Expo and fun day highlight role of emergency services
THE Manjimup Community Resource Centre is working with emergency services to boost volunteer numbers.
As part of National Volunteer Week, the centre hosted an expo on Friday and a Family Fun Day on Saturday to highlight the essential work volunteers do.
Centre volunteer development coordinator Rae Starr said the expo and fun day provided opportunities for the community to speak with service representatives and find out more about what they do.
Representatives from six organisations including the Red Cross, State Emergency Service, St John Ambulance, Manjimup Volunteer Fire and Rescue and Manjimup Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade attended over the two days.
Ms Starr said the centre was happy to be a point of contact and provide information to people who were interested in volunteering but didn’t know what job or service they would like to help with.
“I’ll be attending the State Volunteer Conference to gain some insight and tips on how to recruit more volunteers,” she said.
Warren-Blackwood community paramedic Gary Willcox said every regional town relied on volunteers and there were a range of roles available, including behind the scenes duties.
Mr Willcox said volunteers were provided with training ongoing support and learnt many transferable skills such as communication, prioritisation and working as a team.
Those interested in volunteering with a service can visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au or contact the Manjimup Community Resource Centre.
Manjimup Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service member Thomas Kingston, captain Sharon Armstrong, Lee Virgo, 7, Ethan Virgo, 5, Keira Vickery, 8, Manjimup SES volunteer Graham Pearce, and Donna Mosconi from DFES, attend the Manjimup Community Resource Centre’s Family Fun Day to highlight the vital and life-saving work volunteers from emergency services do.