Volunteer hub to be a valuable link
The Pilbara’s first volunteer hub is set to open next month.
Support body Volunteering WA is starting the centre in a bid to link Pilbara residents interested in volunteering with local organisations that need their services.
The hub will be based in Karratha but will also focus on Roebourne, Newman, the East Pilbara, Port Hedland and South Hedland.
Volunteer service manager Lorena Castelo said Volunteering WA had identified the Pilbara as a region where rates of disadvantage were high and volunteer numbers were low compared to the State average.
She said the planned hub had been welcomed by local companies she had spoken to.
“A lot of people are very excited to hear the hub is opening and the services are going to be provided,” she said.
“I’ve heard the funding is getting a bit tighter, so there’s not as much time and not as many resources (for organisations) to be able to accomplish everything that they would like to do.
“And so what we’d like to encourage organisations to do is see if they can find a volunteer to provide them with some support.”
Hub staff will provide resources to anyone interested in volunteering or accessing services as well as any organisations that use volunteers, including charities, community groups, sports and recreational clubs and government agencies.
Mrs Castelo said the hub’s services would help to address key Pilbara social issues such as mental health and make local volunteering easier to access and run.
“We hope delivery through the hub will engage more people in volunteering and to thereby build the capacity of local community groups to achieve what they want to achieve,” she said.
Pilbara Act-Belong-Commit health promotion co-ordinator Gemma Brooks said the hub would provide valuable support for their work.
“Mentally Healthy WA looks forward to working closely with the Pilbara Volunteer Hub to promote the mental health benefits of volunteering and build community capacity,” she said.
“We are excited to have an organisation to promote as a onestop-shop for individuals seeking opportunities to volunteer in the Pilbara.”
Volunteering WA is recruiting a co-ordinator for the Pilbara hub and will be open for consultations with organisations in April.