How our Law Week Grants made a difference in 2019

Awarding grants is one of the most rewarding things we do here at the Victoria Law Foundation.

We awarded 13 Law Week grants in 2019, helping community legal centres and not-for-profit organisations connect with Victorians and improve understanding of the law.

This year we doubled our number of regional grants, allowing us to extend the reach of events throughout the state.

Supporting Senior Australians

A lawyer providing assistance at Tullamarine Community House

Seniors had the opportunity to learn about the legal issues that affect them thanks to a number of supported events.

In Geelong, Barwon Community Legal Centre presented Older Wiser Know Your Rights, in which older Australians were able to speak with Commissioner for Senior Victorians Gerard Mansour and representatives from Seniors Rights Victoria.

Mooroopna Education and Activity Centre brought together a panel of lawyers to discuss seniors and the law, providing senior Australians in Northern Victoria with information about powers of attorney, succession planning, wills and other important issues.

Bringing the law to the people

Lawyers came to libraries across suburban Melbourne and regional Victoria to provide legal access to local communities.

Moonee Valley Legal Service sent lawyers to libraries in Moonee Ponds, Niddrie and Avondale Heights; and Peninsula Community Legal Centre provided information and advice in Frankston and Cranbourne.

Further abroad, Goulburn Valley Libraries hosted a range of library-based law events, including multiple Coffee with a Cop events, a Justice of the Peace signing station, and several community legal education sessions.

Back in Melbourne, Northern Community Legal Centre provided help to refugees, international students and the general public at Kangan Institute and Melbourne Polytechnic in Broadmeadows, a northern suburb of Melbourne.

Attendees at In the Court and In the Classroom at Bendigo Kangan Institute, hosted by Northern Community Legal Centre

Helping the community make the change

And the LGBTIQ Legal Service- which recently won Community Lawyer/Organisation of the Year at the Victorian Legal Awards – hosted the first ever first Change Your ID Day, an event that helped trans and gender-diverse Victorians update their ID documents with multiple agencies in one accessible location.

You can find a full list of 2019 Law Week grant recipients at the Victoria Law Foundation website.

The start of a new chapter for our grants

Our new grants program is starting in July – find out more at our website.