Emmaus is a homelessness charity with a difference.

We don’t just provide a bed, we provide a reason to get out of it too. Central to our ethos is the rebuilding of self-esteem, confidence, and skills through engagement in purposeful work. Companions volunteer full time in our social enterprises, consisting of our retail shops, online sales and house clearance team.

Companions are provided with support, training and development to enable them to undertake roles throughout our enterprises.

What does a Board of Trustees do?

The purpose of our Board is to provide sound governance to our organisation. This includes agreeing strategic direction, approving and reviewing policies and procedures, appointing executive staff and ensuring compliance with the objectives, purposes and values of our organisation, and with its governing document. See our current Board of Trustees here.

The whole Board meets regularly and there are a number of sub-committees which meet both online and face to face with a particular focus. Trustees govern on a voluntary basis and do not get paid for the role.

Trustees are expected to commit around a day per month in time to their role. This is split over meetings (often held in the evening) and other activities relevant to the skills of each Trustee.

Learn more about what being a trustee is like from Julie, our current Chair of Trustees, in the video below:

We are looking for new trustees!

In particular we are looking for a new Finance trustee with skills and experience in Finance potentially for a Treasurer role, a trustee with experience in funding applications to help us navigate the funding available to us, and a trustee with a legal background.

We also welcome enquiries from anyone with experience in the following areas:

  • Technology & Digital, including online sales
  • Marketing and PR

Ask for a chat with Julie, our Chair, using the form at the end of this page to learn more about the role of a Trustee with Emmaus South Wales.

Our trustees

Our trustees

Emmaus South Wales has a dedicated and passionate Board of Trustees, all working together to ensure compliance with our objectives, purpose and values.

The purpose of the board is to provide sound governance to the organisation. This includes agreeing strategic direction, approving and reviewing policies and procedures, appointing executive staff and ensuring compliance with the objectives, purposes and values of the organisation, and with its governing document.

Our trustees
Julie's story

Julie's story

“A memorable highlight as a trustee was one of our Christmas meetings with companions, staff, volunteers and trustees. We had a strategy type morning and the feedback was fantastic.

Everyone felt like they were part of something and really stepped up to think about how they could contribute to Emmaus, which is what community living is all about. Afterwards, all 40 of us went bowling and had loads of fun – that was a massive high point for me and a realisation that we had the basis of a good Emmaus community.”

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