Being in Emmaus and helping others is very rewardingJohn, Companion
We believe that people who are homeless and socially excluded have something to offer. We encourage people to use their skills to change themselves – and change the world.
The Emmaus Community in Bristol opened in 2003 and now operates a residential Community of 23 former homeless men and women (“Companions”) and a recycling/reuse business. Companions work in the social enterprise and are supported in whatever way they need to address the issues that have brought them to Emmaus Bristol. We also encourage our Companions and staff to look outside of themselves, to working in or with projects to help others in the neighbourhood, and much further afield. Our Companions have been involved locally in Neighbourhood Watch, the Soup Run and several local charities, and, through our links with the Emmaus International Movement, in projects in Benin, West Africa and Bosnia.
Here we sell all manner of recycled second hand goods, from furniture, bric-a-brac, records, books and clothes to cookers, fridges, electrical goods and bicycles. Our usual opening times are 9.30 to 17.00 weekdays and 9.30 to 16.30 Saturday and our Backfields House shop is now open on Thursdays till 6 PM so our customers can pop in on their way home from work. Find maps and opening times here.
We take donations of items that are in good reusable condition and our vans can collect and deliver goods that are too large for you to transport. We are also able to offer house clearances at competitive prices.
We run a bike department where it is possible to buy a refurbished bike or to have your own bike serviced and repaired. This year our bike department took part in the Big Bike Revival and we would love more of our customers who like cycling to think of us as the first place to go for their cycling needs.
At Backfields House we also have a business incubator centre which we set up with the help of funding from the European Regional Development Fund to help unemployed and other socially disadvantaged people set up their own businesses.
We would love all our customers and supporters to let other people know about us, the work we are doing with Companions and the wonderful things for sale in our shops. If you are looking for a dining table, a bed, some chairs or anything else for your home, please visit our shops, you’ll be amazed by what we have here.