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  1. State Government funding announcement: $300,000 boost to ECLC

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    ECLC has welcomed the State Government’s announcement of extra funding for its vital work over the next two years.

    ECLC will receive a total of $300,000 over this period, to continue and extend its work, across a range of programs.

    Michael Smith, CEO of Eastern Community Legal Centre, outlined that the resources will particularly focus on the Centre’s family violence and Yarra Ranges services.

    “ECLC assists community members affected by family violence in a wide range of circumstances, from early signs of concern, through to the Court process and beyond. These survivors, predominantly women and children, live right across the Eastern region and we need to work closely with and in these communities to be effective.

    “This funding is crucial for us to provide the holistic legal services that assist the most vulnerable people in need,” said Mr Smith.

    The funding will also enable the Centre to continue its successful Dandenong Ranges outreach service in Monbulk. Around 30 clients have been assisted by this new service since it commenced in June.

    The Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region, Shaun Leane, outlined his support for this vital work.

    “We’re proud to be delivering this funding to Eastern Community Legal Centre because it will help to improve access to legal services in our community and deliver more support to those who need it most.

    “I congratulate Eastern Community Legal Centre on their successful application, and thank them for their hard work and dedication to the Eastern Metropolitan community,” Mr Leane said.

  2. ECLC funded for elder abuse prevention work

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    ECLC has been funded by the Department of Health and Human Services to expand its vital elder abuse prevention work through the recent Elder Abuse Prevention Network funding round.

    ECLC has been leading the highly successful Eastern Elder Abuse Network since 2008 (with limited resources in partnership with Seniors Rights Victoria) and the new funding directly recognises the importance and value of such networks, as recognised by the Royal Commission
    into Family Violence.

    Although ECLC has been granted the funding, CEO Michael Smith emphasised the crucial importance of a partnership approach.

    “The many health, community, government and other agencies in the East have been working together for many years now to elder abuse in the community through the EEAN. Regrettably, the disgraceful and insidious abuse of seniors remains a major issue and the partners also
    collaborate very closely in responding to those in need.” he said.

    “ECLC particularly appreciates the active support of many partners in the application for this funding, emphasising the strong and multi-layered partnerships we share.”

    ECLC looks forward to implementing the activities under this funding over the next year.