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October 23, 2017

New Video: AVO’s: What, How & Going to Court

Got an AVO? Know someone who does? Lost and confused at court?

At Central Coast CLC, we are proud to launch our brand new video resource about Apprehended Violence Orders. This video explains in everyday English what an AVO is, how to get one, what to do if one is taken out against you and what to do at court.

This video is both for applicants (people needing to take out an AVO for their protection) and for defendants (people who have had an AVO taken out against them).

It is a great resource to watch to get an overall picture of the legal and court processes that happen when an AVO is taken out. However, if you have watched the video and still have specific questions about an AVO, you can get free legal advice from:

Central Coast Community Legal Centre: (02) 4353 4988
Legal Aid NSW (Gosford): (02) 4324 5611

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December 18, 2017

Holiday Closure Period

It’s been an incredible year of change for Central Coast Community Legal Centre! We farewelled staff and welcome new members to the team, rose to challenges and throughout it all made sure we kept caring for community and fighting for justice.

We have helped thousands of people across the Central Coast with their legal problems. Sadly, we have had to turn away over 2,700 people because we simply don’t have enough time in the day to help everyone.

So that our dedicated team of staff and volunteers get a chance to rest and recharge, our office will close on 19 December 2017 and reopen on 9 January 2018.We will only have limited capacity to assist urgent or priority clients from 11 -15 December 2017. We will begin providing assistance to all clients from 9 January 2018.

In the meantime, if you need urgent legal help whilst we’re closed – please call LawAccess NSW on 1300 888 529 – or go to their website here: <http://www.lawaccess.nsw.gov.au/>

We wish you all the best over the festive period and look forward to working with you in 2018!

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June 29, 2017

Help Us to Care for Community and Fight for Justice this EOFY!

Dear Friend

Make a tax deductible donation to us now and help your local community

Right now, hundreds of people in the Central Coast community are missing out on the help they need to solve a legal problem.

People living below the poverty line, people with a disability, people who have been evicted from their homes, or who’ve lost their jobs, been discriminated against or ripped off by an unscrupulous ‘friend’ or business.

Women with children fleeing domestic violence, Aboriginal families under pressure on all fronts, older people and people with poor English who face a bewildering and threatening legal system they can’t understand … and many more.

Unresolved legal problems have devastating consequences, leading to homelessness, unemployment, serious debt, relationship breakdowns and illness.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

At the Central Coast Community Legal Centre we believe everyone deserves equal access to justice. Each year our tiny, determined team of volunteers, interns and solicitors helps almost 6,000 vulnerable and disadvantaged people with free, accessible advice and support at one of the most stressful and difficult times of their lives.

  • 72% of our clients are living below the poverty line
  • 32% are experiencing family violence
  • 8% identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

We do it on a shoestring budget and we do it because we care.

We are doing a fantastic job but we want to do more.

Watch our video – We Matter

Frankly, we are overwhelmed. Last year we had to turn away over 1700 people simply because we don’t have enough solicitors to provide timely assistance. That’s why we’re asking for your help today.

Will you make a tax-deductible donation before 30 June?

Our aim is to raise $5,000 to help an extra 100 people in 2017.

  • Every $50 we raise means that we can help another vulnerable person here on the Central Coast.
  • Just $50 means we can help a woman experiencing domestic violence to protect herself and her children.
  • Just $50 means we can help a homeless person deal with their unpaid fines.
  • Just $50 means that we can help an Aboriginal person experiencing race discrimination fight an unfair dismissal.

The more you can give us, the more people we can help.

All gifts will make a difference.   Click here to Donate with Give Now

The money we raise will go directly to help people in need right here on the Central Coast.

Thank you on behalf of the whole team here at Central Coast Community Legal Centre … and all of the people we help.

Deborah Macmillan

Executive Officer

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June 1, 2017

Appointment of New Principal Solicitor

In May 2017  Olenka Motyka was appointed to the role of Principal Solicitor Central Coast Community Legal Centre.

Olenka has been with the Centre since 2009 and brings a wealth of experience and local knowledge to the role of Principal

Solicitor.

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June 1, 2017

Appointment of New Executive Officer

Deborah Macmillan has been appointed as the new Executive Officer at Central Coast Community Legal Centre.

With a degree in Social Work and extensive Government and NFP management experience both here and in the United Kingdom in Out of Home Care, Youth, Housing and Homelessness services, Deborah brings a wealth of leadership experience to the role.

For the past 13 years Deborah has been the head of a unique and successful social business venture. She has proven herself as  a creative and innovative leader and a trusted authority on recruitment and staffing issues in the Australian social welfare sector. Deborah moved with her family to the Central Coast 4- years ago from Sydney.

Deborah commenced as Executive Officer in April of this year and is excited about leading the team of dedicated and skilled staff and volunteers at the Central Coast Community Legal Centre.

 

 

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December 14, 2016

Closure over the holiday period

It’s been a huge year for Central Coast Community Legal Centre!

We have helped thousands of people across the Central Coast with their legal problems. Sadly, we have had to turn away close to 2500 people because we simply don’t have enough time in the day to help everyone.

So that our dedicated team of staff and volunteers get a chance to rest and recharge, our office will close on 15 December 2016 and reopen on 5 January 2017. We will only have very limited capacity to assist urgent and priority clients between 12 and 15 December 2016 and 5 and 6 January 2017. We will begin providing assistance to all clients from 9 January 2017.

In the meantime, If you have an urgent matter – please call LawAccess NSW on 1300 888 529 – or visit their website: http://www.lawaccess.nsw.gov.au/

We wish you all the best over the festive period and look forward to working with you in 2017!

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June 3, 2016

Support your local Community Legal Centre

Make a tax deductible donation to us now and help your local community

Click here to Donate with Give Now

Right now, hundreds of people in the Central Coast community are missing out on the help they need to solve a legal problem.

People living below the poverty line, people with a disability, people who have been evicted from their homes, or who’ve lost their jobs, been discriminated against or ripped off by an unscrupulous ‘friend’ or business.

Women with children fleeing domestic violence, Aboriginal families under pressure on all fronts, older people and people with poor English who face a bewildering and threatening legal system they can’t understand … and many more.

Unresolved legal problems have devastating consequences, leading to homelessness, unemployment, serious debt, relationship breakdowns and illness.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

At the Central Coast Community Legal Centre we believe everyone deserves equal access to justice.

Each year our tiny, determined team of volunteers, interns and solicitors helps almost 6,000 vulnerable and disadvantaged people with free, accessible advice and support at one of the most stressful and difficult times of their lives.

• 72% of our clients are living below the poverty line
• 32% are experiencing family violence
• 8% identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander

We do it on a shoestring budget and we do it because we care.

We are doing a fantastic job but we want to do more.

Watch our video – We Matter

Frankly, we are overwhelmed. Last year we had to turn away over 1700 people simply because we don’t have enough solicitors to provide timely assistance. That’s why we’re asking for your help today.

Will you make a tax-deductible donation before 30 June?

Our aim is to raise $10,000 to help an extra 200 people in 2016.

• Every $50 we raise means that we can help another vulnerable person here on the Central Coast.
• Just $50 means we can help a woman experiencing domestic violence to protect herself and her children.
• Just $50 means we can help a homeless person deal with their unpaid fines.
• Just $50 means that we can help an Aboriginal person experiencing race discrimination fight an unfair dismissal.

The more you can give us, the more people we can help.

But anything you give will make a difference.

Click here to Donate with Give Now

The money we raise will go directly to help people in need right here on the Central Coast.

Thank you on behalf of the whole team here at Central Coast Community Legal Centre … and all of the people we help.

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