We are on the hunt for volunteers to champion our social enterprises in the town and help give back to the local community.
The charity currently has several exciting volunteer roles available in its new-look preloved clothing and fashion section and bric-a-brac department. Emmaus is looking for people who can commit a small amount of time each week to working in a team our hub off Fletcher Street.
Bolton-born Sue Green has been travelling from Wigan for four years to volunteer for Emmaus Bolton as a bric-a-brac volunteer, after “falling in love with the place” during an initial visit to the charity’s Café Pierre with her sister.
Sue said: “While it is about giving back, volunteering is also selfishly about giving me something. It’s about finding that place where I fit in. It gives me a sense of purpose.
“As a volunteer, I have time to build a rapport with regular customers and I like talking to the people who deal in second-hand items, who come in to flip things.
“The people here are great. I’m always greeted with a smile.”
The shops and services provided by Emmaus Bolton include a food bank, several second-hand and new charity shops, a furniture-making and upcycling service, a low-cost café, a charity garden centre and a Scrap Store selling recycled surplus arts and crafts. Check out Emmaus Bolton’s shops page for more information and our opening hours.
Appealing for volunteers, Sue said: “Volunteering is a fantastic stepping stone into employment. You are able to develop skills by making informed choices and decisions, and communicate with such a wide variety of people.
“For individuals who aren’t sure whether they can volunteer, for a health reason for instance, try it for as little or as long as you want. We’re patient here and there are lots of different roles to suit different personalities. There’s something for everyone here.”
To find out more about the volunteer roles currently available at Emmaus Bolton, Derby Barracks, Fletcher Street, Bolton, BL3 6NF, please visit Emmaus Bolton’s volunteer page or get in touch with Tony or Lisa at [email protected] and (01204) 398056.