Funding cuts continue to affect our membership so if you are able to contribute funds you will be helping to keep vital services available to those in society who need them most.
There are many ways to help...
Raise money while you shop online at no cost to yourself
As some of you will already know, easyfundraising is a no-effort way for your charity to raise funds when people shop online – if you're buying something, just remember to visit the retailer (such as Amazon, John Lewis, M&S) via easyfundraising.org.uk. Once you've ordered, the retailer makes a donation to your chosen good cause. It's a lovely way to give something back for free!
Please join us; here's your invitation link: http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/invite/1QKTPP/
Use the easyfundraising Donation Reminder to ensure you never forget to raise a donation for ACFA: The Advice Network; when you see the alert, just click to activate your donation. It's as easy as that! Find out more and help raise 5 times more for ACFA: The Advice Network here
Organise an event
Follow No5 Chambers excellent example and organise an event to raise funds for one of our members or ACFA itself.
Each year No5 Chambers organise a charity six-a-side cricket tournament; as well as raising money for a local charity, the event is a tribute to Mr Barker QC, a former Head of Chambers and Head of the Criminal Group, who sadly passed away in March 2012 after a long and brave battle against cancer.
Teams compete on a round robin basis with matches consisting of 5 overs per side and each team plays a minimum of 3 games. A light breakfast, lunch and team coloured shirts are included in the entrance fee. These fees and donations on the day are collected and given to a nominated chartity - this year (2016) it was in aid of Avon & Bristol Law Centre.
Obtain pro bono costs orders
ACFA: The Advice Network and The Access to Justice Foundation (ATJF) are keen to encourage and support the legal profession and the advice sector in using and obtaining pro bono costs orders (PBCOs). These can be claimed in costs bearing civil litigation (such as judicial review and housing) where the work is done for free.
In the advice sector this work can be completed by pro bono lawyers who provide their services for free or by staff who provide legal advice (though not those operating on a Conditional Fee Agreement or legal aid basis). General information on pro bono costs orders can be found on the Foundation’s website
ATJF can support agencies throughout the process, for example, in relation to requirements such as time recording and specific queries about pro bono costs. Where PBCOs have been generated by the work of an advice agency up to 50% of the funds received will go directly back to the agency who generated the original order; the rest of the funds will go towards the centralised grants rounds run by ATJF.
In addition to this the Foundation has a small amount of funding available to support organisations who are looking to conduct more pro bono costs generating work. Please contact them if you are interested in becoming involved with the project or would like further information.
Nominate an ACFA member as your Charity of the Year
Follow Guildhall Chambers excellent example and choose an ACFA member organisation as your Charity of the Year.
Photograph: James Townsend, Head of Guildhall Chambers, informs Clare Carter that Avon & Bristol Law Centre has been chosen as their Charity of the Year, 2015.
ACFA members vary enormously in terms of the types of people they help and the type of support they offer which means that it’s extremely likely that one or more of them will offer a good strategic fit for your organisation. Take time to look at profiles or contact Gail Bowen-Huggett to discuss which member will offer the best fit in terms of shared objectives and organisational culture.
It’s a great opportunity to make a lasting difference to the communities within which your business operates; for example: encourage staff from both organisations to work together to raise funds, offer staff secondments and pro bono services to share expertise and experience, use contacts to open doors to decision makers and policy makers.
Bristol Aging Better Partnership offer sponsorship deal for the Babbers Radio show
Since the end of June 2015, the Bristol Aging Better (BAB) Partnership, including ACFA, has been putting together a radio show to be broadcast on Ujima Radio 98FM. Called 'Babbers', the show is run entirely by older people, and will include interviews and discussions relating to issues affecting older people as well as information about what’s happening in the city and a varied selection of music.
The show is now looking for sponsors – the cost is £100 per show, and the sponsor will be mentioned four times throughout the show. They are looking to build links with local businesses but it is also a low cost opportunity for BAB partners to promote their work. If you are interested, contact Bianca Rossetti.