Emmaus North Staffs works to support local people to move away from poverty. Whilst many local charities have charity shops with furniture, no other local charity operates a ‘referrals’ system as we do. We partner with housing associations, supplying furniture and white goods to those referred to us who are setting up home, at no cost to the tenants aside from a small delivery fee. We process over 800 referrals for individuals and families every year, supplying several thousand items of furniture.
Emmaus North Staffs is raising funds towards our long-term goal of setting up an Emmaus community for formerly homeless people. The accommodation will offer a home, work experience, daily support and funded training to rebuild lives and will be the first of its kind in the county.
We need to undertake a lot of collections and deliveries every week to service our charity shops. We offer a free furniture collection service and do around 150 collections and deliveries every single week across the area, mainly focused on the three local authorities of Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire Moorlands, but we also do the odd job in South Cheshire or northern half of Stafford Borough.
We collect around 300 tonnes of furniture, household items and white goods every year, a large percentage of which could have ended up in landfill had we not collected it. Much of this 300 tonnes is delivered back out again to properties across the local community.
Our aim is to increase our overall recycling rates to minimise our own impact on landfill rates so watch this space for updates.