Whilst the social enterprise exists first and foremost to generate the income for the community’s work with formerly homeless people, provision is also made for other marginalised people who may be struggling to establish or maintain a home.
The initial act of solidarity in the UK was given to Emmaus Cambridge in 1991 by Abbé Piérre who gifted £50,000 to the founders of this community, with the express wish that it was given to another community when Cambridge could afford it. That initial £50,000 was transferred to Emmaus Coventry in 2001 and has continued to be recycled ever since in the form of solidarity grants.
Acts of solidarity can vary from small acts of kindness to others in our community, to raising money for a charity that means a lot to the companions, staff or trustees of the community to doing work to help someone in the wider local community.
Emmaus Cambridge is supporting The Prospects Trust as its charity of the year for 2018/19.
The Prospects Trust supports adults who have learning difficulties, physical disabilities and those with varying health needs by offering supported day placements, training, and work experience opportunities on its 18-acre organic farm in Cambridge. The Prospect Trust will receive help from two Emmaus companions and one staff member each month to work with people supported at the Trust.