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Tuesday, 06 October 2015 (3071182)
Charity appoints new community manager
by Tom Martin

A SEAFORTH-based charity which was set up to provide support to formerly homeless people has recruited a new community manager.

Emmaus Merseyside has announced that Sam Osbourne will take over the reigns of offering further guidance in developing the organisation.

Sam, who has previously held positions at The Manchester College and Blackpool Council, said: “I am thrilled about being involved with Emmaus and excited to be here from the beginning to see the community grow and develop over the years.

”I will be working closely with people who have put a lot of heart and soul into getting Emmaus Merseyside to where it is now and will continue to do so from setting up the project, accepting our first companions and beyond.

“The work that can be done to support people in a safe and caring environment, with no time constraints, is an invaluable commodity when supporting anyone from crisis. The idea to nurture someone from this moment, in a way that promotes confidence, support and pride is an ideal model.

”A community helping themselves, helping each other and helping others is exactly what I believe society should have more of.“

Emmaus Merseyside runs a social enterprise on Sandy Road, taking in and selling donated furniture, household goods and vintage wares.

Nigel Mellor, Chair of Emmaus Merseyside, said: ”We’re delighted to have Sam in the team to drive forward the next stage of development for Emmaus Merseyside. Sam will be instrumental in building up our community, providing valuable support to formerly homeless people and establishing links with the wider Merseyside community.“

Emmaus Merseyside will support up to 28 formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting.

The charity is working with social housing provider, Riverside, to build a purpose built accommodation that is due to be handed over later this month.


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