Emmaus UK

Emmaus UK

At a glance


  • Housing and homelessness

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Geographical remit: 
National - Britain


Emmaus is an international movement of grassroots organisations set up to fight poverty. There are 425 local Emmaus groups in 41 different countries. All groups run income generating activities with people who have experienced social exclusion. There are education centres, women’s rights groups, farming, agricultural and much more.

Emmaus in the UK is a charity with a difference. Working together to end homelessness, our communities don't just offer a bed for the night, we offer a home for as long as someone needs it, as well as meaningful work in our social enterprises and a sense of belonging.

Emmaus is a federation which means each local Emmaus group is its own registered charity with its own staff team and trustees. Emmaus UK (EUK) was set up to unify and support the federation in the UK and make our impact more than the sum of our individual parts.


Our role at EUK is to help local Emmaus groups to realise their ambitions by providing national, strategic support that amplifies their local impact and supports their staff and trustees. To do this, we offer a central set of specialist expertise, services, guidance and financial support to bring members together and support the growth of the movement. Emmaus UK also acts as the UK representative of Emmaus International.

There are 34 Emmaus groups in the UK supporting more than 850 people who have experienced homelessness or social exclusion. These people are called companions and are supported through a range of provision including:

  • a home for as long as someone needs it, to take stock of Iife and deal with any issues at their own chosen pace
  • meaningful work in a social enterprise, to give focus, develop skills and generate revenue for the group
  • a sense of belonging and community, to build self-esteem, confidence, and self-worth alongside peer support

The EUK team is currently split into three functions:

  • Resources Directorate – takes lead responsibility for ensuring the development and delivery of our financial, technology, facilities, and people strategies.
  • Partnerships & Federation Development Directorate - takes lead responsibility for ensuring the provision of high-quality support, advice, capacity building and funding for federation members in the UK. This directorate also leads on national strategic partnerships to ensure that federation strategic priorities are delivered.
  • Fundraising & Influence Directorate - takes lead responsibility for ensuring the development and delivery of ambitious fundraising, communications and influencing strategies.

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