A group of companions from Emmaus Leeds have prepared and hosted a Christmas meal for local retired people.

On Sunday 8 December, 16 members of Burmantofts Senior Action (BSA) tucked in to a three-course meal at Emmaus Leeds. The meal was prepared and served by 10 companions – formerly homeless people who now live and work at Emmaus Leeds.

This annual event is an opportunity for Emmaus Leeds companions to volunteer and support elderly members of the local community. The concept of solidarity and helping others less fortunate than yourself is a central ethos of Emmaus and a motivation for the companions hosting the meal for BSA.

Richard, companion at Emmaus Leeds and organiser of the meal, said: “It’s always nice to do things for the local community, especially around Christmas time. Everybody enjoyed the day and the companions that were involved all thought that it was a job well done.”

A special day for BSA

Burmantofts Senior Action is a local charity, providing support for elderly people living independently in their homes throughout many communities in Leeds. They also offer support services and community events to give people opportunities to socialise.

Brenda Morris, member of Burmantofts Senior Action, said: “The food, atmosphere and kindness showed by companions of Emmaus Leeds made this day special to all. Thank you so much for a lovely Christmas dinner, we had a wonderful time.”

Emmaus Leeds supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work for as long as they need it. The main base is at St Mary’s Street where the charity sells donated furniture, clothes, books, bikes, household goods and upcycled products.

Learn more about Emmaus Leeds today. For more information, to make a donation or get involved please call 0113 248 4288 or visit Emmaus Leeds at St Mary’s Street, Leeds, LS9 7DP.