We believe that people who are homeless and socially excluded have something to offer. We encourage people to use their skills to change themselves – and change the world.
The Emmaus community in Bristol opened in 2003 and now operates a residential community of 24 former homeless men and women (companions) and recycling/reuse social enterprises. Companions work in our enterprises and are supported in whatever way they need to address the issues that have brought them to Emmaus Bristol.
We also encourage our companions and staff to look outside of themselves, to working in or with projects to help others in the neighbourhood, and much further afield. Our companions have been involved locally in Neighbourhood Watch, the Soup Run and several local charities, and, through our links with the Emmaus International Movement, in projects in Benin, West Africa and Bosnia.
Here we sell all manner of recycled second hand goods, from furniture, bric-a-brac, records, books and clothes to cookers, fridges, and safety tested electrical goods. We also sell specialist and collectable items in our eBay Shop.
We take donations of items that are in good reusable condition and our vans can collect and deliver goods that are too large for you to transport. We are also able to offer house clearances at competitive prices. Find out how to donate here.
At Backfields House we also have a business incubator which we set up with the help of funding from the European Regional Development Fund to help unemployed and other socially disadvantaged people set up their own businesses.