We are calling on local people to help to shape the future of Emmaus Hertfordshire and support formerly homeless people by joining our Board of Trustees.

Based in St Albans with charity shops across the county, Emmaus Hertfordshire provides a home for as long as needed and meaningful work for up to 39 people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion.

Trustees play an important role in the running of our charity, giving their skills, knowledge and experience to help in our development and governance. We are looking for three new trustees with an interest, experience, specific skills or professional knowledge in property development, marketing, health or social care or social housing to join the board of trustees.

Emmaus warmly welcomes candidates from all backgrounds to apply for these positions and is particularly wanting to increase the diversity of the board. They would encourage anyone who may have an interest in this area of work to apply.

The recruitment of new trustees comes at an important time for the charity as we embarks on the redevelopment of our main site in St Albans which will see additional workshop space created. This will give those being supported by Emmaus even more training opportunities while we will be able to increase the number of items it can upcycle and recycle. The new space will also provide a permanent home for St Albans Food Bank.

Rosie Fraser, a self-employed Heritage Consultant based in St Albans, is a trustee at Emmaus Hertfordshire. “I became a trustee after discovering how unique the Emmaus model is. Not only does Emmaus provide a home, work and support for vulnerable people, but it gives people as much time as they need to get back on their feet and rebuild their lives. Some companions stay months, but others stay years – there is no time limit.”

“The role of a trustee can be demanding, but ultimately extremely rewarding: In return for using my skills and experience to support a local charity, I get the satisfaction of knowing that I have helped others and done something meaningful with my time. I also know that I am acting as a role model for my two young children and I hope it will encourage them to grow up wanting to help others.”

The highlight of Rosie’s time on the board of trustees is the companions: “I love hearing about the companion successes, whether that is someone moving into their own place and getting employed, to passing their driving test or completing a training course. These stories show me that Emmaus is doing important work.”

Rosie and the rest of the board is keen to recruit new trustees: “The ethos behind Emmaus is entirely about supporting those that need it while they take the time to rebuild their lives. I feel extremely fortunate to be involved in making that happen.

“I would tell anyone interested in applying as a trustee to go for it – the role is very worthwhile and can be tailored to complement their strengths and experience.”

To apply as a trustee, contact John Chesters, CEO of Emmaus Hertfordshire on 01727 817294 or by email at [email protected]