New Lifeline shop opens in Singleton to fund local suicide prevention services

New Lifeline shop opens in Singleton to fund local suicide prevention services

Local suicide prevention organisation, Lifeline Hunter, is opening its first Singleton shop this month (July 19).

Lifeline’s Hunter Retail Manager, Michael Kats, said Lifeline shops raise funds for local suicide prevention and support services.

Michael is calling for donations of goods and for volunteers interested in helping at the shop.

He said the shop will sell quality, pre-loved, bric-a-brac, fashion, manchester, and books.

“Because Lifeline sells the items, rather than giving them away, donated goods need to be saleable and in good condition,” Michael said.

“Many people don’t often realise that local Lifeline services rely on funds from our shops and community donations.

“Funds raised helps us to pay for local 13 11 14 crisis phone line, our free face to face counselling services, as well as community programs.”

Michael said Lifeline shops run thanks to generous support from local volunteers.

“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,” Michael said.

“Working in a Lifeline shop is a really lovely way to make new friends whilst contributing to a much-needed community service that provides local people with hope.”

He said Lifeline’s new AfterCare service is already helping Singleton residents. The program, introduced last month, helps people after a suicide attempt, ensuring they get long term support.

Singleton Mayor, Cr Sue Moore, said the news of a Lifeline shop coming to Singleton would complement other services available in the community.

Sue said Lifeline is always there for people in times of crisis, and she recognises the need for its services in regional areas.

“I am confident the people of Singleton will get behind Lifeline’s new shop and continue to donate and support its life-saving work,” Sue said.

Lifeline currently has seven shops in the Hunter – in Cardiff, Hamilton North, Maitland, Nelson Bay, Raymond Terrace, Toronto, and Wallsend. It will open shops in Tamworth and Armidale in the coming months.

The shop will be at 89 John Street in Singleton. People wishing to donate goods or to volunteer should call Lifeline on 1300 152 854.

IMAGE | Hunter Retail Manager, Michael Kats at one of the Hunter-based Lifeline stores.

Lifeline Newcastle & Hunter

Lifeline was founded by the Reverend Alan Walker at Methodist Central Mission in Sydney in 1963. Since then, Lifeline services have been established around Australia and in many parts of the world.

Lifeline Newcastle & Hunter began in 1966 when Reverend John Chegwidden was awakened by a distressed telephone call from a man wanting to know if there was a Lifeline service operating in the region.

Over the years, Lifeline Newcastle & Hunter has expanded its operations from the traditional telephone crisis support service to include a range of services to relieve the stress and pain of the people of Newcastle & Hunter.

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