Local housebuilder donates £3,000 to homeless charity, Emmaus

Barratt & David Wilson Homes Yorkshire East has donated £3,000 to homeless charity Emmaus to enhance their services that help those affected by homelessness in the Hull and East Riding area.

Rachel Stones, retail operations manager, Fred Lazenby, support worker, Leona Hardcastle, Nell Hackney, outreach team leader.Photo by Jon Corken.

Since their first community originated in the UK in 1991, Emmaus has rapidly expanded. Currently there are 30 communities across the UK including the Hull & East Riding community, with three additional groups actively working to establish new ones. The UK now hosts the largest Emmaus movement outside of France – where the charity originated – accommodating over 850 formerly homeless people, known as companions, from Glasgow to Dover.

The Hull and East Riding Emmaus community, formed in 2008, offers support and care for homeless people as long as they need across a range of facilities. These facilities include:

  • The Orchard: a residential community home to up to 30 former homeless people providing them with the support network and sense of belonging
  • Social enterprise: this includes their charity shops and the collection and sale of furniture, household goods, clothes, textiles, books, music and bric-a-brac

With an estimated 502 homeless people in the Hull area in June 20231, the contribution was provided to Emmaus Hull & East Riding as a component of Barratt & David Wilson Developments’ Community Fund initiative, enabling their internal Charity Committee to select a charity every month to donate to. 

Stephanie Cooper, Director of Emmaus Hull & East Riding shows her gratitude for the donation saying: “We are extremely grateful to Barratt & David Wilson Homes Yorkshire East for this generous donation.

“The Orchard is in need of repair to allow it to be able to serve its purpose therefore this donation has really helped towards this. 

“Our social enterprise is directly contributed to by our companions, allowing them to gain valuable skills, confidence and experience to help them achieve their personal goals so having this back up and running will make such a huge difference to them.”

Daniel Smith, Managing Director of Barratt & David Wilson Homes Yorkshire East, “We feel privileged to be able to contribute to the admirable work of Emmaus Hull & East Riding through this donation. It reflects our commitment to local communities and aligns with Barratt Developments’ dedication to make a positive impact in the areas where we build.

“With last year’s figures showing 502 people homeless in the Hull area1, through this donation, our goal is to help Emmaus Hull & East Riding to continue providing services that make a meaningful impact on the lives of the individuals they support.”

Barratt Developments, which includes Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes brands, has developments within the Hull and East Riding area including Queens Court and Minster View in Beverley; Fleet Green and Hesslewood Park in Hessle; Harrier Chase in Brough and The Sands in Bridlington. In addition, there are some developments coming soon in the East Riding area including Mortimer Park Phase Two in Driffield, Stirling Rise and Hawk View in Brough.

To find out more about the nearby developments, please visit: www.barratthomes.co.uk/new-homes