Emmaus Gloucestershire was started by a team of volunteers at a shop in Nailsworth in 1993.
Throughout the 1990s, the team sold donated clothes and bric-a-brac, eventually raising enough to set up a community house, followed by our furniture superstore in Chequers Road, Gloucester.
We now have five shops which fund and provide work to 32 people, called companions - they each have their own room and share facilities. Our most recent acquisition is Restore in Nailsworth in 2015 where we sell quality upcycled shabby chic furniture, restored at our workshop in Gloucester.
Nailsworth continues to be successful and still has a high number of committed and long-serving volunteers. Chequers Road is the hub of our operations. Two further shops at Cheltenham and Stroud have been added. Our charity shops and customers are serviced by five vans collecting and delivering goods six days of the week.
Image: Beth one of the founders of Emmaus Gloucestershire.