This Volunteers’ Week (1 – 7 June), our Hinckley-based charity is launching a hunt for local volunteers.

The Emporium, on Stockwell Head in Hinckley, is a charity shop run by our homelessness charity Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland. It currently specialises in furniture and household goods. We are now preparing to open a second-hand clothing department, and volunteers are urgently needed to assist with sorting donated clothes to prepare them for the shop floor.

Since we reopened after the recent lockdown, many kind-hearted local people have been donating their unwanted quality clothing, shoes and accessories.

We now have a room full of bags and hope that some volunteers will come forward to help us sort through the items, steaming and hanging them ready for our new clothing department opening in August.

We’re a friendly, welcoming team and volunteering hours can be chosen to suit a person’s availability.

Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland provides a home, support and meaningful work for 16 formerly homeless individuals. Some stay for a while as they gain confidence and skills before they are ready to move on to independent living; others require longer-term support and are able to stay for as long as they need to. Those supported at the community live together and help to run the Emporium charity shop, in addition to our La Boutique shop on Hinckley’s Castle Street.

If you are interested in volunteering with Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland and want to be part of this exciting new development, please call Matthew Taylor at Emmaus on 01455 637587 or email matt.taylor@emmaus.org.uk