The Chief Justice’s Law Week Youth Appeal Trust was established in 2001 by members of the Law Society with the objective “to create an ongoing charitable fundraising effort by legal practitioners to support youth charities, including (but not limited to) those for youth with disabilities and, in particular, youth support services that assist in diverting youth from the criminal justice system.”

The Trust, to which the late, the Honourable David Malcolm was the inaugural patron, has successfully provided funding to an array of services, charities and specific projects in Western Australia that assist in diverting youth from the criminal justice system.

Beneficiaries of Trust monies have included:

Monies from the Trust made possible the Headspace Kimberley Survival Camp on the Dampier Peninsular at Kooljaman. The camp promotes health and wellbeing in a fun environment for young people, as well as delivering education about nutrition, hygiene and fitness, and promoting positive self-esteem and increased feelings of self worth.

The Headspace Kimberley team approached Broome Senior High student service team and asked them to identify students who would benefit most from engaging with Headspace staff. Included in the group of 10 young people were a mix of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students; some were disengaged from school, from remote communities, or displayed behavioural issues or low self-confidence.

Two highly respected local Bardi men, Bundy Chaquebor and Brian Lee, provided cultural activities including spear-making, mud crabbing and learning about local and flora. They also spoke at length about the importance of respect for country, family and pride in where they came from. The five day camp allowed time to address how to communicate effectively, managing emotions, teamwork, and respect for each other and Aboriginal culture.

“I fully respect the Headspace staff and understand the advice they give. It helps me so I don’t react like I used to. I feel comfortable coming into the centre and could easily chat to any of them.” – Camp participant

Monies from the Trust further supported the services of Anglicare WA’s mobile support bus which helps young people experiencing homelessness.  In 2018, the funds helped 1,233 young people receive emergency relief and counselling via the Street Connect Bus. Additionally, 81 young people continued to work alongside Street Connect workers on their journey to thriving.

Whitelion began in 1999 with the vision to ‘stop the revolving door’ for young people leaving the justice system. Funding from the Trust assisted Whitelion  and their Mobile Youth Service, which provides information, referral, advocacy and one on one support to at-risk young people primarily around the Balga and Mirrabooka areas, who have fallen out of the education system and require diversionary support to reduce offending whilst also increasing capacity and opportunity to positively partake in community life.

Holyoake offer a range of counselling programs to help people who are affected directly or indirectly by alcohol, drugs or related issues.  Assistance from the Trust provided additional alcohol and drug counselling and support service to young people at risk through the Holyoake’s Adolescent Program. The Program focuses on young people who are at increased risk through homelessness and offending behaviour.

Perth Inner City Youth Legal Service work promote and support the positive wellbeing, appreciation, active participation and voices of young people in Perth & beyond. Trust Monies have assisted the service with funding for Cyber Law Education Modules.

Noongar Patrol Oureach Service is an Aboriginal not for profit organisation which was initiated by a group of Aboriginal people, government and non-government agencies with a vision of providing culturally appropriate services to young unsupervised people who were at risk of moral danger and coming into contact with the criminal justice system. Monies received from the Trust have assisted the organisation in expanding it’s street presence though regular foot and mobile patrols and assist people to access appropriate services and agencies by making referrals.

Donations

All donations to the Trust are tax deductible.

Cheques can be mailed to:

Chief Justice’s Law Week Youth Appeal Trust
c/- The Law Society of Western Australia
Level 4, 160 St Georges Terrace
Perth WA 6000

For more information please call (08) 9324 8600.