Structure and Finance
Emmaus UK Federation
Each Emmaus Community and Group (apart from in the very early stages) is an independent charity, governed by a local Board of Trustees. This enables them to retain their own character and adapt to local circumstances, while still benefitting from being part of a national Federation: co-ordination, mutual support and the chance to learn from one another.
The national Federation is managed by a Board of Trustees, elected by Communities. The majority of Federation Board members are also involved with their local Community or Group. The Board is also responsible for the Federation Office, based in Cambridge, which provides support to local projects and co-ordination on a national level.
Each Emmaus Community aims to become financially self-supporting through its trading activity, primarily the re-sale of furniture and household goods donated by the public. Any surplus is used to help others in need. Newer Communities rely on donations and grants to cover their costs while the business develops, but all projects aim to become financially self-sustaining within 3 years of opening.
Emmaus Groups rely on fundraising to acquire a site, build/convert accommodation and set up the business. The Federation Office is also funded by donations and grants, both to provide its support services and also to help any Communities or Groups that urgently need funds.
Emmaus UK is a charity registered in England and Wales, number 1064470, and a company limited by guarantee number 3422341. The registered office is 76 - 78 Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8DZ.