Little caring goes a long way

The centre is the only community-based service of its kind in the Victoria Park, South Perth and Belmont area and this year celebrates its 30th birthday.

Centre manager Shani Seneviratne, who has held the role for the past decade, said the not-for-profit organisation operated out of a State Government funded custom-designed facility built on Town of Victoria Park land in 1985.

Thousands of local children have attended the Sussex Street centre�s various care programs and one local family has been associated with it for the past eight years, with its four children all spending time at the centre while their mum, Sally Matthews, works part-time.

Ms Matthews, who is also on the centre�s volunteer committee, said it was important to her and husband Ian McDonald that their children enjoyed their time at a caring centre in their own neighbourhood.

�Being able to be on the committee means I can have a say about what happens at the centre our children attend,� Ms Matthews said.

�The employees are always so friendly and it�s very multicultural.

�The centre embraces the multiculturalism in our community, which is so important.

�It�s a big trust thing to have your children cared for and the women at this centre are fantastic.�

The pair�s children Angus (9), Oliver (7), Molly (6) and Elsie (3) have all attended the centre for the past eight years.

�There were always two or three going but Elsie is there on her own now,� she said.