Companions are at the heart of the Emmaus Bristol Community. We believe that every human being is special and has gifts and talents that can be used to help themselves and others no matter what their background and experiences. We are looking for people who want to improve their own situation but in turn help others.
What is it like to live in an Emmaus community?
If you want to live in an Emmaus community we ask that you sign off all benefits, with the exception of housing benefit (we do also accept people with no recourse to public funds), and agree to work for up to 37.5 hours per week, to the best of your ability, in our social enterprise. This aims to help you to brush up the skills you might not have used for a while, gain new skills and experience and move forward with your life in a positive way.
What can I expect?
In an Emmaus community everyone has their own room, with communal areas for eating and socialising. During the day, companions, as our residents are known, work in our social enterprises, which are mainly charity shops. The work could include working in the shop, sorting items in the warehouse, going out to make deliveries in our vans, or working in the community home.
|Emmaus will provide:||You will be expected to:|
|A home for as long as you need it
Clothing, food and a small weekly allowance
Support to overcome any problems you may be experiencing
Work experience, training and support to help you to realise your aspirations and potential
|Sign off all benefits, with the exception of housing benefit*
Work in the charity’s social enterprise for up to 37.5 hours per week, to the best of your ability
Engage with the support on offer
Take part in community life and support the Emmaus ethos
The Emmaus ethos is to help others who are worse off. We call this Solidarity and it has many faces. We raise money for Emmaus International to benefit projects all over the world and we help people locally by providing ‘pay what you can afford’ or free furniture and clothes for people who need them.
Our accommodation is offered under a licence agreement – Licence Agreement June 2018.
*If you are homeless/ at risk of homelessness and working or on benefits but unable to sign off, we may be able to help but you need to ask for a different referral form – contact us to request one.
Bristol is a vibrant and active city and you are welcome to take advantage of the many opportunities it offers for education, tourism and relaxation. Emmaus Bristol is in a very convenient location. Click here for a map