Emmaus North East is a homelessness charity with a difference – providing more than just a bed for the night to people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion.

One of 29 communities across the UK, Emmaus North East provides a home for as long as is needed, meaningful work experience in one of our social enterprises, funded training and an opportunity for the formerly homeless people we support to get back on their feet.

Situated in South Shields, our community has the capacity to support up to 22 formerly homeless people, known within Emmaus as companions. Companions support work in the community’s social enterprises, which range from house clearances, stock collection, merchandising in one of our charity shops, working in our community launderette or making bespoke items out of recycled wood in the workshop.


At Emmaus North East, we firmly believe in offering our Companions autonomy and a transformative chance at rebuilding their lives. We warmly welcome individuals from diverse backgrounds, recognising that homelessness can arise from various causes. By embracing inclusivity and diversity, we create an environment where everyone feels valued and supported, regardless of their circumstances.

Find out how you can get involved with Emmaus North East.