Before Christmas I headed to a charity shop called Emmaus not only for a good ol’ mooch around their wonderful charity shops, but also to learn more about the charity.
As well as coming away with a sparkly skirt/top combo (I wore pretty much the whole of Christmas), a jumper and this beaut of a velvet dress, I also learnt about who Emmaus are and what they do as a charity.
Emmaus have a number of shops dotted around, and outside of, London. As well as having electrical, furniture and clothes shop, they also have a few communities which provide homeless men and women with a place to stay. The residents at Emmaus (known as companions) work either in the shops or within the community whilst staying in the accommodation provided. Once ready, Emmaus support them back into work. Emmaus rely on income from the shops to maintain these communities. By donating and shopping we are supporting the companions and hopefully helping Emmaus to grow so they can provide more of these incredible communities.
If that ain’t a reason to shop, ey!
If you have unloved clothes that you think could make a bit of money and become someone else’s new favourite, Emmaus shops are open in West Norwood and Surrey are open from 9.30-5pm Monday to Saturday.