Homeless Sheffield charity’s French connection

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THE accent’s on friendship and cooperation between nations as Sheffield charity Emmaus welcomes three special summer volunteers.

Annabelle Sebire, Geoffrey Hastings and Vanessa Tek are French Business Studies students who have chosen to spend their three months with the charity as part of their studies.

Emmaus gives people who had been homeless somewhere safe and welcoming to live through being part of a working community geared towards becoming self-sufficient through social enterprise. The charity has its roots in France, where it was founded in 1949 to combat poverty and homelessness by priest Abbe Pierre before spreading around the world.

And that was that link that led Annabelle, Geoffrey and Vanessa to spend their summer working with the Sheffield community at headquarters close to the Canal Basin.

“The work is part of our humanitarian internship but it also helps us to improve our English language skills,” said Annabelle.

Geoffrey added: “The most important thing for us has been promoting the site because it is not in the city centre and so a lot of people do not know it.

“We have worked with the Companions to distribute flyers so more people know about the work that is done here.

“It has been a very good experience for us to come.”