James takes to the road with Emmaus Sheffield training opportunities

JAMES McFaul is getting his career back on the road thanks to city homeless charity Emmaus Sheffield.

Emmaus Sheffield is the working community with quality, self-contained accommodation, training facilities and a workspace for its companions, previously homeless men and women aged 18 years and over.

And with the support of the charity, companion James is now the holder of a Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency Certificate of Professional Competence.

That means he can drive a 7.5 tonne vehicle and a mini bus and he also has full working knowledge of drivers’ working hours, tachograph rules, fire safety regarding vehicles and even dealing with uncooperative customers.

All of which makes him a vital part of the the collection team, picking up unwanted furniture items for resale at the popular Emmaus Sheffield Second hand Superstore at the charity’s headquarters at Sipelia Woks, close to Sheffield’s Canal Basin.

“James is a perfect example of somebody can come to us after a life on the streets and, with the proper support of all the Emmaus team, start to make the changes that will help them in the future,” said Emmaus Sheffield Deputy Manager Charley Fedorenko.

“Everybody here is proud of what he has achieved and his new qualifications really do make a great difference to the level of service we are able to provide to our supporters.”

The charity runs a collection service for unwanted larger items of furniture and electrical goods.

And now, in response to growing calls for a weekend service, collections can be arranged for Saturday – and deliveries can also be made too.

To arrange a collection simply call 0114 272 0677 or email: enquiry@emmaus-sheffield.org.uk


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