Spaces now available at Emmaus Village Carlton for people experiencing homelessness

Bedfordshire homelessness charity Emmaus Village Carlton has vacant rooms in its community ready to support people away from homelessness.
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The charity in Carlton Village accommodates up to 42 formerly homeless people by providing them with a home, individual support and work opportunities within a community setting.

Recently the charity supported a group of Ukrainian people in its community who have now moved on, leaving some rooms available for anybody experiencing, or at risk of homelessness, or people insecurely housed and in need of support.

Each resident who lives at Emmaus (known to the charity as a companion) has their own bedroom, with all living expenses covered and meals provided in a communal dining room. There is no time limit on how long people stay at Emmaus, giving them stability and an opportunity to break the cycle of homelessness.

Donna-Louise Cobban - Chief Executive at Emmaus Village CarltonDonna-Louise Cobban - Chief Executive at Emmaus Village Carlton
Donna-Louise Cobban - Chief Executive at Emmaus Village Carlton

Donna-Louise Cobban, Chief Executive at Emmaus Village Carlton said: “We’re delighted to have rooms now available for new companions to come and join us. We were pleased to support the Ukrainian people staying with us who have now moved on to living independently. We are also preparing some of our companions to transfer into move-on flats to prepare them for the next part of their journeys. This is always so rewarding for us to see their wonderful progress.

“We now have greater capacity to support people with more complex needs, particularly those requiring drug and alcohol recovery, as we’ve got a new practitioner Geraldine specialising in this area which will enable us to help more people.

“As well as providing vulnerable people with a secure home, we give them the opportunity to regain their self-esteem and support them to rebuild their lives. We have a small number of move-on options for people preparing to live independently.”

All companions who live at Emmaus contribute to the community with work opportunities in the charity’s social enterprises. In exchange for this voluntary work, companions receive an allowance based on the living wage, work experience, training and leisure activities, plus a variety of support services as well as a place to call home.

A typical bedroom at Emmaus Village CarltonA typical bedroom at Emmaus Village Carlton
A typical bedroom at Emmaus Village Carlton

If you are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless, and are interested in joining the Emmaus Village Carlton community, please fill out a referral form: www.emmaus.org.uk/village-carlton/get-support.

The charity takes referrals from agencies and individuals - each person is considered on an individual basis. If you want more information, email Support Manager: [email protected] or call 01234 720826.

Potential applicants can also enquire via reception at: [email protected]