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Financial Protections Service

Caxton Legal Centre will join colleagues at the Townsville Community Legal Service to launch the Financial Protections Service in Townsville today. The Financial Protections Service is provided to middle-aged Queenslanders who are approaching retirement and undertaking financial decision making for later life. The service facilitates access to and uptake of free and independent financial information … Continue reading Financial Protections Service

Simran’s Volunteer Experience

My name is Simran and I am a fourth year law and commerce student. I have been volunteering at Caxton Legal Centre for almost a year.   Volunteering at Caxton has  been a really humbling and inspiring experience. I have seen first-hand the care and passion the lawyers, social workers and staff have for helping those in need, and in … Continue reading Simran’s Volunteer Experience

Bail Service to enhance fairer outcomes

Caxton Legal Centre has been funded to provide a Bail Service for remand prisoners in southeast Queensland, commencing shortly. Men on remand at three Brisbane correctional centres will be able to apply to receive integrated legal and social support services to to enable them to access bail.   The Bail Service will assess the suitability of … Continue reading Bail Service to enhance fairer outcomes

Submission to Australian Retirement Village Accreditation Scheme

Caxton Legal Centre has provided a submission to the Property Council of Australia in response to their draft Australian Retirement Village Accreditation Scheme standards.  The goal of the Accreditation Scheme is “to reflect the modern expectations of retirement village residents, and the evolution of the sector beyond purely a property and facilities-based offering.”  Caxton is concerned that the proposed standards do … Continue reading Submission to Australian Retirement Village Accreditation Scheme

Caxton staff raise funds for Queensland Legal Walk 

Caxton Legal Centre staff will set their alarms early to take part in the Queensland Legal Walk at 7am on the 14th of May 2019.  The walk is a fundraiser for LawRight, a community legal centre which improves the lives of people who are vulnerable by providing access to justice – including those who experience homelessness or mental health … Continue reading Caxton staff raise funds for Queensland Legal Walk 

Seniors housing rights on tour

The Queensland Retirement Village and Park Advisory Service (QRVPAS) at Caxton Legal Centre is set to launch another year of statewide community talks, aimed at informing Queenslanders about their rights in retirement villages and manufactured homes (over 50’s parks).  With increased scrutiny on seniors living arrangements community interest is expected to be high.  “There’s a current growth in recognition of how … Continue reading Seniors housing rights on tour

How can you call for help when you don’t have a phone?

Inadequate access to telephones in aged care facilities In running a specialist elder abuse service Caxton Legal Centre staff regularly need to telephone clients who reside in residential aged care facilities.  This can be a laborious and even daunting task as there are often multiple hurdles to pass before Caxton staff reach the point of being able to speak to an older person on the phone.   … Continue reading How can you call for help when you don’t have a phone?

Allen and his mum become a family again

  Allen’s birth mother was forced to give her consent to adopt Allen as she was young and unwed at the time of his birth. Allen was then placed in foster care. Despite repeated attempts by his birth mother to regain care of him on he was eventually adopted by a couple. Unfortunately, Allen was subjected to terrible physical and emotional … Continue reading Allen and his mum become a family again

Ageism must stop for Royal Commission to achieve its goals

While the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety presents an opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of the systemic issues that contribute to older Australians being mistreated in aged care facilities, the root cause, ageism, is going to be harder to expose and eliminate.     The World Health Organisation offers the following definition of ageism:   “Ageism is … Continue reading Ageism must stop for Royal Commission to achieve its goals