MP Fiona Onasanya visits Emmaus Cambridge
The Member of Parliament for Peterbrough, Fiona Onasanya, visited Emmaus Cambridge to learn more about the work of the charity and met with formerly homeless people who are now being supported by Emmaus.
On Thursday 9 August, Fiona met with companion - as people who are supported by Emmaus are known - Séamus Fox as well as Emmaus Cambridge Director, Diane Docherty. Emmaus Cambridge supports its companions by providing a home for as long as needed and meaningful work in its social enterprise in Landbeach, which sells second-hand furniture, clothing and household goods.
Fiona received a tour of the community and retail operation, before meeting with Séamus in Joan's Coffee Shop to discuss his recently published book, No Homeless Problem & Other Poems, which has been inspired by the stories of 44 Emmaus companions across the UK. Fiona received a signed copy of the book.
To complete her visit, Fiona became a 'Friend of Emmaus' in a show of support to the Emmaus Cambridge community.
Emmaus Cambridge currently provides 34 people a home for as long as needed and meaningful work in its social enterprise in Landbeach. The combination of a supportive environment and the opportunity to work allows formerly homeless companions to regain lost self-esteem, restore confidence and rebuild their lives for a better future. The community is currently undergoing an expansion, building 10 new rooms so it can support 44 people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion.
To find out more about Emmaus Cambridge, visit www.emmaus.org.uk/Cambridge or find us at Green End, Landbeach, CB25 9FD.