Since it was first founded in 1949, Emmaus groups around the world have been working to address the causes of poverty and social exclusion and to campaign for a more socially and economically just world.
At Emmaus UK, we believe that working together with organisations that share our ethos is the best way to achieve these goals. That’s why we have joined forces with other organisations to campaign for a more inclusive, sustainable and equal society for all.
We encourage you to join us in supporting these campaigns and let your voice be heard.
Backed by homelessness charities across the UK #ScrapTheAct campaigned to repeal to the Vagrancy Act, which criminalised rough sleeping. Thanks to this campaign, the repeal of the Act was enshrined in law. Now, the campaign is calling for a final repeal of the Act, without additional legislation that could criminalise people who are homeless or destitute.
The #ConnectionCoalition was founded in response to the COVID-19 crisis. It campaigns for a better future for everyone by building strong relationships and kinder, better-connected communities. The Connection Coalition aims to build stronger social connections and to use these relationships to build a better future.
Spearheaded by Crisis, this campaign aims to stop landlords exploiting people who need housing and support to leave homelessness behind. Crisis is supporting a bill to introduce new laws to force out rogue landlords, improve standards and stop rogue landlords exploiting the system.
People who are seeking refugee status in the UK are banned from working whilst they wait for months, or sometimes years, for a decision on their asylum claim. Forced to support their families on £5.66 per day, they are unable to use the skills and experience that they bring with them. #LiftTheBan aims to grant people seeking asylum the right to work while they await the outcome of their claim.
#StopAsylumEvictions opposes the Home Office’s decision to resume evictions from asylum accommodation for people with a negative asylum decision in England. It is organised by NACCOM – a network of organisations and charities across the UK, working together to end destitution amongst people seeking asylum, refugees and other migrants.
Emmaus is committed to tackling climate change. Communities and groups aim to recycle and re-use as much as possible. They do this through repairing and upcycling donations which are then sold in the social enterprises. This saves items from landfill and gives them a new lease of life. Many Emmaus groups and communities recycle fabric into sewing and craft packs, while others provide scrap recycling services.