Wagga Wagga hosts homelessness workshop

Representatives from community service agencies in the
Riverina Murray area will gather in Wagga Wagga tomorrow to hear first-hand
stories about homelessness and the impact of the legal system on disadvantaged
people.

The community
service workers are in Wagga Wagga to attend a one-day training workshop
presented by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and Legal Aid NSW.

Called Law for Non-Lawyers, the workshop
addresses common legal problems faced by
homeless people. These include problems with fines and debt, tenancy problems
and problems with Centrelink.

One of the
workshop speakers is Kevin Simpson, whose first-hand experience of homelessness
shatters the stereotypes. Kevin is now a member of the NSW Premier’s Advisory
Council on Homelessness.

Law for Non-Lawyers also aims to increase awareness of outreach legal services
provided by Legal Aid NSW for people who are homeless or at risk of
homelessness.

Legal Aid’s Homeless
Outreach Solicitor, Anna Nightingale (pictured), said the aim of Legal Aid’s homeless
outreach service is to assist clients to deal with their legal issues.

‘This can break
the cycle of homelessness or prevent circumstances leading to homelessness,’ Ms
Nightingale said.

The homeless
outreach service provides specialist
clinics in five regional locations in the Riverina, offering free legal advice
and legal assistance with minor matters and representation where required.

The Wagga Wagga
workshop is fully booked but similar workshops will be held in Griffith and
Albury in coming weeks.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Dominic O’Grady, PIAC Media and Communications
Officer. Ph: (02) 8898 6500

Anna Nightingale,
Homeless Outreach Solicitor, Legal Aid NSW. Ph: (02) 6921 6588

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