Newbury Charity The Free Legal Advice Group for Domestic Violence (FLAG DV) has been shortlisted for the very first National Pro Bono Centre Award. The Award celebrates the very best free legal advice projects across England and Wales.
The National Pro Bono Centre Award will be made at a ceremony in London on 11 June 2014 when a range of other pro bono awards will be made. Most shortlisted organisations are law firms. A few small charities like FLAG DV are also shortlisted for awards.
FLAG DV has been offering free family law advice to victims of domestic abuse in West Berkshire for just 6 months and is delighted to have been recognised for its work in this way. The charity offers one to one family law advice in a clinic which is run under the umbrella of the award organisers LawWorks.
Flag DV Chair, Helen Grimbleby said “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this award although the greatest reward is knowing that we are making a difference to our clients. We work very closely with a number of solicitors and other support organisations without whom our work and this award would not be possible”.
Key features highlighted in FLAG DV’s nomination for the award include; successfully launching a new low cost and efficient charity in difficult economic times, responding to the lack of legal aid advice in the region, providing high quality legal advice, partnership with legal firms and the University of Reading, detailed monitoring of our services and excellent feedback from clients.
Flag DV have decided not to attend the ceremony at which the winners of the awards will be announced preferring to safeguard their precious funds to continue the work they have started. Helen Grimbleby said “As a new, regional grassroots charity we really do operate on a shoestring. We have limited funding and no marketing budget so we cannot attend”.