Carlton homeless charity seek volunteers for bistro

Volunteer Sarah at Em’s Bistro, Emmaus Village Carlton

A Bedfordshire homeless charity is seeking volunteers to support the vulnerable by helping-out in their bistro.

Em’s bistro forms part of Emmaus Village in Carlton, a charity supporting 42 formerly homeless people by giving them a home and meaningful work.

Catering manager Chloe Goodship said: “Emmaus Village Carlton supports some of the most vulnerable people, and we’re extremely proud that our popular bistro helps raise money for the charity. We do our best to provide great food and customer service; the more people we have helping, the better our bistro will be.”

Volunteers will work alongside staff and those supported by the charity, to serve customers, clear tables, and assist with simple kitchen tasks.

All relevant training and an induction will be provided, as will travel expenses and lunch on the day you volunteer.

Remarkaby the bistro continued trading throughout lockdown by offering take-aways. The indoor seating area has now reopened but customers can still opt to dine in an outdoor marquee and picnic benches.

The Carlton social enterprise is one of 29 Emmaus communities supporting 850 formerly homeless people across the UK.

Those living in Emmaus communities are expected to sign off all benefits, apart from housing benefit, which is used to support the community. Further funding is generated through social enterprise and fundraising.

The Carlton Village boasts a home store, boutique and bric-a-brac shops selling furniture, clothing, upcycled goods, homeware, toys, books, music and electrical items.

Research shows these communities create a reduction to benefits, health services and the risk of re offending.  There is an £11 return for every £1 invested in a community.

They offer an opportunity to regain lost self-esteem and rebuild lives.

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