The Pacific Connections Expo will be held in Hoppers Crossing next week, to help connect people from the Pacific community with support services and businesses.

The event has been organised by volunteers from the Pacific Connections group, which last year held its first-ever expo in Ardeer.

President Morwenna Petaia said the upcoming expo would include services to help people experiencing mental health and other health-related issues.

“For Pacific communities, mental health is an area where we often don’t speak out loud or speak together about it, which is why we wanted to have a focus on that,” she said.

Ms Petaia said the expo would also feature a question and answer session with the Greens and Liberal candidates for Tarneit, tips for saving for a housing deposit and a workshop on New Zealand citizens’ rights within Australia.

The creative aspects of Pacific culture will also be well represented, with Pasifika youth in Wyndham hosting a fashion show for Pacific designers.

Other performers include students from Truganina P-9 College’s Pacific group, the Nuholani Keiki Dancers and rapper Nomad.

Ms Petaia said she would like to thank all the sponsors of the expo for helping to make the event possible.

The Pacific Connections Expo will be held from 10am-4pm on Thursday, July 12 at the Encore Events Centre, 80 Derrimut Road, Hoppers Crossing. Entry is free. See facebook.com/pacificconnections for details.