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EMERGE Turns 25!

This year EMERGE turns 25. We’re proudly celebrating our 25th anniversary. The EMERGE Group (our full name is East Manchester Environment & Resources Group Emerge) consists of FareShare Greater Manchester, Touch Wood, EMERGE Recycling and Give and Gain. Together we work to improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of local people, first and foremost in Greater Manchester. We do this by promoting the understanding and practice of the real ‘3Rs’ of sustainable resource and waste management – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Since our humble beginnings, EMERGE has remained steadfast in our commitment to creating a positive and lasting impact. Through collaborative efforts and innovative initiatives, we have played a vital role. We have been shaping a more sustainable future for our region. Our comprehensive approach encompasses not only waste management and recycling. It also addresses social and economic challenges, faced by local communities.

At FareShare Greater Manchester, we tackle food waste and food poverty head-on by redistributing surplus food to those in need. Our dedicated team of volunteers and staff work tirelessly to bridge the gap between food surplus and food insecurity. They are making a significant difference in the lives of vulnerable individuals and families.

Our Impact on the Greater Manchester Community

Touch Wood, our social enterprise, focuses on reclaiming and repurposing wood waste. By transforming discarded wood into unique, handcrafted furniture and products, we promote sustainability while providing employment and training opportunities for individuals facing barriers to employment.

EMERGE Recycling spearheads our waste management efforts, implementing innovative solutions to maximise resource recovery and minimise landfill waste. Through education and community engagement, we strive to foster a culture of responsible consumption and waste reduction.

Give and Gain, our volunteering program, serves as a catalyst for positive change. By connecting individuals and organisations, we empower volunteers to contribute their time and skills to meaningful projects that address local needs. This collective effort enhances social cohesion, strengthens community bonds, and drives positive social impact.

As EMERGE turns 25 and we commemorate our 25th anniversary, we reflect on the milestones achieved and the countless lives touched through our initiatives. Our journey has been marked by collaborative partnerships, dedicated volunteers and the unwavering support of the Greater Manchester community.

Read more about EMERGE and how we’re celebrating being a quarter of a century old.


Emerge - 25 years

food poverty

Over 600,000 people in Greater Manchester live in households that are struggling to get by.

That includes 180,000 children and young people.