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Lifeline to open first shop in Warners Bay

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With more people requiring assistance these days, Lifeline Hunter will open its first ever shop in Warners Bay this month.

The Hillsborough Road premises, scheduled to launch from Monday 28 August, is expected to give locals the opportunity to buy new and pre-loved homewares, fashion, Manchester, electrical items, books, music and furniture while helping to fund the organisation’s suicide prevention services.

David Ison at Lifeline Hunter’s newest shop in Warners Bay.

Retail operations manager David Ison admitted the two-storey, 470-square metre shop was one of Lifeline’s biggest in the Hunter.

“That means there’ll be more goods to choose from across all departments and a great shopping experience,” he said.

“But, ahead of the shop opening, we’re calling for donations of items as well as volunteers to help in the shop.

“Our fabulous Lifeline volunteers allow more of our proceeds go back to funding services.

“If anyone wants to serve at or work behind the scenes at the shop – even for just a few hours a week – we’d love to hear from them.”

People can drop off donations of quality pre-loved items, before and after its opening, to Lifeline’s warehouse in Hamilton North or any other local outlet.

To volunteer or to arrange pick-up of furniture, phone 1300 152 854.

Proceeds from Lifeline shops go towards delivering 13 11 14 crisis line phone support, free counselling services, as well as community suicide prevention training and support programs.

“There’s more demand for our services than ever,” Mr Ison said.

“Our shops ensure people can keep calling Lifeline to have someone listen to them… and to offer hope.

“We urgently need more volunteer crisis supporters for our 13 11 14 service and store proceeds help fund their training and ongoing support.

“As well as scoring a bargain, our shoppers are helping the environment by keeping them out of landfill.”

The new store follows the opening of a shop in Rutherford in May.

There are now 12 Lifeline Hunter facilities, including Cardiff, Hamilton North, East Maitland, Maitland, Morisset, Nelson Bay, Raymond Terrace, Singleton, Toronto and Wallsend.

Lifeline Warners Bay, located near the 7 Eleven, will be open seven days a week – Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm and Saturday and Sunday between 9am and 5pm.

Nine Australians die every day by suicide and more than 65,000 Australians attempt to take their own life annually.

It’s the leading cause of death for Australians between the ages of 15 and 44.

Calls to Lifeline are up 25% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lifeline support

  • 24-hour crisis support: Ph 13 11 14. Text: 0477 13 11 14. Chat online: www.lifeline.org.au
  • Lifeline free counselling appointment bookings: 1300 152 854
  • www.lifelinehunter.org.au

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