Emmaus Burnley is on the hunt for local volunteers to support our community and charity shops in Burnley and Accrington.

We have a number of roles available including charity shop assistants, kitchen assistant, handy worker, van drivers and van crew. Emmaus is looking for individuals with suitable skills and experience, as well as a commitment to volunteer at least one day per week.

Rachel from Burnley, is a volunteer at our Ivy Street Superstore and has been helping out for the past eight months. Rachel said:

“The volunteer role was advertised online and so I applied to update my skills and get me back out there in a working environment. I’ve gained a lot whilst I’ve been here. It’s improved my retail skills, I’m working towards an accredited warehousing qualification and gained recent experience to add to my CV.

“I’ve enjoyed just meeting new people, learning about the companions and their backgrounds. I would encourage others to come and volunteer with Emmaus and give it a go. It gets you out of the house and if you’re stuck in staring at four walls then it’s a great way to meet new people and work for a worthy cause.”

Emmaus Burnley supports formerly homeless people by providing them with a stable home and meaningful work for as long as they need it. We operate charity shops in Accrington and Burnley, selling donated furniture, household goods, clothes, bric-a-brac and vintage wares.

Stephen Buchanan, Director at Emmaus Burnley, said: “Our local volunteers make an important contribution to the success and day to day running of Emmaus Burnley’s operations. These varied volunteer roles will hopefully appeal to individuals with specific skills who want to get out, meet new people and support a local charity.”

Emmaus Burnley offers all volunteers an opportunity to develop their skills and gain experience for a worthwhile cause. Training is offered where possible and all volunteers receive dinner and travel expenses on the days that they volunteer.

To find out more about the roles on offer at Emmaus Burnley visit the ‘Get involved’ section at www.emmaus.org.uk/burnley. If you would like to apply to become a volunteer, please call 01282 430 860 or visit the Emmaus Burnley Superstore at Ivy Street, Burnley, BB10 1TD.