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White Goods Landmark For Leeds Homelessness Charity
Emmaus Leeds companion Vinny Brennan testing a washing machine
More than 500 white goods appliances have been saved from landfill thanks to formerly homeless people at the charity Emmaus Leeds.

In less than 12 months, formerly homeless people supported by Emmaus Leeds have repaired and refurbished more than 500 white goods appliances including washing machines, refrigerators and cookers. Last year, two companions completed the Domestic Appliance Service Engineer Training delivered by Dixon Training, to enable donated white goods to be refurbished at Emmaus Leeds.

Dave McCabe, one of the companions at Emmaus Leeds who completed the training, said:
"It is amazing how much we have achieved in such a short time. The course was really enjoyable and the experience of setting up the white goods area and being able to utilise my training will stand me in good stead for the future."

Emmaus Leeds previously had to turn away donations of white goods or send them to other organisations for refurbishment, recycling and disassembly. Now that Emmaus Leeds can refurbish and resell donated appliances the charity has saved money, reduced waste and generated an income to help sustain their work.

Donald Forrester, Chief Executive at Emmaus Leeds, said:
"We didn't expect to process so many white goods when we first started but they have proved extremely popular with our customers. Our companions have put their learning into practice to support Emmaus Leeds whilst gaining valuable skills and experience for their own personal development."

Emmaus Leeds supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing a stable home and meaningful work for as long as they need it. The charity has its main base and café on St Mary's Street and runs two shops at Kirkgate Market where they sell donated furniture, household items, clothes, books, bikes and upcycled products.

To support Emmaus Leeds visit www.emmaus.org.uk/leeds. For more information call 0113 248 4288 or visit Emmaus Leeds at St Mary's Street, Leeds, LS9 7DP.
White Goods Landmark For Leeds Homelessness Charity, 20th April 2017, 17:10 PM