Thanks to 10 employee volunteers from IGT 3 rooms at Emmaus House were transformed and will now provide a home and workplace for homeless people in Salford.

On Thursday 27th March 2014 the team of 10 volunteers worked tirelessly, removing wallpaper, sanding, painting and glossing to complete the rooms to a high standard. The charity they helped, Emmaus, is a homelessness charity with a difference, providing more than just a bed for the night for people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion. They provide a home for as long as someone needs it, as well as meaningful work in their social enterprise. This works to help restore feelings of self-esteem and give people the opportunity to regain control of their lives.

Emmaus House will be a shop, workshop and living accommodation for 26 homeless people and thanks to staff at IGT its one step closer to opening.

Councillor Valerie Burgoyne, the chair of Emmaus in Salford, said “Emmaus House is a major step forward for Emmaus in Salford, similar communities have proved extremely successful in combating homelessness, and giving our companions much needed support. It also provides a service to the local community, supplying quality second hand furniture and bric-a-brac”.

She added “With the help and support of people such as the staff at IGT this will make a real difference to the life of homeless people in Salford.”

Frances Frost, project manager at Emmaus Salford, said “Thanks to the support of the staff volunteers at IGT three of the rooms are now decorated ready for pioneer companions to begin to make Emmaus House their home and workplace.”

If you are looking for volunteering opportunities for your staff or if you are an organisation that could benefit from a group of employee volunteers helping for the day please get in touch with the Volunteer Centre on 0161 787 7795 or email volunteer@salfordcvs.co.uk

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