Burnley homeless charity hopes to 'clean up'

This Is Lancashire: Burnley mayor, Frank Cant, pictured with his mayoress Gillian, opened the car wash Burnley mayor, Frank Cant, pictured with his mayoress Gillian, opened the car wash

BURNLEY-based homelessness charity Emmaus has launched a new venture at its Ivy Street superstore.

The group, which employs 24 formerly homeless people, is to open a car wash to the public six days a week.

The outgoing Mayor of Burnley, Coun Frank Cant, officially opened the new service on Friday.

Emmaus, which has been operating in Burnley for almost four years, hopes to increase its number of ‘companions’ to 30.

Emmaus Burnley’s retail operations manager, Stephen Cooke, said: “We will offer the service free to Emmaus customers, so if you buy in our superstore, you’ll get a car wash voucher.

“You can just come for the car wash though - it will be £1.99 for a spray, hand wash and hand dry.”

“We will be using a rotating three man/woman crew who will be responsible for all the running of the service, so that they get the feel of running a real small business.”

“All profits from the car wash and the Superstore go back into running the Emmaus community, which provides housing and meaningful work for our companions.

"We’re helping people off the streets and into a constructive life.

“Homelessness usually brings with it a range of other challenges, so we offer support in these areas and we often see amazing transformations in people’s lives.

“This car wash will also allow people to interact with the very people they may have once crossed a road to avoid.

“Our service helps prevent begging, theft and other antisocial problems associated with homelessness, so we’d love people across the area to support what we do – whether that means shopping for a bargain in the superstore, using the car wash, or using goods that we can renovate and sell.”

The Ivy Street superstore, which is housed in the former St John’s Primary School building, sells donated homeware, clothing and electrical goods which have been renovated by its companions.

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2:04pm Sun 18 May 14

zabby says...

These so called charities are a real scam,take open doors for instance using unemployed people for13 weeks at a time if they don't do it they lose benefits,if they really want to help people they could give3 people full time jobs,they won't do it because they even make money off the poor unfortunate people who they have enslaved by getting paid from the government ,,,,charity I think not,,,,as for Emmaus they use homeless people and convicts would you want these people coming to your house collecting furniture.?????
These so called charities are a real scam,take open doors for instance using unemployed people for13 weeks at a time if they don't do it they lose benefits,if they really want to help people they could give3 people full time jobs,they won't do it because they even make money off the poor unfortunate people who they have enslaved by getting paid from the government ,,,,charity I think not,,,,as for Emmaus they use homeless people and convicts would you want these people coming to your house collecting furniture.????? zabby
  • Score: -6

2:17pm Sun 18 May 14

slants says...

its just a way that expenses Pike can travel the world on freebies classed as charities.The manager is in £25,000 a year bizarre.
its just a way that expenses Pike can travel the world on freebies classed as charities.The manager is in £25,000 a year bizarre. slants
  • Score: 0

7:35pm Sun 18 May 14

janie64 says...

I for one do support Emmaus. I have supported Emmaus since they first opened on Ivy Street and will continue to do so. The companions who do help run the store have always been well-mannered when my family and I have dropped donated goods in and bought things.

Last year I had an interesting chat to a man working there. I would rather my money and donations went to an organisation who can use it well.

A lot of people fail to forget that a lot of people who find themselves living on the streets have not got there through their own making.

Continue to keep up the good work Emmaus.
I for one do support Emmaus. I have supported Emmaus since they first opened on Ivy Street and will continue to do so. The companions who do help run the store have always been well-mannered when my family and I have dropped donated goods in and bought things. Last year I had an interesting chat to a man working there. I would rather my money and donations went to an organisation who can use it well. A lot of people fail to forget that a lot of people who find themselves living on the streets have not got there through their own making. Continue to keep up the good work Emmaus. janie64
  • Score: 10

7:31am Mon 19 May 14

DaveBurnley says...

zabby wrote:
These so called charities are a real scam,take open doors for instance using unemployed people for13 weeks at a time if they don't do it they lose benefits,if they really want to help people they could give3 people full time jobs,they won't do it because they even make money off the poor unfortunate people who they have enslaved by getting paid from the government ,,,,charity I think not,,,,as for Emmaus they use homeless people and convicts would you want these people coming to your house collecting furniture.?????
So you feel that just because someone is homeless or has been a convict they should be kicked even more?


You are really Iain Duncan Smith aren't you?
[quote][p][bold]zabby[/bold] wrote: These so called charities are a real scam,take open doors for instance using unemployed people for13 weeks at a time if they don't do it they lose benefits,if they really want to help people they could give3 people full time jobs,they won't do it because they even make money off the poor unfortunate people who they have enslaved by getting paid from the government ,,,,charity I think not,,,,as for Emmaus they use homeless people and convicts would you want these people coming to your house collecting furniture.?????[/p][/quote]So you feel that just because someone is homeless or has been a convict they should be kicked even more? You are really Iain Duncan Smith aren't you? DaveBurnley
  • Score: 6

2:22pm Mon 19 May 14

Casper's mum says...

zabby wrote:
These so called charities are a real scam,take open doors for instance using unemployed people for13 weeks at a time if they don't do it they lose benefits,if they really want to help people they could give3 people full time jobs,they won't do it because they even make money off the poor unfortunate people who they have enslaved by getting paid from the government ,,,,charity I think not,,,,as for Emmaus they use homeless people and convicts would you want these people coming to your house collecting furniture.?????
I would much rather these people were occupied gaining employable skills, counselling to deal with their issues and, hopefully, self respect than begging, thieving and being anti-social.
[quote][p][bold]zabby[/bold] wrote: These so called charities are a real scam,take open doors for instance using unemployed people for13 weeks at a time if they don't do it they lose benefits,if they really want to help people they could give3 people full time jobs,they won't do it because they even make money off the poor unfortunate people who they have enslaved by getting paid from the government ,,,,charity I think not,,,,as for Emmaus they use homeless people and convicts would you want these people coming to your house collecting furniture.?????[/p][/quote]I would much rather these people were occupied gaining employable skills, counselling to deal with their issues and, hopefully, self respect than begging, thieving and being anti-social. Casper's mum
  • Score: 3

6:43pm Mon 19 May 14

zabby says...

DaveBurnley wrote:
zabby wrote:
These so called charities are a real scam,take open doors for instance using unemployed people for13 weeks at a time if they don't do it they lose benefits,if they really want to help people they could give3 people full time jobs,they won't do it because they even make money off the poor unfortunate people who they have enslaved by getting paid from the government ,,,,charity I think not,,,,as for Emmaus they use homeless people and convicts would you want these people coming to your house collecting furniture.?????
So you feel that just because someone is homeless or has been a convict they should be kicked even more?


You are really Iain Duncan Smith aren't you?
Sure am
[quote][p][bold]DaveBurnley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]zabby[/bold] wrote: These so called charities are a real scam,take open doors for instance using unemployed people for13 weeks at a time if they don't do it they lose benefits,if they really want to help people they could give3 people full time jobs,they won't do it because they even make money off the poor unfortunate people who they have enslaved by getting paid from the government ,,,,charity I think not,,,,as for Emmaus they use homeless people and convicts would you want these people coming to your house collecting furniture.?????[/p][/quote]So you feel that just because someone is homeless or has been a convict they should be kicked even more? You are really Iain Duncan Smith aren't you?[/p][/quote]Sure am zabby
  • Score: -5

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