ROCKINGHAM Level Up program participants who have been facing employment barriers, worked with Perth charity People Who Care to the launch a free community library at Baldivis Children’s Forest.
The initiative, launched last Friday , enables participants in the Level Up program to develop skills to gain employment in a meaningful way that benefits the community.
People Who Care chief executive Alison White said the street libraries impact the community in a positive way.
“People just love them and it brings a real community feel where people can share ideas, books and it becomes a bit of a meeting place,” she said.
“When people feel isolated they tend to stay home but we have noticed the street libraries not only engage people into reading but with this initiative we have been able to promote sharing in a way that can really enhance their sense of well-being.”
Baldivis Children’s Forest spokeswoman Hannah Godsave said they are delighted to accept the street library from People Who Care.
“The time, effort and skill that the Level Up team have put into this library is just amazing,” she said.
“We look forward to watching the street library become a focal point for our young visitors and encourage families to come up and read a book together surrounded by nature, and maybe bring some books up too to leave for others.”
If you’re interested in a street library for your community space, contact People Who Care at www.peoplewhocare.org.au or call 9379 1944.