Emmaus Merseyside is celebrating the impact of local volunteers and appealing for new volunteers during this year’s Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1-7 June.

Emmaus Merseyside is an award-winning charity that provides a home, training, work opportunities and individual support to people who have experienced homelessness. Volunteers work alongside the people we support to help out in our Charity Superstore, community building and garden in Seaforth.

Claire Curtis-Thomas, a gardening volunteer at Emmaus Merseyside, said: “My biggest satisfaction as a volunteer at Emmaus is the companionship. It’s the opportunity to give back really, and to receive. In giving, you receive so much, and I’ve just been overwhelmed by the generosity shown by my fellow volunteers, companions and the staff at Emmaus.”

Volunteers’ Week is a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. Volunteers benefit charities and groups across the country, but volunteering has been shown to improve volunteers’ wellbeing too. Volunteering can also help people gain valuable new skills and experiences, and boost confidence.

Marc Bamber, Chief Operating Officer at Emmaus Merseyside, said: “We are fortunate to have some amazing people who give their time as volunteers and trustees to our charity. For Volunteers’ Week we are celebrating the contribution of our volunteers and appealing for new people to get involved.”

We’re keen to attract new volunteers to help out each week with gardening, cooking, van driving, in our large Charity Superstore and offices. We are also keen to recruit new trustees, a volunteer florist and resident artist to give a few hours each month.

Find out more about the roles on offer and get involved with Emmaus Merseyside.