Gladstone group despertaely searching for new volunteers
FOR almost 15 years a loyal group of volunteers have fronted up each week as part of a JP In the Community Group operating out of the Court House complex at 14 Yarroon Street, Gladstone.
As you would be aware JPs are prohibited from accepting any form of payment for their services and all the service are supplied strictly on a voluntary basis.
Over the years we have lost a number of our volunteers due to ill health and we are now on the look-out for new volunteers to come forward and join a weekly roster of volunteers.
One of our longest serving volunteers, Mr Bill Malcolm JP, was instrumental in getting the service off the ground and having a JP Room especially allocated in the new Court House complex.
Bill is on roster most Fridays commencing at 11am to 1pm and is available to speak with you regarding his experiences as a JP and to put out a message for other suitably qualified people to come forward and build up our roster system, or simply to come in when required to fill an absence.
As Bill will tell you, being a JP involves much more than simply witnessing someone's signature. The JP must follow set guidelines to ensure that documents are lawfully capable of being signed and witnessed.
As previously mentioned, our numbers are down and age is catching up on the rest of us.
John D Blake
JP In the Community (Court House Group)