Formerly homeless people and staff from Emmaus North East recently took part in a local beach clean in South Shields.
Organised by Northumbrian Water and Metro Radio, the event was held in aid of World Clean-up Day which encourages communities across the world to come together to clean up litter and waste from their local beaches, rivers, forests, and streets.
Helping in the local community plays a big part in the work of Emmaus North East which supports 15 formerly homeless people by giving them a home in a supported housing community, meaningful work experience in a social enterprise and an opportunity to regain lost self-esteem and help rebuild their lives.
Working for several hours, the team from Emmaus North East cleared numerous bags of rubbish from the beach. Callum, who took part in the event, said:
“I’ve never done something like this before but I’d definitely get involved again. Local people turned up too, so we were working together and having a laugh. One woman who walked past said it was the cleanest she’d ever seen the beach!”