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Emmaus Merseyside, a charity working to end homelessness, is calling on kind-hearted locals and businesses to support its ‘Sponsor a Bed’ campaign, which it launched this week.
The campaign aims to fund beds in its Seaforth community building, which houses people who would otherwise be homeless. The charity is looking for donations which will not only provide homeless people with accommodation but also support services and vocational training to help people rebuild their lives.
Emmaus Merseyside is looking to support one homeless person every month for the next few years. The overall cost involved in supporting a ‘companion’, as residents in Emmaus housing are known, is £5,000 and will involve a homeless person living and working at the charity’s Merseyside base.
It also runs a social enterprise on Sandy Road in Seaforth, taking in and selling donated and upcycled furniture, household goods and vintage goods, which helped the charity raise the money needed to operate the new community building.
Nigel Mellor, Chair of Emmaus Merseyside said: “With homelessness on the rise, the need to support homeless people has never been greater.”
”Emmaus Merseyside is able to provide people with the support they need to get back on their feet again. This can include anything from a stable roof over their head, a worthwhile reason for them to get out of bed, a daily routine and training or development opportunities.” The charity is working with social housing provider, Riverside, to complete the purpose-built accommodation that is due to be handed over in August. Jenni, a companion at neighbouring Emmaus Salford, added: “Emmaus is an opportunity to live instead of surviving. It has given me confidence, a new beginning and a life.” To support Emmaus Merseyside’s Sponsor a Bed campaign head to www.emmaus.org.uk/merseyside/bed