There have been more qualification successes for city homeless charity Emmaus Sheffield.

Emmaus Sheffield is the drug and alcohol free project that provides a home, support and work for previously homeless people at its base close to the Canal Basin.

And Emmaus companions Gary Simmonds and John Nichols have now qualified to carry out PAT Testing, which means electrical items on sale at the charity’s second hand store are properly working and fit for purpose.

Also qualifying as a PAT tester was Emmaus staff member Kate Morgan, while companion Aidan Colliver was successful with his Domestic Appliance Engineer course.

“PAT Testing is a legal requirement and one that has to be carried out by a properly qualified person,” said Emmaus Community Manager Charley Fedorenko.

“Training to carry out this service fits in perfectly with the Emmaus philosophy of providing our Companions with the new skills they need to make a fresh start and it also means we have greater scope for selling items we might not otherwise be able to accept at the store.

“Many charities will not accept faulty items but with three more members of our our team now fully qualified to both repair and to PAT test items, please do think of us before you throw away unwanted electrical goods because we may be able to get them working and ready for a new home.”