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.
“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.