Emmaus Burnley’s steering group formed in 2005 with the aim of opening an Emmaus community to alleviate the homelessness problem in Burnley.
Spearheaded by recently retired MP Peter Pike, the group successfully bid for a £1,000,000 grant from the Department of Communities and Local Government. This allowed Emmaus Burnley to purchase and renovate Booth Court, which had previously been flats for older people.
The site was renamed Emmaus House, and when another funding bid was successful, this time to the National Lottery, it allowed the group to employ the support staff required to be able to accommodate companions.
Our first companions arrived in January 2011.
Meanwhile, a separate site for the shop, a former primary school close by on Ivy Street, was obtained and the hard work of companions and staff meant that the shop opened just two months later.
Emmaus Burnley has now gradually built up to its full capacity of 24 companions and we are working towards a point where the income from the shop will be able to sustain our community.