Laughter, sausages and Boomerang Bags were just some of the fun on offer. C15_1222

AFTER overwhelming requests for volunteers and community group details, and an influx of new residents to the area, the folk at Inverloch Community House went about organising the Inverloch Expo.

“Invitations went out, and other community groups asked to join. Ones we didn’t even know existed! There are over 51 groups here this evening,” Inverloch Community House volunteer Gero Gardener beamed.

“It’s been an overwhelming success.”

U3A, Amazon Project, Australian Red Cross, Inverloch CFA, Inverloch SES, Inverloch Men’s Shed, Inverloch Historical Society, Inverloch Kongwak Football-Netball Club, Inverloch CWA, Freemasons, Scouts, Inverloch VIEW, Anglican Parish of Wonthaggi & Inverloch, Inverloch RSL, Inverloch Gippsland Yacht Club and Birdlife were just some of the incredible community groups on display.

Volunteering is a great way to meet people, is proven to reduce depression and anxiety, creates opportunities to learn new skills and gain valuable experience.

“We felt people have been home isolating for so long, they could come out and socialise. The expo would also provide a good opportunity for community groups to network amongst themselves.”

“3mFM are interviewing every group; Rotary offered to do the barbecue – it’s just fantastic.”

Held on the grounds surrounding the Inverloch Hub on Friday, March 18, from 4pm, the expo also allowed Inverloch Community House to showcase the array of programs, classes and activities available at ‘The House in the Hub’.

“It’s just been lovely – a great response.”