26th September 2018
My name is Danny Jaques and I am a retail volunteer here at Emmaus Sheffield. I started here a few years ago after volunteering one Christmas as a kitchen assistant for HARC at the Cathedral. After seeing the homeless problem first hand, I wanted to continue with voluntary work which is how I discovered Emmaus. I work full time as an emergency service dispatcher on a shift pattern and volunteer here at the shop on my rest days during the week. When I’m here, I am usually found on the till, helping customers with purchases, collections and always “zhoos-ing” the cushions! I also try and get some of our more unique donations and pictures of Rodney and Ralph on our Instagram account. With the shop being tucked out of the way, using social media really helps reaching more potential customers.
I love the team here. A real cracking set of people and there is always banter. Listening to some of the companions stories can really be quite humbling. It shows you that it really doesn’t take that much to end up homeless. There are some great success stories too with the guys developing themselves within the charity or moving on to get new jobs and their own digs with the support of the team.
The items for sale in the shop changes daily. It is one of those places you need to keep regularly popping into to bag that bargain and the place is huge so there is so much more here than you would find at your everyday charity shop. It’s also worth following the Emmaus Sheffield Ebay shop to get notified when new items are listed.
Some of the items that come through the shop are, shall we say “quirky”. My particular favourite was the illuminated Jesus Christ mirror (as seen on Instagram) If only I had room for it!
Really though there are some little treasures that get donated and volunteering at the shop always ends up costing me money. My home and my wardrobe are full of Emmaus purchases. I love some of the old vintage and mid-century furniture and my husband Ady is very good at refinishing or upcycling these pieces giving them a new lease of life in our apartment.