News & Events

Celebrating our Volunteers

Volunteer profile Martin has been attending the BCLS Night Service every fortnight to observe and gain experience as he transitions from maxillofacial surgeon to volunteer legal practitioner. He has also generously hosted BCLS staff and volunteers at his residence for a Christmas Function last year and a recent Law Week celebration. Role Observing the experts […]

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Law Week at SalvoConnect

This year we partnered with Victoria Legal Aid and SalvoConnect to celebrate Law Week and ran a community BBQ and legal health checks for residents at the local Salvos in Belmont. Many people are often not aware that the fines they have or the Centrelink or Child Support debts that they are paying off are […]

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Graduates help save elderly client from an undeserved fine

Our placement graduates learnt first hand the value of community legal centres while achieving a win for an elderly vulnerable client. Joan* visited BCLS with a failure to comply with a fire prevention notice and a fine of $1500 for not maintaining her yard. She was living solely on a Disability Support Pension and was […]

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Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

 BCLS and Geelong Legal Aid staff members  In support of the Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea initiative our staff hosted a lovely morning tea with members of the local Victoria Legal Aid office on 11 June. Our kitchen was chock-full of sweet treats courtesy of the talented bakers in our team and the culinary inclined […]

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Tips and traps for first time renters

Keep calm and know your rights!’ was the message we were spreading at the recent Deakin University O Week events held at the Waurn Ponds, Waterfront and Warrnambool Campuses during the first week of March. Each year we hear shocking stories from students of their dealings with dodgy landlords and real estate agents. We encourage […]

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Fines and Infringements – Community Workers Forum

Barwon Community Legal Service Lawyer, Lee Bolton, joined staff from Fitzroy Legal Service to hold a Community Workers Forum in Geelong in February this year. Fitzroy Legal Service presented an overview of criminal law, sentencing and the duties of care and confidentiality. Lee’s session focused on Fines and Infringements and local workers were given the […]

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Bereavement Assistance

When someone you care about dies it is an emotional and upsetting time, but if there is no money to pay for a funeral it can be even more distressing. Often older people, or those who are terminally ill, worry about leaving a financial burden for those left behind. Bereavement Assistance is a community not-for-profit […]

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