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Personal Support Unit

2019 BBC Radio 4 Appeal

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p] Our civil and family courts can be extremely intimidating for people without legal knowledge or help. Hundreds of thousands of people this year will face court alone, having to overcome barriers, such as legal jargon and lack of advice. And when a case has life-changing outcomes, such as losing your income, home or children, it’s no wonder the court experience becomes immensely stressful. [/p][p] Many of the people who come to the Personal Support Unit for help have experience of domestic abuse, making their time in court all the harder. [i]Domestic abuse features in a staggering 70-90% of all cases in the family courts.[/i][/p][p] Lady Hale, President of the Supreme Court, will lead an appeal on BBC Radio 4 to raise awareness of the problems vulnerable court users face. She shares the story of Sue (whose real name has been changed for her protection) who found herself in court because of the breakdown of her marriage. She was very nervous about attending because she couldn’t afford a lawyer and had to represent herself. Sue said she was especially concerned about being in the same building as her ex-husband as he had been violent during their marriage, so court staff brought her to the Personal Support Unit in the court.[/p][p] Everyone deserves access to justice, whether or not they can afford a lawyer. The Personal Support Unit is in 24 locations in England and Wales, where more than 750 volunteers give court users the practical information and emotional support they need to better access justice. [/p][p] The Radio 4 appeal is an incredible opportunity for a small charity like us and we hope you will listen to the appeal on 28 July at 7.55am. With additional support we can help far more people going through the court process alone. We are asking all our supporters to tune in, help us spread the word about the broadcast and to donate. [/p][p]It costs £25 for a support session with a trained volunteer, empowering people, like Sue, to gain confidence and get a fairer trial. [/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

28 Jul 2019


Aug 1, 2019

Charles Graham

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jul 29, 2019



Jul 27, 2019


Excellent charity serving some of the most vulnerable.


Jul 22, 2019


Thanks to the PSU for all the incredible work you do.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jul 19, 2019


£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid