At Emmaus Bristol, we are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a £10,000 grant from the Southern Co-op Safer Fund 2024, administered via Neighbourly. This generous grant will help us cover our core support costs, allowing us to continue our work supporting people who have experienced homelessness, poverty, and social exclusion.

The Southern Co-op Safer Fund aims to promote safety and support good causes in communities like ours. It has grants available for initiatives based in London, Bristol, Bournemouth, Southampton, and Portsmouth, targeting the causes of crime and promoting preventive measures.

At Emmaus Bristol, we provide accommodation, support, and employment training to individuals who have experienced homelessness. Our services include a shared community house, move-on homes, and family homes. Through our social enterprises, we offer work experience opportunities and training to our companions, as well as others such as adults with learning difficulties, and those doing community payback or on ROTL (Release on Temporary License) while serving non-custodial and custodial sentences.

Our support and social enterprise teams deliver pastoral care, positive activities, and work training for people in the criminal justice system and those at risk of homelessness. We use the Homelessness Outcomes Star to help the people we support self-score personal development objectives, including the risk of offending. This helps us track their progress and provides them with a sense of purpose and connection to both the Emmaus and wider community.

We are very grateful for this support, which will help us maintain our ongoing work giving individuals a chance to rebuild their lives and contribute positively to society.