Wednesday 17 October 2018

Emmaus Gloucestershire helps to raise awareness of rough sleeping

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For World Homeless Day, staff and companions at Emmaus Gloucestershire spent a night outside to help raise awareness of the issues that rough sleepers face. 

On Wednesday 10 October, two Emmaus staff members, six companions, and one trustee, joined over 60 local business leaders at The Big Sleep Out 2018 from 7pm – 7am within the grounds of Gloucester Rugby Club. Each participant slept outside for the duration of the night, and went about their normal work day as usual the following morning. 

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The Big Sleep Out event was organised by local charity Caring for Communities and People (CCP), with the aim to raise awareness of homelessness and generate funds to provide shelter during the colder climates. 

"It was great to see how many business leaders engaged with Emmaus companions throughout the night. Each person took the time to listen to their stories to understand the issues that they faced while homeless, and the issues that they face now that they are trying to rebuild their lives. It was a great event to raise awareness of rough sleeping and homelessness."

Alan, Shop Manager at the Emmaus Superstore

Emmaus Gloucestershire provides a home for as long as needed and meaningful work for up to 31 Emmaus companions who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion, offering them an alternative route out of homelessness within a supportive environment. Companions gain valuable skills through working in the charity’s five charity shops in Cheltenham, Stroud, Nailsworth, and Gloucester. All funds generated from each shop helps to support the Emmaus Gloucestershire community.

To find out more about Emmaus Gloucestershire, visit www.emmaus.org.uk/gloucestershire.