Our history

Read about the history of Emmaus Merseyside and our journey to opening a purpose-built community to support homeless people. 

Group at the site of the Emmaus Merseyside community building in Sefton.

2002 – A group of people are brought together by Margaret Riley to talk about setting up an Emmaus community in Merseyside.

2004 – Emmaus Merseyside is created as a registered homelessness charity.

2012 – After a long and unsuccessful search for suitable premises in Liverpool, attention switches to Sefton.

2012/13 – A successful bid is made to the Homes and Communities Agency for a grant towards a new project with Cosmopolitan Housing Association.

2013 – Cosmopolitan Housing experiences financial difficulties and as a result, closes its development programme. Emmaus establishes a new partnership arrangement with The Riverside Group.

2014 – In March, work starts on site at School Lane, Seaforth to construct the new residential premises for Emmaus Merseyside.

2014 – In June, the 7,000 sq. ft. Emmaus Merseyside Charity Superstore in Seaforth opens for business. 

2015 – Emmaus Merseyside becomes part of the Emmaus UK federation; remaining independent and separately constituted from the international Emmaus movement, but benefiting from a significant body of evaluation work, experience, support and advice.

2015 – Emmaus Merseyside is shortlisted for the prestigious Liverpool Echo Environment Awards.

2016 – Our charitable activities further expand with the opening of two further Re-Use Shops in partnership with Veolia Environmental Services Ltd, on the site of Household Waste Recycling Centres in Bootle and Liverpool.

2016 – In June, our new purpose-built 28 bedroom accommodation facility opens and we welcome our first companions.

2017 – In May, the Mayor of Sefton opens our Participation Garden and community open space, created from an unsightly, derelict area adjacent to our Seaforth accommodation.

2017 – In October, we host an official opening ceremony to celebrate the support given by a wide range of organisations, charities and individuals to helping Emmaus Merseyside reach this important stage in its life as an Emmaus community.

2017 – In November, Emmaus Merseyside wins an Environmental Impact Award at the Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce Responsible Business Awards.

Find out more about the history of the Emmaus movement and of Emmaus in the UK.

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