Invested in our Community / ELST
As part of the UK network of Legal Support Trusts, and working with the Access to Justice Foundation, ELST, or the Eastern Legal Support Trust, supports the provision of specialist legal advice through law centres, advice agencies and other free legal advice organisations. They do this by providing the organisations, on application, with grant funding.
Our support of the ELST is ongoing and includes participating in the annual ‘Norwich Legal Walk’ in May, as well as the ‘Great Legal Bake’ every February – a firm favourite with the whole Hatch Brenner team!
We are more than aware that the need for free legal advice is ever-present and has grown in recent years as advice centre funding and support services have been reduced and poverty increased. Access to justice is about making sure the people most in need get help which would otherwise have been denied. Funds raised by lawyers across the region helps support families living in terrible housing conditions; people who have been unfairly dismissed or who are discriminated against at work; elderly people who need support to stay living independently; people who suffer disability or illness and their carers; and women and children who have been trafficked to the UK to become domestic or sex slaves.
Some of the beneficiaries who have benefited from the funds raised include:
- Advice Bedfordshire
- Age Concern Luton
- Cambridge and District Citizens Advice Bureaux
- Citizens Advice Ipswich
- Harlow Citizens Advice
- Herts Young Homeless
- Independent Parental Special Education Advice (ISPEA)
- Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality - Suffolk Law Advice Centre
- Luton Law Centre
- Mid Suffolk Citizens Advice Bureau
- Norfolk Community Law Service
- Personal Support Unit - Chelmsford PSU
- Royal Association for the Deaf - Deaf Law Centre
- Citizens Advice St Albans District
- Suffolk West Citizens Advice Bureau
- Welwyn Hatfield Citizens Advice Bureau
- Working Families
- Polish British Integration Centre
We are able to pledge that 50% of any funds we raise for ELST are diverted directly to our charity partner MAP – helping ensure the money stays local and helps support the city’s young people in need.