On Friday 20 September, Emmaus Gloucestershire welcomed representatives from local organisations to raise awareness of the solidarity work Emmaus does and to promote local partnerships to help others.

Taking place at Barnwood Reading Rooms, the two-hour event welcomed people from Gloucester City Mission, GRAS, YMCA, P3, City Council, Time to Heal, and Greensquare, as well as staff and companions at Emmaus Gloucestershire.

Solidarity, meaning to help someone less fortunate, is one of the main ethos of the Emmaus model. Those supported at Emmaus Gloucestershire are encouraged to partake in acts of solidarity and this is often key in helping them to rebuild their self-esteem, showing them they have the ability to make a difference to the lives of others.

The aim of the event was to encourage cross-working between organisations and attendees enjoyed talks from Emmaus Gloucestershire trustee Spike Hudson, Chief Executive Joe Feeley, Shop Manager Alan Page, and Companion Chris.