Free Legal Advice Centre teams
Students and staff at the Free Legal Advice Centre have been busy fundraising so they can continue to provide a vital professional service to the community.
|Name||Free Legal Advice Centre Committee and Operations teams|
|Cause fundraised for||Free Legal Advice Centre|
|Method of fundraising||A whole variety of events|
Why did you decide to fundraise for your chosen cause?
The Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC) provides an important service in the Edinburgh Community. There is a growing need for the service of Free Legal Advice and FLAC provides this to those not in a position to instruct a solicitor yet.
As future lawyers, pro bono legal advice is something which the students are very passionate about. The donations to the centre allows FLAC to provide a smooth and professional service to the community. It has also allowed us to expand our reach in the area to more people by offering our Specialist Law Information Evenings which were launched this year.
Students are very keen to get behind fundraising efforts for the centre as they know its worth and are proud of what they achieve through the centre.
How did you raise money?
The FLAC Committee and Ops teams have been busy fundraising this year and have held various events to raise money for FLAC and also to raise awareness of FLAC and its services.
The Diploma students have been very supportive of all events hosted in support of FLAC: the first event the Diploma students attended was The Legal Walk, in Edinburgh, which aims to raise support and funds to provide access to justice. It was a fun event, which many of the firms that support FLAC came out to support.
The first event we organised was a Halloween themed bake sale; it was really popular with both staff and students, and we raised £65.70. We served up creepy cheesecakes as well as spooky but tasty eyeballs!
We also held a pub quiz, which was a great night with students, tutors and trainees from supporting firms involved. We managed to raise £152.08 at this event. There was a quick fire legal round at half time for those donating to FLAC with a prize of a bottle of wine, which was kindly donated by Bar 50 who helped hosted and helped organise the event.
The Diploma Burns Supper Evening in February raised funds for FLAC. Money raised was made up from a raffle of over 35 prizes, a football ticket auction and also a donation from ticket sales to FLAC. The event was a huge success, and we raised £734.10.
The Law Society Music School has held two concerts this academic year: a Christmas Show and a Spring Concert. The performances have both been well attended, and donation buckets were distributed to raise money for the Centre. There were members of the Committee present to discuss our services on the nights too. The Diploma class is having a graduation ball in July, and there is set to be another raffle in which part of the money raised will be donated to FLAC.
I think forward thinking and planning is the most important thing to getting fundraising events right. It takes up a bit of time and things come up unexpectedly along the way so make sure there is plenty of time to get things sorted before the event.