The managers of Central Square Leeds, a new mixed-use development, have partnered with local charity Emmaus Leeds to help people who have experienced homelessness.

Emmaus Leeds supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a stable home and meaningful work for as long as they need it. The Central Square partnership will cover a wide range of initiatives to help raise awareness for the charity and make it easy for tenants of the building to donate furniture and household items to Emmaus Leeds.

Roy Taylor, Senior Building Manager at Central Square Leeds, said: “It is a pleasure to be working in partnership with Emmaus Leeds. We were very impressed in the overall setup and the opportunities being offered to vulnerable members of society. We look forward to helping them raise the profile of Emmaus with our tenants and stakeholders in the wider community.”

Central Square is a landmark office led, mixed use complex located in Leeds City Centre. The development includes high quality, highly sustainable office accommodation on the upper levels above restaurants, shops and public spaces on the ground floor. The complex was developed by M&G Real Estate and is now managed by CBRE.

Central Square hosted an Emmaus Leeds pop-up stall in the atrium, to enable tenants to learn more about the charity’s work. Central Square will also be promoting reuse to tenants by encouraging them to donate furniture, bric-a-brac and clothes to support the Emmaus Leeds social enterprise.

Donald Forrester, Chief Executive of Emmaus Leeds, said: “We are really looking forward to working in partnership with Central Square Leeds. This is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of our charity, promote reuse and demonstrate how the donated items we receive really do help to support people affected by homelessness.”

Emmaus Leeds has its main community building and social enterprise on St Mary’s Street, a stall at Kirkgate Market and a charity shop in Halton. All proceeds made from sale of the items go back into funding the work of the Emmaus Leeds community, helping to support even more people who are homeless.

To find out more about the work of Emmaus Leeds visit
www.emmaus.org.uk/leeds. For more information, to donate an item or get involved as a volunteer call 0113 248 4288 or visit Emmaus Leeds at St Mary’s Street, Leeds, LS9 7DP.

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