Advising Islington Together is a Big Lottery funded project that aims to help advice organisations collaborate effectively with each other and to improve outcomes for those seeking advice in the borough. Through this initiative we want to ensure that local advice organisations can share expertise and to make quick and effective referrals. A key objective is to support the development of new funding streams at a time of unprecedented cuts in public spending.

Islington has a strong advice services for residents and we want Advising Islington Together to build on this. The project offers a unique opportunity to allow agencies to review current provision, to think from a client’s perspective about how it can be improved, and to develop and evaluate new ways of working.

Funding for Advising Islington Together runs for two years until the summer of 2015. But we want to work with the many excellent advice agencies in Islington to make sure that its impact is felt long after this date. We are committed to being imaginative, collaborative and determined in finding ways to ensure that local people are able to understand and exercise their legal rights, and that we help to change both policy and practice in the interests of the poor and disadvantaged.

The three main project partners for Advising Islington Together are:

Islington Law CentreIPRCitizens Advice Bureau