A grant of just under £40,000 has been awarded to Swansea Law Clinic by The Children’s Society’s Coordinated Community Support (CCS) Programme.

The grant will allow Swansea Law Clinic to lead on a year-long pilot project aiming to implement an online referral system for advice agencies in the Swansea area to use.

By rolling out and using an online referral system, the hope is to promote collaborative working amongst local advice agencies, as well as improving the client journey through streamlining inter-agency referrals.  The work will support the strengthening of local networks and community engagement with partners including education settings, foodbanks and other community spaces that support people facing crisis.

The Coordinated Community Support (CCS) Programme aims to improve awareness of, access to, and coordination of support to individuals and families facing crisis.

Swansea is one of the CCS Programme’s 4 pilot sites, the CCS team will be supporting this pilot project, as well as facilitating access to the other pilot sites for peer development and learning from their experiences.

Speaking of the award, Swansea Law Clinic Director, Professor Richard Owen said:

“We are delighted to be working on this app, which will improve communication between advice agencies in the Swansea and Neath Port Talbot local authority areas.  This will make life easier for clients when they need to be referred from one agency to another and will lead to their advice needs being addressed more quickly.”

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