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YouthLaw Moves in with Youthline in Papatoetoe

YouthLaw has a new home! YouthLaw has moved  to YouthLine’s Papatoetoe Youth Development Centre – The Station! If you are a young person needing to talk to a free lawyer, give YouthLaw a call!

YouthLaw is a community law centre helping children and young people (under 25s) across Aotearoa.  They provide free legal information, legal advice, education and, where capacity allows, representation services to young people who otherwise can’t access legal assistance.

Through their 0800 UTHLAW phone line lawyers support and advise young people in a number of legal areas.  For example where they feel unsafe (at home or at school), face being kicked out of school, or are being treated unfairly at work.   In coordination with organisations who work with young people, they also run legal education sessions and in the last year have run these sessions for over 6,000 children, young people and those who work with them.  They also work on a number of law reform projects to ensure the law treats young people fairly and that young people’s views and opinions are heard when important decisions are being made that may affect them.

Youthlaw have moved to the Papatoetoe Youth Development Centre to collaborate more closely with other youth services, such as YouthLine, and are looking forward to developing closer relationships with these organisations as they respond to the challenges that 2013 will bring.

YouthLaw joins Youthline at The Station

YOUTHLAW MOVES TOWARDS CLOSER COLLABORATION ACROSS THE YOUTH SECTOR

YouthLaw has moved premises to Youthline’s Papatoetoe Youth Development Centre

 – The Station!

YouthLaw is a national community law centre for children and young people under 25 providing free legal information, advice, law related education, law reform service and, where capacity permits, representation services.

Vanushi Walters Managing Solicitor says “through our 0800 UTHLAW advice line we provide over 3,000 hours of free legal advice to children and young people across the country.  Our teamis there to support and advise young people when they feel unsafe at home or at school, face being kicked out of school or are being treated unfairly by employers. We reach over 6,000 children, young people and those who work with them each year, through our legal education programmes and have a proactive law reform programme advocating for the rights of under 25 year olds.”

“We are a national service and will always have staff working and collaborating nationally with our local partners where our most vulnerable young people live, work and play and, through our pro bono partnership with Minter Ellison Rudd Watts, will retain a central Auckland city presence.

“However, the decision to move stems from two key drivers within our strategic vision:

“Firstly, Youthline’s vision of partnership across the Youth Sector fits perfectly with our own vision.  We believe that closer collaboration between core services should be at the heart of any strategy to improve social and justice outcomes for our most vulnerable young people.  This move is the start of what we hope will be a long term partnership with Youthline as we look to championing a new vision for young people in New Zealand through our operational plan – Safe. In School.Out of Jail.

“Secondly, we want to be well equipped to identify and deliver services to children and young people living in communities of priority need across New Zealand and accordingly want our home to be within one of the largest of these priority communities.  To be truly effective our services must be easily accessible, our advocacy must respond directly to need and importantly our sense of place must be strongly tied to the identity of the most vulnerable communities we serve.”

YouthLaw’s new contact details are:

Physical address:

Level 1, 145 St George St, Papatoetoe, Auckland

Postal address:

PO Box 200020, Papatoetoe Central, Auckland 2156

Phone:

For information and advice and any of the lawyers, use the existing number: 0800 UTHLAW (0800 884 529). YouthLaw’s main phone number is  09 250 2670.