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Published by James Allan for Salix Homes in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities

Simon Locke, from Emmaus, Ben Cruickshanks, from Salix Homes. Simon Locke, from Emmaus, Ben Cruickshanks, from Salix Homes.

Salix Homes has teamed up with a Salford charity to help homeless people build themselves a new future.

The social housing provider, which manages 8,500 homes across Central Salford, is working with Emmaus Salford, which supports homeless people by providing a home, companionship and meaningful work in one of their social enterprises.

The charity is based at Emmaus House, on Fitzwarren Street, Pendleton, where it will soon provide living accommodation for 26 homeless people – known as companions – when it opens fully this autumn.

The facilities also include a workshop and a newly opened shop selling furniture, bric-a-brac and household items.

As part of the new project, Salix Homes is donating furniture and house-hold items to the charity that have been left behind by tenants who have moved on.

The donated furniture will then either be refurbished by the ‘companions’ and resold in the shop or used to furnish their own living space.

Ben Cruickshanks, empty properties manager at Salix Homes, said: “Emmaus Salford is a fantastic charity which provides a lifeline for many homeless people in Salford and we are very proud to support it.

“We get quite a lot of furniture and household items left behind when our tenants move on so we are delighted that these items can now be put to good use and go someway towards helping homeless people in Salford get back on their feet.

“This is a fantastic project that will provide an opportunity for homeless people to learn new skills and work to overcome homelessness.”

Councillor Valerie Burgoyne, chairman of Emmaus Salford, added: “It is important for charities to work with organisations such as Salix Homes and we look forward to a long and fruit-full partnership.”

The charity also has a shop at 100 Seaford Road, Irwell Riverside.

To find out more about the charity got to www.emmaus.org.uk/salford or call 0161 792 2566

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