Tuesday, 24 November 2015

25 November 2015 - International Day for Eradication of Violence against Women

White Ribbon Campaign

Ever wondered what the white ribbon means?  Essentially, it highlights Men working to end violence against women.  Domestic violence in its many forms has never been acceptable, particularly in today’s society and the surveys carried out highlight:-

  • 85% of forced marriage victims in the UK are women.
  • A third of women are abused in some form by an intimate partner during the course of their lifetime.
  • 70% of domestic violence results in injury.
  • The financial impact, let alone the emotional aspect of domestic violence costs the State, tax payers,  victims and services £23 billion a year.

The campaign enables men to voice their support to the ongoing work being carried out to raise awareness and change behaviour.  In California during the ‘80’s, the campaign to “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” originated where men put on high heels and walked a mile to highlight their support.  Of course, wearing high heels does not appeal to everyone, but the wearing of a white ribbon shows awareness and a common wish!

If you have any questions about domestic violence or need help and support please contact Cindy Ervine by email by clicking here, calling 01380 722311 or alternatively visit www.awdrys.co.uk

Monday, 23 November 2015

Family Dispute Resolution Week (23-27 November 2015)

Putting Children First...

Cindy Ervine, a Collaborative lawyer and Family Solicitor at Awdry Bailey & Douglas, seeks to highlight awareness of Resolution week which takes place during the week of 23.11.15.  The message that family solicitors seek to promote and which goes to the heart of the support and advice they provide when there are problems within a relationship is - “Putting children first”.

Collaborative law offers separating parties the opportunity to meet with their respective solicitors and each other in the same room and work together to find solutions that are fair for the whole family.  The clients retain the control, and the dynamic works at their pace to meet their requirements.

Cindy seeks to ensure that agreements reached, take into consideration the parties’ children and their respective needs and wishes.  Research commissioned by Resolution (the National Organisation of Family Solicitors) has shown that children seek to have age appropriate information and wish to be kept informed.  By working together, this will minimise any impact to the children, and promote their stability and security.

If you seek further information about resolution week or collaborative law please email Cindy by clicking here or visit www.awdrys.co.uk

Friday, 20 November 2015

Carers Rights Day

Carers Rights Day
Friday 20 November 2015

Carers Rights Day takes place on Friday 20 November 2015 helping to bring organisations together across the UK in order to help carers find out about their rights and to get the help and support they may be entitled to...

Awdry Bailey & Douglas Solicitor Carina Kervin will be attending the Devizes Town Hall on behalf of one of the firm’s departments called abdcare to help answer any relevant legal issues surrounding carers rights. She will be part of a panel alongside other representatives from the council, CAB as well as local politicians who work with Carers Support Wiltshire to bring information and advice to carers in the local area.  Discussions and questions taking place will focus on;

Carers Rights
Help and Support for Carers
Raising awareness of the needs of Carers
Legal Assistance 
And more...

The audience will be able to ask the panel questions as well as have the opportunity to speak on a one to one basis.

Who are abdcare?

abdcare is a managed branded division of Awdry Bailey & Douglas Solicitors who specialises in fighting for the rights of victims. abdcare advises and assists people with elderly care issues.

What does abdcare do?

Recovers on your behalf wrongly paid care home fees
Protects your assets from the juggernaut which is care home funding
Advise you generally on understanding the care system for the purpose of allowing you to better prepare

For more information go to www.carersuk.org or www.abdcare.co.uk

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

ABD Teams up with Local Charities for Christmas Toy Appeal

Awdry Bailey and Douglas are delighted to offer their Devizes office as a collection point for the Christmas Toy Appeal 2015.

Staff and members of the public are able to donate new unwrapped toys to help make Christmas special for children and families who have little or nothing under their tree on Christmas morning.  The collection will support families and charities all across Devizes and Wiltshire such as Social Services, Sure Start, 4 Children and Contact a Family.

The appeal will be running until 14th December, the gifts will then be wrapped and distributed to those in need.

Suggested gift ideas;

  • 0-3 years:  dolls, teddy bears, cot mobiles, baby clothes, bath toys, CDs of suitable music and nursery rhymes, puzzles
  • 3-5 years: dolls and action figures, cars, lorries, DVDs and CDs (music and nursery rhymes), colouring sets, pencils, crayons, books, puzzles
  • 5-9 years: educational games & toys, stationery (colouring sets, pencils, crayons, school sets), CDs & family friendly DVDs, books, puzzles, wordsearch, crosswords
  • 9-12 years: games and toys, stationery, CDs, DVDs, books, T-Shirts, hair accessories, gloves, scarves, hats
  • 13-16 years: CDs, DVDs, books, make-up and toiletries (please try to ensure non-allergic ingredients if possible), gloves, scarves, hats, T-Shirts, hair accessories

Donations can be made 8.30am to 5.30pm - Monday to Friday at Awdry Bailey & Douglas, 33 St Johns Street, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1BW.

For further information please call 01380 722311 or to email Stacey Jones click here.