Posted by familylaw on 7th November 2016

Trustees Week is marked this year from November 7th to 13th. This year, the focus of the organisation is ‘Stronger Charities through Good Leadership’.

As a family law specialist, we believe our duty to the community is wider than most. Three of our team are active trustees with local organisation.

Donna Hart

I have been a Trustee at Exeter Citizens Advice Bureau since January 2015; I had a good relationship with the Chief Executive, who asked if The Family Law Company could offer help to some CAB clients, so I took it further and accepted the role of Trustee to help CAB improve its operations and policies. I work with volunteers to increase efficiency, such as instigating processes to decide if people can be helped over the phone or need face-to-face appointments. As many users of CAB have issues related to family problems, I’m able to use my family law skills to offer practical help.

I volunteer because I love the work the CAB do. I hadn’t realised that they were a charity and wanted to support people in Exeter. The work they do is invaluable for local people.

Ann Shears

I am proud to be a Trustee of Effervescent Social Alchemy. It is wonderful to be part of an innovative and dynamic organisation that changes the lives of young people.

“Eff” is a charity which researches the impact of arts on individuals and devises new ways to make those impacts stronger. The charity undertakes programmes of work, services, or experiences which address unmet needs of vulnerable children and young people. Examples of groups that we have worked with are young carers and children who have suffered child sexual exploitation.

I have witnessed the work that is done with groups of young people for which there is no other/little support. Some of those who have worked with Eff have gone on to undertake Arts degrees and others have simply been able to meet others going through similar struggles to their own. They re-build their confidence, make new friends and, in some cases, know that they are not alone. It is incredible work.

Stephen Sowden

I am a Trustee with the Grandparents Plus. The reason I took on the role was because personally I was fortunate to have all four grandparents in my life until I was 30. Happily for me, they all lived into their nineties, so I therefore had the benefit of their knowledge and wisdom from childhood, through my teenage years and into adulthood. I know first-hand how vital a relationship with a grandparent is within a stable family life. Children of estranged parents can sometimes also be estranged from their grandparents, which is tough not just for the child, but for the grandparent. This is why I became interested in the rights of grandparents and I hope to be involved for some time to come.

I support the charity by providing legal input and updates to the workers and volunteers in the charity.

The Family Law Company are proud of the work and dedication of our team in the wider community.

The Family Law society accreditation in Advanced Family lawImage of The Law Society Accreditation of Children Law.
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