Our CEO, Frances Klaassen, and Legal Services Manager, David Manwaring attended the National Community Legal Centres Australia (CLCs) Conference in Hobart last week.
This conference is celebrating 50 years connecting Community Legal Centres in eight states and community legal sector peak bodies. The Conference’s theme for this year was “Reconnect and Reimagine” the justice landscape.
Frances and David took the opportunity to connect with colleagues in Community Legal Centres from across Australia attending presentations to explore creative new opportunities for integrated models of service delivery, cyber security risk management, building strong safe workplaces. They also discussed the how and why of the role of governance and leadership in creating a thriving workplace.
A key take away was Bob Brown’s, Australian Politician founder of The Bob Brown Foundation, definition of the word justice as “everyone’s right to optimism. “ Hope is no good without action – our job is to change reality. Our community will come with us to do this if we give them the opportunity”. “Thank you Bob for reminding us that social change requires action and that is what we at TASC are here for”, Frances said.
TASC’s Social Justice team had the chance to discuss the impact their programs are having in Southern Queensland communities earlier this week when senior members of QLD’s Department of Seniors, Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships visited our Toowoomba office.
Deputy Director General, Max Wise and Director of Specialist Programs Lauren McFarlane were given an overview of our services, with an emphasis on TASC’s disability advocacy and Seniors Legal and Support Services (SLASS).
TASC’s SLASS service exists to help older people who are at risk of or experiencing elder abuse – which it’s estimated affects almost 1 in 6 Australians aged over 65.
Each year our disability advocacy services help hundreds of people living with a disability to enforce and maintain their human rights.
Pictured are Max Wise and Kym Allen with (seated) Lauren McFarlane, Frances Klaassen and Gail Reardon.
TASC receives funding from the QLD Government to provide legal services and disability advocacy to communities in parts of Queensland. Please visit tascnational.org.au for more information about our advocacy and legal services.
TASC’s Seniors Legal and Support Service (SLASS) were excited to participate once again at the Ipswich and Toowoomba Senior’s Expo this year.
Our team were able to speak to many seniors and retirees on the days, to spread the word that our Seniors Legal and Support Service provides information, advice and free legal and social worker support to people in Toowoomba and Ipswich Hinterland.
Elder abuse can manifest in many different ways – financial, emotional and neglect. If you’re worried about a family member or if you feel you may need some support, call our friendly team on (07) 4616 9700.
TASC can assist in many ways – especially if someone they trust is hurting them or taking advantage of them financially. Go here to find out more https://www.tascnational.org.au/services/seniors-advocacy/. This service is available to anyone aged over 60 years and First Nation’s people aged 50 years and over – however please call us on 07 4616 9700 to check your eligibility.
Grandparents are a treasure in the family. Grandparents can play many important roles in the lives of their beloved young children. They are trusted advisors for their adult children who are now parents themselves. For many families, grandparents provide regular child care. In some cases, they are primary caregivers to their grandkids. And whether they live nearby or stay in touch from afar, the love and emotional closeness that grandparents provide makes a big, positive impact on their grandchild’s healthy development.
This Grandparents Day is an opportunity to connect with older loved ones and share a meal, read a book, play a game, have a yarn or simply take the time to learn more about our shared history.
It’s a day to say ‘thank you’ to all grandparents for their care and support and for sharing their knowledge, experience and traditions with younger generations.
Here at TASK we care for our seniors. If you live in Toowoomba, Ipswich or immediate surrounds, or know a grandparent who is experiencing any form of abuse you can contact our TASC Seniors Advocacy team on 07 4616 9700. Our solicitors and social workers will help you with free legal advice and information, short-term counselling, or referrals to other services near you. Go here to find out more https://www.tascnational.org.au/services/seniors-advocacy/.