We’re very pleased to announce that Emmaus Hertfordshire and St Albans and District Foodbank have joined forces on an exciting venture that means both charities can increase the services they provide to the people of St Albans and across Hertfordshire.

This project will see part of the Emmaus site in St Albans redeveloped and we now need your support to help us move forward with this exciting joint venture.

We have applied to St Albans City and District Council for permission to redevelop part of the Hill End site and as part of the planning application the council is currently seeking views on the plans. To show your support to the project please visit Civica Town – Search applications (stalbans.gov.uk) by 22nd May 2021 to give your views on the project.

The redevelopment of the Hill End site will enable Emmaus Hertfordshire and St Albans and District Foodbank to:

☑ Establish a community hub from which Emmaus can continue to provide training, support and employment opportunities for the 39 formerly homeless people living within its St Albans community. This increase in space will allow Emmaus to extend this support out to non-residents homeless/vulnerably housed individuals to help them overcome their barriers and rebuild their lives.

☑ Create a permanent warehouse for the Foodbank, delivering a vital lifeline to Foodbank, which has seen a 150% increased demand since Covid-19. The project will ensure that Foodbank remains operational, meeting the increasing need for emergency food parcels.

☑ Provide new workshop and training spaces which will enable 15 community-based organisations to deliver increased learning and employability programmes for marginalised groups including victims of domestic abuse, former offenders and substance misuse.

If you have any questions about the project or would like more information about it, please email [email protected] or [email protected]