Emmaus Mossley is a charity that gives back. Members of our community regularly undertake acts of solidarity – helping people and groups less fortunate than ourselves.
Emmaus founder, Abbé Pierre, encouraged everyone to ‘serve first those most in need’ and we continue to try and live by this, ensuring that our community supports people worse off than us. This can be very valuable for Emmaus companions as it is often key to helping to rebuild self-esteem, proving that everyone has the capacity to make a difference to the lives of others.
Acts of solidarity can vary from raising money for a charity that means a lot to the companion, to doing work to help someone in the wider area. As a community, Emmaus Mossley provides solidarity support in many different ways. We donate goods, we donate time and we raise funds for organisations and individuals in need.
Some of the goods we donate include sleeping bags, food, play equipment, furniture, bedding, tools, and glasses. These are sent to local, national and international good causes as well as Emmaus communities abroad.
We regularly receive referral requests for furniture and essential items from many different agencies and support organisations. These are donated to families or individuals who are vulnerable, marginalised or in financial need.
Our companions, volunteers and staff also give their time and expertise to causes outside of the Emmaus Mossley community. These include acting as marshals at local events, supporting Mossley SOUP (which raises funds for other local groups), volunteering with The Canal & River Trust, helping out with new Emmaus communities just getting started, carrying out litter picks in the local community and supporting those who work with street homeless people in Greater Manchester.
Our companions are encouraged to visit other Emmaus communities and work alongside them. This has included France, Bosnia, Holland, the Netherlands and supporting the annual Salon Emmaus in Paris.
Emmaus Mossley also allocates a small percentage of the funds we raise to solidarity related work and projects over the year. We plan and prioritise to ensure we support a mix of international, national and local projects focussed around our solidarity objectives.
In recent years we have supported UK refugee and victim of torture charities, helped a nearby Emmaus community with the purchase of a van, donated to international disaster responses, provided toilets for schools and communities in Africa and Asia.
You can find out more about the importance of solidarity in the film below.