A NEW opportunity shop and community information, referral and advocacy service at Nemingha hopes to help the needy and isolated.
The not-for-profit organisation Simply Stronger Communities, set up by four Tamworth ladies, opened on August 17 and its already getting a great response.
Community advocate Monica Anderson said the team was networking with non-government and government departments to help people in need.
Each of the four women have worked in community services and they’re now working to set up the Every Body Matters charity.
“It’s mainly about isolated people. If you feel isolated, you are,” Ms Anderson said.
“This service is if you need some sort of service and don’t know where to go to.”
Ms Anderson said too many community services were based around finding information on the internet.
“We live in an imbalanced society with an over-reliance on the internet,” she said.
“With many community information and advocacy services, you call a number, but it tells you to go to the internet.
“This service is local people helping other local people.”
The op shop will provide the funding base for the service.
While there’s a large focus on second-hand books, there are plenty of clothes, bric-a-brac and a few antiques and collectibles.
“We’ve done extremely well with donations, and at this stage we haven’t had any dumpings,” Ms Anderson said.
“We can also serve tea, coffee and biscuits so that we can sit down and talk with people when they come into the shop.”
The op shop is open from 10am every day and only takes donations during business hours.