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Emmaus Brighton & Hove

PUBLISHED: 10:25 26 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:39 20 February 2013

Emmaus Brighton & Hove

Emmaus Brighton & Hove

Emmaus Brighton & Hove is situated in Portslade Old Village and opened its doors in 1997. There are currently 22 Emmaus Communities in the UK of which EB&H is the largest offering accommodation to 40 men and women.

Emmaus Brighton & Hove




Emmaus is a national charity which provides a home and work for men and women many of whom have been previously homeless or unemployed. It gives people a chance to rebuild their lives in a supportive environment. Companions, as residents are known, work full time collecting and reselling donated furniture and other goods to generate the income to run the Community and to help others in greater need.



Emmaus Brighton & Hove is situated in Portslade Old Village and opened its doors in 1997. There are currently 22 Emmaus Communities in the UK of which EB&H is the largest offering accommodation to 40 men and women.




Emmaus Values:


Value and respect every person, opposing injustice


Be transparent and honest in all our dealings


Demonstrate Solidarity and support for those in need


Create an environment of empowerment


Share and exchange resources, skills and learning


Support and foster interdependence and cherish independence


Work to live and give


Emmaus Brighton & Hove is a member of Emmaus International. A secular solidarity movement that has been tackling the causes of exclusions since 1971, with over 300 groups in 36 countries. We are also members of the Emmaus UK Federation, The Furniture Reuse Network and The Retail Charity Association:



Frequently Asked Questions


When did Emmaus start?


The first Emmaus Community was founded in Paris in 1949 by Abb Pierre, a priest, MP and former member of the French rsistance. The idea spread around the world, but Emmaus didn't arrive in the UK until 1992, when the first Community opened in Cambridge.


What is a Companion?


The men and women who live and work in Emmaus Communities are known as Companions. The name 'compagnon' was chosen when the first Communities were founded in France; it is derived from Latin and originally meant those who ate bread together. Sharing meals is still an important part of Community life.


How long do people stay in a Community?


There is no limit to how long people stay in a Community - it can be anything from a couple of weeks to several years. Others will stay in Emmaus for a longer time - for some it will be a permanent home. Communities benefit from having long term Companions as they provide stability and can help and support newer Companions.


Who comes to Emmaus?


Many Emmaus Companions have been living on the streets and sleeping rough. They come from many different backgrounds and have become homeless for a variety of reasons - relationship breakdown, job loss or bereavement have often played a significant part. Those coming to Emmaus must be prepared to work to the best of their ability and to sign off Job Seekers Allowance.


What is Community life like?


Emmaus Communities live as a family, with members supporting each other and contributing to the well-being of all. Each Companion has their own room.


Where does Emmaus get its money from?


Emmaus Communities aim to become financially self-sufficient through their social enterprise business.


I've got some furniture I don't need any more. Does Emmaus want it?


Emmaus Communities rely on donated goods to make their living, by re-selling them. This also provides work for the Companions.


Contact Emmaus


We are open Tuesday to Saturday 10 am 5 pm


email: contact@emmausbrighton.co.uk


web: www.emmausbrighton.co.uk
Second-hand Superstore 01273 426 474
The Emporium 01273 426 472


Revive@emmaus - Caf - Tearoom - function room 01273 426 476
Collections Department 01273 426 480


Emmaus Brighton & Hove, Drove Road, Portslade, Brighton, BN41 2PA

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