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Funding secured to complete work at Emmaus Village

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A charity which provides a home and a job for homeless people has secured funding for the final stage of redevelopment works.

Emmaus Village, in Carlton has recently undertaken the £1.1million Dovecote 
renovation project to create better facilities at its site and more space for its service users who are known as 
companions.

And thanks to the Connolly Foundation, a charity to set up to fund community projects, the final part of the project, repairing buildings which were in danger of becoming derelict to create a shopping area, can go ahead as planned.

Helen Jago, community leader at the site, said: “The roof has greatly deteriorated over the last five years. We are greatly looking forward to improving all that and we are looking forward to having a much nicer environment for people to visit.”

She added: “The companions really appreciate what has happened here so far, they are finding it a pleasant working environment. It’s bright and airy and there’s plenty of space. They have been so enthused and really taken ownership of their work.”

Emmaus currently houses 35 formerly homeless people, who work in the site’s bistro, and shops.

To see our Emmaus video visit www.bedfordtoday.co.uk

 

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