Emmaus Mossley students have been recognised for their achievements at a special event at Tameside College, ten companions all formerly homeless people who now live and work at Emmaus in Mossley.
The companions took part in a number of adult learning courses including Level two Customer Service, Warehousing and Driver Training to improve their skills and future job prospects. The event included certificate presentations by Victor Karmazyn, Driver Goods and Warehousing Lecturer and Gill Brierley, Customer Service Lecturer both from Tameside College.
Gill Brierley was impressed with the level of commitment and achievement of the learners to which she said: “All the learners have worked really hard to achieve what they have. They are a great example that it’s never too late to go back to College and get qualifications. At Tameside College we’re big believers in second chances as long as the students are willing to put the work in. We’re really proud of the companions who are turning their lives around through Emmaus and training at Tameside College.”
The training from Tameside College is part of a wider package of support that is offered to all Emmaus Mossley companions, working with them to develop personal action plans and offer help to reach their goals. There are currently 25 Emmaus communities across the country, supporting around 640 formerly homeless people in the UK. The charity runs a social enterprise in Mossley, selling donated and upcycled furniture, household goods and vintage wares with all proceedings going back into the Emmaus community to help people get off the streets.
Alison Hill, Director of Emmaus Mossley said: “We’re delighted at the achievements of our companions and the effort that they have put into completing these courses. I wish to thank the staff at Tameside College for their support and bespoke training that has had a visible impact on the running of Emmaus Mossley.”