‘I’ve seen a lot of confused and desperate people in my time as a volunteer, but Danielle’s case was one of the worst. Danielle had no savings of her own and couldn’t afford a solicitor, so she sought help to apply for a divorce from her husband using a free legal advice clinic. Feeling overwhelmed by the financial arrangements application, Danielle became increasingly anxious that if she made a mistake, her husband would become abusive or the divorce might be delayed. Unable to sleep or eat due to the stress of the situation, Danielle was frightened about what her husband might do...’
When people are unable to access legal support, anxious, and uncertain about the next steps to take, we step in. In the last year, we’ve helped clients in exactly the same situation as Danielle on 49,346 occasions. Thanks to the generosity of our amazing supporters, we’ve seen lives transformed. 77% reported feeling less anxious, whilst 93% told us they felt they had a fairer hearing.
‘By the end of our session Danielle was much calmer, more confident and had a clearer understanding of the whole process... I’ve seen how marriage breakdown can escalate into nasty behaviour and put real stress on people’s emotional and mental health. I know that Danielle has a long and draining process ahead of her, but for me, knowing that thanks to the generosity of our donors, Support Through Court can make that difficult process easier, is an amazing ongoing legacy.’
Our teams of volunteers across the country work to support people like Danielle. But we’re not content to stop there. Over the next five years, we’re scaling up our services so that we can support more people, in more places, in a way that suits them. We’ll use technology to connect with more people, in more places, more cost effectively. We'll invest in recruiting and training more volunteers to empower people. And we’ll continue to ensure that clients are at the heart of all we do, so they know they’re not alone.
It’s thanks to the tireless support of our committed donors that we’re able to scale up and reach more people than ever before. This amazing community enables all we do and we’re committed to making the most of every penny.
You too can be part of this change. You can order your free information pack, which contains all the practical information you need to include a gift to Support Through Court in your will by completing the form below. A member of our team will be in touch shortly.