Hundreds of bangers and burgers served up to the office community at Exchange Quay in Salford have helped a homelessness charity within the city. A Charity BBQ hosted by the North West’s largest office development in Salford Quays has raised more than £500 for its charity partner, Emmaus Salford.
The Exchange Quay business community came together on Friday 14 June on the Piazza to enjoy a sizzling summer BBQ with all the proceeds from ticket sales donated to support homeless and socially vulnerable people across Salford.
Part of Exchange Quay’s community engagement programme, the event is one of a series to be staged in aid of Emmaus Salford which provides more than just a bed for the night to people who have experienced homeless and social exclusion. The events programme has been devised and implemented by the marketing and placemaking team at DS Emotion in conjunction with Elior.
Jeremy Birkett-Jones, Director, Hunter REIM commented:
“We are delighted that our fundraising BBQ has brought our office and business community together as one to support this local project and such a deserving cause. We wanted to shine a spotlight on the plight of homelessness in the city and mount an events programme which helps to give a much-needed cash injection to the charity. It was a great event with fantastic food, great community spirit and a wonderful summer atmosphere. It not only supports our chosen charity, but also creates a platform to bring our Exchange Quay community together.”
Rachel Richardson, Emmaus Salford said: “We are extremely grateful to everyone at Exchange Quay for their ongoing support of Emmaus Salford. The funds raised from their recent BBQ event will directly support people affected by homelessness as well as vulnerable residents in Salford who are struggling to afford basic essentials such as food and household items. Huge thanks to all those who organised and attended the BBQ fundraiser.”
Funds raised and donated to the charity are aimed at further developing existing projects run by Emmaus, including social supermarket Lucie’s Pantry, with plans to open a small café/meeting space for customers to access. The charity also aims to launch George’s Community Fridge, an initiative which uses short dated or just out of date foodstuffs from local collaborators and funds will help with set up costs. Finally, the charity wants to take resident Companions on a weekend or week team building adventure break to a centre in North Wales to help with motivation, aspiration and self-esteem.
Exchange Quay has undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment and transformation programme in recent years by Ekistics Property Advisors LLP (Ekistics) on behalf of the owner alongside asset manager Hunters. The development offers more than 435,000 sq ft of Grade A office space over seven buildings and has recently unveiled ICE – renovating an additional 26,000 sq ft of newly refurbished high quality offices and a café lounge to enhance its existing occupier offer to create a cohesive and collaborative working community.
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Emmaus supports formerly homeless people by giving them a home, meaningful work in a social enterprise and an opportunity to regain lost self-esteem to help rebuild their lives. There are currently 29 Emmaus communities across the country, supporting more than 800 companions (formerly homeless people) in the UK. In addition, there are four Emmaus groups, all of which are working towards setting up an Emmaus community in their area. Emmaus aims to offer 1,000 companion places by 2020.
Social enterprise is central to the Emmaus model as it provides meaningful work for companions but also generates funding to maintain communities. Companions living in Emmaus communities are expected to sign off all benefits, with the exception of housing benefit, which is used to help to support the community. The rest of the funding that is needed is generated through social enterprise and fundraising. Emmaus communities deliver a significant return on investment. Research shows that for every £1 invested in a community, there is an £11 return, with savings to the benefits bill, health services and a reduction in crime reoffending. http://www.emmaus.org.uk/Back to overview