Sandwell Advice Providers Network (SAPN)
SAPN is a forum for collaboration and discussion about a very wide range of topics that relate to providing high quality, free advice in Sandwell about debt, welfare benefits, housing, immigration, consumer matters, employment and other issues. Training, referrals, social policy and information about changes in the law are discussed on a regular basis.
Over 18 independent advice providers belong to the network including: Citizens Advice Sandwell & Walsall, members of Sandwell Consortium, AgeUK, St Albans and the council’s welfare rights team. Meetings are chaired by Shabud Ullah from CBO and partners from other services are invited to ensure that links are made. Any organisation that provides free advice in Sandwell is able to attend network meetings and is able to access free training.
At the moment meetings are held on-line every 3 – 4 months.
- To find out more about the work of the network over the last few years, please take a look at the SAPN Annual Reports (pdf copies below);
- Advice providers work hard to deliver a high quality service, set out in the SAPN Service Standards (pdf copy)
- Information about some of our providers https://www.sandwell.gov.uk/downloads/file/30118/covid-19_advice_service_provision
Although the Network is not facilitated by SCVO, it has many of the characteristics of a voluntary sector forum and provides another opportunity for voluntary organisations to work together and for statutory partners to engage with a cross-section of Sandwell’s voluntary sector.
If you would like to find out more about SAPN, please contact Shabud on firstname.lastname@example.org
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