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Due to the government moving to Phase 4 of the COVID-19 response plan, Street Law staff are no longer working remotely.

 

Street Law considers the health and safety of our clients, staff and volunteers as a paramount concern. Following the government moving to phase 4 of the Covid 19 Recovery plan Street Law is no longer working remotely and we have all returned according to a plan of action developed over the past month.

 

As of Monday 6 July, Street Law will be commencing attending clinics at St Pat’s, Passages and Tranby. For more details of these outreach clinics, please follow this link

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

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It’s NAIDOC Week!

NAIDOC week celebrates the history, culture, and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. NAIDOC week is celebrated by all Australians and is a great opportunity to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

In celebration of NAIDOC week, our staff and management committee members attended Aboriginal Cultural Awareness and Understanding Workshop delivered by Auspire – Australia Day Council WA and facilitated by Danny Ford, who is a director at Noongar Chamber of Commerce and Industry and runs Kambarang Services. This training gave our Street Law staff a greater understanding of the effects of loss of land, culture and identity that the first people of our nation continue to endure.

This year’s theme, ‘Always Was, Always Will Be,’ recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65, 000 years. Aboriginals and Torres Straight Islanders are spiritually and culturally connected to our country, they were the very first footprints in Australia and this week is an important reminder of this. NAIDOC week invites all Australians to embrace the true history of our country.

To find out how you can get involved in the NAIDOC week activities, check out the following link: www.naidoc.org.au/get-involved/naidoc-week-events
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Last Wednesday we celebrated 10 years of Street Law Centre! Since 2010, Street Law’s solicitors and volunteers have worked tirelessly across legal areas that affect those experiencing homelessness, they have consistently been tenacious in their advocacy for their clients and motivated by the vision of everyone having a safe place to call home. Through innovation and collaboration Street Law has been able to provide and expand vital support to marginalised individuals by demonstrating the benefit to our society as a whole.
Sadly, due to Covid 19 restrictions, we were unable to have the hundreds of people that make up the fabric of Street Law there, but we thank you all for supporting our mission to champion for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, through our legal work for social justice.
Thank you to Corrs Chambers Westgarth for providing the amazing space, and to the Honourable Chief Justice Peter Quinlan for attending and speaking – it was a memorable evening and we look forward to the next milestone!
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Thank you Shelter WA for organising and giving Street Law the opportunity to attend this forum. The event allowed the City of Perth’s Lord Mayor candidates to hear the voices of those with living experience and lived experience of homelessness.

The time for action is now so that those experiencing homelessness are not dying at the rate of one per week.Shelter WA & the WA Alliance to End Homelessness hosted a forum between the seven candidates who hope to be the next City of Perth Mayor. Full details next newsletter. Subscribe: bit.ly/3iSJPC3
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We're looking for a Solicitor to join our team at Street Law Centre!

Please share this with anyone who you think will be interested in the opportunity.

You can check out our full job description here:
www.ethicaljobs.com.au/members/StreetLaw/solicitor-2
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Thank you, Anthony!

Anthony started as a volunteer with us on February 2019 and remained with us to complete his Practical Legal Training until August 2020, dedicating an entire 18 months with us! Anthony assisted us a great deal over his time with us including contribution to the development of Community Legal Education materials and delivery of training. Anthony was dedicated and passionate about our cause and assisted many clients with difficult legal issues. Anthony said the following about his time with us:

“I am incredibly grateful to have worked with Street Law. During my time, I saw not only the very real and harsh realities of homeless Western Australians, but also a group of staff solely driven by the mission of making the lives of these Western Australians better. While it was often disheartening to see the extent of homelessness in WA and the many ways in which it affects individuals, it was equally as heartening to be a part of an organisation that was committed to reducing this inequality, and to know that Street Law will continue to advocate for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in WA. I am thoroughly appreciative of my time with Street Law, and would urge anyone considering how to best use their legal skills and time to consider working with Street Law towards their goal of ending homelessness in WA.”

We are grateful for all the time and passion that Anthony has dedicated to Street Law Centre and his presence is sorely missed!
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