Amalgamation Project - Darebin Community Legal Centre and Fitzroy Legal Service
The Fitzroy Legal Service Board is working closely with the Darebin Community Legal Centre Committee of Management on a proposal to merge the two organisations. The Board believes that the legal services, education, information and law reform advocacy that the Fitzroy Legal Service provides to the community will benefit from the combined strength and wider group of volunteers, staff and funding that a merged organisation would provide.
The Amalgamation Project follows on from the Strategic Review of Darebin Community Legal Centre and Fitzroy Legal Service.
Strategic Review of Darebin Community Legal Centre and Fitzroy Legal Service
The governing bodies of Fitzroy Legal Service (FLS) and Darebin Community Legal Centre (DCLC) have collaborated on a project which involved a strategic review of both organisations.
The project reviewed current services and organisational sustainability, and assessed the feasibility of models that could transform how the two CLCs collaboratively deliver legal assistance services to the northern region of Melbourne. A consultant, Cath Whelan, was engaged to work with both organisations throughout this project and a copy of their final report, provided to FLS and DCLC in February 2017, is available here.
In February 2017 the FLS Board and DCLC Committee of Management adopted Cath Whelan’s report and decided to commence discussions to amalgamate the two CLCs. An update the amalgamation progress, as at December 2017, can be found here.