April was a busy month for Emmeline’s. After much planning and searching, we finally got the keys to our new premises. We have been running our service from a damp basement which was no longer fit for purpose. Our new building in Chorlton will allow us to expand our services, increase referral numbers to meet growing demand and provide a warm, welcoming environment for the women who visit us.
Once we had the keys, we set to work transforming the building into our new home. With separate rooms for food and clothing, women can now browse at their leisure after waiting in our new seating area for a volunteer to become available. DFS kindly donated a brand new leather corner sofa, so now our clients can sit comfortably and chat, sharing experiences and supporting each other.
We are fortunate enough to have some wonderful volunteers who gave up their time to work exceptionally hard on the new building, painting, decorating and sprucing up the garden play area.
We have lots of plans for new building, so watch this space!
We can’t believe it’s already March and almost that time of year again!! But first, tomorrow is International Women’s Day, a global day first set up in 1911 to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women – while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance.
This year’s #Balanceforbetter campaign is striving for a gender balanced world as well as celebrating our achievements.
Here at Emmeline’s we couldn’t reach the number of ladies who access our service, or do we do without the support and constant help from so many amazing ladies across Manchester, the UK and even abroad!
Unfortunately 80% of our service users have come to us from gender based violence, trafficking and modern day slavery. There is still a way to go, but working together this is something we can achieve #Balanceforbetter. To donate this Friday 8th March head to our BT donation page you can follow the link or search us mydonate.bt.com/emmelinespantry. Help us make a change for our service users.
A wonderful donation from Lady Pedal Manchester who completed a cycle ride from Alexandra Park to our food bank. These wonderful ladies collected an incredible selection of cleaning stuffs and and cupboard items for us.
Stay tuned for their next exciting fundraising plans for International Women’s Day…Head over to their Facebook @Lady Pedal Manchester for more information on their upcoming events. You can also find them on Instagram @ladypedal
On Thursday 31st January Girl Gang Manchester are hosting a pub quiz: Trivial Women at the Koffee Pot to raise donations for Emmeline’s, by collecting donations from all team members rather then money. These donations can be anything from toiletries, household cleaning products, new underwear to any in date unwanted Christmas treats.
It looks like it’s going to be a great night for everyone, to find out more have a look at their Facebook event page (click here) Please come along, invite your friends and start working on your team names! Doors open at 6pm and the quiz will start at 7pm!
In other news, the wonderful Gift of Wash Kit based in Gatley are collecting your leftover foreign currency to raise money. For further details head to their Facebook page to get more information on where to send your money if you are local and can drop it off with them or where to send it to directly if not. All the information can be found on their facebook page.
We have a lot of exciting new ventures coming up that we can’t tell you about just yet so stay tuned to find out what we have planned next!!
As we come into 2019 refreshed (mostly!) we have had a chance to look back on 2018 and what we achieved as a charity in helping more women then ever before.
Throughout 2018 we helped 1002 women !
All of that is with the help of our amazing supporters, their time, their donations, their help and their friendly faces. We have had donations and cards from schools, both local and as far away as London. Other charities, groups and companies throughout the year. July 2018 was our Summer Sleep Out with the help of the Catholic Chaplaincy! Just as important as all these wonderful groups and organisations are the individuals and families that help us every day.
On our donation day December 20th with the help of all our amazing volunteers who really spectacular- could not have done it without them.
We gave 80 adults and 93 children food for the holidays. 93 children received gifts. We were also able to help another 50 women with food and could give out 295 more gifts for children across Manchester. What a wonderful way to end the year with all our helpers and donations so generously!
After Christmas we got the wonderful news from Manchester Bee Co that they raised an incredible £250 from their yellow bee pins and Christmas cards which was wonderful news to end the year on! To a successful and happy 2019.
It’s been a busy busy month our Christmas appeal is still going strong, the donations have been flooding in. We have updated our Amazon Wish List (click here) with all the gift sets and present ideas if you need any suggestions please have a look on there.
As part of our Christmas appeal alongside Amazon we would still really appreciate any donations you can give! This could be: chocolates, selection boxes, gift Sets, gift sets for children up to 15 or even gift vouchers.
Last weekend in other news as you will probably all have seen, our amazing ambassador Dolly-Rose Campbell was invited to turn on the Christmas Lights at a Manchester bar, New York New York and we got to go to watch her! A great way to relax and a fab opportunity to see Dolly doing more great work.
This year we are participating in the global #Giving Tuesday to encourage people to give to charities or causes that they care about. Have a click here to watch a short clip with more information on the Giving Tuesday movement.
Giving Tuesday has become a global trend now involving organisations and charities around the world! This year Emmeline’s Pantry is taking part, so please join us and our campaign.
You can do this by spreading the word to friends and family, raising awareness of our work to any businesses to help support our cause. You can click the link below to go straight to our BT donation page
Stay posted to see more from us and our campaign here and our facebook page: Emmeline’s Pantry
As most of you will know by now September has been full of surprises and shocks that we are all very glad to be coming out the other side of!
After our week off, we suffered flood damage due to blocked drains when the rain started on the 20th September. We had some amazing volunteers that stepped in to help us all day and late into the night bringing sandbags, protecting our stock and getting rid of the water.
It took 4 days but we eventually got the drains fixed, water cleaned out and all our electrical’s back into place. Not only did we lose some of our precious stock of nappies, wet wipes and toiletries donated by all our wonderful supporters but we have had to take up the flooring to clean up and make sure nothing was damaged underneath it.
To keep everyone updated: We have now started to get back to normal, things are starting to smell nicer and have dried out! We are still collecting up to Christmas but won’t be accepting anymore clothing donations as of now.
We had a visit from Granada ITV reports on Wednesday publicising the damage and shout out for help to get more lino put down. You can watch us here! After some amazing offers we have now new lino helped out by some of wonderful supporters.
As if that wasn’t busy enough for one month, we then had an amazing chat with Sister Talk Radio show if you haven’t already had a listen please click the link to here our Christmas plea.
That’s it for September- to keep you updated and aware of how much we value every single one of our supporters commitment and dedication to helping us we have had 246 visits this year so far. None of that we could have achieved without your help!
Our October collection is for any new womens pyjamas and dressing gowns. We will post a further update later on in the month. Visit our Facebook page for any questions!
To keep you all updated our next event is in TWO DAYS !!! If you haven’t already signed up to sleep out all the info you need is below to make sure you don’t miss any of our daytime acts. Not only will we have jam packed events there will also be delicious selection of food tantalising taste your buds.
For anyone that hasn’t donated yet here is our donation page! bt page
The Sizzle Sisters will be out serving their signature sizzlers for meat eaters or veggies with your choice of sweet chilli or lemon and honey sauce. There will be homemade vegan burgers on offer too!
ChouChoux will have all your sweet tooth needs. And we have prepared a mocktail stand, hot drinks and refreshments to keep everyone satisfied!
Our first opening act is the fun party covers band Late Last Night– a Manchester based band!
Next up are two equally amazing and talented singers Jordan Price- a relaxing acoustic fold music set. Followed by Rihannon Tweats- treating us to covers of pop and rock hits by strong women that inspire her!
Steph Lonsdale a Salford born feminist poet will be performing some of her own work inspiring us all!
Our last act of the evening is Felicity Goodman a gothic story teller bringing us some fab stories of Manchester to close of the events.
July 7th-8th will be our Sponsored Suffragette Sleep Out in aid of our foodbank. To allow all our wonderful volunteers to keep doing what they do to keep our foodbank open for women across Manchester to acess us in their time of need.
Saturday 7th July will be an evening of yummy food, music, poetry and a Gothic storyteller, followed by an evening sleeping out at the Catholic Chaplaincy, 335-337 Manchester Oxford Road, M13 9PG. Sunday morning we will provide breakfast for all our sleepers.
For those of you interested in coming to join us for the evening of activities tickets will be available on the door for £5, concession for £4.
If you or anyone you know would be interested in performing or entertaining as a children’s entertainer we are still looking for volunteers between 5.30pm and 8pm. Please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you
And for anyone who wants to sleep out with us, contact us for our registration form and any further information! Deadline to register for the sleepout is 20th June, spaces are limited so make sure you don’t leave it too late!
For those wishing to sponsor us please go to our bt fundraising event page (mydonate.bt.com/events/suffragettesleepout) You can set up your own fundraising page from it, or just donate to us directly.
Help us achieve our target and enjoy yourself at the same time!
We keep our Amazon Wishlist on regularly up to date with things we are currently collecting. Go and have a look there for any ideas you’d like to gift us!