East of England Co-op supporting Emmaus Ipswich

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We’re proud to support Emmaus Ipswich, which officially opened its very first shop in one of our properties on Dales Road this month.

Our property team agreed a five year lease with the Emmaus Ipswich team, who support people who are rebuilding their lives after experiencing homelessness and unemployment.

Years after a chance meeting on a train with our former chief executive Bill Brown, Terry Waite CBE, who is now the Emmaus UK president, officially opened the Emmaus Ipswich store, with our current joint chief executive, Nick Denny, present on the day.

Emmaus Ipswich offers work opportunities to develop skills, with the aim of helping people into long-term employment. The new shop sells upcycled furniture and household items, and will help fund plans for the organisation to provide accommodation for homeless people.

The official launch marked a special day in the Emmaus journey and we are very happy to have been able to help them find the right property in the right location in Ipswich.

The transformation of the building to a welcoming, bright space for the community to enjoy is testament to the hard work and dedication of the Ipswich Emmaus team and we wish them every success for the future.

For more information about Emmaus Ipswich, visit www.emmausipswich.org