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Street Law is a free outreach legal service for the homeless and those at risk of homelessness in Western Australia.

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Our latest edition of Street News: Inside Street Law has arrived!This issue covers:✅ What’s new @ Street Law:⏹Our First Trial⏹Youth Crew Launch✅ Service Spotlight: Street Law’s Midland Project✅ Staff Spotlight You don’t want to miss this exciting issue, click the link below to access our newsletterstreetlawcentre.org.au/street-news-inside-street-law-3-september-21/ #StreetLawCentreWA #accesstojustice #endhomelessness #StreetNews ... See MoreSee Less
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TRUE OR FALSE THURSDAY!TRUE: Everyone tells us to reach out if you’re feeling mental distress but sometimes reaching out is really hard. That is why it is important for us all to be a mental health ally so we can shift the world to be safer and more supportive for people experiencing difficulties with their mental health. Here are some tricks and tips so you can be the best mental health ally you can be:1. Take the time to actively listen when someone reaches out to you.2. Ask questions. Ask if there’s anything you can do to make the conversation more accessible or comfortable. 3. Check in with your friends to see how they are going.4. You can show your support through validating what another person is experiencing.5. You can show you’re an ally by avoiding stigmatising language such as using the word “crazy”6. Be non-judgmentalAs an ally you can challenge stigma when you notice it and help create a world free from mental health stigma! To learn more about how you can be an ally visit the following link: mentalhealthmonth.wayahead.org.au/how-to-be-a-mental-health-ally/ #StreetLawCentreWA #accesstojustice #endhomelessness #MentalHealthMonth #MentalHealthAlly #MentalHealthAwareness ... See MoreSee Less
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🧠It’s Mental Health Month 🧠The aim of Mental Health month is to address and highlight the important connection between social determinants and mental health, and to promote effective prevention strategies to keep people mentally healthy. Living without permanent accommodation can increase fear, anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions. It has been reported that people with mental health conditions are twice as likely to have experienced homelessness in their lifetime. The stress and instability that comes with experiencing homelessness can also in turn increase the risk of mental illness. Former CEO of Mental Health Australia, Frank Quinlan, has stated that “safe, stable and secure accommodation is vital to the mental health and wellbeing of people and families living with mental health conditions.” The Western Australian Governments homelessness strategy is addressing this issue through collaborative and innovative responses that take a Housing First approach. A sustained focus on providing people who are sleeping rough with access to safe, stable housing and tailored supports is critical to the resolution of homelessness. Through the housing first model, long term accommodation is the foundation on which a person can start to put their life back together again. If you or someone you care for is in need of assistance you can contact the National 24/7 Crisis Counselling Services through this link lookafteryourmentalhealthaustralia.org.au/need-help/ #StreetLawCentreWA #accesstojustice #endhomelessness #mentalhealthawareness #MentalHeathMonth ... See MoreSee Less
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Today is World Homeless Day!Homelessness is an issue that goes beyond having a roof over your head. If a person does not have adequate and permanent accommodation, they are experiencing homelessness. The last time a global survey was attempted by the United Nations in 2005, an estimated 100 million people were experiencing homelessness worldwide. And as many as 1.6 billion people lacked adequate housing. The purpose of today is to draw attention to people who are experiencing homelessness and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness. What will you be doing today to respond to homelessness? Will you talk to your children about the issue? Will you volunteer at an organisation that assists people experiencing homelessness? Or will you be donating to community services that are assisting those experiencing or at risk of homelessness?Did you know that we are a specialist centre that is providing direct legal assistance and support to people experiencing and at risk of homelessness? In the last financial year, 40% of our clients needed assistance with obtaining their identity documents, these included international and national birth certificates and photo ID. A single birth certificate costs $53 and a replacement photo card costs $30.90. Through donations we are able to pay for these essential documents for our clients. Without these fundamental identity documents, our clients cannot access Centrelink, accommodation services or open a bank. By assisting those experiencing homelessness with obtaining their identity documents it breaks down the barriers people face when trying to exit homelessness.Our team is dedicated and motivated to support people experiencing homelessness. You can make a difference on World Homeless Day by donating to our centre to ensure we can continue to help vulnerable people in WA. To donate click on the following link: www.givenow.com.au/streetlawcentrewa?fbclid=IwAR1CNNFIY3wUVaJKuRFPO-utRB4EJtw5Xd_fEQZ-QOYMK9TsOwB... Or you can support our Management Committee Chair, Drew, in his campaign for Street Law by donating at the following link: www.givenow.com.au/crowdraiser/public/goingtheextramileforstreetlaw/?fbclid=IwAR3d9EhOokJUjNyuH1f... #streetlawcentrewa #accesstojustice #endhomelessness #WorldHomelessDay ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you, Andrew!Last week we said goodbye to Andrew, a secondee from King & Wood Mallesons . Andrew has been part of the team for the last 10 weeks, providing us with ongoing advice and case work for our clients, and funny anecdotes and great one liners for our team. Andrew assisted one of our solicitors, Anna, with her fortnightly outreach legal clinic at Ruah and assisted the team with our pop up legal clinic with Street Doctor during Homelessness Awareness Week. Andrew shared the following about his time with us:“The people that work at Street Law are seriously lovely and impressive. I have loved working with you all for 10 weeks. My time here has been intellectually stimulating, completing different work than I usually do. Thanks for having me.”Thank you, Andrew, it has been a pleasure to work with you. Thank you to King & Wood Mallesons for your continued support and partnership. #StreetLawCentre #SLCvolunteers #accesstojustice #endhomelessness ... See MoreSee Less
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