Emmaus Brighton & Hove

Emmaus Brighton & Hove

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  • Housing and homelessness

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Emmaus gives formerly homeless people a home, meaningful work in a social enterprise and an opportunity to get themselves back on their feet. The community offers companionship, a place to live and work and an opportunity to integrate back into mainstream society. Emmaus communities are predominantly self-funded through the sale of donated and recycled goods with Companions (residents) contributing through work as much as they are able. Emmaus Brighton & Hove is one of 29 communities across the UK and part of a wider international movement. Founded in France after the Second World War, there are now more than 300 Emmaus groups in 37 countries, working to tackle the many causes of social exclusion.


Emmaus Brighton & Hove, home to more than 50 formerly homeless people, is based in Portslade Old Village on the site of a former convent. The community operates 6 retail businesses from its main site - the Secondhand Superstore, Emporium, Greenhouse, Outfit and the Bedroom Store along with the cafe, Revive. There is an additional retail shop nearby on the south coast road. Much work goes on behind the scenes in the main building - there is a warehouse, workshops, offices and vast grounds. Companions' residential facilities comprise of individual bedrooms along with shared bathrooms and dining facilities. There is a staff team and a number of volunteers who support the operations.

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