Emmaus Glasgow is bouncing back into the secondhand retail market with new tills and new jobs thanks to a £72,400 pandemic grant from the Scottish Government.

We are hiring an online sales supervisor and a volunteers co-ordinator as well as new infrastructure at our charity shops in Partick and Hamiltonhill. This will streamline customer experiences and make even more goods available online, in addition to Emmaus Glasgow’s eBay store.

Shoppers will also be able to find more upcycled goods among the charity’s preloved items in the near future, as the money pays for specialist training in woodwork and furniture restoration for Emmaus Glasgow’s formerly homeless people.

Huge benefit

Emmaus Glasgow Director Richard Allwood said: “We are delighted to join the Government’s Adapt and Thrive Programme. This will be of huge benefit to the people with experience of homelessness whom we support as well as our valued customers.

“When we reopened our shops following lockdown, we were encouraged by the support we received from city shoppers. It is great that the Government is recognising the importance of the work we’re doing in the city, and enabling Emmaus to adapt and thrive.”

Emmaus Glasgow offers accommodation, training and meaningful work for people at risk of or with experience of homelessness. It also provides a weekly outreach of food, clothes and advice for the city’s rough sleepers.

Working towards net zero carbon

The charity is supporting Glasgow’s drive towards net zero carbon, by recycling and reusing donations of furniture, homeware, bric-a-brac, toys, entertainment and electrical goods through its shops and online eBay store.

By purchasing preloved items in charity stores, shoppers help the sector reduce carbon emissions by around 7 million tonnes across the UK, according to the Charity Retail Association.

If you would like to find out more about the full-time roles or about flexible volunteering at the charity, please come along to recruitment open events at Emmaus Glasgow Hamiltonhill Charity Store at 101 Ellesmere Street. Glasgow, G22 5QT on Friday 1st October and Monday 11th October between 9am and 4pm.

To view current job roles and for how to apply, please visit our vacancies page.