The Emmaus Bolton group was set up in May 2000.
After several years of fundraising and searching for a suitable community property, in January 2005, the group bought the main part of the old Derby Barracks in Fletcher Street, Bolton, from the Ministry of Defence.
Emmaus Bolton opened its doors to the first ‘pioneer’ companions in April 2005.
In 2011, the community bought the remaining part of the site, known as 'The Cottages'. At the time of purchase, the buildings were unoccupied and mostly derelict, but they have now been renovated into two self-contained flats - providing additional bedrooms. We have also created some more business space with our 'boutique style shops - selling clothes, books, music and collectables.
The cottages are also home to our fabulous cafe - Cafe Pierre - serving freshly prepared food, home baked cakes and drinks.
Almost all of the work to renovate the buildings was carried out by Emmaus companions, and the place visitors see today is a fitting tribute and legacy to those companions who have made the barracks their home.
However, the work is not finished, as we are continuing to redevelop areas of the site. Our next big building project is the conversion of the old rifle range into a complex of workshops. The workshops will allow us to recycle, refurbish and reuse even more items that people do not want and stop them going to landfill.
Emmaus Bolton is an independent registered charity and is a member of the Emmaus UK federation, Emmaus Europe and Emmaus International.