Leeton Community Op Shop's new location has many benefits

THE Leeton Community Op Shop is a hub and a place to go when you need a shoulder or help of any variety.

Since moving to its new premises in the CBD, the op shop has gone from strength-to-strength. 

The idea is for it to become more a place where people can come and talk or just sit in and enjoy a book and some peace and quiet. 

Big plans are also in the works for a kitchen renovation and coffee shop-type area. 

Hot meals will be served to those who are going through a rough patch along with a cup of steaming coffee or tea. 

However, a little extra money is needed in order to bring the dream to life. 

Already the kitchen area has received several donations such as a coffee machine and others, but funds are needed to complete the work. 

“We’re really enjoying the new location,” welfare manager Narelle Weymouth said. 

“The idea is to expand on the great work we’re doing and offer even more to the community. 

“We want this to be a place people feel comfortable coming to, no matter what they need. 

“It’s a community space for everyone to enjoy.”

The actual shop-side of the store is also booming with all kinds of different sections to satisfy one’s needs. 

There’s furniture, clothing, books, an area specifically dedicated to children’s toys and much more. 

Donations are always welcome to keep the income ticking over for the shop. 

Volunteer numbers have also increased since the store moved from it’s former premises.

However, young volunteers are always welcome. 

“If you’re a student and you’ve got time during school holidays we would certainly love to have you come in and volunteer,” store manager Jodie Ridge said. 

“We’ve also got other young people in here doing their work experience hours. 

“It’s a good opportunity for them.”

With the weather warming up, the op shop has encouraged residents to get stuck into some spring cleaning. 

“All donations are welcome,” Mrs Ridge said.

“Now is a good time of year to get stuck into cleaning our wardrobes or other areas of the home. 

“We’re happy to take any of these items off your hands.

“There’s no silly donation.

“We recycle everything here.” The op shop’s truck is also running and there’s a bin located just behind the new store in the Sycamore Street carpark. 

Any residents wanting to volunteer, donate items or contribute to the kitchen/coffee shop area should get in touch with the op shop. “We’d love to hear from anyone that can help in any way,” Mrs Weymouth said. 

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