Peninsula Community Legal Centre has recognised that people often have a range of non-legal issues that can significantly impact on the resolution of their legal problem. PCLC was successful in securing funding from the Phylliss Connor Memorial Trust, managed by Equity Trustees and Mr Norman Bourke to pilot and evaluate the employment of an experienced social worker to work alongside lawyers and caseworkers in a generalist community legal centre setting. This two year pilot aims to increase identification of client’s associated non-legal issues, conduct a holistic assessment and active response to enhance the resolution of client’s legal problems and minimise the (re) occurrence and/or impact of future legal issues.
In response to the emergence of out of control outstanding toll fines in our community PCLC sought funding from the Department of Justice & Regulation’s Community Legal Centre Assistance Fund to conduct a fines clinic. This two year funding supports PCLC to conduct two clinics per week at our Head Office providing free legal advice and assistance on a broad range of fines, including driving on toll-roads without an e-tag, parking offences and public transport fines. The project is also supported by PCLC Trainee Lawyer placements and Deakin University Law Students.
Peninsula Community Legal Centre Inc. has received funding from Victoria Legal Aid to conduct the Family Law to Family Violence Continuity of Service Delivery Pilot. This two year pilot will enable PCLC to provide ongoing family law casework services for separating parties, particularly parents who are applicants or respondents to Family Violence Intervention Order matters at the Magistrates’ Court/s. Family Law Duty services will be provided at the Magistrates Court to assist clients to navigate the family law system with issues such as children and property matters with continuing support provided through family dispute resolution or at the Commonwealth family law courts. Services will be targeted to priority clients in accordance with VLA guidelines.
In addition PCLC will provide advice and information services, referrals , community legal education, community development and law reform activities.
Integrating legal services into the school communities of vulnerable and disadvantaged suburbs is a innovative project funded by the Ian Potter Foundation. The Foundation is one of Australia’s major philanthropic foundations. The Foundation makes grants nationally to support charitable organisations working to benefit the community across a wide range of sectors including the Arts, environment, science, medical research, education and community wellbeing. The Ian Potter Foundation aims to support and promote a healthy, vibrant and fair community for the benefit of all Australians. This 12 month pilot will support PCLC to design , implement and evaluate a on-site legal service in two Frankston North primary schools targeting vulnerable and disadvantaged family members. A range of legal education activities will also be developed and delivered to the secondary school students and families of Frankston North to improve understanding of legal issues and increase engagement with the legal assistance sector.