A Little Op Shop With A Big Heart

Volunteers from the Picabeen Change Room, Judy Nothdurft and Lynne Martin with manager Gayle Brook.

Supporting community is what Picabeen Community Association does best, and their Op Shop in Gilston St, Keperra strives to do the same.

Staffed by a wonderful team of volunteers, the Picabeen Change Room Op Shop is more than a place where you can buy fabulous, affordable, pre-loved clothing and accessories for all ages.

Project worker, Gayle Brook, who supports the volunteers, says that the op shop is more like a community hub where regular customers come for a chat, browse for clothes and enjoy some time out from the daily stresses of life.

‘2020 has been a particularly challenging year for so many people who have lost jobs or opportunities to gather with family and friends. Some of our customers come in a few times a week just to sit on our green couch and socialise,’ said Gayle.

A great range of kids clothes can be found at the Change Room

‘We have young mums who come in with their toddlers, teenagers looking FOR up-style retro fashions, women of all ages sharing life’s ups and downs, and elderly people enjoying company.’

When needed, the staff at the op shop will refer people to Picabeen Community Centre in Hoben Street, Mitchelton for practical support, such as food hampers, English speaking classes, youth support, or playgroup.
The Change Room has always been a great little community connection point and people love the fact that all proceeds go directly to this local community.

However it’s not only customers who have found community connection at Picabeen Change Room. There are around 20 volunteers that offer their time each week some of which have just started this year after their other volunteering opportunities fell through due to COVID-19. In addition, there are also some fabulous volunteers who have a disability or need some extra support.

‘For many, the shop has provided an opportunity to be valued, learn new skills, give back to the community, meet new people and gain a sense of purpose- it really is an Opportunity Shop, in the true sense of the word!’ said Gayle.

So why not pop down and have a browse amongst the wonderful array of products on offer? Moreover, if your office is struggling for Secret Santa gift ideas, head down to The Change Room. Not only will you find some unique gift ideas, but you will also be encouraging sustainability, ethical fashion and supporting a local charity!
Picabeen Change Room Op Shop is located at 65 Gilston St, Keperra. It is open Monday to Friday from 9 am until 4 pm and Saturday 9 am until 12 pm.

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