Volunteer hub boost for area
A volunteer centre linking residents interested in lending a helping hand with organisations in need of their services has launched in Karratha.
The Pilbara Volunteer Hub, established by Volunteering WA, has been operating out of the KDCCI Chevron room in the Karratha Leisureplex since late April.
Hub co-ordinator Arahi Wall said the new centre filled an important service gap in the Pilbara, where volunteering was a part of everyday life.
“The hub will work with organisations and provide training, build capacity, assist in finding volunteers, (and) advertise volunteer positions to Pilbara residents and organisations,” she said.
“It will also work with the public by encouraging more volunteering and linking them with organisations that could use their support.
“Volunteering is important, it’s big in the community and to be able to provide a service to the community is great.”
The hub is one of only a handful in regional WA run by Volunteering WA and covers the whole region with focuses on Roebourne, Newman, the East Pilbara, Port Hedland and South Hedland.
Its Facebook page recently launched and the service is also being promoted with stalls, volunteer management training sessions and meetings with local organisations.
Ms Wall said while few people knew about the hub yet, she could see a lot of demand for its services once word got out.
“I can see it working and I can see it getting really busy in the future,” she said.
“I’m guessing in the next three months, just because people don’t know it’s here (yet).”
For more details, “like” the Pilbara Volunteer Hub Facebook page.
Pilbara Volunteer Hub co-ordinator Arahi Wall.