I was introduced to Emmaus Leeds by my university, Leeds Trinity. As part of my second year journalism degree curriculum I was required to carry out a six week placement programme at an organisation of my choice.
Prior to the placement I had no knowledge of the charity itself; but any apprehension I felt quickly disappeared after I went for interview. Everything about Emmaus Leeds exceeded my expectations and everyone made me feel extremely welcome. I was especially inspired by the vast amount of work the community tackles on a day-to-day basis.
My involvement with Emmaus Leeds was to complete marketing tasks in order to gain more donations, volunteers and publicity for the charity, using cost-free methods. This included creating things such as posters, newsletters, and loyalty cards. I also put together press releases and tried to get things published in local newspapers and magazines.
By observing the charity closely during my six week placement I feel I have a greater understanding of Emmaus, and my views of homelessness as a whole have been transformed. I only wish more people knew about Emmaus, because it really is a remarkable place.
I enjoyed my time at Emmaus Leeds so much that I decided to come back and volunteer once a week after my placement period ended.