Emmaus Leeds have received a £50,000 grant from Lloyds that will fund a dedicated support worker role for the next two years.

Support workers are a vital part of the Emmaus Leeds community as they help to empower and enable people to move back into independent living. This year we’ve supported 35 formerly homeless people by offering a home, meaningful work in a social enterprise, and an opportunity to get back on their feet.  

Emmaus Leeds has been operating since 2003 and provides support to formerly homeless people in the area. We run the Second-hand superstore as well as online shops, the proceeds of which go back into funding our work supporting formerly homeless people in the Leeds area. 

Lloyds Bank Foundation is an independent charitable foundation that works in partnership with small and local charities to work towards a more compassionate society. In 2021, 89 charities across Yorkshire and Humber were supported by the foundation. 

Gina Morrison, General Manager of Leeds Emmaus says: “The grant from the Lloyds Bank Foundation has enabled us to strengthen our staff team at Emmaus Leeds so that we can provide the best service possible for the formerly homeless people we support, and for that, we are extremely grateful.” 

Lloyds Bank Foundation has awarded £16.3 million in total during 2021 and supported over 899 small and local charities.  

Carlos Chavez, Regional Manager for Yorkshire and the Humber says: 

“Small and local charities like Emmaus Leeds play a vital role in our communities. The distinctiveness in who they support, how they carry out their work and the role they play in our communities makes them a real value to our society, and never more so than during a crisis. Emmaus Leeds plays an important role in supporting people who have experienced homelessness in their journey to living independently by providing support, training, work, and volunteering opportunities to people in Leeds. Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales are proud to partner with Emmaus Leeds by providing unrestricted funding and additional support to help the charity thrive and grow stronger so they can continue supporting people around Leeds find a safe, secure home, and rebuild their lives.” 

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