This briefing is produced by our implementation team: Matthew Howgate, our consultant; Audrey Ludwig & Sue Wardell.
Brrrrr…it’s got a bit chilly since our last Briefing, but everything is warm and toasty here, because we are basking in the golden glow of good news!
- Audrey and Chris Cumberbatch (our Chair) attended the Law Centres Network conference on November 9th-10th, and caused a mini social media storm with the news of our acceptance as a member of LCN. We can now call ourselves Suffolk Law Centre! We are really looking forward to closer working with the Law Centres Network – a cohort of wonderful people, committed to access to justice! (N.B. For those of you who follow us on Twitter, Audrey hasn’t stopped smiling yet…)
- Our Legal Advice Open Day on November 8th as part of National Pro Bono Week, was a great success – our wonderful volunteer lawyers advised 20 clients, and we had people dropping in throughout the day. Plus, we raised over £160 towards A Law Centre for Suffolk, and enjoyed the company of our friends at Ipswich Community Media, Ipswich Disability Advice Bureau, Ipswich Housing Action Group and Suffolk Rape Crisis. Oh, and ate lots of delicious cake!
- More great news: our vibrant, fantastic Law Advice Clinic was shortlisted for a national Law Society award: Best Pro Bono Partnership! Whilst we didn’t win, we were the only initiative outside of London to make the shortlist, so that’s an encouraging recognition; take a bow, volunteer lawyers – you are amazing!
- We are making slow but steady progress in our registration with the Charities Commission – we are not expecting to be set up as a registered official entity until next year now, but we are moving in the right direction.
- Given the above and the considerably faster pace at which we are now hurtling towards Christmas and the end of the year, we have decided to delay Suffolk Law Centre’s launch event to early next year. So, something fabulous to look forward to in 2018.
- Please keep the evening of Thursday March 1st clear in your diaries! Further details re: time and venue to follow.
- Whoop! Our A Law Centre for Suffolk Crowdfunder raised,….(drum roll, please)……..£9, 506.84!!! That’s with Gift Aid, the proceeds from our Open Day and the fantastic fundraising activities by Birketts and EA Chambers.
- Thank you so much to everyone who has donated
- We have had some excellent press coverage in the East Anglian Daily Times and Ipswich Star which has really helped to promote the campaign
- We have also had some very generous donations, including £1000 each from Birketts Solicitors, East Anglian Chambers and the Suffolk branch of UNITE – once again, thank you for your support.
- The Crowdfunder ended on 1st December, but we are still fundraising! We aim to reach that £40,000 total in time for our official launch.
- Please see here to find more details on how to donate, as well as regular news updates.
- We will soon be setting up a standing order facility to allow people to donate on a regular basis, but donations can also be made by cheque (payable to ISCRE), or BACS payments (CAF Bank Sort Code 40-52-40 Account No. 00016097), or cash at ISCRE’s office.
Have you seen our beautiful A Law Centre for Suffolk Christmas cards, designed by lawyer and artist Anthony Wooding? If you would like to buy some cards, please get in touch with Sue at ALawCentreforSuffolk@iscre.org.uk – while we still have some left!
They are for sale at ISCRE’s office at the bargain price of 5 cards for £5.
Next Meeting of the Advisory Panel
- Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 31st January, at 5pm.
- Please rsvp to let us know how many people to expect: ALawCentreforSuffolk@iscre.org.uk
- If you have any questions, ideas or just want to get in touch, please contact us at the email address above, or call: 01473 408111, and ask to speak to Audrey or Sue.
Lastly, we want to thank everyone for being so supportive of our campaign for access to justice in Suffolk. You are all #accesstojusticeheroes.