Dover homelessness charity builds new upcycling workshop – In Your Area

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The workshop and warehouse are up and running thanks to the generosity of local organisations
Companion Matthew Stock gets down to business
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Emmaus Dover has completed construction on a new workshop to restore preloved items donated by customers.
The new workshop is part of the charity’s Building a Better Future project. This aims to secure the long-term future of Emmaus Dover at Archcliffe Fort – home to 27 people who have experienced homelessness.
Items brought back to life in the new workshop will be sold in Emmaus Dover’s two secondhand shops, where all funds generated help to provide a home, work and training for the people the charity supports.
Formerly homeless, Matthew Stock is now part of the Emmaus community and specialises in furniture restoration.
He said: “The new workshop is a much safer and more comfortable place to work, and the amount of natural light is great.
Community manager Debra Stevenson said: “’Re-use’ has always been a big part of our ethos at Emmaus, so we’re thrilled to have our new upcycling workshop up and running.
Alongside the workshop, Emmaus Dover has remodelled its warehouse and storage facility with a new PAT testing room.
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Local organisations, such as The Albert Hunt Trust and Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, helped Emmaus Dover reach its £230k target for the new workshop and warehouse, with local company HGT Construction appointed to complete the building work.
Fundraising for phase two of Emmaus Dover’s Building a Better Future project will begin later this year. For more details, visit here.
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