FAMILIES got up close to farm animals, enjoyed face painting and tried Zumba at the Merriwa Community Hub open day this month.
A joint initiative between the City of Wanneroo and MercyCare, the hub was established in August to increase social cohesion and community engagement in the northern suburbs.
About 400 people attended the free open day, which featured an animal nursery, craft activities, bouncy castle, pop-up library, Zumba demonstration, face painting and information on local service providers.
MercyCare community engagement officer Nita Harken said visitors were also able to give input into activities being offered at the hub.
“Local residents have told us that things like a weekly homework group, book club and journal writing would be a great form of support,” she said.
“The Merriwa Community Hub is about getting the community engaged and creating a fun, inclusive and vibrant meeting place that people feel comfortable visiting.
“It is a place where locals can develop useful skills, participate in programs and access support services.”
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said providing community access to services and opportunities would generate positive health and wellbeing.
“It is important to build connected, inclusive communities so that people feel valued, supported and respected,” she said.