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.

 

TASC Attends CLCA Conference

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.

NDIS CALD summit informs stratgey

TASC CEO Frances Klaassen OAM caught up with Chair and Managing Director at Cultural Perspectives Group, Pino Migliorino AM GAICD FPRIA in Melbourne today.

Pino was today’s facilitator at the NDIS Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Strategy Summit being held in Melbourne today.

At the summit they discussed, reflected on and refined objectives and actions with attendees from across Australia.  It was also a chance to identify and gaps or areas which need refining.

The summit was a fantastic opportunity for organizations across the sector to come together and give feedback and insights to inform the 2023-27 NDIS CALD strategy.

Office on the run

TASC CEO Frances Klaassen caught up on her to do list at Sydney airport this week before her flight to Melbourne for a summit on NDIS Cultural and linguistic diversity strategy.

Frances and Social Justice Manager Gail Reardon were in Sydney for a separate NDIS and Mental Health conference.

Attending these events gives TASC access and input into what’s happening in the disability and mental health advocacy space, including best practices, common challenges and how to overcome them.

TASC provides free mental health and disability advocacy services across South West Queensland and into the Burnett and Wide Bay.

TASC meets up with Toowoomba Seniors

Last week TASC’s Seniors Legal and Support Service (SLASS) attended a senior’s expo at Clifford Park in Toowoomba.  The event, organized by the State Government aimed to connect local seniors with some of the support providers and programs which are in place to help them stay safe, healthy and connected in the community.

Over 190 Toowoomba seniors attended the morning event which was emceed by State member for Toowoomba North, Trevor Watts.

Representing TASC were Paula and Narelle who took the opportunity to talk face to face about how TASC’s SLASS program can help them secure their safety and well-being.

TASC’s seniors service is available to anyone over the age of 60, or 50 for First Nations people, and helps older people who may be at risk of, or experiencing elder abuse.

Images courtesy of Phil Hargreaves www.philhargreaves.com.au

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