6th Dec, 2016

City homeless charity calls for volunteer drive ahead of World Homelessness Day

Shaun Reynolds 30th Sep, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A COVENTRY-based homelessness charity is calling on city residents to offer a helping hand on Monday (October 10) to mark World Homelessness Day.

Emmaus Coventry and Warwickshire provides a home and meaningful work for 25 people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion.

The charity, which runs two second-hand furniture shops, is now appealing for volunteers to assist in their Nuneaton-based shop and also to help drive their removal and delivery vans.

World Homeless Day aims to draw attention to homeless people’s needs locally and provide opportunities for the community to get involved in responding to homelessness and raising awareness.

Emmaus Enterprise manager Ian Mutch said he’s keen to hear from people who would be interesting in volunteering on a regular basis to help out behind the till and in the stock room.

He added: “We’re also appealing for volunteers to assist with driving.

“Our vans go out every day around the area – collecting donated furniture and also delivering larger items that people have bought in store.

“We often struggle to be able to keep this service up, so it would be incredibly helpful if we could find some more drivers to help out.

“We know people have busy lives but even a few hours every week or so, on a regular basis, would make a big difference.”

All profits from Emmaus shops are used to support formerly homeless people in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Call Ian on 07595 220495 for further information about the charity and how to volunteer.