Devon Community Foundation helps residents access legal advice
Devon Community Foundation has awarded a £50,000 investment loan to a Torbay based Social Enterprise What’s Your Problem? which offers welfare and legal support to local people.
The Social Enterprise was set up in 2015 by Angie Manning to facilitate access to justice by offering confidential and affordable help navigating the legal process. What’s Your Problem provides a friendly, understanding service helping people with family and civil disputes, protection from domestic abuse, welfare benefit applications and everything in between.
The service is fast and flexible with fees based on the client’s ability to pay.
The loan will allow the Social Enterprise to grow and reach people who would otherwise not be able to access the support they need, as Angie explains:
“Since the loss of legal aid in key areas of social welfare law, family matters and a whole range of other problems, there are people in the community who are really struggling to get the right support. It helps us enormously in being able to take on a range of really talented professionals who can sit down with our clients and provide them with end to end support from their first meeting with us in our offices to practical assistance in our courts and tribunals.”
The £50,000 loan came from Devon Community Foundation via the Devon Social Investment Fund. Support from Access and their funding partners Big Lottery Fund and Big Society Capital, enables the fund to provide bespoke loans for entrepreneurial organisations.
Richard Taylor, Social Investment Fund Manager at Devon Community Foundation said:
“It has been such a joy to provide What’s Your Problem with hands on business support that ultimately resulted in an investment loan that gives a vital boost on the next step in Angie’s exciting journey. The social enterprise loan will upscale the service through collaboration with professional associates, investment in new office equipment and fund core running costs during this period of expansion”
Devon Community Foundation has distributed over £10,000,000 to more than 6,000 projects across Devon, Plymouth and Torbay.
The Foundation provides a flexible and personal way for individuals and organisations to invest in local projects, helping to ensure Devon’s communities thrive.