Centre place a specialist advice worker, Anne White, within Coventry City Council’s Troubled Families team. Anne is an expert in welfare benefits and debt advice, and refers other issues to Law Centre colleagues so a comprehensive advice service is provided to families who would otherwise go without help.
The project highlights the need for government funding for this type of work, following the withdrawal of legal aid. Law Centre staff will work with 750 families over the three years of the project, which is nearing its completion. Their work will show that specialist legal advice is often a key success factor in working with troubled families. It will also prove that future policy should reflect this.
Sue Bent, director of Coventry Law Centre, said:
“We are very proud that our project is shortlisted. The work we are doing is challenging but, in partnership with Coventry City Council, we have a real opportunity to help change lives.”
Award winners will be announced at the GovKnow Social Justice Conference on 18th November. We wish Sue, Anne and the Law Centre best of luck!