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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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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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