Welcome to the new year 2018.

The year 2017 has come and gone and for most this means that whatever goals they have set, have been achieved.

However for others, their goals, be it work, health, social or any other platform have not been reached.

The reasons for not reaching goals you have set can range from the lack of motivation, improper planning down to other pressing commitments such as family and health.

Life can present ups and downs and whilst it may be easy to float through when the times are good, for a lot of people, when times are tough it can be hard to stay focused.

A lot of challenges we face in life are a way for you to challenge yourself, adapt and respond.

However, for others, challenges such as legal issues can seem overwhelming.

Alhamdulillah, we live in a nation where there are laws and there are rights as an individual and as a community.

For most, navigating around this presents a challenge but we must never forget as a community and in a nation like Australia, there is access to a range of services.

These can range from translation services, Police Liaison services, Legal Community Centres right through to our family and friends.

In Australia we are lucky to live in a system where cases are assessed on their merits and coupled with some of the support services, we must not fear to stand up for ourselves.

The Late Muhammad Ali once said: “It’s the lack of faith that makes people afraid of meeting challenges, and I believed in myself.”

Until next time, whatever challenges you face, may you find the courage to approach those who are in a position to assist you.