Monday 20 February 2017

Eloise and Selwyn visit Emmaus Leeds

Jane Selwyn Eloise and Nick medium

A six year old homelessness campaigner from Grantham and the founder of Emmaus in the UK have visited Emmaus Leeds to learn more about the charity.

Selwyn Image, who brought the Emmaus movement to the UK in 1989, and founded the first community in Cambridge, visited Emmaus Leeds on Thursday 16 February. Selwyn and wife Jane were joined by six year old Eloise Blundell and her father Nick.

“When I first saw people sleeping on the streets, I felt really sad. I was really happy to find out that Emmaus help everyone they can. I don’t think that anyone should have to live on the streets, and I think that everyone should have a home.”

Eloise, young campaigner and Emmaus supporter 

Eloise recently wrote a letter to her MP to express her own concerns about homelessness and ask what she could do to help. Selwyn found out about the letter and invited Eloise and her mother to join him at his presentation of the Légion d’honneur (France’s highest distinction) at the French Ambassador’s London Residence.

Selwyn then invited Eloise to visit an Emmaus community to see first-hand the work the charity does to support formerly homeless people.

“As a former Leeds man myself, who hasn’t been home for a while, it was a bit of a struggle at first to find my way about. So much change and rebuilding! But Eloise’s enthusiasm, and the work our companions and team are doing to support themselves and help others in greater need was a huge fillip and soon made me feel at home again.”

Selwyn Image, founder of Emmaus UK 

Emmaus Leeds supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing a stable home and meaningful work for as long as they need it. The charity has its main base and café on St Mary’s Street and runs two shops at Kirkgate Market where they sell donated furniture, clothes, books, bikes, household goods and upcycled products.

“It was great to welcome Eloise, Nick, Selwyn and Jane to our community. We had a very enjoyable day and it was inspiring to see such a young supporter asking lots of well thought out questions to everyone at Emmaus Leeds.”

Donald Forrester, Executive Director at Emmaus Leeds

To support Emmaus Leeds visit www.emmaus.org.uk/leeds