Homeless charity Emmaus Sheffield is preparing to emerge from lockdown as it gets ready for the relaunch of its second hand superstore.

Emmaus Sheffield is the drug and alcohol free project that provides a home, support and work for formerly homeless people in the city.

Through its Social Enterprise programme it aims to provide meaningful work and enable the people it supports – known as companions – to eventually become self-supporting once more.

One of the charity’s main fundraising schemes is its second hand and vintage store at the organisation’s headquarters in the historic Sipelia Works, close to the city’s Canal Basin.

The store has been closed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic but with plans now underway for a phased re-opening, donations are once again being received again in readiness for getting shelves fully stocked.

The charity is open between 10am and 2pm every day for donations to be dropped off in the Emmaus yard.

“Please ensure that you come to our back entrance and await instruction from one of our community members,” said Deputy Manager Charley Fedorenko.

“All items must be bagged and boxed and unfortunately we are unable to accept furniture donations until further notice.

“Thank you to everyone that has had a good sort out during lockdown and saved their unwanted items for us.

“We can’t wait to re-open our charity shop and greet our lovely customers once again.”

Charley added that the Emmaus companions had made the most of lockdown time to give the shop an overhaul.

“When we do reopen, our customers will find that there are hand sanitiser stations around each area of the shop and we will also have a one way system in place.

“We are installing a Perspex screen around the till, and as with most other retailers we will only be allowing limited numbers in at one time, starting off on an appointment only basis.”