Welcome funding relief for COVID-19 affected communities.
Ballarat & Grampians Community Legal Service (BGCLS) welcomes the announcement from Attorney-General, Hon Jill Hennessy MP regarding additional funding to assist frontline legal services in responding to COVID-19. BGCLS will receive additional funding over the next two years to support the delivery of vital legal services.
BGCLS recognises the significant impact that COVID-19 restrictions have placed on vulnerable communities, particularly in regional and rural areas. The additional funding from the Department of Justice and Community Safety will allow us to better resource these communities and increase access to justice.
COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT Dear Clients and Stakeholders, No doubt you are following the news of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as carefully as we are. To keep everyone safe, the BGCLS is adopting a number of precautions to ensure the continued health of our staff, clients and visitors.
In light of the latest advice from the Victorian Government and working in line with the various stages in easing restrictions our reception will be now be open effective Monday 1st June 2020; however all client appointments remain via telephone. Please ensure you adhere to our social distancing requirements within the reception area and use the provided hand sanitiser on entry. We request if you are feeling unwell do not enter the office instead call the office on 53315999.
Changes to provision of services, until further notice, are as follows:
Drop-in clinics will continue to be telephone advice clinics
Clients are to make contact before the session to be allocated to a clinic
Face to face prison visits will be cancelled with staff to provide advice appointments to those clients on the scheduled days via telephone
Volunteer Solicitor clinics will be cancelled until further notice
Community Legal Education will be cancelled until further notice
Co-located services will proceed with advice via telephone
We appreciate co-operation of all clients and stakeholders during this difficult time and hope to resume normal operations as soon as possible. Please call the office if you require assistance: 5331 5999.