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Advice service gets boost from Docklands planning cash

PUBLISHED: 18:29 12 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:53 05 October 2010

Patricia (left) can now run more advice sessions

Patricia (left) can now run more advice sessions

AN ADVICE service for London's poorest families and pensioners has been given a cash boost to expand. Organisers at the South Bromley Forum in the East End have landed a £75,000 windfall from the Isle of Dogs Community Foundation out of cash from developers

AN ADVICE service for some of London’s poorest families and pensioners has been given a cash boost to expand.

Organisers at the South Bromley Forum in London’s East End have landed a £75,000 windfall from the Isle of Dogs Community Foundation out of cash from developers.

The forum reckons around 10 people a week are turned away from its advice sessions because of lack of capacity.

Now the foundation has stepped in means it can increase opening hours, extend its outreach’ service and ambitiously set up a telephone advice line.

“Most disadvantaged people like the elderly, young mothers and those in low-pay jobs weren’t able to get help because of our short opening hours,” explained project manager Pat Riley-Lambert (pictured).

“Many couldn’t join the lengthy queue we’ve been experiencing. But now the grant allows us to expand.”

The organisation now intends hooking up with other advice agencies to run a co-ordinated service in Poplar, South Bromley, Limehouse and Millwall for advice on immigration, debt, benefits and employment to the East End’s most disadvantaged.

The three-year grant comes out of planning gain’ cash from developers, a side benefit of London Docklands’ rejuvenation.

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