Role fits like a glove

Weekend Courier - - Opinion -

Rock­ing­ham Vol­un­teer Re­source Cen­tre Rock­ing­ham Cen­tral Li­brary, Dixon Road 9528 8670 vol­un­teer­ing@ rock­ing­ham.wa.gov.au VOL­UN­TEER­ING is sim­ply a mat­ter of find­ing what you want to do.

That’s ac­cord­ing to Lorna Petchell, a Safety Bay woman who, in re­tire­ment, wanted to give some­thing back and stay in­volved in her com­mu­nity.

Her per­fect fit came with work at the Vol­un­teer Re­source Cen­tre (VRC), run by the City of Rock­ing­ham.

She’s essen­tially a vol­un­teer who helps peo­ple to vol­un­teer.

“I had been re­tired two years and hav­ing trav­elled, I got back home and felt I needed more,” she said.

She said in her short time of vol­un­teer­ing, she had al­ready been touched by some of the peo­ple she had helped find vol­un­teer work.

“Some­times when peo­ple find them­selves alone – per­haps through the death of a part­ner – they don’t know what to do or think there is any­thing they can do,” she said. “Then they come here and you can see them get quite ex­cited when they see ev­ery­thing we have on of­fer.

“Help­ing peo­ple that are by them­selves has been re­ward­ing for me.”

She said fear of com­mit­ment was of­ten a bar­rier to peo­ple sign­ing up to vol­un­teer.

“I think with vol­un­teer­ing, peo­ple are scared to com­mit; what if they have commitments come up or even want to go on hol­i­days?” she said.

“The or­gan­i­sa­tions re­spect a per­son’s other commitments; they will work around you.”

The VRC is open Tuesday and Wed­nes­day 9.30am-2pm, and Thurs­day and Fri­day 12.30pm-5.30pm.

WHAT: WHERE: PHONE: EMAIL: Lorna Petchell matches peo­ple with their per­fect vol­un­teer role.

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