Emmaus Colchester has kept its head above water during the first quarter of 2021, all thanks to its House Clearance Service and success with Instagram sales.
During the period January to March, Emmaus Colchester has undertaken 31 house clearances, raising £10K for the Colchester charity, once the cost of disposal of unsaleable goods was taken into account. The figures were boosted by successful Instagram sales totalling £26.5K.
Darren Scott, Business Manager said: “Despite our retail shops remaining closed, we have managed to secure vital income through our house clearance service and Instagram sales, and we cannot thank our supporters enough for helping us remain sustainable during the pandemic.
“It is also good to know that we are providing a valuable service and supporting the community at the same time.”
Apart from the financial benefits of keeping certain services in place, it has had a wider impact on staff and companion morale. Darren explains: “Being able to keep busy has had a positive impact on the mental health of our companions and staff, giving us all a sense of purpose and improving our wellbeing, at a time that is particularly challenging for us all.”
Emmaus Colchester now looks forward to opening the Home Shop, on the High Street, and The Works, on Osborne Street on April 12.