Healing’s the focus for 2022 Refugee Week

Over 800,000 refugees and displaced persons have settled in Australia since 1945. The success of refugee settlement on Queensland’s Darling Downs has been hailed as an example for councils around the country as refugees are helping building the cultural fabric of regional communities.

This year’s Refugee Week theme is ‘Healing’. It raises awareness of the issues affecting refugees and promotes harmony and togetherness. The importance of human connections has been underscored by the pandemic and such lessons can help us in so many ways.  Mainstream and refugee communities alike can draw upon shared hardship to heal wounds, to learn from each other and to move forward. Healing can occur through storytelling, through community and also through realisation of our intrinsic interconnectedness as individuals.

TASC National calls Queenslanders to help protect seniors from elder abuse

Growing and aging is a natural process in life. As we grow, our bodies debilitate and we not only become more exposed to develop physical and mental deterioration but also to be vulnerable to abuse by someone we know. A family member or a friend can steal our money, threaten us to move out of our house or place us into a nursing home, hit us producing bodily injury, physical pain, or impairment, force us to have sex, cause us distress through verbal or non-verbal acts, neglect or even abandon us.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is commemorated each year on 15 June to highlight one of the worst manifestations of ageism and inequality in our society, elder abuse..

It’s time for us to acknowledge their importance and recognise they are entitled to the respect of their communities and especially their families.

If you live in Toowoomba and Ipswich or immediate surrounds or know someone in those areas who is experiencing any form of abuse you can contact TASC Legal and Social Justice Services on 07 4616 9700.

To learn more about TASC or to make a tax deductible donation, visit www.tascnational.org.au and click SUPPORT US!

Are you ready to listen?

Aged care is more than just a bed in a home, it’s a place where an older person is safe and cared for, a new “home”.

However, an estimated of 50 sexual assaults take place in residential aged care in Australia every week.

TASC joins the #ReadyToListen campaign to build the skills and capacity of aged care service providers to better respond to – and prevent – sexual assault in aged care. Visit opan.org.au/ready-to-listen to access this campaign resources.

TASC is funded by the Queensland Government to deliver Legal and Support Services to seniors. This free service is available to anyone aged 60 years and over and First Nations people aged 50 and over.

If you live in Toowoomba, Ipswich or its immediate surroundings or know someone in those areas who are experiencing any form of abuse, contact TASC Legal and Social Justice Services on 07 4616 9700.

To learn more about TASC or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.tascnational.org.au and click SUPPORT US!

EOFY is here

Are you on the brink of your tax bracket? A donation at the end of this financial year does good in the community and also reduces your taxable income. This is a generous method to help shift the rate in which your earnings are taxed each year.

More and more Aussies are relying on us for help. Please give before 30th of June to make a difference today. Your charitable donation ensures that no one is left in need.

Pride Month

Did you know that between 72,000 and 370,000 LGBTIQ+ people live in Queensland? They work, pay taxes, have families and are active members of our community. However, according to the Queensland Police, up to 62% of them have experienced domestic and family violence (DFV) and are less likely to seek support.

This Pride month is an opportunity for all of us to peacefully raise awareness of this and other issues facing the LGBTIQ+ community. There must be a visible, supported, and joyous event telling people of the LBTQI+ community that it is a beautiful, diverse, supported and welcoming community, one to be a proud member of, and one that deserves the rights and dignities of every human.

If you live in Toowoomba, Ipswich or the surroundings or know someone in those areas who are experiencing any form of abuse, contact TASC Legal and Social Justice Services on 07 4616 9700.

To learn more about TASC or to make a tax deductible donation, visit www.tascnatioanl.org.au and click SUPPORT US!

TASC National joined Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea

According to Cancer Council Australia, almost seven in 10 Australians will survive for at least five years after a cancer diagnosis and in some cancers, the survival is as high as 90%. These success stories are only possible through continued support or donors. As an active member of our Community, TASC National hosted a staff morning tea and raised over $500 towards a good cause. Thank you to everyone that contributed to the morning tea and donated money. Your efforts are acknowledged and greatly appreciated.

Let’s show scammers who is boss! Law Week 2022

Laws are created to make sure that we understand what is expected of us as members of society. The theme of this year’s Law Week is ‘Spotlight on scams’. Stopping scammers is in our hands too. Further information about protecting yourself and your loved ones against scam fraud can be found at www.qld.gov.au/law/law-week.

If you live in or around Toowoomba or know someone who has been a victim of scammers call us on 07 4616 9700 or visit www.tascnational.org.au for a confidential discussion.

To make a tax-deductible donation and support us in providing advice to scam victims in our community, visit www.tascnational.org.au/get-involved/support-us/ and click SUPPORT US!

TASC attends Community Legal Centres Queensland State Conference 2022

TASC is a community legal centre providing legal, social justice and advocacy services to a large geographic area in South East Queensland for 40 years.

Our management team is always looking for opportunities to develop skills, increase knowledge and partner with others community legal centres to better service our clients.

This week, TASC CEO Frances Klassessan OAM (middle), TASC Principal Solicitor David Manwaring (left hand) and Senior Solicitor Allana Janke (right hand) attended the Community Legal Centres Queensland State Conference 2022 themed Champions, Allies & Advocates.

While there they took the opportunity to show their support for Community Legal Centres Australia #Handsupforjustice.

To know more about the services we provide to our community or to make a tax deductible donation, visit https://www.tascnational.org.au/get-involved/support-us/ and click SUPPORT US!”

Meet Marlana Enklemann, TASC Social Justice Advocate for Ipswich

Marlana Enklemann is an experienced Social Justice Advocate working from the TASC Ipswich office. She is passionate about advocating for people with disabilities to have the best quality of life possible.

Marlana is tenacious, hardworking and driven and provides great outcomes for her clients.

Marlana stated ‘I’m standing up for my clients so they can feel included within the community with access to the same right as anyone else’.

Meet Ian Valentine, TASC Advocate for Bundaberg

Ian Valentine has many years of experience working in Human Services, including 4 ½ years as a Disability Support Worker.  Driven by a desire to achieve social justice for all, Ian takes pride in striving for the desired outcome for every client.  As a social justice advocate, Ian’s goals include making sure every client feels valued and heard and with a belief their hopes are being advocated for.

Ian stated ‘I’m standing up for clients for their rights against unfair treatment’