Wednesday 5 August 2015

There’s always something new volunteering at Emmaus

Ann

I’m Ann and I’ve been volunteering here at Emmaus Gloucestershire for 17 months now. 

 I used to be an office manager before retirement and now I volunteer in Bric –a-Brac at Emmaus on Chequers Road.  I’ve bought furniture here for years which I enjoy painting and upcycling and I’ve always talked to the companions, so along the way learnt more about the charity and what it does.  Any one of us could end up homeless.  It’s the only charity I know of where people have to work.  I think that’s brilliant.

I enjoy the variety of my volunteer role and I meet plenty of people here which is lovely.  I really like  working with the bric-a-brac. There’s always something new coming in and I learn so much about what’s on the shelf through research, curiosity, companions or customers. Every morning I speak to Richard, Operations Coordinator to ask what needs doing or finish the jobs I started the day before. Items get sorted, cleaned and priced before   display in the shop.  Today I’ve set coloured glass across the top shelf and the light displays it beautifully.

There’s always something different or unusual at Emmaus.  I see stuff and think, what is that? What do you do with that? It’s good exercise too, walking here in the morning.  It’s interesting to learn about new things and to get to know people, the companions and our regular customers. I feel part of a team. Wearing my uniform, no one knows if you’re a companion or a volunteer.

If you’d like to volunteer for Emmaus Gloucestershire, there are always opportunities.  Visit their website for more details.