Being in Emmaus and helping others is very rewardingJohn, Companion
Emmaus has helped me regain my self confidenceChris, Companion
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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 with 3 retail outlets, in St Pauls, St Philips and Bedminster. Find maps and opening times here.
Emmaus Bristol is a Social Enterprise Mark holder which means that we have accrediation as a genuine social business and when you purchase from us or donate to us you can be guarenteed that you will be making a difference to other people’s lives.
We work closely with other organisations in the area to support those people who are homeless or trapped by poverty and to help them to develop skills and self-respect through working and contributing.
As well as working for the Community business, Companions are supported in whatever way they need to address the issues that have brought them into Emmaus, and encouraged to look outside themselves, working in 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 in Bristol our shops are Aladdin’s caves full of treasures! 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.