As part of our 25th birthday celebrations, we are giving away up to £5000 worth of furniture and household goods to 25 local families facing financial hardship.

Every week throughout October, November and December, two households will be chosen to receive a furniture donation up to the value of £200 each. Local households can apply by sending a one-page request to Emmaus Dover by letter or email*, sharing how they would benefit from the donation and listing the items they need. All requests will be reviewed by a panel of trustees and one companion (a formerly homeless person who is now supported by Emmaus Dover).

Debra Stevenson, Community Manager at Emmaus Dover, said: “Our commitment as an Emmaus charity is to ‘serve first those who suffer most’, so when thinking of ideas to celebrate our 25th birthday, we felt strongly that our solidarity ethos should play a big part in it. This year has been very hard on Dover’s disadvantaged families, so we hope that these goods will help turn houses into homes for 25 local people in need.”

One of our companions, Sean (pictured above), added: “It will be really good to offer this solidarity to our local community. We all understand how difficult times can be and it’s great to be able to do this in our 25th year in Dover.”

We provide a home and meaningful work for up to 27 people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion, offering them an alternative route out of homelessness within a supportive environment. The people we support gain valuable work experience in our charity shops located in Dover, Ashford and Canterbury.


*Applications must be emailed to [email protected] or posted to Solidarity, Emmaus Dover, Archcliffe Fort, Archcliffe Road, Dover, CT17 9EL.


Listen back to Sean’s interview on BBC Radio Kent (on air at 1 hour 19 minutes) to hear his story and learn more about Emmaus Dover’s solidarity projects.