Friday 12 April 2019

Vote for Emmaus Department Store to win national award

Emmaus Department Store

Emmaus Burnley, in partnership with Emmaus Preston, has made the final shortlist of three for the 2019 Reuse Organisation of the Year award.

The award nomination recognises the combined efforts of Emmaus Burnley and Emmaus Preston in launching the new Emmaus Department Store. Now that we have made the shortlist of three, we urgently need your vote to help us win the award.

The Reuse Organisation of the Year award, part of the national 2019 Reuse Network awards, sponsored by DHL, will go to a reuse charity or social enterprise that has achieved something great in the past year.

“Over the past year, the teams at both Emmaus Preston and Emmaus Burnley have been working together to launch the first charity department store in the country. Building on the success of our Megastore in Preston, we opened the large Emmaus Department Store in Rochdale, a prime retail space covering more than 50,000 square feet across three floors. 

“The store is now helping to reduce household waste and generating an income that directly pays for the food, training and support for formerly homeless people who live in Emmaus communities. The work experience our beneficiaries gain by running a department store has increased their self-esteem, confidence and skills, helping them on their journeys towards full time employment and securing their own homes.”

Stephen Buchanan, Director of Emmaus Preston and Emmaus Burnley 

Emmaus Burnley supports formerly homeless people by providing them with a stable home and meaningful work for as long as they need it. The charity operates two social enterprises in Burnley and Rochdale with all the money raised used to support the community of people who live and work at Emmaus Burnley.

Reuse Network supports more than 150 reuse charities across the UK to help them alleviate poverty, reduce waste and tackle climate change. The winner of the Reuse Organisation of the Year award will be announced at the Reuse Network Annual Conference in May. 

Please spare a minute to vote for Emmaus to win the award at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ReuseOrganisationoftheYear2019

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