On Tuesday 21 February, OAFC players Charles Dunne, Chris Kettings, Michael Ngoo and Chris Taylor, together with staff members from Oldham Athletic Community Trust (OACT) visited Longlands Mill, home to Emmaus Mossley.

The players and staff had a tour of the community and social enterprise, met with companions – formerly homeless people who live and work at Emmaus – and made a donation of items to support the work of the charity.

Paul Barnes, a companion at Emmaus Mossley, shared his experience of living on the streets and explained how he has benefitted from being part of the Emmaus community.

“It was good to share my personal story of homelessness and explain more about the varied work that goes on at Emmaus Mossley. We also explained to the group how we help others less fortunate than ourselves through acts of solidarity.” Paul, companion at Emmaus Mossley

Emmaus Mossley supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting. The charity runs a social enterprise in Mossley, selling donated and upcycled furniture, household goods, clothes, bric-a-brac and vintage wares.

“It was an amazing experience to visit Emmaus and witness first-hand the unbelievable work that they do. Everyone connected with this wonderful charity are an inspiration and we were all blown away by their commitment and drive for helping others.” Wendy Noble, OACT Operations Manager

“My visit to Emmaus Mossley was a huge eye-opener. The thing that intrigued me was how resourceful it was. Fixing broken items to sell them on and using what skills people have to help each other. The two companions I met who told me about their experiences and what they have been through should be very proud of themselves. I couldn’t believe how much Emmaus Mossley has helped to turn their lives around. I will definitely be visiting again and I personally think more players, young and old, should visit.” Charles Dunne, OAFC player

“It was a humbling experience it really put things into perspective.” Chris Kettings, OAFC Goalkeeper

The visit to Emmaus Mossley was part of Oldham Athletics’ outreach work in the community. Using the power of football, Oldham Athletic Community Trust works in partnership with its local community to provide positive opportunities through sport to inspire the local community.

“It was great to welcome guests from the club I have supported from a young age to the community and charity I am now a part of. We are looking forward to future partnerships with Oldham Athletic and feel proud that they are able to support our work.” Harry Barlow, Community Leader at Emmaus Mossley

To find out more or support Emmaus Mossley head to www.emmaus.org.uk/mossley. If you would like to get involved or donate an item, please call 01457 838608 or visit the store at Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH.