Homeless charity celebrates 25 years of helping the community

Homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley is celebrating its 25th birthday with a special day-long fundraising event. 

The event will feature live music, a carnival band, giant puppets and the launch of its Christmas display all to celebrate the good it has done for the community whilst raising more money for their cause.

Joining the celebrations will be special guests including the President of Emmaus UK Terry Waite, with carnival experts Global Grooves delivering a showpiece carnival performance.

Since its opening in 1997, the Mossley branch became the first Emmaus community in the North West.

Since then it has supported more than 500 people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion.

It supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a home, work, companionship and individual support. 

Gary Barton, one of the people supported by Emmaus Mossley, said: “Emmaus has evolved a lot in the years I’ve been here, including all the work that was done during the lockdowns to improve our Secondhand Superstore. Our supporters have shared that journey with us over the years, helping to keep Emmaus going and a roof over our heads.

“The main thing I’m looking forward to at the 25th Birthday Carnival is seeing the many customers and supporters, along with our volunteers, who together are such a big part of the Emmaus family. Celebrating and sharing the day with them will be such a special occasion.”

As it continues to expand, Emmaus recently launched a new reuse centre in the Wythenshawe Emporium charity store during Recycle Week.

This will allow the community to reuse, recycle and upcycle which saves good items from going to waste whilst giving people the chance to save money and shop sustainably.

Mark Booth, project leader for Emmaus South Manchester, said: “Our new stage area is a great addition to our Wythenshawe Emporium. Our shoppers and supporters are already enjoying this new space, discovering sustainable fashion and vintage pieces at affordable prices.

“I would like to thank all the volunteers involved in this project along with The Metal Store and Emmaus Bolton for their kind support to help us get the project completed in time for Recycle Week.”

The Emporium is open Thursday to Saturday, 10am-4pm, and has its own on-site workshops and a Community Café serving drinks, cakes and light refreshments.

Research from the charity claims that for every £1 invested, there is an £11 return with savings to the benefits bill, health services and a reduction in reoffending which shows the positive impact Emmaus has had on the community.

Emmaus Mossley 25th Birthday Carnival will take place on Saturday 12th November, 10am-4pm, at Emmaus Mossley, Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH.

To find out how to support the charity visit their website link to see how you can get involved

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