Emmaus charity shop and bistro to reopen after £200k lost to lockdown

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Tony, one of the formerly homeless people being supported by the charity, in front of the Emmaus Village Carlton Home Store

Emmaus Village Carlton, which has been closed for 14 weeks due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will reopen next week to customers.

The homelessness charity will reopen its shop and popular bistro on Wednesday 14 April in line with the latest government guidelines.

They will also begin accepting quality items for donation again.

The charity estimates that it will have lost around £200,000 of trading income as a result of the pandemic; income that is used to provide a home, food and support to help people rebuild their lives after being homeless.

The Carlton site sells furniture, clothing, upcycled goods, homeware, toys, books, music and electrical items from its Home Store, Boutique and Bric-a-Brac shops. Drinks and food are available to takeaway or eat outside from the popular em’s Bistro.

As well as providing vital funds for the charity, the Emmaus Village Carlton shops and bistro provides work experience, training, and a sense of purpose for the 42 people it supports and is key in helping people regain their confidence and self-esteem.

Angela Foll, Chief Community Officer at Emmaus Village Carlton, said: “We are delighted to be reopening our shops and bistro and welcoming back our customers.

“Our shops are a fantastic resource for anyone wanting to buy quality affordable items, wanting to embark on an upcycling project, looking for quirky, vintage and retro items, or for anyone who wants to shop responsibly, buy second-hand, and look after our environment.

“We know many of our regular customers are very much looking forward to coming back for a wander around our shops and a visit to the bistro for a takeaway or to eat outside.”

To protect everyone’s safety, the charity will limit the number of customers at any one time and they have added picnic benches throughout the site so customers can make the most of the warmer weather.

Anyone wishing to donate quality unwanted items for sale can call 01234 720826 to book a drop-off appointment or arrange for the charity to collect larger items from their home or business.

The Emmaus Village Carlton shops and bistro on School Lane, Carlton will be open Wednesday to Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm.

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