We were delighted to receive an award for “outstanding commitment and dedication to supporting the mental wellbeing of others” at the 2023 Kent Mental Wellbeing Awards.
The Kent Mental Wellbeing Awards took place on Friday 20 October at Hempstead House, near Sittingbourne. This annual event showcases the people, organisations and initiatives that help people cope with life.
Emmaus Dover supports people who have experienced homelessness by providing a home, work, companionship and individually tailored support.
Sir Terry Waite KCMG CBE, President of Emmaus UK, was a special guest at the event and said: “I was proud to be able to present an award to Ollie and Ian from Emmaus Dover. They have demonstrated the true spirit of Emmaus by helping others less fortunate than themselves. They are an example for us all.”
To support people’s wellbeing, we have s a counsellor who visits on a weekly basis, a podiatrist who regularly checks on everyone’s feet and a dental bus which visits to address any dental needs. At our community home, residents of Emmaus, known as companions, also have access to a large garden overlooking the English Channel which acts as a sanctuary and space for relaxation.
Ollie, an Emmaus Dover companion who received the award on behalf of the charity, said: “I had a lovely time at the Kent Well-being awards and it was such an honour to be amongst the other winners there. It was also a privilege to share a table with Sir Terry Waite who was great company.”
The Kent Mental Wellbeing Awards are organised by the mental health charity Mind in Bexley and East Kent in collaboration with a range of wellbeing and mental health organisations. Emmaus Dover was one of 30 award winners at this year’s event, with the judging panel commending a further 50 nominees.
We will be reopening our Archcliffe Fort charity shop on Saturday 18 November, following extensive refurbishment. All proceeds from the shop are used to provide a home and ongoing support to Emmaus companions.