Emmaus Colchester Has 40,000 Reasons to Celebrate

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The Emmaus Colchester Community is celebrating after being awarded a two-year grant of £40,000 from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales.

The Emmaus Colchester House

We are delighted and grateful to receive funding from Lloyds TSB Foundation. This support enables us to continue our work in supporting homeless people in rebuilding their lives.

The Emmaus Colchester Community is celebrating after being awarded a two-year grant of £40,000 from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales.

Emmaus is a charity that helps men and women who have lost their homes recover by giving them full-time work and a place to live. By helping them to help themselves, Emmaus provides stability for vulnerable people, offering them a supportive environment to get back on track and rebuild their lives.

Since it opened in 2008, the Emmaus Community House in Magdalen Street, Colchester has been home to almost 100 men and women (known as Companions).
Companions work full-time in the warehouse and in the Colchester High Street Emmaus shop that raises money by collecting and selling donated furniture and household goods. Their work also includes helping others in crisis or emergency in collecting, preparing and supplying essential household items for people in need throughout the north-Essex area.

Lloyds TSB Foundation’s mission is to support charities that help disadvantaged people to play a fuller role in communities across England and Wales. The £40,000 grant to Emmaus Colchester will fund the salary of Emmaus’ Deputy Community Leader for two years, enabling the self-funding charity to continue its important work.

Elizabeth Arnold, Trustee for Emmaus Colchester said: “We are delighted and grateful to receive funding from Lloyds TSB Foundation. This support covers a two year period and enables us to continue our work in supporting homeless people in rebuilding their lives.”

The Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales is one of the UK’s leading grant makers. The organisation funds small and medium size charities working at the heart of communities to tackle disadvantage across England and Wales.

Jude Stevens, Grant Manager at Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales, said: “The Foundation is committed to supporting charities like Emmaus Colchester that do fantastic work with some of the most disadvantaged people in society. Giving homeless people life opportunities and the chance to secure permanent accommodation is vitally important, especially at a time when homelessness is expected to rise due to the tough economic climate. We wish Emmaus Colchester all the best for the future.”

If you would like to find out more about Emmaus Colchester visit http://www.emmaus.org.uk/colchester or to donate items telephone 01206 768887

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