Vol­un­teer hub boost for area

Pilbara News - - News - Alicia Per­era

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.

Pic­ture: Alicia Per­era

Pil­bara Vol­un­teer Hub co-or­di­na­tor Arahi Wall.

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