Coalfields Fund Supports Emmaus North East
The £10,000 of funding, the maximum grant awarded by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, will contribute towards the salary of the Deputy Community Manager and start a PAT testing service once a second industrial unit is sourced later in the year.
Shops across South Tyneside, including Low Fell Gateshead, South Shields and Hebburn, give companions work based opportunities that allow them to secure a regular income for the social enterprise through the upcycling, renovating and the selling of donated furniture and other goods.
The Deputy Community Manager, Rachel Eklund (pictured), for EMMAUS North East is responsible for the companions and organises their health care and development, whilst also providing them with the support needed to find employment through the social enterprise, meeting the needs of some of the most vulnerable people in society.
Once a second industrial unit is sourced later in the year the Coalfields funding will allow EMMAUS to start their own PAT testing service. The funding received will contribute towards the equipment and external training required, which will mean that the organisation can PAT test the electrical goods, which they sell in their shops and start their own PAT testing service, creating an extra revenue stream which will be reinvested in to the charity.
Sue Wilson, President, comments: “The Coalfields funding has allowed us to safeguard one of the most important roles within our organisation. Reaching out to local homeless people and providing them with the support and training they need is vital if we are to make a difference to their lives.”
“Homelessness is not uncommon across South Tyneside and Gateshead. A lack of employment opportunities, poor qualifications and substance abuse can leave people with no other option but homelessness. Providing accommodation and the guidance needed we are able to help people across South Tyneside to break the cycle of homelessness and make a valuable contribution to their local community.”
“The practical support which has been provided by the Coalfields has helped us to appreciate the scale of the problems facing the coalfield communities across South Tyneside. The statistics provided have helped us to outline the problems in funding applications and gather the support needed from further afield.”
Andy Lock, Head of Operations (England) for the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, comments: “Supporting homeless people that live in coalfield communities is incredibly important and EMMAUS deliver some invaluable work by engaging with some of the most hard to reach to ensure that no-one is left behind. The skills, education, training and accommodation which EMMAUS provides helps homeless people to turn their lives around and secure long-term employment.”
“By working with charities and social enterprises such as EMMAUS we are able to provide coalfield residents with the skills and support needed, helping to restore these former mining communities to the thriving towns and villages they once were.”
Delivered by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, the Coalfields Community Investment Programme supports organisations and programmes of activity that meet with three key criteria; to address skills, employment or health.
The Coalfields Regeneration Trust was established in 1999 and is the only organisation dedicated to supporting former mining towns and villages.