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Emmaus Gloucestershire

Emmaus Gloucestershire

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Emmaus Gloucestershire supports formerly homeless people by giving them a home, meaningful work in a social enterprise and an opportunity to get themselves back on their feet again.

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Charity Shop Volunteer

Charity Shop Volunteer

Organisation role · Flexible hours
Emmaus Secondhand Superstore, Chequers Rd, Gloucester GL4 6QB, UK
RetailDrivingSocial media
Community & familyPoverty reductionNature & sustainability
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Emmaus Gloucestershire
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Summary

Our Gloucester Shop is a hive of activity with opportunities also available in our onsite community offices and online sales department.

Detailed description

Volunteers are a crucial part of our community


You can make a difference at Emmaus Gloucestershire, we have a range of roles for volunteers and can accommodate as many hours, or days, as you can spare. Our Gloucester Shop is a hive of activity with opportunities also available in our onsite community offices and online sales department. Please note that all of our in person volunteering roles have a minimum age requirement of 18, unless otherwise stated.


Example of duties include:


Bric-a-Brac - Sorting donations for sale/recycling/waste, cleaning items, pricing, and merchandising items on the shop floor.


Clothing, Linen & Shoes - Sorting donations for sale/recycling/waste, cleaning items, pricing, and merchandising items on the shop floor.


Till & Shop Support - Operating the till, dealing with customer queries face-to-face and over the phone, sorting, pricing, merchandising, cleaning, and organising deliveries and excess stock in the warehouse.


Online Sales Department - Taking photos, cleaning items, researching value, listing online, communicating with customers, purchasing postage/courier services online and preparing items for dispatch.


PAT Testing - Conducting function and PAT testing on all donated electrical items, sorting donations for sale/recycling/waste, cleaning items, pricing, and merchandising items on the shop floor. Will need, or be prepared to undertake, PAT training course prior to volunteering in the PAT Testing department. Training to be paid for by Emmaus Gloucestershire.


Van Driver - Loading and unloading vans, transferring donations between main warehouse in Gloucester and shops in Nailsworth and Stroud. Taking cardboard recycling to Cheltenham, food bank donations to Gloucester and items that cannot be sold/recycled to Javelin Park. On occasion you may also assist with the van crew’s allocated jobs and visit customer homes to conduct deliveries and collections. For insurance purposes must be 25yrs+ and have been driving for 2yrs+.


Media & Communications - various opportunities depending on skills and experience including:

  • Advertising and website - Google Ads/website SE/Keywords etc
  • Photography, social media and digital strategy
  • Graphic design
  • Film/TV
  • Copywriting


To apply please request and return an application form. On receipt we will be in contact to arrange an informal meet, greet and tour.


What volunteers need😇 Disclosure and Barring Service

What we will provide to volunteers

💸 Reimbursement of costs🤝 Extra support

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About Emmaus Gloucestershire

Emmaus Gloucestershire supports formerly homeless people by giving them a home, meaningful work in a social enterprise and an opportunity to get themselves back on their feet again.

For many people who experience homelessness, one of the biggest obstacles they must overcome is a loss of self-esteem. Emmaus provides an opportunity to regain this, with a chance to make a real contribution to their community.

Emmaus communities are not hostels for the homeless; they provide a home for as long as someone needs it. For many, this support and stability is like the family they don’t have, providing a safe environment in which to settle and re-build their lives. Often this is an opportunity to overcome issues such as addiction, get support with mental health issues or rebuild relationships with estranged family.

Social enterprise is central to the Emmaus model as it provides meaningful work for companions but also generates funding to maintain communities. Companions living in Emmaus communities are expected to sign off all benefits, with the exception of housing benefit, which is used to help support the community. The rest of the funding that is needed is generated through social enterprise and fundraising.

Emmaus communities deliver a significant return on investment. Research shows that for every £1 invested in a community, there is an £11 social, environmental and economic return, with savings to the benefit bill, health services and a reduction in crime.