Advice giving organisations
A re-launch event for the Bromley Advice Network was held in late September 2008.
- Invitations and attendance included:
organisations which had been involved in BAN previously · known "advice" agencies
- organisations giving some advice but otherwise "signposting"
- organisations such as advocacy groups which had an interest in advice if not regularly giving advice or information
The outcome of the event was that:
- BAN should be re-launched
- a steering group be established to carry forward the work in the short term - reporting back to wider membership
- priorities for the steering group were undertaking need and supply mapping and eventual advice strategy
- members supply a précis of their work to be circulated to members and others
The steering group membership comprises:
- Age Concern Bromley
- Bromley CAB
- Bromley Advocacy Project
- Bromley Mencap
- Carers Bromley
- Greenwich Housing Rights (undertake work at Bromley County Court)
- Streetwise Law centre
- Janet Tibbalds - as trustee of BAP, Magistrates Court Help Desk
- Stephen Blann Policy & Networks Officer at CLB and Development Worker, Advice UK supporting.
Steering group meetings were held in mid November 2008 and January 2009.
The decisions reached were to :
- adopt an updated terms of reference - including change of name to Bromley Advice & information Network to reflect the different organisations who are members of the network
- work towards developing an advice and information strategy
- conduct a STEEPLE analysis (Social Technical, Economic, Educational Political, Legal, Environmental) as the basis of setting rationale and aims for the strategy
- identify costs and approaches to creating a strategy
- consider quality, training and development needs of advice and information groups as part of the strategy
- consider potential of partnership with local authority
- identify further potential members and also external contacts / relationships with agencies in statutory and other sectors.
For more information about the network contact Stephen Blann Policy & Networks Officer, CLB 020 8315 1907.
Community Matters Advice and Information Service
Community Matters is the national federation of community organisations and it operates a free advice line on 0845 8474253 from Monday - Friday 9.30am to 5pm, closed between 1pm and 2pm.
It can give you advice on all sorts of issues including: licensing, employment, charitable trading, legal structures, consulting, managing community buildings and governance. They also have a range of resources available free of charge to their members
So call 0845 8474253, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.communitymatters.org.uk.back to top
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