News & Events

Geelong Elder Abuse Forum

Join us on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day for the third Geelong Elder Abuse Forum – Practical sessions on recognising Elder Abuse Guest speakers: Kathy Day, Karingal Gary Ferguson, Seniors Rights Victoria   When: 9.30am -11.30am, Wednesday 15 June 2016 Venue: Eastern Hub, 285A McKillop Street, Geelong East Light morning tea provided Organised by Barwon […]

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Pop-up legal health check shops!

Come and see the team from Barwon Community Legal Service, undertake a free legal health check, and try your luck at winning some amazing prizes. You might just uncover a hidden legal problem. There will also be an opportunity to have a one–on–one chat with a legal professional as well as to take away resources […]

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Helping Asylum Seekers

BCLS and partners launch a crowdfunding campaign to help Asylum Seekers in the Geelong region apply for protection visas. You can see and donate to the campaign at http://pozible.com/seekingrefuge    

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Seeking Refuge Project Geelong

Here are all our wonderful Seeking Refuge Project Volunteers who attended the first Geelong training session provided by Refuge Legal and Barwon Community Legal Service at Deakin Uni last week. ‪#‎seekingrefuge‬

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The Court Experience – Free Session for Community Workers

Popular collaborative event in Geelong We ended 2015 on a high with local community workers attending a sold out interactive and informative session – The Court Experience:  Family Violence, Intervention Orders and Victim’s Compensation. Barwon Community Legal Service teamed up with Geelong Law Courts, Minerva Community Services, Bethany Community Support, Barwon Centre Against Sexual Assault, […]

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BCLS Lawyer Elsie Stokie named Community Lawyer of the Year

Our very own Elsie Stokie has been named the Law Institute of Victoria’s 2015 Community Lawyer of the Year and was also a finalist for the Regional Lawyer of the Year award. We are incredibly pleased that Elsie’s decades of hard work and dedication to the legal service and her community has been recognised. Elsie […]

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Family Violence Law Reform

BCLS advocated for changes to the court system for family violence matters in regional Victoria and for more to be done towards prevention as part of our submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence. In 2014 BCLS acted in over 500 family violence cases and has already provided assistance in over 200 family violence […]

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Huge Turnout for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Events

Most people have heard about Child Abuse, but what about Elder Abuse? Elder Abuse is any act which causes harm to an older person and is carried out by someone they know and trust, such as a family member or friend. Elder Abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment […]

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The Sort It! Deakin Legal Service helping Students

Landlord giving you grief? Had a car accident? Centrelink on your back? Sort It! Deakin Legal Service for Students is here to help! Deakin University Student Association in partnership with Eastern Community Legal Centre and BCLS continues to provide free legal services for Deakin University Students at multiple campuses. This week we were joined by […]

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Tenancy Road Show 2015

We kicked off Law Week 2015 on the road – promoting our free Tenancy Service to community members and running Law for Community Worker sessions on Renting and Housing Law. We travelled over 850kms visiting regional towns in the Western district including Warrnambool, Portland, Hamilton and Camperdown. In addition to the Renting and Housing Law […]

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