We offer free education sessions to community groups, schools and organisations.
Like Community Development, Community Legal Education is an integral part of our work. SMLS provides Community Legal Education as a way to increase our community’s knowledge of, and confidence in, the legal system in Victoria. We believe that when a community is aware of the law, they are better able to protect their rights and seek support. We provide easy to understand, targeted and practical information on a range of legal issues.
We use participatory learning frameworks to deliver legal education workshops, and can provide general introductions to the law, or can focus on a specific area. SMLS has a long history of working with diverse communities, and can deliver workshops suited for newly arrived community members. Our legal education program is based on the practical application of the law, and is informed by the experience of our lawyers and community. SMLS’s legal education program can develop training programs based on your group or organisations specific needs.
If you are interested in a speaker or would like to partner with us on an education project, please contact the Community Development Worker on 9545 7415 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Some of our previous community legal education workshops have included:
Workshops on common legal issues for newly arrived young people every term at AMES Education.
Regular youth law workshops to students at Noble Park English Language School and their Hampton Park campus in partnership with Southern Ethnic Advisory and Advocacy Council.
Seminars on driving and responsible car ownership with Southern Migrant Resource Centre and Springvale Community Aid and Advice Bureau’s Refugee Action Program.
Regular workshops to women’s groups on a range of legal issues, such as tenancy law, consumer law and infringements.
A forum with African community leaders on the police receipting trial in Dandenong in partnership with the Union of Greater Upper Nile States, Southern Migrant Resource Centre and Victoria Police.
Professional Development for youth workers in partnership with City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey and Cardinia Shire.