Homelessness charity Emmaus Suffolk to launch new mobile shop

Ian Twinley, from John Grose, hands over the keys for the new van to Emmaus Suffolk manager Claire S

Ian Twinley, from John Grose, hands over the keys for the new van to Emmaus Suffolk manager Claire Staddon. Picture: GREGG BROWN

A charity that supports homeless and jobless people in Suffolk is taking its trade on the road.

Homelessness charity Emmaus Suffolk is launching a mobile shop. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Homelessness charity Emmaus Suffolk is launching a mobile shop. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Emmaus Suffolk has secured a van with support from John Grose Ford and will be use it as a mobile shop.

The van will offer donated household goods as well as ethically sourced cleaning products and recycled paint.

It will run three days a week, visiting isolated towns and villages across the county.

Claire Staddon, operations manager at Emmaus Suffolk, said the van was expected to bring in £150 every day of use, which would be invested back into the charity’s services.

She added: “It’s a win for everyone because we will become a shop that people can rely on to get household goods and these two new products monthly so we want it to be an outreach service for people who won’t necessarily be able to access these things any other way and we want to make sure we are Suffolk-wide.”

The van will be launched at the grand opening of the charity’s new community garden at its base at The Dales in Ipswich on April 7 from 1-4pm, which the public are invited to attend and find out how they can get involved.

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Mayor of Ipswich Sarah Barber will cut the ribbon and there will be stalls, food, face painting and an Easter egg hunt to enjoy.

To request the van to visit your community, get in touch with Emmaus Suffolk.