As the nights draw in and the temperatures drop, our thoughts go out to those who face spending their nights, and days, out on the streets. Our Rucksack Stomps are continuing apace, thanks to a group of formerly homeless companions who volunteer in Bedford, Northampton and Wellingborough town centres every week, offering a lifeline to those sleeping rough.
We are now calling on local people to help our Rucksack Stomp by buying vital winter supplies on our Amazon Wishlist, dropping off items such as sleeping bags and warm clothing to distribute to rough sleepers, or donating to our Online Appeal.
Can’t find the time to write dozens of Christmas cards to family, friends and work colleagues this year? Worried you’ll forget someone?
Please help us hit our target of £1,000 this Christmas: donate money instead of sending cards.
Emmaus Village Carlton is a homelessness charity based in north Bedfordshire offering active support to people who have experienced homelessness. We provide a real workable alternative to homelessness, offering people a home, as well as meaningful work in our social enterprise.
"I feel much more positive."
"I feel so much better in myself. I’m healthier and much more confident."
"When I lost my job, I’d really given up."
"Thanks to the support I've received from Emmaus, I now have hope."
"Thanks to Emmaus my life is now on track."
"Emmaus helped me until I was ready to take steps towards living on my own."
"If it wasn't for Emmaus I would never have turned my life around."
Michael, current companion
“It is fantastic to be here. You get an ensuite room, good food, and a staff team always ready to listen and give support. It’s brilliant and you can’t believe your luck.”
Dean, who used to be supported by Emmaus
“When I think back, I had nothing and now I’ve got my life back.”
Nigel, who used to be supported by Emmaus
“Emmaus helped me get back on my own two feet and I’ll always be grateful.”
“Emmaus Village Carlton is a friendly place to volunteer. I like to meet new people so I soon found that I really enjoy serving customers on the shop tills.”