People will be able to buy affordable new and pre-loved goods and help fund local suicide prevention services from Lifeline’s new shop in Morisset from Thursday June 23.
The shop will sell fashion, accessories, shoes, home decor, electrical goods, music and books. Proceeds from Lifeline’s shops fund its local suicide prevention and support services.
Lifeline’s Hunter shops hub manager Renee Moir is busily getting the new store ready for open day.
“Our shops have some beautiful homeware and fashion pieces to help people to create a great look for themselves or their home without spending a lot of money,” Ms Moir said.
“Many people don’t realise that local Lifeline centres rely on proceeds from its shops to help fund local contributions to the 13 11 14 service and local services such as free face-to-face counselling.”
“Our op shops are vital to Lifeline being there for people in the local community in their time of crisis – to listen and to offer hope.”
“Op shopping is the budget-friendly and environmentally friendly way to buy something for yourself or as a gift. By buying our quality items, shoppers are giving them new life and preventing them from going to landfill."
Lifeline is currently trying to meet record demand for its services and support. With many people in the community struggling with the impacts of COVID-19 and flooding, calls to Lifeline are up 25 per cent.
Ms Moir said Lifeline shops run thanks to the generous support of local volunteers and donations of quality preloved goods from local people. She said Lifeline shops are currently in need of Winter fashion, men’s fashion, and winter manchester such as blankets.
“We’d love to hear from people who want to serve or work behind the scenes in our shops – even for just a few hours a week.”
“Working in a Lifeline shop is a great way to meet new friends and give back to the local community.”
The new shop is Lifeline’s third in Lake Macquarie and takes its total number of Hunter shops to 10. The other shops are in Cardiff, East Maitland, Hamilton, Maitland, Nelson Bay, Raymond Terrace, Singleton, Toronto and Wallsend.
The shop is at 3/20 Yambo Street under the new Morisset Serviced Apartments and opposite the Morisset Square shopping centre. It will open Monday to Friday 9am – 5am and Saturday 9am – 4pm.
People wishing to volunteer at the shop should phone 1300 152 854. Donations of goods can be made at any Lifeline shop or its Hamilton North warehouse. For locations visit lifelinehunter.org.au