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thrive: It's a joy for DLA Piper to back pupil holiday project.

A law firm's support has enabled one woman to transform her idea into a successful charity helping youngsters facing a range of challenges.

It has been seven years since Joy Turner first had the idea of mentoring and nurturing young people and set up Artistic Ministries Sunset 7.

Joy, the charity's MD, saw an opportunity to offer safe, fun and educational activities for children during school holidays.

The next initiative that runs over the half term will be at the city's Holte School in Lozells.

Since those early days Joy, who was previously an administrator for Birmingham Race Action Partnership and a school secretary, has worked tirelessly to co-ordinate an impressive programme. Professional support from DLA Piper has enabled Joy strengthen the network of people and services who can help her fulfil all the aims of the charity.

The law firm began its partnership with the charity in 2006 after an introduction through the Business Connecting Communities initiative, that matches the professional services sector with voluntary organisations.

Since then, DLA Piper has helped Artistic Ministries through their application to the Charity Commission and through the process of becoming a Company Limited by Guarantee.

Chris Rawston, Office Managing Partner of DLA Piper Birmingham, said: "It has been a very rewarding working relationship with the charity and one we are very happy to support with our legal services.

"These young people being mentored are our future business people and significant members of the community in many different capacities.

"The energy and vision invested in them by the charity's Board and volunteers are a real inspiration. DLA Piper has a significant national Corporate Social Responsibility policy and we are keen to continue encouraging and supporting initiatives like this."

Joy said: "We have gained tremendously from our relationship with DLA Piper who has continued to give us their tireless energy and professionalism in seeing us through the necessary legal requirements and practices. They are thoroughly approachable and helpful individuals."

Out of term activities programmes for the eight to 14-year-olds include arts, crafts, music, citizenship and leisure/sports activities with an educational theme.

The catchment area includes Ladywood, Lozells, Aston, Winson Green, Edgbaston, Leebank, Woodview and surrounding areas, working with Schools Cluster Groups and Community Centres to further our aims.

The West Midlands Crime Fighting Team have also shown tremendous support in the programmes, even joining in activity workshops.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Feb 5, 2008
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