In addition to the fundraising and grant-giving we do, LLST is committed to supporting legal advice centres in being cost-efficient and sustainable. As a funder, we want to work with beneficiary agencies to be a resource of knowledge and support for the sector.
We offer Grants Plus support through our money-saving schemes where we source IT hardware, archiving services, premises support, second-hand books, equipment, and more, as well as run a stationery buying group in order to reduce costs for advice agencies. We also run or fund places on training courses depending on agencies’ needs, and offer advice, support, and guidance to beneficiaries where we can.
The London Specialist Advice Forum is run for our Centres of Excellence and other legal advice agencies in order to improve knowledge sharing in the sector, as well as providing peer support.
A weekly newsletter to the advice sector provides updates on news, information about events, resources, training opportunities, and vacancies. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.
Addressing the Skills Gap within Advice Services
Following a presentation of findings from Advising Londoners’ research commissioned by Greater London Authority, at the London Funders Advice Network, a task group made up of advice funders and sector representatives was set up to look into skills gaps in more detail. This group met between April and July 2021 looking in particular at good practice, new opportunities, and ideas. The group decided to commission practical research to look into these ideas and opportunities to develop an action plan.
The final report and action plan are expected in early 2022.