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Law Centre honoured for helping families

20 May 2013, Coventry Telegraph

A project to help troubled families run by Coventry Law Centre has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

The "Troubled Families" project has been shortlisted for the Ethical Initiative Award run by The Lawyer magazine.

With funding from The Baring Foundation, the Law Centre has placed a specialist advice worker, Anne White, with Coventry City Council's Troubled Families team.

Anne, an expert in welfare benefit and debt advice, refers other issues to Law Centre colleagues, so a comprehensive advice service is provided to families who would otherwise go without help.

Law Centre director Sue Bent said: "We are so proud that our project has been shortlisted for this sought after award. We have helped 79 households with complex matters in Coventry so far. Anne has worked with all of them to resolve benefit and debt issues. 63 other matters they had as well have been dealt with by our other specialists."

The Lawyer editor Catrin Griffiths said: "The Lawyer Awards is the biggest night in the legal calendar. It honours a spread of achievements across the legal profession. Our award for Ethical Initiative of the Year spans a variety of pro bono work and also showcases the work done by Law Centres."

The Law Centre's team has been invited by The Lawyer to share their experience of working with families at a round table discussion with other lawyers in June.


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