A group of 16 trainee staff on Cadent’s graduate programme recently visited our Hinckley-based homelessness charity Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland.

National gas distribution firm Cadent, currently headquartered in Hinckley, has selected Emmaus as its charity partner. Over the next two years, teams across Cadent will work closely with Emmaus to support those experiencing homelessness through fundraising, volunteering, and knowledge sharing.

The Cadent visitors enjoyed a tour around our Emporium charity shop on Stockwell Head, and also brought in some of their own unwanted items to be resold in store.

The group had an opportunity to speak with Leigh, one of the people we’re currently supporting, to learn about his homelessness experience and how Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland has helped.

Cadent Business Graduate Freddie Bowlby said: “We’re grateful to everyone at Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland for welcoming us into their community. It was great to see the amazing work that goes on, meet some of the people being supported and hear Leigh’s story of how Emmaus has helped him. I hope our donations can play a small part in helping raise funds for the charity and I can’t wait to get involved with some more volunteering with our new charity partner.”

We were delighted to welcome the Cadent grads and give them to chance to see first-hand, what our charity does. Cadent’s support means a lot, and we’re so pleased that in addition to fundraising over the next two years, many of the visitors expressed an interest in volunteering for us in future.

Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland supports 16 people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion. Our Hinckley-based charity provides a safe home for as long someone needs it, plus daily support, meaningful work, funded training, and the opportunity to gain new skills. The Emporium shop raises vital funds, as well as offering work experience and a sense of purpose to those being supported.

To find out more about how your business can support Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland, visit our Corporate Partnerships page.