The easing of lockdown restrictions for non-essential retail has brought hope to charities and charity shops across Greater Manchester. 

After more than 14-weeks of closure due to the latest Covid-19 shutdown, charities across the city region are counting the cost of lost revenue and donations. The lifting of restrictions on Monday 12th April will mean that charity shops can reopen and shoppers can bag some bargains in support of charitable causes.

Homelessness charity Emmaus Bolton has focussed on selling items online throughout lockdown but is now getting ready to reopen its large charity store in the town.

Tony Stephenson, Community Director at Emmaus Bolton, said, “We’ve really missed seeing our local supporters and are looking forward to welcoming them back. Their purchases help to keep our charity going but the social interaction they bring to the people we support is also very important.” 

The charity, which supports formerly homeless people, will reopen its Derby Barracks charity store on Monday 12th April. The store stocks a wide range of second-hand furniture, upcycled furniture, electrical appliances, bric-a-brac, books, plants, hanging baskets and garden furniture.

Emmaus charity shops can also be found in Rochdale, Salford and Tameside. Each Emmaus shop supports a local community of formerly homeless people, with money raised used for food, individual support, training and development. Emmaus charity shops also provide work experience to people supported by the charity.

The Emmaus Mossley Secondhand Superstore located in Tameside will reopen on Tuesday 13 April. Throughout lockdown the team have carried out extensive refurbishments to the store and have prepared for a large volume of donations.

Gary Barton, community member at Emmaus Mossley, said, “It will be great to welcome people back and see some friendly faces again. We hope that everyone has been keeping safe over the past few months and continue to be safe as restrictions ease.”  

Many people will be looking forward to donating their unwanted items to charity shops. Emmaus is urging the public to check their local Emmaus website and social media for details of what items can be accepted.

For more information about your local Emmaus charity shop click here.


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