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Bridgend homelessness charity appeals for support

Local charity Emmaus South Wales is appealing for help during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis to ensure its support of formerly homeless people continues.

Emmaus South Wales is a charity that provides a home, work and individual support to people who have experienced homelessness. The temporary closure of the Emmaus shops in Bridgend, Cowbridge, Maesteg and Porthcawl due to the coronavirus situation poses a significant risk to the charity.

Marcin, one of the people supported by Emmaus South Wales, said:

“I was losing hope before coming to Emmaus South Wales six months ago. I have not only been given a home, but opportunities to develop my knowledge and skills. When our shops were open, I would normally be helping to manage the stock and working on the tills. This is something that I really enjoyed and I’m looking forward to a time when I can do that again.”

Emmaus South Wales operates a large social enterprise across five shops, selling donated furniture, household goods, electrical items, clothing and much more. The majority of the funds the charity needs to survive are generated through its shops. Without that income, Emmaus is facing a shortfall and the longer the closure continues, the more difficult the situation becomes.

Jemma Wray, Chief Executive at Emmaus South Wales, said: “Every person and household has been affected by the coronavirus lockdown and Emmaus South Wales is no different. Despite our shops being closed, we’re doing all we can to keep our residents safe, supported and active.

“We know it’s really tough for everyone, but any gift you can spare will help us get through this difficult time. A donation from you will help us continue our vital work during the current emergency and hopefully long into the future.”

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To find out more or support the Emmaus South Wales appeal, head to www.emmaus.org.uk/south-wales/covid-donations/

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