Emmaus Hertfordshire has received more than £8,000 from eBay’s recently launched package of financial support and training to help us continue our online retail and raise funds for our community with the pandemic still impacting our activities.

eBay will be providing unrestricted grants to 250 of the charities most affected by declines in online revenue on its platform to help make up for the shortfall in sales as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Emmaus Hertfordshire is one of the selected charities.

All of our Emmaus shops have now re-opened and provide vital income needed to support our companions, however because customer footfall is still drastically reduced our online sales platform has never been so vital.

In addition to financial support, eBay has announced Charity Connect, which is a training programme to support at least 500 UK charities to help them raise more money through more effective online sales.

Charity Connect has started with a series of free weekly webinars on how to boost sales on eBay, and one of our companions, Danny, attended two sessions:

“I went on two different eBay for charity webinars and both were very well hosted with a Q&A session at the end. The content was interesting and relevant to what we’re trying to do here with our online sales at Emmaus Hertfordshire. I’m soon going to have a day with one of our shop managers, who runs the Emmaus eBay page and thanks to the training from eBay I have learnt the theory so now just need to put it into practice.

E-commerce is the direction I want to go in for employment, so the opportunity to have this training has been great for me because I’m learning new skills that I can use after Emmaus.”

This money will really help our charity as we continue to weather the storm that is COVID-19. To find out more about the eBay financial and training package, visit here.