At Emmaus, solidarity is one of our core values. Emmaus founder, Abbé Pierre, encouraged everyone to “serve first those most in need,” and we continue to live by this philosophy. Throughout June, the Emmaus movement in the UK has dedicated the entire month to solidarity and sharing stories, acts and opportunities to inspire others. To mark the campaign, here’s an Emmaus Gloucestershire solidarity act from March…

On Thursday 2 March, we joined forces with Feed The Hungry Gloucester to transport essential supplies to the earthquake-affected regions in Syria and Türkiye. We donated sleeping bags and tents from our homeless provision and helped transport additional items that had been donated to Feed The Hungry’s appeal. Our team member Malcolm volunteered his time to drive one of our Emmaus vans in convoy with another vehicle to ensure the safe delivery of these essential items.

We have had the privilege and capability to assist Feed The Hungry for a quite a while now, as and when they need us or when we have something donated that could be of benefit to them. We believe that collaboration and the sharing of resources can make a more significant impact on those who need it most, both locally here in Gloucestershire and further afield.

We hope that by contributing sleeping bags, tents, and logistical support, we not only provided immediate assistance to earthquake-affected regions in Syria and Türkiye but also embodied the spirit of solidarity that defines the Emmaus Movement.

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Feed The Hungry Gloucester is a volunteer organisation supporting people who are homeless and vulnerable in our community by providing hot meals, free haircuts, clothing and emergency food parcels. To find out more about Feed The Hungry Gloucester, visit here.

To find out more about Solidarity at Emmaus, visit here.