Homeless workers keen to set a new benchmark

Charley Holman, Emmaus retail manager, shows off some of the garden furniture made by the homeless people at the charity in Victoria Quays, Sheffield.
Charley Holman, Emmaus retail manager, shows off some of the garden furniture made by the homeless people at the charity in Victoria Quays, Sheffield.
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EVERY keen gardener knows there can be no sitting down on the job… but the temptation might be too great to resist with the new range of garden furniture from homelessness charity Emmaus Sheffield.

Recycling enthusiasts at the city centre organisation are taking unwanted pine bed frames and converting them into sturdy garden seats!

And any leftovers are being converted into a range of bird boxes and tables - which are already flying off the shelves.

“We had been donated several pine beds that were sadly not suitable for sale,” said Emmaus Retail Manager Charley Holman.

“But we don’t like to waste anything, so we put them to good use in another way.

“We’ve had a great response to our new line in garden furniture and that can only get better as the weather starts to improve and people start to think about getting back into the garden again.”

Prices for the new garden furniture, which is on sale now at the Emmaus shop in Cadman Street, close to Sheffield’s Canal Basin, range from £5 for a bird box to £50 for a garden bench.

The Emmaus Sheffield shop is open 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, with late night opening to 6.30pm on Wednesday, as well as 9am to 4pm Saturday and 11am to 4pm Sunday.

Emmaus allows people who were formerly homeless to find somewhere safe and welcoming to live to rediscover their dignity and self-pride through being part of a working community geared towards becoming self-sufficient through social enterprise.