NOW OPEN – the newly refurbed Emmaus “ Home Store “ on Colchester High St.
You can’t fail to be inspired by the imaginative and flamboyant displays which really do engage customers, and with such an interesting range of goods on offer you’re sure to find something unique for your home and garden.
Supporting those who have experienced homelessness in Colchester
Refurbished Emmaus Home Shop opens in Colchester
Emmaus Colchester has reopened its Home Shop at 99 High Street, Colchester following a recent refurbishment.
The shop was opened by long-time volunteer, Gladys Morgan, who has been lending a helping hand for 10 years. “For much of the time I am sorting clothing and am out of sight, so it’s been a wonderful honour and I feel very emotional.”
Gladys Morgan, a 10-year volunteer at Emmaus, Colchester, re-opens recently refurbished Home Store
The transformation has involved the charity’s companions, trustees, and volunteer, who have all been involved in the process. “Our companions completed all of the work and it’s helped improve their skills and given them the confidence to move on, which is what we do at Emmaus,” says CEO, Denise King. she adds, “After the success of our New Life Shop and Café on Crouch Street, we’ve taken the opportunity to create a stronger identity for our Home Shop.”
The new look shop takes on an industrial theme, with painted grey floors, scaffold-board shelving units, and Crittall-style steel windows. It is also based on a pop-up concept with four areas that will change over time.
Denise explains: “We’re starting with a clothing area with changing rooms, a vinyl area with space to play records, and two further sections selling electrical items and small furniture items.
“We’re particularly proud of the new frontage design, and hope that we’ll have lots of new customers coming along to No. 99 to support our work with those who have previously experienced homelessness.”
Emmaus Colchester has also received support from Lucy Tiffney, local interiors celebrity, who has added her own painting flourishes around the shop. Lucy is a long-time supporter of the charity and frequently visits to pick up furniture that she then upcycles in her own unique style.
Darren Scott, business manager, has overseen the project: “To keep the costs down all materials where possible have been reused, which is in keeping with the Emmaus ethos. We’ve also been able to apply the skills of our companions to help us complete the refurbishment. In part, helping to improve their confidence and giving them a strong sense of achievement.”
To find out how you can support Emmaus Colchester click here, or visit us at 99 High Street, Colchester CO1 1TH.