Helping Seniors through Surry Hills Community Connect
Since October 2018, Seniors Rights Service has partnered with FACS NSW to provide free legal advice for housing estate residents through our Surry Hills Community Connect (SHCC) program.
Our service aims to prevent and respond to issues of elder abuse in our local community and heighten our organisation’s engagement with seniors from diverse backgrounds. Our team also works with Legal Aid and Disability Law to provide better services to vulnerable clients.
Over the past year, around 2,457 tenants have visited the SHCC office and our team has assisted a large number of at risk seniors through providing legal advice, as well as continuing support and personal care through subsequent appointments.
Since our services were implemented, reports of disturbances to local police decreased by over 50%, and over half of our clients were referred to our services through other SHCC programs.
The SHCC service is free and runs fortnightly at Surry Hills Community Connect Centre, Northcott Towers, located at 163 Devonshire St, Surry Hills NSW 2010. Seniors Rights Service is present every second Tuesday.
Each session is attended by a Mandarin-speaking solicitor and social worker with translation services provided when necessary.
More about Surry Hills Community Connect
SHCC runs a variety of community engagement programs and workshops such as film and arts groups, job readiness and work training courses, mental health meetings, aged care and Centrelink information sessions, book clubs and fitness programs.
SHCC also aims to partner and collaborate with other organisations such as St Vincent Hospital and One Door Mental Health to connect tenants with education, training and mental health support.
For more information, contact SHCC front desk on (02) 9319 9311.