An East Yorkshire law firm has stepped in to keep afloat a community network which provides valuable support to hundreds of voluntary organisations and charities.

The future of the Local Links Project run by East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) was put in doubt following a loss of funding.

But Hull solicitors SJP Law have enabled the project to continue by providing new funding.

Now voluntary organisations ranging from disability support services to sports and arts groups from across East Yorkshire can continue to benefit from the Local Links service.

Sian Broughton, Chief Executive of ERVAS, said: “The Local Links Project plays an important role for community groups across the county. It is a valuable resource of information, support and allowing diverse groups to share best practice.

“Most of these groups are run by unpaid volunteers and the local links network helps them to keep informed of changes to legislation such as GDPR as well as being able to more easily identify where they need to go for help and advice.

“We have six Local Links networks operating throughout East Yorkshire and all community groups are welcome to take part. All are dedicated to helping people in their local communities be it personal wellbeing and caring or taking up a new hobby or sport.”

Neil Holland, Director of Hull based SJP Law, said: “Voluntary organisations and charities in East Yorkshire are doing a fantastic job with so many people giving up their spare time to help improve the quality of life for others.

“When we heard that the future of this important project could be in jeopardy due to a shortfall in funding we were more than happy to step in and fill the gap as part of our on-going programme of community initiatives.”

Local Links groups meet regularly across the county with meetings planned in Beverley, Bridlington, Goole, Market Weighton-Pocklington, Withernsea-Hornsea and Haltemprice-Hunsley.

Further information on the Local Links Project can be found at www.local-links.org.uk  and more information on SJP Law can be found at www.sjplaw.co.uk