Wednesday 27 April 2022

Neighbourhood Houses Victoria has partnered with the Victorian Law Foundation to oversee a string of events happening across the state during Victorian Law Week, with the aim to improve community understanding and access to local legal services.

Taking place 16 to 22 May, Victorian Law Week is a program of community events and activities, designed to help Victorians understand their rights, find answers to their questions, know what help is available and how our legal system works.

As part of the partnership, 15 Neighbourhood Houses have received grants to run activities that focus on different aspects of the law that affect everyday people.

"Having unresolved legal issues and being unable to access legal services can have a serious impact on a person's ability to participate in community life," said Neighbourhood Houses Victoria CEO Nicole Battle.

"We are proud to embrace Victorian Law Week, and provide community members with access to free legal assistance and information."

Education and Events Director at Victorian Law Foundation, Kate Sedgwick, is excited to work with Neighbourhood Houses to reach new cohorts, especially in regional areas.

"We understand Neighbourhood Houses are at the grassroots of local communities, and people from all walks of life visit them seeking information, advice and support," Kate said.

"Sometimes these are people who are down on their luck, and struggling with aspects of the law - whether it be overdue bills, issues relating to wills, domestic violence, or vulnerability towards scams.

"The law can be intimidating and confusing at first. These free community sessions offered through Victorian Law Week are designed to explain things simply, and point people in the right direction.

"Victorian Law Foundation is glad these grants will assist Neighbourhood Houses to carry out this important awareness raising."

The events taking place at Neighbourhood Houses through this partnership are listed below. To view the full program, visit the Victorian Law Week website.

List of activities occurring at Neighbourhood Houses during Victorian Law Week

Monday 16 May 2022

10am-10.45am: Wendouree Neighbourhood House
Creating your will? We can help

11am-12pm: Yea Community House
Why you need a will

11.15am-12pm: Wendouree Neighbourhood House
Learn about powers of attorney

12pm-1pm: Yea Community House
How to protect yourself from family violence

1pm-2pm: Wendouree Neighbourhood House
How you would like to be cared for later in life?

2pm-3pm: Yea Community House
Thinking of getting divorced?

6pm-8pm: Birchip Neighbourhood House
Why young people need a will 

Tuesday 17 May 2022

10am-11.30am: Hamilton Community House
Learn how to create a will

10am-2pm: Charlton Neighbourhood House
Legal health check-up

10.30am-12pm: Charlton Neighbourhood House
Everything you need to know about wills and powers of attorney

10am-1pm: Manna Gum Community House (Foster)
Coffee with the Gippsland Community Legal Service

12pm-2pm: Rowville Community Learning Centre
Are you a temporary visa holder experiencing domestic violence?

3pm-5pm: Rowville Community Learning Centre
Do you need support to appear in the Magistrates’ Court?

Wednesday 18 May 2022

8.30am-12.30pm: Donald Community Centre
Legal health check-up

9am-1pm: Rye Community House
Free coffee and legal advice

10am-11.30am: Darley Neighbourhood House & Learning Centre
Everyday responsibilities getting you down? Come talk to us

10am-11am: Yarraville Community Centre
Your rights at work

10.30am-11.30am: Ballarat East Neighbourhood House
Who makes sure the terms of your will are carried out?

10.30am-12pm: Charlton Neighbourhood House
Not in my neighbourhood – by-laws in Buloke Shire

11am-1pm: Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre (Flemington)
Do you have legal concerns?

11.30am-12.30am: Ballarat East Neighbourhood House
Learn about powers of attorney

11.30am-12.30am: Ballarat East Neighbourhood House
How would you like to be cared for when you’re older?

12pm-2pm: Cloverdale Community Centre (Corio)
Family violence – how can you get help?

1.30pm-4.30pm: Wycheproof Community Resource Centre
Legal health check-up

12.30pm-3pm: Olympic Adult Education (Heidelberg West)
Legal issues affecting women

Thursday 19 May 2022

10am-3pm: Laurels Education and Training (Bacchus Marsh)
Wills, powers of attorney, advanced care directives. What does it all mean?

10.30am-11.30am: Simpson & District Community Centre
Not in my neighbourhood – by-laws in Corangamite Shire

10.30am-11.30am: Rosewall Community Centre (Corio)
Let’s talk scams

7pm-8pm: Ballarat East Neighbourhood House (online)
Who makes sure the terms of your will are carried out?

Friday 20 May 2022

10am-3pm: Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre
Wills, powers of attorney and end-of-life planning

10am-45pm: Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre
Creating your will? We can help

11.15am-12pm: Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre
What is a power of attorney?

12pm-1.30pm: Whittlesea Community House
Seniors squad! Need help?

1pm-2pm: Ballarat Neighbourhood Centre
How would you like to be cared for later in life?