The new Lifeline Tamworth shop opened, providing community members an affordable shopping option and raising vital funds for local suicide prevention services.

Shop manager, Katy O’Malley, said local people will be able to buy bric-a-brac, fashion, manchester, and books.

The new shop is part of Lifeline’s plan to bring more suicide prevention and crisis support services to Tamworth and other parts of the New England North West. The Tamworth shop follows the opening of a shop in Armidale in September.

Proceeds from purchases made in shops and community donations support local Lifeline centres to deliver the national 13 11 14 crisis line phone support, provide free local counselling services, as well as community suicide prevention training and support programs.

With calls to the Lifeline crisis line up 25 per cent, Ms O'Malley thanked people in the Tamworth community for their generous donations of pre-loved quality goods to sell in the shop.

“We have some great bargains just in time for Christmas.” says Katy. “And by purchasing pre-loved items, people will be doing their bit to protect the environment.”

Lifeline offers free counselling to people across the New England North West. It also runs the new Hunter New England Central Coast Primary Health Network funded AfterCare service in Tamworth to give tailored, specialist support to people who have attempted suicide.

Lifeline shops run thanks to generous support from local volunteers. People wishing to donate goods or to volunteer at the shop should call Lifeline on 1300 152 854 or ask in-store.

You’ll find the new Lifeline Tamworth shop at 329 Peel Street, open Monday to Sunday including extended Christmas shopping hours.