Emmaus is a homelessness charity with a difference. We don’t just give people a bed for the night; we offer a home, meaningful work and a sense of belonging.
For many people who have experienced homelessness, losing their self-esteem can be the most damaging part of their experience. Being on your own, with no support around you can be soul destroying, leaving you feeling worthless.
Finding your way out of that situation isn’t easy, particularly when the only options available are temporary fixes, offering a bed for the night but little to occupy your days.
Emmaus is different because it provides a home for as long as someone needs it, in an Emmaus community. This gives people the opportunity to take stock of their lives, deal with any issues they might have, and often re-establish relationships with loved ones.
“Companion” is the name given to those who live in an Emmaus community and work in the social enterprise, where they support themselves and one another. There are currently 750 companions living at 29 Emmaus communities across the UK.
Rather than relying on benefits, Emmaus uses social enterprise to generate revenue that pays for companions’ home, food and upkeep, as well as providing a small weekly allowance. This is key to restoring feelings of self-worth, showing companions that their actions make a real difference, both to their own life, and the lives of others.
Our retail operations are delivered over 6 days, Tuesday- Sunday. We are seeking someone with exceptional retail skills and the capability and resilience to work in a fluid environment with competing priorities. You will have the people skills required to engage, motivate and train companions.
You will join us at a time of significant growth and be responsible for existing retail activities, prospecting and opening new retail outlets and new business developments.
Further information is detailed in the Application Pack, available on our website: https://www.emmaus.org.uk/jobs/4075_retail_business_manager
Interviews June 7th 2018