Emmaus is a brilliant multi-faceted, charity that helps people to work their way out of homelessness. Not just offering a bed for the night, but instead offering a home for as long as someone needs it, as well as support, training and meaningful work in social enterprises.

Championing environmentalism, community and solidarity, here’s a list of five alternative ways you can throw your support behind Emmaus.

1. Invest in some pre-loved items from one of the many Emmaus second-hand shops

Need some new furniture? A groovy lamp to match your lounge’s new ‘1970s’ aesthetic? Maybe some plants to deck out your kitchen? Fancy adding to that vinyl collection? Emmaus has you covered.

Emmaus charity shops and social enterprises are situated all over the UK and are key to the success of Emmaus communities. From garden centres in Bolton, to emporiums stocking the finest collectables in Mossley, to furniture superstores in Wythenshawe – these treasure troves offer just about everything you could dream of.

Indulge in some bric-a-brac galore whilst saving a penny, and the environment.

Various locations
2. Volunteer your time and get hands-on with upcycling projects

Consider yourself crafty? This one’s for you.

Along with donating your unwanted goods to help raise money, why not take the opportunity to unleash your creativity and upcycle some old pieces–giving them a whole new lease of life…and a whole new price tag!

Take a look at the charity’s Instagram for tips on revamping something forgotten into a one-of-a-kind showpiece!

3. Put those organisational skills to use and set up a fundraising event

Help Emmaus raise vital funds and awareness by organising your own event.

With a fundraising toolkit available on their website, you can download everything you need to help plan your fundraiser. The guide is full of tips, ideas and advice on how to achieve your fundraising target, along with form templates and posters to use for advertising.

From crazy hat days at school, to Christmas work raffles, to coffee mornings – there’s a tonne you can do, so get stuck in and raise for a fantastic cause!

4. Catch up over a brew at Café Pierre after a long day of bargain hunting

After browsing the many different areas of the Emmaus Bolton charity shop, pull up a chair, relax and recharge your batteries in the on-site Café Pierre.

Named after Abbé Pierre, one of the original founders of the Emmaus movement, who fought to provide homes for those who lived on the streets of Paris, this little spot is a delicious way to support the charity whilst indulging in some sweet treats and hearty scran.

Serving a variety of hot and cold drinks, freshly baked cakes, soup, snacks and other light bites at affordable prices – it’s the perfect way to end an afternoon of thrifting.

Derby Barracks, Fletcher Street, Bolton, BL3 6NF, Tel: 01204 398056
5. Get involved in campaigning

Emmaus, is all about making a long-term positive difference for those who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion, through a variety of different campaigning methods.

From raising awareness, be it through social media or in-person, to circulating petitions and letters to local MPs, Emmaus works hard to socially and politically galvanise people to join the fight against homelessness.

Whether you retweet a post, share a link or utilise any other platform to bring attention to the cause, Emmaus will deeply appreciate any involvement – no matter how small.

Thu 21 Oct
Rhiannon Ingle
Published on:
Wed 20 Oct 2021