The Emmaus Community is recruiting a Shop Manager to oversee and manage all the activities associated with the operation of the 2 retail shops already in existence on the site at Portslade Old Village.
There are currently 4 businesses in operation:
The Secondhand Superstore which sells furniture and household goods, bric a brac, clothing, books, electrical goods, bikes, music…….a wide range of goods which are offered at very competitive prices.
The Emporium, housed in the former Chapel, is dedicated to vintage, retro, collectables, handmade and upcycled goods. The shop appeals to the collector or those with an eye for unusual or vintage treasures.
Both the Secondhand Superstore and Emporium sell handmade and crafted items produced by the Goodwill Co-op, a team of volunteers who knit, sew, craft and paint to create beautiful items from donated materials.
Our Café, Revive offers both indoor and outside facilities. The café was refurbished in 2011 and now provides a lovely comfortable meeting place whatever the occasion, be it tea for two or lunch for a group meeting, there’s a perfect table awaiting. The outdoor terrace is situated in a particularly picturesque part of the grounds. It is a very popular meeting place for people of all ages.
The greenhouse, opened in March 2013 and sells a range of garden related furniture, tools, books, planters, etc. which will enhance the garden lifestyle – outdoors as well as in the home. The products are given the Emmaus “upcycled” touch and we transform planters, terracotta pots and any weird and wonderful objects for use in the garden or on a patio. We offer unique products and great ideas for the garden following the latest trends in garden lifestyle. We aim to maximize the use of the extensive grounds for the cultivation of ornamental and culinary plants for sale in our shop.
The Shop Manager will have responsibility for overseeing and managing the work of the Secondhand Superstore and Emporium. Over the years Emmaus has demonstrated its commitment to reuse and recycling by selling goods destined for landfill. We have developed a flair for adopting a very creative approach to our work and take pride in being seen as a leader in this field in the local charity sector. We are seeking someone who can take the businesses forward by presenting and displaying the product with an imaginative flair and an ability to maximize sales. Also, someone who has an awareness of current trends and on issues such as recycling. Working alongside Companions and volunteers, there will be opportunities for training others and for getting the best out of a team.
Emmaus is launching a petition today to keep night shelters across the UK open. Many night shelters are at risk of closure due to the loss of housing benefit income. This follows a legal ruling in Wales that denied housing benefit to an individual staying in a night shelter, on the grounds that it could not properly be considered the man’s home, as he was not able to leave his possessions on site and had no automatic right to stay there from one night to the next.
A number of councils are now reviewing their housing benefit policy and some have already suspended housing benefit payments to night shelters. Many shelters depend on housing benefit income to stay open, so this ruling could have wide-reaching consequences for emergency homelessness provision.
We have created a change.org petition, led by John Gall from Emmaus Cambridge, to urge Lord Freud, the DWP minister responsible for housing benefit, to take prompt action to ensure that night shelters are not forced to close.
John offered to lend his support to the campaign, saying: “As someone who was homeless for best part of a decade, I know first-hand the devastating impact this can have on people's physical and mental health. Night shelters were a crucial refuge for me when I had nowhere else to go. I’m still in touch with a night shelter in Chichester which supported me when I needed their help the most.”
Please sign our petition and share it with your friends and contacts to highlight this important issue.