Piano Forte

In September 2016, Piano Forte, our theatre education project finally hit the road and travelled to community theatres in Buderim, Nambour and Noosaville.      The play uses the fictional narrative of a family drama to educate audiences about wills, the roles and responsibilities of enduring powers of Attorney and raises awareness of the subtleties of financial elder abuse. The project was developed as a community legal education activity for seniors but was also highly relevant for those people who are caring or acting as an Attorney for an elderly person. The live performances attracted over  340 audience members in total and each performance was followed by a 20 minute Q&A panel session with SCLS staff, the cast of actors and a volunteer lawyer with experience in elder law. The play was created as a video resource and is available on the website. http://suncoastcommunitylegal.org/pianoforte/

In 2017 there were future screenings and now is used as an educational tool for any elder law issues. From the success of this project, Suncoast Community Law was able to gain funding again from Legal Aid Queensland to create a series of filmed webisodes for grandparents acting as parents. In this relevant information on legal pathways and procedural matters to better assist grandparents and optimise the limited time in face to face appointments. The project will partner with the family well-being team at Community Solutions and the staff involved in the time for grandparents project at Uniting Care Communities to further develop the resource in the next 6 months.