Homelessness charity needs more volunteers

Homelessness charity needs more volunteers

by Tom Martin (June 2021)

Homelessness charity Emmaus Merseyside, which has a base in Seaforth, is appealing for more volunteers.

Emmaus Merseyside is an award-winning charity that provides a home, training, work opportunities and individual support to people who have experienced homelessness.

Volunteers work alongside people supported by Emmaus to help out in the charity’s superstore, community building and garden in Seaforth.

Claire Curtis-Thomas, a gardening volunteer at Emmaus Merseyside, said: “My biggest satisfaction as a volunteer at Emmaus is the companionship.

“It’s the opportunity to give back really, and to receive. In giving, you receive so much and I’ve just been overwhelmed by the generosity shown by my fellow volunteers, companions and the staff at Emmaus.”

The recent Volunteers’ Week was a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. Volunteers benefit charities and groups across the country, but volunteering has been shown to improve volunteers' wellbeing too. Volunteering can also help people gain valuable new skills and experiences, and boost confidence.

Marc Bamber, Chief Operating Officer at Emmaus Merseyside, said: “We are fortunate to have some amazing people who give their time as volunteers and trustees to our charity.

“For Volunteers’ Week we are celebrating the contribution of our volunteers and appealing for new people to get involved.”

Emmaus Merseyside hopes to attract new volunteers to help out each week with gardening, cooking, van driving, in their large Charity Superstore and offices. The charity is also keen to recruit new trustees, a volunteer florist and resident artist to give a few hours each month.

To find out more and get involved as a volunteer with Emmaus visit: https://emmaus.org.uk/merseyside/volunteer-roles  

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