The Rockingham Volunteer Centre (RVC) will be the hub of volunteering in the City of Rockingham, and will provide the opportunity for community members who are looking to volunteer to register and assist them to search for volunteering opportunities within the City.
Community Organisations who are finding it difficult to fill volunteer positions can also become members of the RVC, which will assist these organisations to find valuable members within the community to fill their positions.
Mayor Barry Sammels said the centre had been identified as a much-needed resource within the Rockingham community.
“Currently Rockingham’s volunteering average is 13.4% which is under the Western Australian average of 16.9%, and the Australian average of 17.8%,” Mayor Sammels said.
“The Rockingham Volunteer Centre will aim to promote growth in the volunteer sector, support links between prospective volunteers and opportunities, and promote volunteering as a significant community asset.
“Volunteering is an essential tool in building strong communities because it connects people and strengthens community connectedness and social cohesion. If we can boost our volunteering rates, it will have significant benefit for our local community. At an individual level, volunteering can also often provide meaning, purpose and satisfaction in a person’s life.”
The RVC is located at the Rockingham Central Library and will operate during school terms on a Tuesday and Wednesday from 9.30am to 2.30pm, and Thursdays from 12.30pm to 5.30pm.
The RVC will hold an Open Day on Tuesday 9 May from 11am to 2pm for anyone interested in learning more about the centre's services.