Tuesday 10 April 2018

Support the Emmaus Preston Bond Scheme

Handing over keys

Emmaus Preston has launched an innovative bond scheme and is raising funds to enable homeless people to secure their own home.

The Emmaus Preston Bond Scheme will help to pay the bond or deposit when Emmaus companions (formerly homeless people supported at the charity) move on and get their own home. The charity is aiming to raise £5000 before the end of the year which will help up to 10 companions secure their own place to live.

Damien, one of the people supported by Emmaus Preston, has recently found full-time employment is now looking to secure his own home.

“It feels good to be getting back on my two feet again with my own independence. I’m looking forward to getting my own home, ready for a new chapter in my life.”

Damien, companion at Emmaus Preston 

Individuals and Preston businesses have already backed the scheme with £250 raised at an Emmaus Family Fun Day on Saturday 10 March, and donations received from Easthams & Co Residential Lettings, Lime Estate Agents and The Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation.

“The money will be reused so when a companion leaves their move-on accommodation, the bond, subject to property being looked after, will come back to Emmaus Preston to help another companion moving out. I would like to thank everyone who has donated to the scheme so far and appeal to other individuals and organisations to give their support.”

Stephen Buchanan, Director of Emmaus Preston 

Emmaus Preston supports formerly homeless people by providing a home and meaningful work in a community setting. The charity operates three large social enterprises in the city, providing valuable work opportunities whilst generating an income to help sustain the support offered by Emmaus Preston.

To find out more and support Emmaus Preston head to www.emmaus.org.uk/preston. If you would like to get involved or donate an item, please call 01772 796622 or visit the Emmaus Preston Megastore on Brookfield Street or stores at Fishergate and Deepdale Mill Street.