Emmaus South Manchester is appealing for volunteers to get involved and help drive our charity forward.

Emmaus South Manchester aims to support homeless people and those suffering deprivation and social exclusion in the local area. Volunteers are needed to help out at our charity’s base at St. Andrews Church in Wythenshawe or as remote volunteers from home.

We have a variety of roles on offer and are appealing for textiles volunteers, furniture workshop volunteers, van drivers and charity trustees. Anyone interested in the roles will need good people skills and commit to volunteering at least one day per week.

Mark Booth, Local Champion for Emmaus South Manchester, said: “This year our social enterprise has really gathered pace, so we urgently need more hands to the pump. We’re looking for people with time, skills and passion to spare, and want to help drive the Emmaus South Manchester charity forward.”

Emmaus South Manchester’s social enterprise produces and sells wooden furniture, upcycled furniture and other interesting handmade items such as clocks and textile products. The items are all produced from reclaimed materials, diverting waste from landfill whilst generating an income to support our charity.

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Emma Sidlow, a trustee and textiles volunteer at Emmaus South Manchester, said: “Before becoming a charity trustee or volunteering you worry at first that it’s going to take up too much time. In reality though, people are flexible and there’s no pressure to deliver more than you can. I’ve got a family, a full-time job and I’m learning so sometimes my contribution can be less or more, but everyone is supportive and understanding of that.

“I wish I’d done this sooner because I’m learning new skills, gaining new responsibilities and actually I’m really enjoying it. Volunteering with Emmaus has allowed me to meet some new people and focus on other things rather than my main day job, lockdown and family. You get to think about other people for a while and try and give something back.”

Our main aim is to create a new Emmaus community that will support people who have experienced homelessness. The community will provide people with a home, training, work experience, individual support and an opportunity for a fresh start in life.

Find out more about the current volunteer opportunities at Emmaus South Manchester.