Barclays Fundraiser Helps to Launch StreetLaw Surgery
March 7, 2012
The Fresh Outlook
FreshTies and BVSNW have launched a new StreetLaw surgery at Cardiff Central Library, after a successful Barclays fundraiser in February.
Barclays PLC were able to raise £770, which will be supplemented by a further £750 from the bank’s head office. The funds have been used to set up a walk-in StreetLaw surgery as part of a joint venture between Cardiff-based non-profit organisations FreshTies and the Black Voluntary Sector Network Wales (BVSNW), which will be held at Cardiff Central Library on Thursdays between 09.30 and 12.30.
Natalie Beecham, Barclays business manager, said: “Helping local communities is really important to Barclays. I am pleased to have successfully fundraised for the StreetLaw project in Cardiff.”
The StreetLaw initiative exists to help the community by “creating opportunities for all people through their rights”, preventing and resolving issues in the community and making knowledge more accessible to a greater number of people. The StreetLaw surgery provides the community with advisors to help them to understand issues such as finance and employment, while also offering free practical and legal advice or solutions. As well as advice, StreetLaw can provide members of the community with representation for legal proceedings and help with phone calls and letters.
FreshTies founder Ashish Poddar said: “The support from Barclays is invaluable at a time when there has never been greater demand for support and advice, given public funding cuts. These surgeries are critical for people’s rights”. He also revealed plans to launch another StreetLaw surgery in Barry over the coming weeks, citing Barclays as having inspired support for similar projects.
By Alexander Price
[Image courtesy of Barclays]