For our last blog post for National Bed Month we want to talk about 'Solidarity' something that is a very central part of the work of Emmaus.

Solidarity means 'Working to help someone less fortunate than yourself' . This can be very valuable for Emmaus Companions as it is often key to helping to rebuild self-esteem, proving that everyone has the capacity to make a difference to the lives of others. Acts of solidarity can vary from donating items to support another charity that means a lot to a Companion or Community, to doing work to help someone in the wider local community.

Solidarity beds: In the wider community

Emmaus South Wales carry out acts of solidarity every week, particularly in our Social Enterprise. Emmaus South Wales provide furniture packs to local disadvantaged individuals who have been referred to us by local agencies. These individuals or families are often fleeing domestic violence or have recently taken on a tenancy after being homeless and can't afford to furnish the property. The aim of the solidarity furniture packs is to alleviate poverty and social exclusion and help local people who just need a helping hand with no judgement. 

The furniture packs currently consist of a bed frame and mattress and a wardrobe or drawers per person in the household and a sofa. 

No person or child should have to sleep on the floor or live in an empty house which is why the Emmaus South Wales furniture packs have been and are so vital to many local families.

Solidarity for the last quarter

Solidarity beds: Our Community 

As solidarity is ingrained in the Emmaus ethos our solidarity work doesn't end there. In our Community home in Bridgend we offer 'solidarity beds' to individuals who are homeless or are threatened with homelessness, if they meet our referral criteria but have no recourse have to public funds. We currently offer two of these solidarity places in the Community. 

If you would like to support our solidarity work to enable us to continue to support some of the most vulnerable people in our society donate here