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Where have all the flowers gone?
The Whitfields celebrate 60 years of marriage
Ettalong channel dredging starts - or does it?
Tesch calls for outreach resources for homelessness
Food drive sees Mary Mac's stocked well into spring
Koolewong reserve carpark closed
Residents meet with council over Umina oval security
CCTV installed free of charge
Council calls failed wharf applications 'excellent'
Wharf upgrade rejected
Pathway and amenities applications rejected
Association objects to 150m long metal fence
Two-storey units may replace end-of-life fibro house
Proposal to replace single dwelling with three units
Wales to consult client before meeting residents
Peninsula flooding to be studied
Tidal baths inspection may lead to remedial work
Committee will focus on waters around the Peninsula
Car park to built near Dark Corner boat ramp
Emergency dredging has taken too long - Tesch
Ferry services may start in four weeks, says association
Plan shows dredging as government responsibility
Council acts on dune erosion
Tesch seeks submissions on disability scheme
Ettalong home park has bake-off
Fire brigade benefits from bar sale
Fire near Blackwall Mountain
Renovations for retirement village
Presbyterian church receives heritage grant
Probus club receives grant
Mentoring program for young men starts in Woy Woy
Rotary clubs join to raise money for drought areas
Latest exchange student is from Denmark
Commendation for Bouddi architect
Belinda Neal fights party expulsion
Free English classes at church
Man charged over Killcare break-ins
Lions donate trauma teddies
Spike Milligan exhibition opens at library
Woytopia to be held again in October
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Negative response, yet the trend continues
Pleas ignored by indolent council
Discovering the truth about disabled parking
Kerb and gutter in my lifetime?
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Prostate cancer day raises $7500
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Wagstaffe art show to be held in September
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Two students given early entry to university
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Fun Friends program at Umina
Students learn about micro-organisms
Cross country placings
Umina school plans open day
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Five selected for pool rescue team
Woy Woy topples Gosford in rugby union
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Junior clubs travel to Cardiff
Local clubs in winners' circle
Bowler receives long-service award
Charity bowlers raise $995

Mentoring program for young men starts in Woy Woy

A free program for young men, aged 17 to 25, "who have personal potential but are in need of positive mentors" started in Woy Woy last week.

Building Blokes is a mentoring and development program that discusses current issues facing men, according to organisers from the Top Blokes Foundation.

The organisation promotes the program for young men who "get into fights, drink too much, can't control anger, have poor relationships, keep getting fines or just aren't living your best life".

"Just by attending, participants can reduce their Revenue NSW fines by up to $2000."

Central Coast program coordinator Mr Kevin Hull said: "We want young men to be equipped with the skills that allow them to make the best decisions for their lives.

"Participants complete the program having learnt social and practical skills that allow them to make better informed decisions, ultimately improving their quality of life," he added.

The free eight-week program will be available at the Peninsula Community Centre, Woy Woy, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm, every Monday.

Places are still available in the program.

"The program will particularly benefit those who display disengaged and at-risk behaviours including; alcohol or drug usage, lack of interest in education or employment, gambling and other behavioural concerns.

During the program, participants will take part in a range of workshops covering various topics including: masculinity, gambling, drugs and alcohol, anger management, peer pressure and risk taking, mental health, realities of pornography, healthy relationships, sexual health and cyber bullying and sexting.

The programs are delivered by a fully-certified youth worker.

"Each youth worker carries current Working with Children and National Police Checks.

"They also receive ongoing training and development in key knowledge areas such as youth mental health, suicide prevention and intervention, trauma in youth, and cultural awareness training in-line with best practice and the latest industry standards.

"All Top Blokes Foundation staff are mandatory reporters and will work alongside community organisations in the event that a mandatory report is required," Mr Hull said.

A group of seven students from Brisbane Water Secondary College Umina campus recently graduated from a 16-week Junior Top Blokes Mentoring Program, designed for students aged 14 to 17 years.

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