Emmaus Bradford is a homelessness charity that is currently raising funds to open the first Emmaus community in the city. We are seeking to raise £150,000 towards the refurbishment of a property in Undercliffe and provide long-term accommodation for 26 homeless people from the district.

We raise funds through our two shops which are located on Bank Street in Bradford City Centre, and on Cross Lane. Both shops sell quality secondhand furniture, homewares, clothing, toys, books, vinyl records and interesting bric-a-brac.

Emmaus Bradford is run by a team of dedicated staff, volunteers and trustees who come from a variety of different sectors and backgrounds. What unites them all is a passion to fight against homelessness and social exclusion in Bradford.

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Our Mission

To overcome homelessness and social exclusion in Bradford. 

Our Vision

To provide sustainable residential accommodation and work for Bradford homeless and to support and empower them to re-enter society.  

Working towards our goal

Our goal is to open own Emmaus Community in Bradford in 2022 providing a long-term home for people who have experienced homelessness, alongside support, training and meaningful work. We have acquired a property in Undercliffe for this purpose and are currently renovating it to welcome the first few residents from April 2022. We are working to raise £150,000 to fully refurbish the property with the ultimate goal of providing 26 rooms. Income generated through our shop provides us with the essential funds to reach this goal. There are currently 29 Emmaus communities all around the UK and we plan to be the 30th.

Homelessness in Bradford

Bradford has a significant number of homeless people which has been further increased due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the rising cost of living, and the end of financial assistance schemes such as furlough and increase in basic living allowance. Pressure on people’s finances, and on family and personal relationships, are putting people at high risk of homelessness and increasing the number of people sofa surfing and sleeping rough in this district.  Whilst there is some help for homeless people in the area, the Emmaus model goes further in the provision of a long-term stable home, ongoing support and training, and a community of peers – all of which helps people move on with dignity from their current circumstances. Emmaus offers a ‘hand up’ rather than a ‘hand out’. It also fits well with our local authority’s approach to tackling the wider causes of homelessness.

Support us

There are various ways you can support us and help us to get our community off the ground. You can shop with us, volunteer, become a trustee, donate goods or make a cash donation.