Our homelessness charity Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland has reopened our shop doors after a 15-week closure due to the Covid-19 shutdown.

Following the recent government announcement, we’re now welcoming customers back to our two shops in Hinckley.

More than one-third of our charity’s income usually comes from the sale of donated items in the Emmaus Emporium on Stockwell Head and La Boutique on Castle Street. For every week closed during lockdown, Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland lost valuable income that is used to provide accommodation, food, and support to help people rebuild their lives after being homeless.

As well as providing vital funds, our shops provide work experience, training, and a sense of purpose for the people it supports and are key in helping people regain their confidence and self-esteem.

We are delighted to have reopened our shops and be welcoming back our supporters. Our shops are a fantastic resource for anyone in need of quality affordable items, anyone wanting to embark on an upcycling project or looking for quirky, vintage, and retro items, or for anyone who wants to shop responsibly, buy second-hand, and look after our environment.

We have followed advice from the Government and Charity Retail Association to implement measures to keep everyone safe. These include limiting the number of customers at any one time, installing markings and signs throughout our shops and hand sanitiser stations at all entrance doors.

Our shops stock a wide-range of good quality pre-loved items, including furniture, homeware, books and clothing.

Anyone wishing to donate unwanted items for sale can drop-off in person at our Emporium (drop-off hours are 9.30am – 3.30pm) or call us on 01455 637587 to book a drop-off appointment or arrange for us to collect larger items. You can also book a collection online.

The Emporium on Stockwell Head and La Boutique on Castle Street are both open 9.30am – 4pm everyday excluding Sundays.