What we do 

Terry Waite is pictured in May this year cutting the ribbon to officially open the Emmaus shop in Melton watched by the then Deputy Mayor of Melton, Pru Chandler, shop manager Alan Townend and other volunteers.

Your donation really counts 

Donate to Emmaus and you can help them turn somebody’s life around…

That’s the message from Alan Townend, manager of the Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland charity shop in Melton Mowbray’s Market Place.

For every donation you make can help change lives. Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland supports 16 formerly homeless people by giving them a home, meaningful work and an opportunity to regain their self-esteem to help rebuild their lives.

There are currently 29 Emmaus communities across the UK, supporting more than 750 ‘companions’ (formerly homeless people). Companions can stay in the community for as long as they need to. Some stay for only a few months in order to get themselves back on their feet before returning to independent living, but for others Emmaus will become their permanent home.

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The shop has only been open since May but there has been a very positive response to it from local people.

“People are saying it is nice to have something different and to be working towards something meaningful. Emmaus is helping the homeless and getting people back into work and back into society,” said Alan. “Local people have been very positive about the shop and we have had lots of lovely donations and we thank everyone for all their support.”

Alan, who is 45, is well known in Melton Mowbray, having been born and grown up in the town before moving to Manchester. After gaining a business management degree he became manager of the Greater Manchester animal hospital run by the RSPCA.

After six or seven years he decided he needed to come back to Melton, where all his family and friends are. He became temporary manager at the British Heart Foundation shop before the Emmaus shop opened.

“When I got this job I thought it was a great opportunity to be able to give something back to people less fortunate,” he said. “It is a very rewarding job.”

As well as donations of furniture, household items and clothing the shop is always pleased to hear from volunteers to give their time to help.

“We are always pleased to hear from volunteers, whether they can give just one hour of their time it is all a help to us and gratefully received,” added Alan.

The shop was opened in May by former Beirut hostage and Emmaus President Terry Waite. 



Terry Waite pictured with Melton Emmaus shop manager Alan Townend.


At the opening Mr Waite said: "There are so many people for so many reasons who find themselves without a home and on the streets and we are doing our best at Emmaus to provide that opportunity for them. We are very grateful to the civic authorities for their co-operation because there is nothing worse that going through a town seeing bodies in doorways. It doesn't do anybody any good.

"Emmaus is here to serve and enhance the community, to enable the community to be a decent and good place in which to come and shop and a community which has a heart because we care.

"What we want to do is emphasise community. Come together to do our best to help, not just sympathy but empathy as well for those who find themselves on the margins of life."

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*A charity Quiz Night is being organised by St Mary’s Church, Melton, on Friday, October 27th starting at 7.30pm at the Royal British Legion Club in Thorpe End in aid of  the Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland community.

Quizmaster will be Richard Angrave with teams of four. Entrance is £5 per person, to include a light supper. There will be a licensed bar.To book your place contact Phil or Karen Balding on 01664 564227 or email: philloveskaren@yahoo.co.uk

To see full details of the shop opening and an interview with Terry Waite click here.
 
If you would like to help to volunteer in the Emmaus shop call 01664 668188.

*To find out about the work of Emmaus today click here.

*To find out more about the history of Emmaus click here.

*Terry Waite will officially switch on the lights at the wine and buffet evening to launch this year's Christmas Tree Festival being held in the beautifully renovated St Mary's Church, Melton Mowbray, on Thursday, November 30th. To find out more about this year's Christmas Tree Festival click here.

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