Welcome to this delayed newsletter. We apologise for not getting it to you during the Spring but we were waiting to let you know some very important news.
After 10 years we have found a permanent home for our business. Through the legacy of Shirley Greenhalgh who had a vision to help people who were in need we have been able to purchase Backfields House in Stokes Croft in Bristol which is currently the Bristol base of Knightstone Housing. In addition we have been successful in securing just over £400,000 from the European Regional Development Fund through the South West Competitiveness Programme, which aims to stimulate the economy by investing in projects, creating jobs and supporting local businesses. What this will enable us to do is not just refurbish the building and make it fully accessible, but create a business start up centre for our Companions and unemployed people, particularly in the St Pauls area of Bristol. Our aim will be to be in by early February 2014. It is appropriate that in our 10th year we meet the challenges facing both Emmaus Bristol and our society with an initiative that will not only support our work but reach out to those in our community who are struggling to find work.
This is a major development for Emmaus so your continuing support is both needed and valued and any extra support you can give us at this time would be really appreciated.
Finally, I would like to invite you to celebrate with us our 10th Anniversary as a Community. Our party will be held on the 7th of September from 11am to 4pm at Hannah More School, New Kingsley Rd Bristol, Avon BS2 0LT which is in the Dings, near our Community. We are going to be joined by our national President Terry Waite CBE and there will be fun for all the family.
Finally, thank you for your support over so many years, without which Emmaus Bristol wouldn’t be where it is today.
I look forward to seeing you at our Anniversary party.
Richard Pendlebury MBE DL
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