Lifeline’s Lismore op shop has doubled in size to offer people more quality, pre-loved goods and generate more funding for local suicide prevention services.
Taking over the premises next to its Magellan Street shop means it can now offer furniture as well as an expanded range of fashion, accessories, shoes, home decor, electrical goods and books.
Lifeline’s general manager in the Northern Rivers Michael Were said with cost of living pressures hitting people hard, op-shopping at Lifeline can help people manage budgets. It also helps the environment by keeping items out of landfill.
“Our larger shop will make for a more enjoyable shopping experience for our customers,” Mr Were said.
He said proceeds from Lifeline’s shops fund its local suicide prevention and support services.
“With record demand for Lifeline services and support, shopping in a Lifeline Shop is a great way to support running of the 13 11 14 crisis line, local community mental health training and other community programs.”
Mr Were said later this month Lifeline will also open a new warehouse in Lancaster Road Goonellabah to replace the Three Chain Road warehouse that has not reopened since the February 2022 flood. It will have a furniture attached to it.
“If anyone wants to serve at or work behind the scenes at our shops or warehouse – even for just a few hours a week – we’d love to hear from them. It is a meaningful way to give back to your community and a great way to meet people.”
The Lismore shop is open Monday to Friday 9am – 5am, Saturday 9am – 4pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm. Other op shops in the region are at Ballina, Byron Bay, Casino. For shop locations and opening hours visit northernnsw.lifeline.org.au.
People wishing to donate goods or to volunteer at any shop should call into that shop or phone 1300 152 854.
Nine Australians die every day by suicide and more than 65,000 Australians make a suicide attempt each year. Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians between the ages of 15 and 44.
Lifeline Northern NSW serves the Northern Rivers, Lismore, Richmond Valley, Byron Shire and Ballina Shire.