The work taking place in Bolton to help the homeless could inspire global communities after it became the focus of a powerful docu-film.

The film which features Emmaus Bolton has been nominated for a major international award and is counting on the votes of the people of Bolton to get the film on the worldwide stage.

Four people from Emmaus Bolton and the people they have helped feature in ‘An Introduction to Emmaus North West’, an inspirational film highlighting the work of Emmaus Bolton and other Emmaus communities across the region.

The Bolton News: Tony Stephenson and Ben Lawton - Emmaus previously highlighted the work they do at a Wanderers

People supported by the charity took part at the Fletcher Street community in Bolton alongside volunteers, in addition to Phil Urmston, Projects Manager, and Tony Stephenson, the charity’s Chief Executive Officer. 

And now the film has been nominated for a major award at the ‘Oscars’ of charity film.

Emmaus is appealing for public votes to help the film make the final shortlist for The Smiley Charity Film Awards, the world’s biggest campaign to promote cause-based films.  

Tony said: “Our special thanks go to the people supported by Emmaus, who have been incredibly courageous in sharing their personal journeys in this film.

“We are also grateful to the volunteers and the other people who took part from Emmaus communities and groups. 

“We hope this evocative and beautifully produced film reaches new audiences and supporters.

“We would also like to thank the film producers for making this possible.

  The Bolton News: Projects Manager, Phil UrmstonProjects Manager, Phil Urmston (Image: Emmaus Bolton)

“We would like to encourage everyone to watch the full-length film and vote for it in the Charity Film Awards.

“Your support in voting for and sharing this will help to raise awareness of Emmaus and the fantastic work of our communities and groups.”  

The film was commissioned by the partnership of seven Emmaus communities in the North West.

Award-winning photographic duo Photography by Anderson assisted to produce the film, having previously worked with the charity to create a short film in 2021.  

Since the creation of the Charity Film Awards in 2017, more than 3,000 charities have entered and benefitted – by raising awareness of their causes and boosting exposure, volunteer numbers and much-needed donations.

The seventh iteration of the Charity Film Awards will take place on March 20, the United Nations International Day of Happiness, at The Odeon Luxe in Leicester Square, London.  

‘An Introduction to Emmaus North West’ has been entered in the Charity Film Awards where the public can vote to help the film reach the final shortlist.

Round one voting closes on Friday January 12.

To see the full-length film and vote for it in the Charity Film Awards visit:

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