New arrival to bring jobs

By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 07 February 2014 Updated: 07/02 09:15

A NEW borough business is set to fight homelessness while increasing the re-use and recycling of clothes.

Emmaus UK has launched a new textiles and clothing sorting base in Washford, which will create 30 new jobs and 40 volunteering opportunities, with homeless people given priority and paid the living wage rather than minimum wage.

A café and shop selling new products donated from a major high street retailer is also in the pipeline in the town centre to provide three full time jobs and up to 20 extra volunteer positions.

The charity offers homeless people a home, work and the chance to rebuild their lives with the Heming Road venue set to become a distribution centre for the clothing side of the organisation - sorting and reselling clothes, with the majority going to Africa and Pakistan.

Project manager Neil Booker said the centre had its first two employees, was taking on a further six and would continue to roll out from there.

“Obviously Redditch is a very central location in England but another reason we chose the town was because we have only a small presence in the West Midlands and we hope it could stimulate the establishment of a Community in Birmingham.”

Ian Parker, partner at John Truslove which helped secure the five-year lease, said: “Emmaus is a fantastic charity, doing tremendous work with those who desperately need help.

“We are so pleased they have chosen Redditch. Their arrival is a significant asset for the town.”

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