Emmaus Salford was established in 2007 with the intention of setting up the first Emmaus community in the city.
We opened our first shop on Seaford Road in 2009 in order to raise funds towards premises that would become Emmaus Salford’s main community building. In those early days the Seaford Road shop was run by a dedicated team of local volunteers.
Our search for a suitable community home took many years of hard work and dedication. We finally secured a community building and what was to become our second shop on Fitzwarren Street, next to Salford Shopping Centre and Precinct, which we call Emmaus House.
With the help of our supporters and Salford City Council we were able to convert this disused building into the hub of our community. Our Emmaus House base now provides a home and meaningful work for formerly homeless people.
Our first companions moved into the community in September 2014, and Emmaus House was officially opened by Terry Waite CBE in May 2015. Emmaus House now has 26 bedrooms, a communal lounge, dining room and a kitchen.
In 2016 we were awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for the role our volunteers played in establishing Emmaus Salford.
In 2017 we opened the Emmaus Salford Emporium at Emmaus House, moved our social enterprise operations to our new reuse workshop near Media City, and launched Lucie’s Pantry social supermarket.
Today Emmaus Salford is a thriving community and great resource for the residents of Salford. Our companions run all aspects of the Emmaus Salford shops, from serving customers to carrying out delivery and collections, and they work in the community building, cooking for fellow companions, and working in our community garden. They also support a range of social enterprises, including our social supermarket, Lucie’s Pantry.
You can read more about Emmaus Salford’s history in this illustrated booklet produced by Len Grant.
Emmaus isn’t just based in the UK. In fact it originally started in France in the late 1940s. Since then Emmaus has grown into an international movement with more than 350 groups based in 37 countries across the world.