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KAY'S CORNER: Stanthorpe Community Op Shop manager Lorraine Aldis, co-founder Frank Moser and assistant manager Debbie Lightfoot-de Hamer cosy up in their new Have a Chat Community Lounge. Photo Linden Morris / Stanthorpe Border Post
KAY'S CORNER: Stanthorpe Community Op Shop manager Lorraine Aldis, co-founder Frank Moser and assistant manager Debbie Lightfoot-de Hamer cosy up in their new Have a Chat Community Lounge. Photo Linden Morris / Stanthorpe Border Post Linden Morris

THE Stanthorpe Community Op Shop now has a safe warm place for people to relax.

The tentatively named Have a Chat Community Lounge started last week in memory of Stanthorpe Community Op Shop co-founder Kay Moser.

Manager Lorraine Aldis said it came about after they recognised a need in the community.

"People come in and just want someone to talk to someone," Ms Aldis said.

"It is just a nice place for people to be themselves, sit back and relax, get out of the house for a bit and have a cup of tea and a chat."

Assistant manager Debbie Lightfoot-de Hamer said the lounge was open to anyone and they would help in whatever way they could.

"We are communicating with other facilities in the area to build up a network of help we can have to recommend to people should it be needed," Ms Hamer said.

"We have already spoken with Community Development Services Youth Development worker Andrew Pye who said if we get 10-25 year-olds coming in, he would be happy to help where possible.

"We will also aim to offer information about things like finances, domestic violence and aged care.

"We are set to allow parents who want to talk the ability to bring their children with them as well.

"Basically we just want it to be a little home away from home."

OPEN TO LISTEN

What: Have a Chat Community Lounge

Where: Stanthorpe Community Op Shop, 3/18 Railway St

When: Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm

Cost: Gold coin donation, only if it can be afforded


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