CLOSING DATE: Ongoing LOCATION: Emmaus Leeds TYPE: Trustee

Emmaus Leeds is looking for new Trustees to join our Board and help us with effective governance.

Emmaus Leeds is a charity and social enterprise offering a home and work to 26 companions (formerly homeless people). Our community home and social enterprise is based at St Mary’s Street, which is a 5 minute walk from Leeds City Centre.

Emmaus communities support people to work their way out of homelessness, providing meaningful work as well as a stable home for as long as someone needs it. Those who are ready to move on are supported to do so and whilst in the community, companions are offered training and support with help from a dedicated staff team.

Our most important principle is that people regain their self-esteem through work and not the provision of charity. This is a unique and innovative long-term solution to homelessness and something our companions take pride in.

Our companions work in the community and social enterprise.  The core business is the collection and sale of donated goods in our Secondhand Superstore and Market Stall at Kirkgate Market. The money generated through this work sustains our community financially and supports our other charitable work.

Emmaus Leeds is part of a wider Emmaus UK and Emmaus International movement with strong principles of non-discrimination and social inclusion.

New trustees

We are particularly looking for new Trustees with expertise and experience in Safeguarding Adults and in Property Management. But we would also welcome individuals with experience in the voluntary or housing sector, or with governance and general management experience.  All these skills would strengthen the Emmaus Leeds Board for any future challenges we may face.

Trustee commitment

Trustees meet as a board four times a year and individual Trustees are involved in other ways as their time permits. Trustees would need to be able to make a commitment to Emmaus and its principles, have social concern, independent judgement and work as part of a team. Trustees must be at least 18. A Charity Trustee is a voluntary role but we can reimburse travel and out-of-pocket expenses.

Next step

For an informal chat about the role or to apply to join the Board of Trustees at Emmaus Leeds please contact Donald Forrester, Chief Executive Officer, by e-mail; donaldforrester@emmausleeds.co.uk