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Holstein moves to revive Rawson Rd level crossing work
Water main break causes extensive traffic delays
Councillor calls for banners in West St
Ryans Rd construction starts after two-month delay
Council approves non-complying development
Caution urged with door-to-door solar salesmen
Peaceful outcome to 'seige'
Man refused bail on animal cruelty charges
Council upgrades Umina Beach viewing area
Hotel applies for $2 million renovations
Bays community group to hold Fair on the Green
Tie dredging to beach renourishment, says Chamber
Rescue helicopter called off
Justice support volunteers sought by disability service
The Entrance dredging at 'a slap in the face' - Tesch
New service 'established' at Killcare
Pelican rescue season 'most traumatic'
Funding campaign for injured dog
Tesch pleased with support for youth festival
Council lodges application with itself for library changes
Traffic lights needed at roundabout, says Chamber
Council meeting rescheduled
Registered club promotes responsible drinking
Bowling club to celebrate 100-year-old ex-serviceman
Sand sculptures to come down
Tesch looks at transport issues
Donated truck already put to use
Women invited to be apply for advisory group positions
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Would road repairs spoil 'vast eternal plan'?
Peninsula housing affordability problem won't go away
Make the Peninsula accessible to all ages
Everyone is a Woy Woy town centre stakeholder
We should all have the opportunity to participate
A pity if commendable community plan came to nothing
Our beaches are completely unnatural
Fight for our bio-diversity before it is gone forever
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Theatre groups starts search for playwrights
Filmmaker to speak at Woy Woy library
Patonga artist supports junior portrait prize
New gallery to be established in Ettalong
Choir practice resumes
The lady with the pink hair
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Killcare hosts Central Coast Nippers carnival
Charity bowls raises $1275
Surf clubs to raise money through container collection
Mixed fours championship held in the heat

Justice support volunteers sought by disability service

Intellectual Disability Rights Service is seeking volunteers to help provide support for people with intellectual disabilities attending Woy Woy courthouse.

"The Service could not operate without volunteer support," said outreach officer Ms Jacqui Gunst.

"Justice Support volunteers are comprehensively trained in how the court and police systems work and how to help a person with an intellectual disability make sense of it all.

"Our volunteers are committed to respecting our client's views and wishes and are assertive but respectful in advocating for the person.

"Volunteers make a real difference to the court experience for our clients, enabling them to understand what is happening and to exercise their rights," Ms Gunst said.

The Service provides state-wide justice support to people with intellectual disabilities who are in contact with the criminal justice system.

The Central Coast Outreach Sector provides support at Woy Woy, Gosford and Wyong courts.

"We provide free personal support to victims, witnesses, and defendants (alleged offenders) with intellectual disability at court, during legal appointments, and at court related processes such as mediation and youth justice conferencing.

"Support is also provided at police stations and correctional centres," said Ms Gunst.

The service has a "rights focus" and the main role of the support person is to assist with communication and understanding of processes, improve access to legal advice and representation, as well as to provide some information and referral.

"Our aim is to reduce the disadvantages people experience in the legal system due to having intellectual disability," she said.

The Service provided training for volunteers, people with intellectual disabilities, police, court staff, lawyers, disability services and any other interested organisations and services.

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