We are pleased to announce that Nick Fairweather has been appointed to the Trustee Board of APEK (Advice Partnership for East Kent).Formed in May 2009, having successfully bid for Big Lottery funding, APEK is an independent charity, run by member organisations, whose purpose is to facilitate the provision of specialist legal advice services in the East Kent Region. Backed by 5 years of initial BLF funding, the organisation has already taken huge strides in working with advice suppliers, refers and end users in building an effective network of referral and advice throughout the region.
The five initial partners, who made the successful application for funding, were the Citizens Advice Bureau of Ashford, Dover, Deal and Shepway, together with Ashford Borough Council and Shepway District Council.
The partnership already has over 50 partners and aims to have 200 ultimately.
Beyond forming the Trust Board, which Nick is pleased to join, the partnership has appointed a full time Manager, Andy Ball, and a Partnership Administrator, Karen McAthy.
As well as bringing people together to increase the availability and awareness of services, APEK will be undertaking important work in identifying common problems across the area through social policy work and reporting on these.
“I am proud that Fairweathers is the first Solicitors practice to join APEK and delighted that this has been followed by my appointment as a Trustee. As a firm we have always prided ourselves on working closely with the voluntary sector and this commitment cements that relationship. I am always surprised how little organisations within a common locality know about each other and the services available. By linking users, referrers and providers across the region APEK will forge important lasting links which will enable people in need to access quality services when they most need them. I am looking forward to playing my part in making APEK a continuing success.”