Our community dewlling, situated in South Shields provides accommodation for 15 homeless adults and house to call home. Our compaions, as they are called, benefit not only from being part of a community, but also work in our social enterprise and undertaking community projects. Social enterprise is central to the Emmaus model as it provides meaningful work & skills for the companions and also generates the funding that maintains our communities.
Our social return on investment shows that for every £1 spent with Emmaus, we generate £11 in social benefits, including savings to healthcare, the benefits bill and reductions in criminal offences.
We currently have a charity shops in Low Fell & Hebburn that sell pre loved items to support the charity. We have plans to open further shops and to create settings that can provide skills for the companions, on their journey towards independence.
We have a board of trustees with a mix of skills, that meets every month. The trustees not only provide governance and strategic leadership but also are hands on with supporting the development of the charity. We work with local councils, community groups and third sector groups to ensure we are embedded into the local community.
There are 29 other Emmaus communities in the UK and over 300 across the world.