Frontline community workers from the local area are invited to gather in Bega on November 29 to hear first-hand stories about homelessness and the impact of the legal system on disadvantaged people.
The community service workers will join a free one-day training workshop presented by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and Legal Aid NSW.
Called Law for Non-Lawyers, the workshop addresses common legal problems faced by homeless people. These include problems with fines and debt, tenancy problems and problems with Centre-link.
Law for Non-Lawyers will also provide information for local community workers about Legal Aid’s new homeless outreach service, which is a recent addition to Legal Aid’s other free civil law advice services in the area. The aim of Legal Aid’s homeless outreach service is to assist clients to deal with their legal issues. This can break the cycle of homelessness or prevent circumstances leading
Legal Aid’s homeless outreach service currently provides free legal advice to people experiencing homelessness in the Far South Coast region. Legal clinics are held on the second Friday of each month in Bega from 11.30am to 1.30pm, at Ricky’s Place, St John’s Anglican Church.