Clear out your shed for a good cause.


To mark National Gardening Week (26 April-2 May), we are calling for local gardeners to spring clean their sheds and donate any pre-loved finds to our community.

We rely on donations of unwanted items to sell in our six secondhand shops. These generate the funds needed to provide a safe home, nutritious food, meaningful work, training and individual support for up to 57 people who have experienced homelessness – known as companions.

Throughout the week, we would love to receive donations of garden furniture, tools, pots, books and bric-a-brac to fill our popular plant shop, The Greenhouse.

Alongside our shops, we have our own community garden and polytunnel which we use to propagate plants donated by our customers. This spring, a group of nine companions have also started their own allotments to grow fresh crops on site.

One of those companions is Sian, who experienced homelessness on the streets of Worthing before she moved into Emmaus Brighton & Hove. Sian says: “In my allotment, I’m growing two varieties of potatoes, onions, radishes and runner beans. It’s great to get outside in the fresh air, and so good that we’ll be able to put our own homegrown food on the table for the community.”

Joel Lewis, Business Manager at Emmaus Brighton & Hove, adds: “We are very lucky to have such amazing gardens and grounds here at Emmaus, and we’ve had an excellent uptake of companions wanting to get involved in the community food garden. I think between all of the plots, we will see around 18 different varieties of vegetables grown this year.”

Want to offer your support?

find out how you can donate your unwanted shed treasures this National Gardening Week.