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Charity scheme helps unemployed make new connections (21 Dec 2015)

A Seaforth charity is helping unemployed Sefton residents get back to work by training them as electrical testers, furniture upholsterers and shop sales staff.

The trainees are all volunteers at the Emmaus Recycling Superstore in Sandy Road and will learn vital new skills needed to reuse and recycle even more donated household items – including donated furniture and electrical appliances – and make them ready for sale.

The training is funded by the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA) and Veolia Community Fund and will help around 20 shop volunteers, mostly unemployed people, get new skills.

Nigel Mellor, of Emmaus Merseyside, said: “The training will make our volunteers even more useful by giving them the skills we need to reuse and recycle more household items donated by the public.

“Many of the volunteers are unemployed so we hope the training and volunteer experience will ultimately help them get back in to permanent paid work as well as helping us out in the short term.”

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Emmaus Merseyside was set up to provide training and work opportunities for homeless people who will live in accommodation nearby which is set to open early in the New Year. Residents will join the existing volunteers working in the shop and will also receive training.

 MRWA chairperson Councillor Graham Morgan said: “The Emmaus training project is great because it will benefit so many people in so different ways.

“As well as helping homeless and unemployed people become more independent, it will help the shop reuse and recycle even more pre-loved household items. That means we can stop even more bulky items ending up in landfill – and that’s good news for everyone.”

Picture Caption – PAT tester Margi Allen shows Emmaus volunteer Chris Lavelle and MRWA waste strategy policy officer Glynn Stevenson, far right, how to conduct safety checks on donated electrical items.

Note to editors

1. The Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Community Fund supports community and voluntary sector groups, not for profit social enterprises and schools in Merseyside and Halton.
2. MRWA operates (via a contract with Veolia ) 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) for householders in the Merseyside area wishing to recycle and dispose of their own waste.
3. Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority is responsible for the disposal of municipal waste on Merseyside. Established in 1986 following the abolition of Merseyside County Council, it is a statutory Authority that works with all the local authorities on Merseyside – Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral. MRWA takes a lead in advocating recycling, waste minimisation and safe and effective disposal of waste for Merseyside residents.