All members of staff at Shoreham Port are encouraged to take one day, per year away from work to volunteer for a charity of their choice – a great opportunity for staff to give something back to the community they work or live in.
This month, Lockmaster/Coordinator Steve Gates volunteered for homeless charity Emmaus at their main site in Portslade Old Village. Emmaus Communities enable people to move on from homelessness, providing work and a home in a supportive, family environment.
Steve had a busy day working in the garden on site, clearing, planting, repotting and generally making the gardens more presentable for the many visitors they welcome each day.
Steve commented “This is my second time volunteering with Emmaus and the experience was just as rewarding as the first time round. I had a fantastic day helping in the garden. Thank you to everyone who welcomed me back and made me feel at home again.”
Joel Lewis, Business Manager at Emmaus Brighton & Hove commented “This was Steve’s second year volunteering with us which is brilliant, we are so glad he chose to come back to help again. He has made such an impact during his time with us, getting stuck in with the gardens and the shop. Having helped out before Steve knew some of the Companions already which was lovely. Steve has such a positive attitude and is a great representative for Shoreham Port. It would be lovely to have him back again next year!”
If you are a local charity and have any upcoming volunteering opportunities please contact Shoreham Port on 01273 598100 and ask to speak to Katie MacAllister, Marketing & Communications Manager.
To find out more about Emmaus and the life-changing work they do in the local community please visit www.emmausbrighton.co.uk.