‘Solidarity’ is central to the Emmaus ethos. This is when our companions (and staff) ‘pay it forward’ by helping other people in need.
The act of solidarity can be very powerful for Emmaus companions as it is often central to rebuilding lost self-esteem, proving that everyone has the capacity to make a difference to the lives of others.
Here are some examples of our current solidarity projects:
A group of companions volunteer in Northampton town centre every Wednesday evening, offering help to those sleeping rough. The self-titled ‘Rucksack Stomp’ team arrives each week carrying large rucksacks filled with food and useful supplies to hand out. Local people can help by donating sleeping bags and warm clothing. Supplies can be dropped off Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm at the Emmaus Village Carlton reception in the Dom Gregory building, School Lane, Carlton MK43 7LQ. Find out more about the Rucksack Stomp.
Every other Thursday evening, a group of Emmaus Village Carlton companions visit Bedford town centre. They serve hot soup, noodles, sandwiches and drinks to rough sleepers and those in vulnerable housing in the area. Local people can help by donating snacks such as crisps, chocolate and cuppa soups. Supplies can be dropped off Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm at the Emmaus Village Carlton reception in the Dom Gregory building, School Lane, Carlton MK43 7LQ.
Companions at Emmaus Village Carlton meet regularly to decide how we might best help local charities and individuals who need it most. Each month, our companions decide on a local charity to receive £250. In the past, we’ve supported organisations such as Carlton and Chellington Joint Parish Council, the UK Sepsis Trust and the Huntington’s Disease Association. Please get in touch if you would like to suggest a local cause for this fund. Call us on 01234 720826.
We regularly donate goods to other Emmaus communities or local charities. Examples include donating first aid equipment to the local St Johns Ambulance for training purposes, books to our local health centre’s library, as well as bikes and bric-a-brac to our local Re-Use Centre. We also regularly send containers full of goods to an Emmaus community in Romania.
In 2018/19, Emmaus Village Carlton’s solidarity work donated:
Over £2000 to local good causes.
Over £1000 to national good causes.
Over £18,000 to the Emmaus UK Development Fund.
Over £16,000 worth of goods to other Emmaus communities.
Over £16,500 worth of goods donated to other causes.