Monday 17 December 2018

Learning to drive


Five months ago, Nigel Pollard was at risk of homelessness in Oxford. Having been homeless in the past, he is now turning his life around thanks to support Emmaus Oxford. To help increase his chances of finding a job, Nigel is currently learning to drive.

30-year-old Nigel’s weekly driving lessons are being funded by Emmaus Oxford. Our charity provides a home and meaningful work for 28 people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion. Those supported at our community live together and help to run our charity store. They also have the chance to access free training and acquire new skills to help their future prospects.

When I found myself facing homelessness, being offered a place at Emmaus Oxford really changed my life. The people here are supporting me to figure out what I want to do. I see learning to drive as the first step. I hope that once I’ve passed my test, I’ll be that bit closer to getting back on my feet for good.”

We’re very proud of how far Nigel has come since he joined us. Many people who have experienced homelessness need time to gain the skills and confidence needed to re-enter the world of work. We give people the safety of a roof over their head as well as support and free training including driving lessons. We’ll continue to offer Nigel a home for as long as he needs it.

Find out more about the work of Emmaus Oxford or call us on 01865 763698.