First Emmaus community in Wales officially opens
Fifty people attended the opening ceremony at Nant Lais, in Cefn Glas, Bridgend. Emmaus UK President, Terry Waite CBE, who was out of the country at the time, also sent a special message of congratulation.
John Noble, Chair of Emmaus South Wales said: “Only 18 months ago we thought our dreams of opening an Emmaus community in South Wales might not happen, as we struggled to get the money we needed to get it going. Thanks to the amazing response from our supporters to our emergency appeal, we have now opened our community building sooner than anyone thought possible. We want to make a real difference for people who are trying to escape homelessness and move on with their lives.”
Carwyn Jones said: “I was delighted to open Nant Lais, the first Emmaus community in Wales. It will help some of the poorest individuals in society, give them a safe place to live and a supportive environment where they can start to rebuild their lives and regain their self-esteem. It will also provide training and employment opportunities, working in Emmaus’ social enterprises.”