Monday 24 September 2018

Recycle Week 2018 appeal

Emmaus North East   Phil

During national Recycle Week (24–30 September 2018) we're celebrating saving thousands of pieces of furniture from going to landfill, and asking local people to help by donating their unwanted items.

Over the past 12 months, we've saved over 20 tonnes of furniture including wardrobes, beds and three-piece suites, from going to the rubbish tip, by offering a free collection service for large household items in good condition. The collected goods are then sold in our shops in Low Fell and Hebburn. 

Here at Emmaus North East we provide a home and meaningful work for 15 people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion. Those supported at the community live together and help to run the shops, which raises funds to run our charity.

Phil is one of the people supported by our community. He was homeless for several years and after battling alcohol addiction, joined an 11-month programme at a local rehabilitation unit. When he had completed the programme Phil didn’t feel ready to re-join society so was offered the opportunity to join us here at Emmaus North East.

Phil explained:

Emmaus genuinely does feel like a home. The biggest opportunity it gives us is a window - the chance to sit back, take a breath and think of exactly where I am and where I want to go.

 

Phil is now calling on local people to help us recycle even more unwanted items, in order to help vulnerable people change their lives for the better:

I spent quite a lot of time alone when I was drinking and a lot of my social skills fell away. They take quite a bit of work to get back, but by engaging with customers and having the support of the Emmaus team, I am definitely getting those skills back.

 

Speaking about the plea, our Lead Staff Member John Harrison, said:

Recycling isn’t just about separating out your weekly rubbish collections; many different materials can be saved from landfill and put to good use. We hope that by offering a free collection service more people will be encouraged to think about donating their unwanted items to charity instead of sending them straight to the tip. Every donation to Emmaus helps us to change the lives of people who have been homeless and are trying to get back on their feet.