Senior Property Consultant from Fine & Country St.Neots Lee Jones (back left) presents a cheque for £3,000 to Emmaus Director Diane Docherty and companions Séamus Fox and Ian Hutson
Senior Property Consultant Lee Jones, from Fine & Country St.Neots, recently presented a large (in every sense of the word!) cheque to Emmaus –the homeless charity based just outside Cambridge.
The donation of £3,000 was made on behalf of the Fine & Country Foundation which the team at Fine & Country St.Neots support with various fundraising activities throughout the year.
“ It was both an inspiring and humbling experience to visit the fantastic charity that is Emmaus.” explained Lee. “Inspiring because of the incredible work that Emmaus have already carried out but also humbling because of insight my visit gave me into how any of us could find ourselves in a situation where we need the support and opportunity that this charity provides.“
Director of Emmaus Diane Docherty was clearly delighted to receive the donation. She said “ The work we do here with our companions is very valuable for all concerned. We are currently looking to increase the number of rooms we can offer from 34 to 44 and this £3,000 donation will go a long way to help us achieve this. We are very grateful to Fine & Country St.Neots and the Fine & Country Foundation.”
Emmaus is a homelessness charity providing more than just a bed for the night to people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion.
Emmaus provide a home for as long as someone needs it and meaningful work in with social enterprise. Living in a stable environment with the opportunity to work helps their companions, as residents are known, to regain lost self-esteem and the confidence to get back on their feet.
There are currently 29 Emmaus communities across the UK, providing a home and meaningful work to more than 750 formerly homeless people. In addition to this, there are four emerging groups, working hard to establish new communities. Together, they are working towards a target of being able to offer 1,000 companion places by 2020.
Social enterprise is central to the Emmaus model as it provides meaningful work for companions but also generates funding to maintain communities. Companions living in Emmaus communities are expected to sign off all benefits, with the exception of housing benefit, which is used to help to support the community. The rest of the funding that is needed is generated through social enterprise and fundraising. This is why the donation from Fine & country St.Neots is SO important.
Emmaus communities deliver a significant return on investment. Research shows that for every £1 invested in a community, there is an £11 return, with savings to the benefits bill, health services and a reduction in crime reoffending.
“This charity really is something very special… “ concluded Lee “…and we’re very proud to have been able to help.”
For further information about the work of Emmaus click here
For further information about the Fine &Country Foundation click here