Volunteers at our Stoke-on-Trent charity will now be able to access valuable skills development and training following on from the appointment of a new development coordinator.
We are excited to welcome Keziah Stott as Volunteer Development Coordinator to help to oversee volunteers at our charity’s shop – Emmaus Furniture Mine, which is based in Hanley.
The new role – which has been funded by the National Lottery’s Community Fund – will see Kez promote volunteer opportunities, recruitment, supervision and management of volunteers whilst also establishing personal development plans for those volunteers who want the support.
“For a long time I’ve known about the brilliant work Emmaus does worldwide and the fantastic set up Emmaus North Staffs has and I’m delighted to be working with the charity at Emmaus Furniture Mine,” says Kez, whose career so far has included providing pastoral support to university students and supporting community groups throughout Stoke-on-Trent.
“The charity does amazing things helping hundreds of vulnerable families every year and the volunteers we already have work in all sorts of departments, from assisting on our reception to helping with customer deliveries, as well as gaining retail experience. I’m really looking forward to helping our current and future volunteers to develop their skills further.”
It is great to have Kez on board. We are so pleased to have been granted the funding from the National Lottery’s Community Fund which will mean – working with Kez – we can offer more to those who help us by volunteering in our social business. We can now provide so much more and Kez has a wealth of experience – we know she is going to do great things working with us.
As well as helping volunteers to strengthen their skills, and providing personal support, Kez is working to widen our volunteer opportunities in order to support the work we do in the North Staffordshire area.
The opportunities we have for volunteers are very broad and open. As well as the retail, admin and delivery side of things we are also looking for people who may have experience in other areas including social media. We would really like to introduce more volunteers at Emmaus Furniture Mine. To enquire about volunteering opportunities at Emmaus Furniture Mine please get in tough by emailing Kez or telephone 01782 846111.
Emmaus North Staffs works with the most vulnerable of communities, particularly those who have been homeless, and part of that work is being able to offer discounted furniture to referral partners including local authorities and other organisations in North Staffordshire.
Emmaus Furniture Mine, which is usually open to the public six days a week, is temporarily closed due to the latest lockdown restrictions surrounding COVID-19. Deliveries can still go ahead and the charity shop is also providing a click and collect service. Money raised from our shop is vital for us as a charity and so the click and collect we can provide is really important. We have a wide range of items for sale from household furniture to festive decorations. Please visit our Facebook Page for more information. We’ve also set up a Emmaus Furniture Mine eBay shop to help with funds.