Emmaus Merseyside wins Chamber Environmental Impact Award

Homelessness charity Emmaus Merseyside has won an Environmental Impact Award at the Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce Responsible Business Awards 2017.

The Liverpool & Sefton Chamber Annual Dinner and Awards evening, sponsored by SP Energy Networks, took place on Thursday 2 November at the Rum Warehouse in Liverpool. The prestigious event, attended by more than 400 guests, recognised the achievements of local organisations that have put responsible business at the heart of their activities.

Paul Cherpeau, CEO of Liverpool & Sefton Chambers, said: “The Chamber’s Annual Dinner and Awards evening was a fantastic celebration of responsible business in the City Region. The Awards recognised those businesses and individuals who are driving forward the responsible business agenda and huge congratulations to our Environmental Impact Award winners, Emmaus Merseyside.”

Following a keynote speech by Sir Charlie Mayfield, Chairman of John Lewis partnership, awards were presented to businesses from across the city region. The Environmental Impact Award was jointly awarded to Emmaus Merseyside and the Liverpool City Region Bus Alliance.

Joanne Anderson and Phil Adams, Trustees at Emmaus Merseyside, received the award on behalf of the charity.

Phil said: “The Chamber Annual Dinner and Awards evening was a fantastic event and it was a nice surprise when they announced Emmaus Merseyside as joint winner of the Environmental Impact Award. We would like to thank all of our supporters, individuals and organisations alike, in helping us reduce household waste whilst providing opportunities to people who have experienced homelessness.”

Emmaus Merseyside supports formerly homeless people by providing a stable home and meaningful work for as long as they need it. The charity runs three social enterprises in Merseyside, taking in and selling donated and refurbished furniture, household goods, bric-a-brac and vintage pieces.

Furniture, white goods, electrical items, clothing, bric-a-brac and other household items are donated, repaired in the on-site workshop and presented for sale in the Emmaus Merseyside social enterprises. Items which cannot be sold, repaired or re-commissioned for sale are broken down into their component elements and recycled as raw materials.

Nigel Mellor, Chair of Emmaus Merseyside, commented: “We are extremely proud that Emmaus Merseyside has been recognised for the environmental contribution we are making to the Liverpool city region. Through our partnership with Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority and Veolia Environmental Services we are able to reduce household waste and give a second life to unwanted products that are still in good condition.”

To find out more or support Emmaus Merseyside, head to www.emmaus.org.uk/merseyside. If you would like to get involved or donate an item call 0151 928 1588 or visit the visit the Emmaus charity reuse shops or superstore at 38 Sandy Road, Seaforth, Sefton L21 3TW.