Lifeline Shop in WIngham seeks volunteers

Lifeline Shop volunteers Cathy Jamieson, Helen Cornhill, Sue Flynn, Mary Sutton and Pat Northey.
Lifeline Shop volunteers Cathy Jamieson, Helen Cornhill, Sue Flynn, Mary Sutton and Pat Northey.

Wingham's new Lifeline Shop - soon to be in Isabella Street - will hold an open day event on Friday, August 31 between 11am and 1pm for people interested in becoming volunteers.

Retail Coordinator Jemma McDonald would like to invite people to see how the shop - to be located on the old Hawkins Ford site - operates and what is required of volunteers in a Lifeline Shop.

"Volunteers are the life-force of our business. We would like to invite people to take a look around the shop, meet some of our staff, have a cup of tea and learn about volunteering."

Jemma is committed to helping people realise their potential through skill building, experience and encouragement in sharing ideas in a vibrant and exciting retail environment. She is looking to fill positions which she says are both interesting and meaningful.

There will be all sorts of roles on offer including sorting, customer service, truck driving, assisting truck drivers, merchandising, social media.

Jemma said it would be great to see more people volunteering as it has so much to offer.

She pointed out that volunteering gives people the chance to learn new skills and meet new friends all while working towards a good cause.

"Our volunteers are our greatest asset and the reason we can continue to save lives and educated people about suicide," Lisa Willows, marketing coordinator at Lifeline Mid Coast, said.

Business manager Kurt Russell added that he is excited to be bringing a new Lifeline Shop to the Wingham area.

"We are aiming to have the shop fully operating by the end of September. We love the Wingham community and believe it's the best place to open a new shop. We are hoping it is embraced as it becomes part of the town's fabric and culture of recycling."

Lifeline will answer one million calls this year and the demand for Lifeline services continues to grow with more people than ever before using the service.

For suicide prevention and crisis support services call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or connect online at www.lifeline.org.au.