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Making a difference in Manchester


Guest blog: Geraldine Stephens, President of Trafford Law Society

You’ve probably heard the myth of solicitors being rich and invulnerable to hard times. The truth is, we’re not made of steel. Life’s challenges can happen to everyone. Legal professionals are no exception.

Luckily, lawyers across Greater Manchester are doing their bit for fellow colleagues who fall into financial hardship.

Across the city, a handful of lawyers have signed up as volunteers and Trustees for SBA The Solicitors’ Charity. In addition, firms and individuals from all over town make a huge impact via donations and even offering unclaimed client balances. Thanks to the generosity of these people, we are able to turn the lives around for those who are in need.


Showing why I volunteer for SBA The Solicitors’ Charity

What is SBA The Solicitors’ Charity?

As a volunteer for this charity, I am proud to give my time to such a worthy cause. It helps solicitors (and their dependants) to get back on their feet through financial support. This assistance pays for items that many of us take for granted. These include household repairs, groceries and accommodation etc. Those who are out of work can also get their careers back on track through a coaching service to boost their job search.

Individuals who reach out for assistance usually have money struggles due to issues like accidents, illnesses, divorce and job losses. This goes to show that hardship can affect us all, regardless of where we are in our careers.

Last year, 13% of people who received support from this organisation were based in the North West. This means that an impact is already being made in our part of the country. Despite this, there’s still so much more we can do.

Wearing the colours at last year’s Manchester Legal Walk. Look out for pink wigs this year.


How you can help in Manchester

Having been involved in a number of cases, I can vouch that volunteering is very rewarding. I have visited applicants and can see first-hand just how difficult their lives are. Knowing you’re doing your part in making such a positive change is really motivating.

However, this isn’t the only way you can do your bit. You can offer to bring positive changes in many ways. These include:

  • Donating
  • Fundraising
  • Giving unclaimed client balances
  • Leaving a gift in your will

Whether it’s time or money, there are various ways you can get involved. One example I’ve been told of is how Manchester Law Society raises funds at the annual Christmas Service at Saint Anne’s Church in the city centre.

To learn more about what the charity does, explore this website. Alternatively, keep a lookout for pink wigs at the Manchester Legal Walk next week. If you spot anyone, come and have a chat in person.

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