Vinnies expands to support South Hedland community

The South Hedland Support Centre officially opened on Monday 29 August by St Vincent de Paul Society’s State President Bob Burns and CEO Mark Fitzpatrick along with community representatives.

Made possible thanks to the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program’s Regional Grants Scheme, this redevelopment has increased the size of the existing centre, providing greater storage space enabling the St Vincent de Paul Society to provide more emergency relief to the community.

St Vincent de Paul Society CEO Mark Fitzpatrick said the expansion was needed to better meet the needs of the community and increase the Society’s capacity to assist more people who are doing it tough.

“In the last six months St Vincent de Paul Society volunteers assisted 523 people with emergency relief in the South Hedland community and we expect this to increase,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.

“This redevelopment is made possible through the Regional Grants Scheme, which is administered and managed by the Pilbara Development Commission, and we are pleased that they have partnered with us to help better service the regional community,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.

“We have over 40 volunteers that work out of the South Hedland premises, including the shop which is also located at this site, and they will all be able to enjoy the use of the larger, more practical space,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.

Pilbara Development Commission Chief Executive Officer Terry Hill said the provision of welfare services was critical to the wellbeing of the town’s growing community.

“The new expanded storage space will have a significant impact on St Vincent De Paul Society’s ability to provide furniture, clothing and other items to help those in need,” Mr Hill said.

“This is a great example of the Pilbara Regional Grants Scheme at work, making a real difference to people living and working in the region.”

“We look forward to continuing to work with the South Hedland community and assist people in need,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.

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