MercyCare and the City of Wanneroo recently opened a new hub in Merriwa that aims to strengthen the local community by providing a centralised place for services and community activities in a safe and welcoming environment.
A free community event was held to celebrate the opening and offer local families and residents a chance to have a say in the range of activities on offer.
There was plenty of entertainment on offer for attendees including a magician, animal nursery, bouncy castle, face painting, craft activities and pop-up library.
Since opening its doors in August, MercyCare’s Community Engagement Officer Nita Harken said the hub was already hosting MercyCare’s Aboriginal Youth Program and a range of social inclusion initiatives.
“The 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.” she said.
MercyCare Chief Executive Officer Chris Hall said staff members have received very positive feedback from locals in the area since the hub opened and there were plans to integrate with other agencies to provide a more holistic approach to working with the local community.
“We firmly believe that having different agencies not only providing services from one place, but working together collaboratively with a common vision, will lead to better outcomes for the people we are trying to help,” he said.
“It is our vision that this hub will become a focal point for the Merriwa community where locals can access vital support, advice and information.”
City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the hub will provide community access to services and opportunities which will generate a positive sense of health and well-being.
“It is important to build connected, inclusive communities so that people feel valued, supported and respected,” she said.