Homelessness charity Emmaus Mossley has received a funding boost thanks to the latest Co-op Local Community Fund payout to good causes.

On Tuesday 21 December, community members from Emmaus Mossley received a cheque for £2,852 from their local branch, Co-op Mossley. The funding will be used to carry out improvements to the Emmaus Mossley community garden, improving the space for people supported by the charity.

Alison Hill, Director of Emmaus Mossley, said: “The support we have received from Co-op and their members is fantastic. The funds raised will help us to improve our garden, creating a better space for relaxation, biodiversity, food growing and social interaction. On behalf of everyone at Emmaus Mossley, sincere thanks to Co-op and all the local members who selected our cause.”

Emmaus Mossley supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting. The charity runs a social enterprise in Mossley, selling donated and upcycled furniture, household goods, clothes, bric-a-brac and vintage wares.

In the past five years, Co-op members have raised £100 million for local communities, causes and charity partners. Emmaus Mossley is one of more than 25,000 causes across the UK supported by the Co-op Local Community Fund since 2016.

Sian Birch, Co-op Member Pioneer, said: “It’s been a pleasure bringing the Co-op in Mossley and Emmaus together to make a positive difference. Visiting the community garden last summer after lockdown was lifted, I could already start to see the benefit the Local Community Fund would be to the Emmaus companions.”

Co-op members are encouraged to pick a local cause from a selection that will make real difference in their local area. When Co-op members buy selected branded products and services, 2p from every pound they spend supports community organisations and local causes, through the Local Community Fund. As well as supporting local communities, Co-op members also receive exclusive deals and personalised offers every week.

To learn more about supporting local causes as a Co-op member, visit: www.coop.co.uk/membership.

To find out more and support Emmaus Mossley visit: www.emmaus.org.uk/mossley.