Emmaus Celebrate 20th Anniversary With Family Fun Day

Bring your family & friends to a fun day of stalls, food, live entertainment – plus all the usual bargains in our shops. Rain or shine, there will be something for everyone on Saturday 24th June 10 am-4.30 pm.

EmmausWhere: Emmaus Brighton & Hove Community, Drove Rd, Portslade, BN41 2PA

A message from Terry Waite CBE, President of Emmaus UK ‘The residents of Brighton & Hove have much to be proud of not least for their support over the past 20 years for the Emmaus Community. Emmaus not only provides a home for those without one but also enables them to regain their dignity as human beings and make a worthwhile contribution to society. None of this could have happened without the support and encouragement of local residents and we in Emmaus are truly grateful for the encouragement they have given. Emmaus Brighton & Hove has clearly shown that given a chance many homeless people can make a success of their lives. Emmaus continues to play a vital role in helping Brighton become a more caring and compassionate. Long may that continue.’

• The marvellous Exploring Senses return with Robot Relays for kids
• Live music from the Scavengers and Bad Ukes
• Kids entertainment with the fabulous Al Start
• Summer fabric crafts with the super talented ‘Art Hobbs’
• Meet members of the 10th Essex Regiment WWl Living History Group
• Guided ‘Talk & Tour’ around our beautiful site. Tours start at 11 am & 2 pm
• Come and meet some extra special visitors from outer space
• Join the fun with our giant Scalextrics racetrack

• Tombola: Val’s popular tombola is back once again
• Books: Grab a carrier bag of books for just £1 – we will have 1,000’s of titles to browse
• Handmade: Beautiful handmade gifts, fabric and haberdashery goods
• Jewellery
• Toys & games Along with a selection of children’s books. Under the old Holme Oak tree outside the Secondhand Superstore
• Records: Check out Chris’s caravan outside the Chapel and browse through our stock of vinyl (you can also buy ice cold drinks here)

• BBQ: find our tasty BBQ on the café patio
• Ice creams: choc ices, lollies and more, outside the Secondhand Superstore.
• Homemade cakes: & jams
• Cold drinks: available from the café, Chris’s caravan and the BBQ stall
• Café: Our café will be open serving tea & coffee and a reduced menu on the day

The Secondhand Superstore: Full to the brim with secondhand furniture, bric-a-brac, clothing, books, records, CD’s, DVD’S, household linens, haberdashery, DIY and bargains galore!
The Bedroom Store: Our Bedroom Store is located in the beautiful surroundings of the old chapel. So if it’s time for a bedroom makeover come along and browse for bargains to suit every pocket.
The Greenhouse at Emmaus: The Greenhouse is a magical space that can be found in the conservatory at the back of the Secondhand Superstore. Its jam packed full of plants, plant pots, gardening books, tools, garden & conservatory furniture and garden themed bric-a-brac.
Emporium: The Emporium is a treasure trove of all things retro and vintage – a collector’s paradise full of yesteryear goodies. Find us in the Secondhand Superstore building.
Pine Showroom: You can find our latest retail space under the Secondhand Superstore, filled with an array of pine furniture and other household goods.
Every penny you spend with us goes back in to our Community, as we work together to end homelessness.

Each year all Emmaus Communities around the world hold a Solidarity sale and donate a contribution of the day’s takings, which is sent to support Emmaus projects in other parts of the world. No matter how bad things might have been for us, there are others out there who need our help even more.

About Emmaus
Since the first community opened in the UK in 1991, Emmaus has grown quickly. There are now 28 communities spread across the UK, with a further four groups currently working to establish new communities. The UK is now the largest Emmaus movement outside of France.
There are now more than 750 Emmaus companions living at communities stretching from Glasgow to Dover. Each one has at least one shop or social enterprise, with many running successful cafés, shops and gardening projects.

Emmaus Brighton & Hove is situated in Portslade Old Village and opened its doors in February 1997 and is the largest Community in the UK offering accommodation to 48 men and women.

Emmaus supports formerly homeless people by giving them a home, meaningful work in a social enterprise and an opportunity to get 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 rebuild 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 benefits bill, health services and a reduction in crime.