When a person joins our community as a companion, they are provided with an individual bedroom, all meals provided in a communal dining room, and normal living expenses. There is no time limit and this stability helps people to rebuild their lives following homelessness.
To be accepted at Emmaus South Wales, a person has to sign off all benefits with the exception of Housing Benefit, which goes to Emmaus South Wales and helps to fund the community home.
Most people stay at Emmaus South Wales for a few months but some leave after a short time and others stay for years.
At Emmaus South Wales, we know that it takes more than just a roof over someone’s head to help them overcome homelessness. That’s why, unlike hostels, companions are required to volunteer up to 40 hours per a week in our social enterprise, with two days off, a long weekend after three months, and a week’s holiday after six months.
Volunteering covers work in our five second-hand shops, gardening, maintenance, van driving, collection and deliveries, stock sorting, kitchen work, and helping in our eBay room.
Appropriate training is provided in health and safety, manual handling, food hygiene and other subjects as relevant.
Opportunities are provided to access other courses and people can apply for the Emmaus UK Companion Training Fund to help cover the costs. Some people also choose to gain experience in the PAT testing room to test donations of electrical items, get their CSCS or SIA certificates, or start driving lessons.