Life is now far busier at the Perron Centre as it undergoes a transformation to become Perron Place (link opens in new window).
The building, which hosts VisAbility, Guide Dogs WA and Kites Children’s Therapy, is being turned into a community hub so it can offer activities, one-off events and corporate room hire for everyone to enjoy.
Plenty has been going on behind the scenes. Over the past few weeks interested parties have been touring the premises, keen to learn about what’s on offer. The building will continue to provide support for our vision impaired clients, but these activities and functions will run alongside broader Perron Place activities.
“We’ve been working on this for a while and been overwhelmed with support,” explains Program Manager Jodi Lendrum.
The Perron Place team who’ll be managing the events and marketing activities include Program Manager Jodi Lendrum, Support Officer Jenny Rustean and Marketing Assistant Matilda Lee.
They’ve all worked together at the Loftus Community Centre in Leederville, so have plenty of experience and are well connected within Perth and the surrounding suburbs.
The Loftus Community Centre has been established for more than 35 years and has made a big impact in connecting people in the local comunity.
“There are strong, early signs of local businesses and not-for-profits wanting to collaborate and partner with Perron Place so it will become a significant contributor to enhancing community connections,” says Jodi.
A wonderful cross-section of organisations have shown initial interest. These include:
- Table tennis
- Golf practice
- Church groups
- Custom built teenage groups
- Wellness including yoga, pilates and nutrition
- Kids activities
- Gym and circuits
- Community choir
- Arts and crafts
- Music groups
- Dancing groups.
We have a new Perron Place website which will be going live soon so that people can book activities and room hire online. You don’t have to be a member to enjoy the facilities.Jodi Lendrum
Program Manager – Perron Place
In the future it’s anticipated school programs will also be held on site.
“Perron Place has extensive opportunities for corporate hire and we’re seeing a big increase in the number of enquiries coming through for this area. In many cases the corporate hire compliments our community programs, due to cross promotion opportunities.”
Activities and classes start from mid-July onwards. You can follow Perron Place on our social media accounts – Facebook page (link opens in new window), LinkedIn (link opens in new window) and Instagram (link opens in new window).
Facilities for all
For those interested in exploring opportunities, there are no membership fees, individuals just pay a course fee, or if it’s a one-off event, a participation fee. Hire rates for rooms and space varies depending on requirements.
Perron Place has an enviable location, just a stone’s throw away from Perth city and across the road from Victoria Park Station. There are plenty of public transport connections and onsite parking.
The building incorporates a gym, indoor sports court, woodworking shed, pottery/arts and crafts room as well as a golf simulator. It also houses a 120-seater theatrette, board rooms and conference rooms along with a commercial kitchen.
What we’re now looking for is facilitators to run programs at Perron Place. We’d love to hear from anyone interested in delivering our programs to people.Jodi Lendrum
Program Manager – Perron Place
“We’re looking at a vast and varied range of activities from circuit classes, meditation, craft classes, community choir, chess. Nothing is out of the question, so if there’s something you’d like to introduce to the community, let us know.’’
Perron Place has garden areas outside with tables and chairs, and there are plans for an onsite café. The building is accessible with wide aisles suitable for wheelchairs and lift access to the second storey.
“It will be lovey to see Perron Place flourish and grow. Furthermore, anyone who books the facility will know that they’re helping to support the work of VisAbility, Guide Dogs WA and Kites. These organisations provide services and support to transform the lives of people living with disability, so it’s a great reason to come on board.’’
For more information, or to make a booking, contact Jodi and the team (link opens in new window).