A new Lifeline shop has opened in Toukley to help fund local suicide prevention services.
The shop sells affordable new and pre-loved goods including fashion items, accessories, shoes, home decor, electrical goods, music and books.
Manager Noelle Kelly said it had been one of Lifeline’s best shop openings, with a steady stream of customers, particularly for women’s fashion, and was currently the best-performing of Lifeline’s four Central Coast shops.
“We’ve got some beautiful homewares and fashion pieces to help people to create a great look for themselves or their home without spending a lot of money,” she said.
“We are currently valuing a potential Pro Hart painting, which is super-exciting; you never know what gems you will find in a Lifeline shop.
“Op shopping is a great way to save money, be environmentally friendly and grab a treat for yourself or family and friends. We only offer high-quality items at fantastic prices, from designer brands to everyday basics, with shoppers giving our products new life which prevents them going to landfill.
“Many people don’t realise local Lifeline centres rely on proceeds from our shops to help fund the 13 11 14 service and services such as free face-to-face counselling.
With many people struggling with the impacts of COVID-19 and flooding, calls to Lifeline are up 25 percent.
Its shops are run by volunteers, and Kelly would love to hear from anyone interested in joining the team.
“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,” she said. “Working in a Lifeline shop is a great way to meet new friends and give back to the local community.”
Kelly moved to the Central Coast three years ago. She has more than a decade of retail management experience and is overwhelmed by the positive feedback from the community.
There are also Lifeline shops in East Gosford, Gosford and Woy Woy.
The Toukley shop is at 254 Main Road, near Coles, and is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and Saturdays 9am-4pm.
People wishing to volunteer should call into the shop or phone 1300 152 854.
People seeking local Lifeline support can phone 13 11 14, or text 04477 13 11 14 or chat online at www.lifeline.org.au.
For bookings for free face-to-face or an online counselling appointment, phone 1300 152 854.
Media release, May 19