Peter’s leadership skills were recognised early in his volunteering, when he took on the responsibility of managing the Uniting Op Shop in Hamlyn Heights.
He gave the store a facelift, boosted profits, then appointed and mentored a new volunteer to take on the manager’s role.
Peter’s biggest challenge came next, when he set up a new Op Shop from scratch.
When the hall at our welfare site in Norlane became vacant, Peter set about turning this space into an Op Shop and Community Hub.
Peter was determined to provide a facility for people in Norlane, Corio and surrounds to come together, particularly those experiencing social and economic vulnerability.
“I could see there was a need for a facility like this in the community,” says Peter.
“There are lots of really good people in the community and I just want to be able to help out.”
The Op Shop and Community Hub now operates six days a week and incorporates a safe and comfortable space for families to engage in activities or with one another over a cup of tea or coffee.
The children’s zone is also a big hit with parents and children alike.
“Peter quickly became an essential member of the Uniting in Barwon volunteer team, popular for his cheerful personality, sense of humour and problem-solving approach,” says Volunteer Coordinator, Elizabeth Hopkin.
“He has built a strong team of volunteers and supporters who are invested in helping to offer the residents of Norlane and Corio a positive, inclusive, friendly and fun Op Shop and Community Hub experience.”