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Fish kills could come with seismic testing - Abrahams
Dead fish came from commercial fishing
Councillors inspect Farnell Rd site
Public transport scores 65/100
Precinct committees suggested at residents' meeting
Fran turns 101
Ribbon awarded to cookery judge
Fire station opens its doors
Liberals promise $22M in road upgrades
Promises targeting the Peninsula
History of Robertson electorate
Polling booths
Mehrtens concerned about short-term accommodation
Nine-unit proposal referred to Ausgrid
Brewery proposal 'referred to applicant'
Aged care building construction 'on schedule'
Townhouse comment period still open
Approval for five townhouses
Capital works significantly over budget
Council to demolish after-school care building
Council abandons attempts to trap foxes
More attend Anzac events
Children at Anzac service 'encouraging'
Anzac service at surf club
Community association attends Anzac service
Rotary members attend dawn service
In-house Anzac commemoration
Rotary club honours final wishes
Soup and bread night for Rotary
Children learn to swim
Morning tea at Hardys Bay
Program for parents of adolescents
Trash and treasure raises $5000
Rotary hears about men's shed activities
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PUDS aimed to balance growth with infrastructure
Time to think about a different society
Recycling machine - traffic, rubbish, noise and graffiti
Treat wetlands with more respect
Declare property portfolios
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Breast screening available until July
Volunteers sought by dementia services provider
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Woy Woy could become gay-friendly arts precinct
Folk club anniversary attracts 100 guests
Author to speak at Umina library
Arts grants close at month's end
Little Theatre presents Priestley classic
Workshop held for Flash Festival
Greeting cards donated
Artists open new exhibition
Troubadour to host gypsy jazz-makers
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Parents raise $29,000
Rewards for readers of fiction stories
Students offered a taste of beauty therapy course
Parents asked to be considerate
Anzac assembly at Umina campus
School crossing is upgraded
First place at Performing Arts Challenge
Campus shows support for farmers
Donations sought for Junkyard Playground
Parents asked to keep assembly area clear
School oval re-turfed
Aboriginal education worker starts
New gym program at Woy Woy South
Anzac Day special assembly
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Semi-finalists not recorded in official life saving results
Woy Woy beaten in 'most exciting' rugby union match
PCYC boxers win medals in Warsaw
Both parties promise new netball clubhouse
Two flags for Ettalong women bowlers
Floorball women are national champions
Women's soccer teams leave opponents pointless
Joshua wins nine medals at Arafura Games
Long-time member wins first major singles title
Surf club holds Nipper presentations
Favourites defeated in bowls singles championship
Swans to hold Pink Socks Day

Volunteers sought by dementia services provider

A Woy Woy dementia specialist aged care provider is seeking volunteers in the lead-up to National Volunteer Week, May 20-26.

HammondCare Woy Woy's volunteer coordinator Ms Tania Farmer said the facility was so thankful for its many volunteers that help ensure residents get the absolute most out of their time.

One such volunteer, Mr Graham Mowbray, has been volunteering at the facility for months and has been an invaluable addition to the volunteer team, she said.

Mr Mowbray said he had easily integrated his volunteer duties into his lifestyle and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know residents.

"I had a preconceived idea that people living with dementia were difficult to talk to and had little memory.

"However, having met quite a few people living with dementia and getting to know them and their history, I learned that they are certainly not difficult to talk to.

"Learning about people and hearing about their life experiences has been fascinating and so enjoyable it is hard to express in words," Mr Mowbray said.

"It has been very rewarding having residents' relatives and friends come up to me, thanking me for spending time with their loved ones, but little do they know, spending time with the residents has been my pleasure," he said.

During his time as a volunteer with HammondCare Mr Mowbray said he was able to enjoy a number of activities from lawn bowls, swimming and scrabble to scenic trips around the Central Coast, all while spending time with residents.

"There are so many volunteer roles available at HammondCare.

"I have spent time trying to lawn bowl, which means that we get outside and enjoy the fresh air.

"Sometimes it is sitting down to have a cup of tea and a chat.

"Occasionally I drive the bus to the swimming pool, but most of the time I get in the pool and enjoy the company of the residents, whether it is talking, swimming or being taught how to float on my back.

"This has encouraged me to attempt to complete the Bronze Medallion so that I can volunteer as a lifesaver," Mr Mowbray said.

"If anyone is interested in volunteering and like me, passionate about helping others in need, I highly recommend spending time with other people, whether it is with HammondCare or another respected organisation," Mr Mowbray said.

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