Role fits like a glove
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.