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Emmaus Gloucestershire

Emmaus Gloucestershire

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Emmaus Gloucestershire supports formerly homeless people by giving them a home, meaningful work in a social enterprise and an opportunity to get themselves back on their feet again.

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Community & familyPoverty reductionNature & sustainability
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Trustees - Homelessness

Trustees - Homelessness

Organisation role · Flexible hours
Emmaus Secondhand Superstore, Chequers Rd, Gloucester GL4 6QB, UK
Community & familyPoverty reductionNature & sustainability
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Emmaus Gloucestershire
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Summary

At Emmaus we're working together to end homelessness. Are you an experienced Trustee or wanting to take your first step at board level?

Detailed description

At Emmaus we're working together to end homelessness.


Whether you're an experienced Trustee or wanting to take your first step at board level we want to hear from you.


Emmaus Gloucestershire supports formerly homeless people by giving them a home, meaningful work in a social enterprise and an opportunity to get themselves back on their feet again.


For many people who experience homelessness, one of the biggest obstacles they must overcome is a loss of self-esteem. Emmaus provides an opportunity to regain this, with a chance to make a real contribution to their community.


Emmaus communities are not hostels for the homeless; they provide a home for as long as someone needs it. For many, this support and stability is like the family they don’t have, providing a safe environment in which to settle and re-build their lives. Often this is an opportunity to overcome issues such as addiction, get support with mental health issues or rebuild relationships with estranged family.


Like all charities, Emmaus Gloucestershire relies on a diverse group of people to become trustees and deliver good governance.  


We aim to maintain a board of trustees which has people with individual expertise in leadership, organisation development, housing, marketing, fundraising, health and safety, legal and finance. 


Alongside the usual duties of a trustee – including giving long term strategic direction to the charity, setting overall policy, ensuring effective and efficient administration and financial stability – Emmaus Gloucestershire’s trustees are expected to play a role in the life of the Emmaus Gloucestershire community.   


It’s a unique community of people, with a shared goal in delivering financial sustainability and success for and with our companions. Trustees are encouraged to visit and maintain regular contact with the community, and where possible, spend time working alongside companions and join companions, staff, and volunteers for lunch. 


The Emmaus Gloucestershire Board of Trustees meet quarterly in the evening, from 6.30pm, allowing those trustees who work during the day to participate and attend meetings. There are also occasional away days and potential opportunities to represent the community on a local, national, and international level. 


This is an unsalaried volunteer role; however, we can pay travel expenses if required. 


Request a Trustee Information Pack

Please request a Trustee Information Pack via email .


Application Process

If on reading the information pack you would like to express an interest in becoming a trustee at Emmaus Gloucestershire, please send your CV and covering letter via email.


On receipt, you will be invited to an initial meeting at a mutually convenient time. Where possible, we do prefer trustee applicants to visit our community to meet with one or two trustees, staff and companions in person.


Following the initial meeting, the board will invite you to be an observer at one of the trustee meeting, prior to a decision made and confirmation of your appointment.

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About Emmaus Gloucestershire

Emmaus Gloucestershire supports formerly homeless people by giving them a home, meaningful work in a social enterprise and an opportunity to get themselves back on their feet again.

For many people who experience homelessness, one of the biggest obstacles they must overcome is a loss of self-esteem. Emmaus provides an opportunity to regain this, with a chance to make a real contribution to their community.

Emmaus communities are not hostels for the homeless; they provide a home for as long as someone needs it. For many, this support and stability is like the family they don’t have, providing a safe environment in which to settle and re-build their lives. Often this is an opportunity to overcome issues such as addiction, get support with mental health issues or rebuild relationships with estranged family.

Social enterprise is central to the Emmaus model as it provides meaningful work for companions but also generates funding to maintain communities. Companions living in Emmaus communities are expected to sign off all benefits, with the exception of housing benefit, which is used to help support the community. The rest of the funding that is needed is generated through social enterprise and fundraising.

Emmaus communities deliver a significant return on investment. Research shows that for every £1 invested in a community, there is an £11 social, environmental and economic return, with savings to the benefit bill, health services and a reduction in crime.