A one of a kind service providing legal advice and representation for people from Scotland’s black and ethnic minority communities (BME) has received a Big Lottery Fund award of over half a million pounds.
Ethnic Minorities Law Centre is the only dedicated centre in the UK delivering a range of legal advice and assistance to Scottish BME communities.
The £562,985 award will allow the organisation to further develop partnerships with a range of local advice agencies to make sure that their work is embedded at a local level. This will mean that many more people will have access to advice on complex legal issues, over the next three years.
The grant will also be used to provide a programme of training, as well as a telephone advice service for local advice agencies and Citizen Advice Bureaux to assist their understanding of specific areas of law.
Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn explains more: “The Ethnic Minorities Law Centre is a highly respected organisation which has great expertise in the legal issues affecting Scotland’s black and ethnic minority communities. It offers a one of a kind service and, through a previous Big Lottery Fund project, was able to introduce a more effective way of providing high quality and culturally sensitive legal advice to thousands of people across Scotland.
“I am delighted that we are awarding over half a million pounds to enable them to expand on this existing work by creating new partnerships with local advice agencies. Working with key organisations on the ground will enable this project to reach out to many more people from BME communities who would otherwise have nowhere to turn.”
Jonathan Squire MBE, Convenor EMLC Board of Directors, said: “This award is a reflection of the commitment of the Big Lottery Fund towards the black and minority ethnic communities in Scotland. We are delighted that the Ethnic Minorities Law Centre has been given the opportunity to continue this important work.”