Emmaus Resident Receives Community Award from Friends Group

A member of the Emmaus Merseyside community which supports people who have experienced homelessness has received a special award from Friends of Bowersdale Park.

On Thursday 2nd August, Phil Gibbon, who lives and works at homelessness charity Emmaus Merseyside was presented with The Community Award by Friends of Bowersdale Park. The presentation was made at the annual Bowersdale Park Family Fun Day, in recognition for the work Phil has undertaken in the Seaforth community.

Phil said: “I was very surprised to get the award from the Friends of Bowersdale Park. I think I got the award for supporting local events and helping to organise and run the community litter picks with my fellow Emmaus Merseyside companions. The Community Award presented to Phil Gibbon

“Since we first had a stall at last year’s Family Fun Day, Emmaus Merseyside has got more involved in the local area, helping as much as we can. It’s great that the local kids and adults are engaging in these activities and we’re seeing a general improvement in the area with people becoming more invested in what they’ve got.”

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.

Bruce Mercer, Support Worker at Emmaus Merseyside, commented: “We’re very proud of Phil and others within our community who have got involved in activities to improve the local area. This community recognition is fantastic for Emmaus Merseyside and we hope to contribute even more to Seaforth and Sefton over the coming years.”

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.

Appeal for Volunteers at Merseyside Homelessness Charity

Homelessness charity Emmaus Merseyside is on the hunt for local volunteers to support its community and charity shops in Sefton and Liverpool.

The charity has a number of roles available covering retail, admin, social media, upcycling, furniture repair, gardening and van driving. Emmaus is looking for individuals with suitable skills and experience, as well as a commitment to volunteer at least one day per week.

Emily Oldnall, aged 23 and from Crosby, is a volunteer admin assistant helping at Emmaus Merseyside’s community building and has been giving her time to the charity for the past 18 months. Volunteer Emily Oldnall at Emmaus Merseyside

Emily said: “The Emmaus Merseyside community is only down the road from where I live so I thought I’d get in touch and see what the role was about. I come each week doing research, sourcing products, keeping records updated and any other admin duties I can help with. I like being part of the Emmaus community and feel like I’m giving something back to charity.”

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.

Angela Quinn, Business Manager at Emmaus Merseyside, said: “Our local volunteers are a much valued part of the Emmaus Merseyside team. We’re keen to expand the range of roles we offer and hopefully there are opportunities that will appeal to all ages, skills and interests. If you would like to get involved then get in touch or visit us to see first-hand what we’re all about.”

Emmaus Merseyside offers all volunteers an opportunity to develop their skills and gain experience for a worthwhile cause. Training is offered where possible and all volunteers receive dinner and travel expenses on the days that they volunteer.

To find out more about the roles on offer at Emmaus Merseyside visit the ‘Get involved’ section at www.emmaus.org.uk/merseyside. If you would like to apply to become a volunteer, please call 0151 928 1588 or visit the visit the Emmaus Charity Superstore at 38 Sandy Road, Seaforth, Sefton L21 3TW.

Emmaus Merseyside's Charity Superstore and workshops

Emmaus Merseyside’s Seaforth Green is opened for the community

A ‘participation garden’ and community green space have been opened in Seaforth.

The space, to be called Seaforth Green, is next to homelessness charity Emmaus Merseyside, and was officially opened on Monday, May 8 by Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne.

Other guests at the event included formerly homeless people who live and work at Emmaus Merseyside along with Seaforth residents.

Mayor of Sefton, Cllr Iain Brodie-Browne, said: “The Emmaus project is really inspirational. I was particularly impressed with their emphasis and getting people into meaningful work.”

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.

Phil Gibbon, one of the community members at Emmaus Merseyside who now maintains the gardens said: “We hope Seaforth Green and our participation garden will become hubs that bring the local community together.”

The project to revitalise Seaforth Green has been supported by Sefton Council. Dong Energy via GrantScape, provided funding through the Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund towards the first phase of the works.

Nigel Mellor, chair of Emmaus Merseyside, said: “I would like to thank all of our supporters who have contributed to the creation of the Emmaus Merseyside community and these two green space sites. We are well underway with our growing project and we will now begin to transform the rundown green into an asset for the local community to enjoy, learn and grow together.

“It will provide training and opportunities for volunteers and homeless people to work with the local community groups and schools.”

Seaforth charity for homeless gets £40,000 boost from Bangor race day

A Seaforth charity which supports homeless people has been given a £40,000 boost thanks to a race day.

Emmaus Merseyside has benefited from the Anne Duchess of Westminster’s Charity race day at Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse on November 9.

The charity was the event’s official sponsor, so they have been given the money raised from race sponsorships, hospitality sales, a silent auction, pledges and a bucket collection.

Nigel Mellor, chair of Emmaus Merseyside said: “Emmaus Merseyside was delighted to be nominated by the Anne Duchess of Westminster’s Charity to benefit from this year’s Charity Race Day event.

“It has proved a resounding success. Everyone has had a really enjoyable time and we have raised a fantastic sum for charity. Many thanks to the corporate sponsors and the many people who came along to support the event and make it such as success.”

Emmaus Merseyside is working towards supporting up to 28 formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting.

The charity currently runs a social enterprise on Sandy Road, also in Seaforth, taking in and selling donated and refurbished furniture, household goods, clothes and vintage pieces.

Tim Marshall, chairman of Trustees, Anne Duchess of Westminster’s Charity, said: “We were delighted such a worthwhile charity as Emmaus was chosen for our race day and all those attending enjoyed a truly memorable day at the races.”

Jeannie Chantler, Bangor-on-Dee racecourse manager, added: “Bangor on Dee was delighted to host the Charity Race Day and very pleased to be able to assist this excellent charity in raising much needed funds for the homeless in the Liverpool area.”

Plans to turn Seaforth wastleland into community garden

PLANS have been revealed to transform a rundown patch of wasteland in Seaforth into a community garden.

Emmaus Merseyside is behind the proposal, but in order to give the School Lane site a much-needed revamp, they need public votes.

That’s because the homelessness charity has been shortlisted in the Aviva Community Fund, with the project which receives the most votes getting a grant.

The community garden, called the ‘Participation Garden’, will provide training and opportunities for volunteers, schoolchildren  and homeless people.

The aim is to integrate homeless people into the community, enabling them to make a positive contribution.

Nigel Mellor, Chair of Emmaus Merseyside, said: “We really need people from Seaforth, Bootle and the wider area of Merseyside to get behind us and vote for the project before the deadline of November 18.

“The Participation Garden will be developed as a pleasant public open space with areas for growing fruit vegetables flowers and lots more. The project will create an attractive useful space out of what is now an ugly and neglected area of waste land”.

Emmaus Merseyside provides a home, support, training and work for up to 28 people who have experienced homelessness, enabling them to rebuild their lives and move on to independent living.

Nigel added: “Horticultural therapy is one of the oldest of the healing therapies and uses the relationship between people and the natural environment to affect human wellness.

“The opportunity to get involved in gardening and growing produce through the Emmaus Merseyside Participation Garden will be really enjoyable for everyone involved.”

To vote for The Participation Garden visit: www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk