At Emmaus South Wales, formerly homeless men and women live and work together in a supportive environment.
The first Emmaus community to be formed in Wales, the Emmaus South Wales community is based in Bridgend. We have support from Bridgend County Borough Council, Valleys to Coast Housing Association and the Welsh Government.
A former sheltered housing establishment, our community has been extensively refurbished and provides excellent en-suite accommodation for the formerly homeless people that there. The funds were raised to renovate the building and establish the community directly by Emmaus South Wales, along with support and assistance from the Welsh Government, The National Lottery Community Fund, The Henry Smith Charitable Trust and Emmaus supporters from across the UK. Other welcome assistance has come from The Moondance Foundation, Oak Foundation, The Waterloo Foundation, The Bernard Sunley Trust, The Bridgend Civil Charities Fund and The People’s Postcode Trust.
Companions, as residents at Emmaus South Wales are known, stay in the community for as long as they need to and there is no pressure for them to move on until they feel ready. During their time at Emmaus South Wales they get the support they need, as well as meaningful work experience in one of social enterprises, funded training and an opportunity to regroup and take control of their lives.
The community is supported by five shops in the South Wales area that are staffed by a full-time management team, volunteers and placements, as well as Emmaus South Wales’s other social enterprises such as house clearing.
Our largest shop is the Second-Hand Superstore located in Bridgend. It sells a range of furniture, white goods and new mattresses, along with bric-a-brac and other preloved items.
We also have shops based in Porthcawl, Maesteg, Bridgend and Cowbridge. For more information on shop times and locations click here.
There are 29 Emmaus communities right around the UK providing a home and meaningful work to previously homeless men and women. The first community was opened in 1991 in Cambridge and Emmaus has since spread nationwide.