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Colchester charity welcome National Volunteers’ Week 

01 Jun Colchester charity welcome National Volunteers’ Week 

by Matthew Martino

Volunteers at Emmaus Colchester will be thanked for their contribution to mark national Volunteers’ Week. Running between 1-7 June, Volunteers’ Week celebrates the contribution made by the millions of volunteers across the UK.

Emmaus provides a home and meaningful work for 31 people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion. The charity’s volunteers assist in a variety of roles in the Emmaus High Street shops, warehouses and workshop in Colchester, serving customers and sorting donations – with all proceeds supporting the local charity’s work.

Ding Yi, a volunteer at Emmaus Colchester, has been giving up his time since the beginning of this year said: “Volunteering at Emmaus is part of the reason why my first year in university has been so fantastic. I have made a lot of friends here and learned plenty of new skills. My English is much better than before as well. I am part of a group called Caring for Colchester where helping people is the first priority. I have to say that the opportunity to volunteer with Emmaus Colchester was definitely a good choice, and I love it”.