National Values Review Day

Wednesday was a special day for the TASC team as we came together for our Professional Development Day. It was a great opportunity for our geographically diverse team to connect and focus on the behaviours that reflect our values and contribute to our success as an organisation.

With consultant Joan Wilson-Jones leading our workshops, we dove into discussions about effective communication, understanding, and reflection on the impact our words and actions have. We looked at how these behaviours lead to better outcomes for our clients, our team, and ourselves, and brainstormed ways to incorporate them into our daily work.

It was a productive day filled with learning and sharing, and we left with a clearer vision of how to support each other and our goals moving forward. Here’s to putting these insights into action and continuing to grow together.

Staff Development Day

TASC’s offices will be closed on Tuesday 21 February for our Staff Development Day.

The day is an opportunity for our team, who are usually spread out across the region to come together and explore how we work together further enhancing our connection with each other.  This time we’re diving into our values and mission as a Community Legal and Social Justice Centre, and how we can bring them into everything we do.

Anniversary of the National Apology

Today, the 13th of February 2024 marks the 16th anniversary of the symbolic National Apology to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and more specifically the Apology to the Stolen Generations by the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in 2008.

The Stolen Generations people’s lives, their families’ lives and communities were destroyed by past government policies of forced child removal and assimilation which caused enormous disruption to family and cultural structures. The Apology was to recognise the wrongs of the past to those who suffered ongoing trauma and as a step forward in their healing journey.

The Apology was the beginning for survivors and families of the Stolen Generations to start their healing and is a reminder of the spirit in which the Apology was offered and the recognition of the importance of truth telling. Tragically, many of our Stolen Generations have not reunited with family or returned to country and the number of stolen children is not known.

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people seeking to reunite with family or country, organisations like Link Up QLD (www.link-upqld.org.au/ ) can help find and bring together families from the Stolen Generations.

Wear it purple day at TASC

🌈💜 Today is Wear It Purple Day, and at TASC we stand in solidarity with our LGBTQIA+ youth and community, highlighting the intrinsic human rights everyone deserves.

At TASC we believe in a world where everyone can proudly express who they are, free from discrimination. Celebrating diversity goes hand in hand with promoting well-being, and challenging any form of injustice. By wearing purple, we’re not just adding a splash of colour for the day; we’re demonstrating our commitment to equality, dignity, and a life free from prejudice.

Remember, you are valued, your rights are recognised, and your well-being is paramount. 

Together, let’s champion a brighter, inclusive future for all. 💜🌈

#StandingUpForHumanRights #HumanRightsForAll #CommunityPride #NoToDiscrimination.

Communication the key for senior’s legal and support team

Collaboration, communication and supportive peers are the key for TASC’s talented and dedicated solicitors and social workers from our Seniors Legal and Support Service (affectionately known as SLASS internally because we all love an acronym)… Cake helps too 😊 .

Earlier this year the service was expanded to include access for seniors living in the Ipswich hinterland who may be facing, or at risk of elder abuse, which can take many forms including emotional, psychological, financial, physical abuse and neglect.  

Our Seniors Legal and Support Service team work with older people to address instances of elder abuse and can provide strategies to help avoid it. 

The service is free of charge for people aged over 60 (or over 50 for Frist Nations people) and is available to people living in Toowoomba, Ipswich and the Ipswich hinterland.  To find out more please visit www.tascnational.org.au/seniors

TASC welcomes new solicitor for Roma

TASC are excited to introduce our Roma Solicitor Natalie Alexander. Natalie is available for appointments via telephone or in person, operating from the Roma Neighbourhood Centre situated on the corner of Bowen Street and Hawthorne Street, Roma.

Natalie will be available for in-person appointments one week per fortnight, with phone appointments available the following week.

To make a booking please contact our Legal Intake Team on 4616 9700 or visit our website tascnational.org.au/legal to find out more.

Natalie is admitted as a Solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. Natalie holds a GradDipLP, LLB, DipPolicingPrac, DipLeadershipMgt, DipBusAdmin, DipComServ, and is currently studying to obtain her national accreditation as a Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner. Committed to social justice and helping those disadvantaged, Natalie has an extreme passion for helping clients through their Family Law and Domestic Violence matters.

An experienced Social Justice Advocate, possessing strong advocacy skills to assist her clients navigating through their legal issues, she ensures the best outcome for her clients.  

In 2013, Natalie was successfully awarded a National Police Medal for her dedication and commitment to policing and for her 10-year service, in the New South Wales Police Force.

Outside of work she enjoys keeping fit and spending time with her friends and family.

Tourette Syndrome Awareness Week

 

This week it’s Tourette Syndrome Awareness Week. Did you know that about 1% of our population experience Tourette’s?

But, what is Tourette Syndrome? Tourette Syndrome (TS) is a condition that causes involuntary motor/vocal tics. These include: repetitive movements, unwanted sounds (tics), speaking offensive language, etc. Diagnosed at the early stages of childhood, this syndrome is 3-4 times more common in boys than girls.

This year’s campaign focuses on ‘What’s your first response?’. Let’s work together to change the way Tourette syndrome is viewed by society to be more inclusive.

 

Senior Solicitor Allana Janke Celebrates 11 Years with TASC

Congratulations to our awesome Senior Solicitor Allana Janke, celebrating another work anniversary with us.

Allana joined TASC in 2012 and works primarily in the area of Family Law. In her role, Allana provides people in the Ipswich community with free legal advice about parenting matters, divorce and domestic violence and family violence. She is also on the roster as Domestic Violence Duty Lawyer in the Ipswich Magistrates Court; and provides advice through the Family Relationship Centre as part of its partnership with TASC in Ipswich.

Allana supervises a team of Solicitors across TASC’s network of offices in Ipswich, Toowoomba and Roma. She also represents TASC on groups including the Regional Legal Assistance Forum in Ipswich.

Allana has a Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, both from Queensland University of Technology (QUT). In 2008 she was admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland and to the High Court of Australia.

 

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