Friday 9 October 2015

Emmaus celebrates Social Saturday with clothing and jewellery sale

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Social Saturday, backed by Social Enterprise UK, is a nationwide day of activities which celebrates social investment, social enterprise and social savings. Since opening its doors in 1993, Emmaus Gloucestershire has supported several hundred homeless people in the local area, by providing them with a stable home in a community setting and meaningful work in a social enterprise.

Commenting on Saturday’s event, Malcolm Pitt, Business Manager at Emmaus Gloucestershire said: “We’ve got lots of pretty pieces of jewellery at affordable prices and some things you might not think of such as wedding dresses, wetsuits and rock climbing gear.  We’re also looking for donations of furniture and white goods, so if you’ve got something to donate, let us know and we can arrange free collection.”

As a national movement, research shows that every £1 invested in an Emmaus community £11 is generated in social, environmental and economic returns. This includes annual savings to the Department of Health (£1,478,506) for NHS and emergency services costs; local government (£2,447,612) for hostel accommodation, addiction services and landfill  costs; as well as savings to the Ministry of Justice (£778,435) by keeping people out of prison. 

Through the successful running of five charity shops, Emmaus Gloucestershire continues to generate the funds it needs to sustain its community home, as well as providing work opportunities, a weekly allowance, access to support staff and courses to aid personal development to the formerly homeless people it works with, known as companions.

The event will take place at all five stores on Saturday 10 October between 9.30am and 5.00pm. To find out more about Emmaus Gloucestershire please visit the website or follow on Twitter @emmausglos and Facebook at Emmaus Gloucestershire.  To donate an item please call 01452 413095 or drop into the stores.