Harlow Advice Service which provides much-needed specialist advice and help for people with housing, debt and welfare benefits problems has received a welcome boost, thanks to the Legal Aid Agency which has awarded a three year contract.
The contract has enabled Harlow Advice Centre, based upstairs in the library in Broad Walk, to recruit a full-time housing adviser, and increase its opening hours to offer a service between 10 am and 5pm on weekdays.
Advice Centre staff and trustees have had several reasons to celebrate recently. The service has been awarded the advice sector’s national Specialist Quality Mark (SQM), which denotes the ability to deliver advice on complex legal matters. The Advice Centre is the only Harlow advice agency which currently meets the exacting standards required for the SQM.
The service has been given funding from Big Issue Invest to further their reach and has also secured an agreement to supply housing casework for Islington Law Centre.
Natalia Fernandez, Regional Investment Manager at Big Issue Invest supporting Harlow Advice Service’s funding said:
The Harlow Law Centre offers services to the heart of their town and meets the clear needs of the community. Already in a short time, their wonderful team has made a great impact and I anticipate this will continue.
Les Coben, chair of Harlow Advice Centre’s Board of Trustees said: