5th Jul, 2022

Coventry workers give up free time to help city-based homelessness charity

STAFF from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in Coventry gave up a day of their time to volunteer at a homelessness charity.

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

The RICS team was tasked with helping to redecorate some rooms in the grounds of their Binley-based accommodation.

The volunteering was part of an RICS scheme called ‘Giving Something Back Days’, which gives employees the chance to spend a day volunteering for a charity of their choice.

Daniel Hopkins, a formerly homeless man – who is currently being supported by the charity – met the volunteers during their visit.

He said: “It was great to meet the team. They seemed interested in the charity and motivated to do their bit to help.

“It’s always nice when people in our local community support Emmau as I’ve experienced first-hand the great work they do to support the homeless.”

Jack Cudworth, community leader at Emmaus Coventry and Warwickshire, said: “The people we help can stay in our community for as long as they need to.

“Some stay for a short time in order to get themselves back on their feet before returning to independent living, but others will need longer-term support.

“The volunteers have helped to make our accommodation feel more like home, which is a very important thing.”

Zoe Mobley of RICS took part in the day.

She said: “We wanted to support a really worthy charity from our area.

“We’ve been hard at work, sanding, painting and working as a team to get the job done. It’s been a great day.”

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