The Law Society of Northern Ireland has published various translated information leaflets on legal matters.
They have been translated by students into 9 languages including Chinese and Arabic, covering topics such as property, claiming asylum, making a will. They are available for download from both the Society’s publications section and a news item on Community NI website. Hard copies are available on request from the Society or solicitor firms throughout Northern Ireland.
Citizens Advice has published ‘The value of the Citizens Advice service: our impact in 2014/15’, which is an interesting example of an impact report. Plenty of numbers but also plenty of context and real stories. Smaller charities would struggle to produce such a full document, but perhaps some inspiration?
Get the pdf (984KB) via blog article ‘Citizens Advice’s impact is truly remarkable‘, or the impact section of their website.
A new website has been launched by Helplines Network NI, providing an easy access point to the helpline numbers and websites of its members, at http://www.helplinesnetworkni.com.
There are over twenty different member helplines operating across Northern Ireland providing vital support services on a range of issue, including information, advice, counselling, listening ear and befriending. News release on CommunityNI, http://www.communityni.org/news/helplines-network-ni-launch-website-0.
Your editor does wonder, however, if the rotating info and ‘read more’ drop downs have been fully tested for accessibility.
The National Advice Network, which is being established by the Welsh Government to ensure a more strategic approach to delivering advice services across the country (and also aims for better partnership working along with improved services), now has its first Chair. David Phillips has been a Councillor for over 20 years, principally in Swansea, and has a long interest in tackling poverty. Official news item http://wales.gov.uk/newsroom/people-and-communities/2015/150112-national-advice-network-chair/?lang=en » Continue reading news item ... “Welsh advice services strategic network progresses”
Child Poverty Action Group has launched an online information service on issues affecting families dependent on benefits and tax credits. It is primarily aimed at advisors but is also accessible to claimants.
Currently focused on benefit sanctions, other topics will be added later. At http://www.cpag.org.uk/content/welcome-ask-cpag-online.
The Scottish Welfare Reform Advisory Service (SCOTWRAS) has been set up to help frontline workers provide accurate advice on housing, money, debt and benefit issues in the light of the impact of cuts on service users. It is provided by Shelter Scotland and Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland.
Third Force News has more, or go to http://www.scotwras.org/.