New Emmaus home opens its doors to public

Resident Jav Dar is pictured with Peter Pike in the new Emmaus apartments on Old Hall Street in Burnley. G050211/2
Resident Jav Dar is pictured with Peter Pike in the new Emmaus apartments on Old Hall Street in Burnley. G050211/2

Members of the public and agencies were given their first look inside Burnley’s new home for the homeless.

Emmaus, a national charity which provides accommodation for homeless people who then work for the organisation, is now up and running in Burnley.

Emmaus House in Old Hall Street opened its doors on two open days, and visitors could see the rooms used by the members, or companions, as they are known in the charity.

Chairman Mr Peter Pike said: “The first phase of the refurbishment work was completed a few weeks ago and we now have four companions living at Emmaus House.

“A number of agencies came on the day and hopefully we will be working closely with them in the future. The public open day saw a number of people through the doors, and I’m pleased to say some signed up to be volunteers.”

The former St John’s Infants’ School in Ivy Street is being rented by Emmaus and will be used as a retail unit where the companions will repair and sell recycled furniture. Mr Pike said the charity hoped to buy the building in the future.

When the second phase is completed in a few months time a further 13 rooms will be available at Emmaus House.