Homeless charity Emmaus Sheffield has received its first slice of funding from the Co-op Local Community Fund project.

The charity is one of three causes in the community which Co-op members can select to support between now and October 23 next year.

The more members who select Emmaus and then shop with the Co-op, the more funds the charity will receive receive.

Taking part in the campaign are Co-op stores at Manor Park and Castle House in the city centre as well as Co-op Funeralcare in Suffolk Row.

Emmaus Sheffield is the drug and alcohol free project that provides a home, support and work for formerly homeless people in the city.

Through its Social Enterprise programme the charity aims to provide meaningful work for the people it supports – the Emmaus companions – to eventually become self-supporting once more.

“We are delighted to have received our first funding package from the Co-op Local Community Fund,” said Emmaus Sheffield Deputy Manager Charley Fedorenko.

“This money is going towards purchasing new equipment for our workshop, which we are expanding, so we can train more companions and make more products to sell.

“We thank to Co-op’s customers for thinking of us and are very pleased that this support will continue through to the autumn.”