Tuesday 27 March 2018

From rags to riches

Rags to riches

We're appealing to local people to bring in old clothes and books – even if they are worn or damaged - as well as unwanted bric-a-brac from around the home.

Launching our ‘Control your Clutter’ appeal, Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire wants to spread the word that we can make use of certain items that people might normally just throw away. Old clothes, fabrics, books and bric-a-brac can be bagged up and passed to a recycling company who buy in bulk - raising money to provide vital services for those who have been homeless.

Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire provides a home and meaningful work for 18 people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion. Some stay for a while as they gain confidence and skills before they are ready to move on to independent living, while others are in need of longer-term support and are able to stay for as long as they need to. Those being supported help to run social enterprises, including our second-hand furniture shop in Coventry, to help fund the charity’s work.

We know that the time for spring cleaning is just around the corner, so we thought now would be a great time to encourage people to sort through things cluttering up their home. We’re already known in the area as a charity that collects and resells unwanted furniture, now we want people to know we can raise funds from other things too.

Over the last 12 months, Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire were able to generate over £6,000 through bagging up old clothes and other items for recycling.

Our companion Paul Byrne said:

I love the fact that nothing goes to waste here. When someone comes in with a bag of stuff from their home, we make the most of everything in it. We sort through each bag to see what can be sold in the shop and what can be bagged up for recycling. Whichever route each item takes, it is helping Emmaus to support the homeless in some way.”

Anyone interested in donating clothing, books or bric-a-brac for Emmaus, can drop off their items at our shop at 70 Red Lane, Coventry CV6 5EQ. To find out more call us on 024 7666 1466.