Emmaus Dover regularly get very generous donations of food from organisations such as M&S, Aldi and Morrisons. On a daily basis companions at Emmaus Dover donate and distribute any surplus food to various organisations, such as Age Concern and Fern Court which is supported housing. During the current crisis, companions have also been donating food to Beacon, which is a drop off point that distributes the food to families who are most in need of it.
This important work is part of what the Emmaus movement calls ‘solidarity’. ‘Solidarity’ is central to the Emmaus ethos. This is when our companions (and staff) ‘pay it forward’ by helping other people in need. The act of solidarity can be very powerful for Emmaus companions as it is often central to rebuilding lost self-esteem, proving that everyone has the capacity to make a difference to the lives of others.
Lawrence, a companion at Emmaus Dover, said: “Volunteering during this time and donating food to those most in need has had such a positive impact on me. Solidarity is such an important part of the Emmaus ethos and I feel proud to be a part of it.”
To find out more about Emmaus Dover visit: https://emmaus.org.uk/dover/about-us-emmaus-dover/