Friday 15 July 2016

Building work begins at Emmaus North East

Sue Wilson Stanhope Road

In December 2015, the Emmaus North East group took possession of a former children’s home in South Shields. They are now busy converting it into the first community for the region.

The group has been building support in the North East for more than seven years so there was a real sense of achievement when Terry Waite CBE, President of Emmaus UK, unveiled plans for the new community at a launch event on 5 April 2016.

Conversion work on the community building is under way and the aim is to provide a home and work for 15 companions during 2017, rising to a total of 20 companions later.

The group has already opened one charity shop in Low Fell and is negotiating the lease for a second retail outlet and workshop where companions can repair and upcycle furniture and other household goods. A third shop in South Tyneside is planned once the community has been open for a year.

“This is fantastic news and I would like to thank our donors, supporters and volunteers for all their help. The community will provide much-needed support for homeless people in the region and ultimately it will be contributing £200,000 annually to the local economy, bringing jobs and volunteering opportunities and providing low-cost household goods for local families.”

Sue Wilson CBE, Chair of Emmaus North East.

In 2015 the North East saw the biggest increase in street homelessness in the UK and the region is also seeing the largest growth in youth unemployment.

More Emmaus communities are urgently needed and there is still so much more to be done. Could you spare a gift to help? Please click here to donate online today or call us on 0300 303 7555.