A CENTRALISED volunteering hub became a reality on Tuesday, with the opening of the Rockingham Volunteer Centre.
It was officially opened by Mayor Barry Sammels and Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby at the Rockingham Library on Dixon Road.
The City of Rockingham launched the new centre to promote volunteering in the community.
The Rockingham Volunteer Centre (RVC) will assist community members who want to volunteer to register and assist them to search for volunteering opportunities within the City.
It will also assist community organisations to find volunteers.
All they need to do is become members of the RVC.
Cr Sammels said the centre was a much-needed resource within the Rockingham community.
“Currently, Rockingham’s volunteering average is 13.4 per cent, which is under the Western Australian average of 16.9 per cent, and the Australian average of 17.8 per cent,” he said.
“Volunteering is an essential tool in building strong communities because it strengthens community connectedness and social cohesion,” he said.
Mr Whitby congratulated those who had made the centre a reality.
“I know that across Rockingham, there are people with incredible talents just waiting to connect with groups needing their expertise,” he said.
“The RVC will be a launching pad for wonderful friendships and connections.”
The RVC is located at 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.