Volunteer solicitors make a real difference in the lives of those who cannot afford legal help.
Does your Shepparton legal practice have new staff? Would they like to meet other local lawyers? Would they like to help us to deliver justice to those who cannot afford a private solicitor in the Goulburn Valley?
The Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre needs more volunteer solicitors. We need:
- Solicitors for the Tuesday night advice service
- Solicitors for the Older Persons Legal Program
Tuesday night advice service
Commitment: One Tuesday evening (from 6.00-8.30pm) approximately once a month.
Involves: Providing information and advice to clients in a broad range of legal areas at face-to-face appointments. Areas of advice include family, consumer, debt, crime, discrimination, family violence, motor vehicle accidents, neighbourhood disputes, employment, guardianship, complaints, victims of crime, welfare rights.
Older Persons Legal Program
Commitment: As needed on a referral basis.
Involves: Accepting referrals from Goulburn Valley Health to assist disadvantaged or marginalised older patients who do not have access to a private lawyer. Issues may include elder abuse, end of life issues, wills, powers of attorney.
Volunteer solicitors make a real difference
“This is work that develops your own outlook on life. I have had conversations with people who knew that they only had days to live. I am a better person for having had those conversations. My interviewing skills are better because I have learnt to adapt to discussions in difficult circumstances and with people who are dealing with huge medical and emotional issues. You learn how to focus very quickly but also treat your client with empathy and compassion. Actually there is a fair bit of professional development occurring.
The clients are very appreciative of the assistance and this is work that does make a real difference to people. The more people who volunteer makes the load for the existing volunteers much easier.”
Volunteer Lawyer, Older Persons Legal Program
If you are interested in becomeing one of our volunteer solicitors or you would like more information, please contact Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre on (03) 5821 9849.
Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centre is a division of Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre, incorporated by the Advocacy and Rights Centre Ltd.