The Centre welcomes the return of Olenka Motyka to the Centre following the birth of her daughter in March 2018. Olenka is initially returning part-time in the role of solicitor, Ryan Flippence remains in the role of Principal Solicitor (Acting) until March 2019
We are excited to welcome a new volunteer at the Central Coast Community Legal Centre in partnership with Macquarie University’s PACE program!
Isiah Thompson has been working hard at the CLC for the past three months with our amazing Aboriginal Worker, Bobbi Murray. Together they have been collaborating with firms from both Newcastle and Sydney on various projects within the community including the 2018 Wills Day and the upcoming Intellectual Property Day for local artists. Bobbi and Isiah have also undertaken some creative projects, creating promotional videos for these days as well as working on training modules in the form of cultural competency activities and videos.
The PACE program is a Community and Professional Engagement course aimed at giving undergraduate students experience in the legal profession. Isiah is about to complete his Bachelor of Law and Science and is in his final semester. He plans to apply for the College of Law in 2019 and will hopefully continue volunteering with the CCCLC as part of the required work experience for that as well. If you are an undergraduate student we urge you to contact us to find out about joining the team through your PACE or equivalent courses.
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
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.
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.
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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.