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 actually legal issues and do not know where to seek advice. Our aim was to have informal chats with members of the community to identify any unknown or unresolved legal matters and let them know how we could help.
The legal health checks brought up a number of legal issues, most involving unpaid fines and debts that residents were struggling to understand and cope with financially. Residents made follow-up appointments with BCLS lawyers at SalvoConnect to receive ongoing assistance to hopefully settle their matters.
Feedback for this event from the community and all services involved was very positive.