Emmaus Barnet was set up by Emmaus Hertfordshire in response to appeals from a number of local organisations to try to establish an Emmaus community in the area.
The first stage is to develop a series of shops in the London Borough of Barnet that will be staffed by volunteers and will raise money to help to support a new community.
The shops will also provide volunteering opportunities for people who have experienced homelessness, are long term unemployed or are young and need to gain work experience.
The Barnet group has a steering committee made up of people with experience in:
- teaching people with learning difficulties,
- project management,
- debt management,
- retail furniture management,
- volunteer co-ordination
- and financial management.
There are also more than 40 volunteers supporting the project, showing the strength of the community in Barnet.