Monday 25 September 2017

Celebrate Recycle Week at Emmaus Cambridge


Emmaus Cambridge is launching a shabby chic furniture restoration service for its customers to tie in with Recycle Week.

As of Monday 25 September, customers at the Landbeach-based charity shop will be able to pay an extra 35% and have their goods creatively upcycled by a trained companion (former homeless people).  

Companions, like Shane Smith, take great pride in giving tired furniture a new lease of life after receiving training by Annie Sloan ambassadors, the UK’s leading chalk paint supplier.

Having spent 14 years of his life in and out of prison, Shane knew he wanted to turn his life around for himself and his two sons. He has been at Emmaus Cambridge for just over a month now, and has thrown himself into upcycling. Speaking of his experience, Shane says:

“Emmaus is giving me stability and support I need, which is something I haven’t had in a long time. I really enjoy working with Shabby chic items. It is very rewarding seeing my upcycled items being sold in our shop; knowing that I have increased the value of the item is something I take great pride in.”

Mark Boden, member of staff at Emmaus Cambridge leading on the Shabby chic programme, says:

“Shabby chic allows companions to take pride in their work; seeing the end result gives them confidence, something that is hugely important at Emmaus Cambridge.”