Safety Bay woman finds way to give back to community at Rockingham Volunteer Resource Centre


Rockingham volunteer Lorna Petchell.
Rockingham volunteer Lorna Petchell.

VOLUNTEERING is simply a matter of finding what you want to do.

That’s according to Lorna Petchell, a Safety Bay woman who in retirement wanted to give something back and keep involved in her community.

Her perfect fit came with work at the Volunteer Resource Centre (VRC) run by the City of Rockingham.

She’s essentially a volunteer who helps volunteers volunteer.

“I had been retired two years and having travelled I got back home and felt I needed more,” she said.

“It’s a great way to keep your skills up while helping others.”

She said in her short time of volunteering she had already been touched by some of the people she had helped find volunteer work that suited them.

“Sometimes when people find themselves alone – perhaps through the death of a partner they don’t know what to do or think there is anything they can do,” she said.

“Then they come here and you can see them get quite excited when they see everything we have on offer. They realise there are many things they can do.

“Helping people that are by themselves has been rewarding for me.”

She said fear of commitment was often a barrier to people signing up to volunteer.

“I think with volunteering people are scared to commit, what if they have commitments come up or even want on go on holidays?” she said.

“The organisations know and respect a person’s other commitments; they will work around you.

“Even half a day a week will make a huge difference.

“I think it’s a matter of finding what you want who helps other volunteers find work suitable to their needs and lifestyle.”

The VRC is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9.30am-2pm and Thursday, Friday 12.30pm-5.30pm.

It is closed on school holidays.

Rockingham Volunteer Resource Centre
Phone: 9528 8670
Email: volunteering@rockingham.wa.gov.au
Located at the Rockingham Central Library, Dixon Road, Rockingham

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