Law Centre in new partnership to support vulnerable women in Coventry

Friday, March 12th 2021

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Central England Law Centre is part of a new consortium of local organisations forming the ‘Coventry Women’s Partnership’, which aims to improve financial and personal outcomes for women in Coventry.

The partnership was aptly announced on International Women’s Day 2021. The Smallwood Trust has committed funding of over £633,000 for three years, to help meet the ‘overwhelming demand’ for local support.

The project, due to run until 2023, offers front-line holistic support with the aim of improving the economic outcomes for women across Coventry, focusing on hard to reach, isolated and BME women. It builds on a successful pilot, which was supported by The Women’s Budget Group (WBG).

Along with Central England Law Centre, partner organisations include Foleshill Women’s Training (FWT), Coventry Haven Women’s Aid, Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC) and Kairos WWT.

Zarah Sultana, Labour MP for Coventry South, said:

“It is fantastic news that Coventry Women’s Partnership has secured funding to support women in the city. This partnership has already carried out vital work during its successful pilot project, from supporting women to access services to carrying out research showing the impact of covid-19 on women in Coventry.”

The key areas that women will be supported in, across the partnership, include housing, debt, skills training, confidence building, employment support, counselling for rape, sexual violence and abuse, support with domestic violence and much more.

Central England Law Centre also offer legal support to women through a dedicated adviser. Through this, they aim not only to solve the core issues that contribute to financial insecurity, but also to give women tools to better cope with the day-to-day management of such issues.

Nimrod Ben-Cnaan, Head of Policy and Profile at the Law Centres Network, said:

“Joint projects like this demonstrate the indispensable value of access to legal assistance to fighting inequalities. Building rights awareness and getting help to uphold rights protects women’s jobs and livelihoods, that were disproportionately hit during the pandemic. This project is an important plank in local efforts to ‘build back better’.”

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