I have been a companion at Emmaus Mossley for coming up to four years now. My day to day role involves a real mix of activities. I am one of a number of chefs who cook meals for the community and order stock. My role also involves helping out on the café serving customers, clearing tables and washing pots. I work in the retail area to serve customers, load items into vehicles and get furniture ready for delivery. When needed, I also work on the vans, delivering and picking up donated items, to and from customers’ homes.

At Emmaus I am also involved in different solidarity activities. Solidarity is an important part of the Emmaus ethos and something I enjoy helping out with. I am a regular volunteer on the soup runs to Manchester City Centre where we provide clothes, warm food and drinks to people who are street homeless. As part of this I ring ahead to Indian Ocean to order the curry that they donate to our outreach work.

An opportunity to travel

Being part of Emmaus has allowed me to see and do much more than I ever imagined. Last year I visited Emmaus Feniks in the Netherlands to work in their gardens and meet other members from Emmaus. I have taken part in the Paris Salon – an annual event that raises money for Emmaus International charity projects worldwide. These visits were really interesting, meeting and speaking to people from all over Europe. I am also a companion representative and regularly attend companion forums to meet people from other Emmaus communities within the UK.

Being part of Emmaus Mossley is very enjoyable – working and living with other people and talking to them about their lives. I also like meeting our customers and supporters, talking to them about things if they ask. Emmaus was there for me when I was at my lowest and have helped me to rebuild my confidence and my life. I can say with all sincerity that I honestly don’t know where I would be without Emmaus, it really doesn’t bear thinking about.