Friday 14 September 2018

Ross's Story - Volunteering with Emmaus

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Volunteers are the backbone of what goes on here at Emmaus. As a charity we rely on the helping hand of others who are able to offer their skills and time to contribute towards our ever growing community. We really could not do what we do without them.

Over at Emmaus Surrey (part of Emmaus Lambeth) we have Ross – a volunteer who has been working in our Caterham store for 7 months now. Ross has recently finished a course in Painting and Decorating at East Surrey College. Ross’s hobbies include working out at the gym, listening to music and playing golf – of which he is still on the look-out for a pair of left hand golf clubs to arrive at our store! Having joined us initially to gain work experience, he has remained due to the enjoyment and fulfilment he gets from coming into work. This is his story.

‘I heard of the Emmaus Caterham store through my Mum who was aware that our town had gained a new charity shop. She reckoned it was a good idea that I offered to volunteer here alongside college, as it would be a good opportunity to gain valuable work experience. I was a bit apprehensive at first, as I had never volunteered at a charity shop before. However, I decided to spend two days a week volunteering at Emmaus alongside my studies.

It is now I have realised that there was no need to be apprehensive because I love it here. What makes the job great is how varied each day is. I really enjoy going through donations as it feels like I’m on a real life version of 'Cash in the Attic'. We get some amazing stuff in, so it can be super interesting discovering exactly what each item is. My roles volunteering here definitely alter from day-to-day. Initially I begun helping out in the back-end of the store, mainly sorting through the clothes donations. But upon being here a while I’ve recently learnt how to use the till and I really enjoy meeting the many customers we have here.

The atmosphere at Emmaus is great as it is very sociable and you really feel like you are part of a team. I am especially close to those who work at the Caterham store, although I also like spending time with the delivery drivers and staff from other shops. My colleague Melissa and I get on like a house on fire, and I really look forward to coming into work and seeing everyone.

I would recommend volunteering at Emmaus to anyone. It is a productive thing to do with your time as alongside helping out the charity, the work is very sociable and interesting. Since leaving college I come to volunteer here most days. Emmaus are very flexible, enabling me to volunteer alongside my other commitments. As a volunteer it is a low pressure environment, and I genuinely feel like everyone is grateful for what I do. It is the perfect place to start out and gain work experience.’

For more information on volunteering with us head here. Alternatively, feel free to pop into any of our stores.

We are so incredibly appreciative of the work volunteers do for us, a big thanks to everyone who is involved!

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