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We awarded £40,000 to Emmaus UK to help expand their vital work to overcome homelessness and social exclusion.

Emmaus UK supports people to work their way out of homelessness, providing meaningful work as well a stable home for as long as someone needs it.

For many people who have experienced homelessness, losing their self-esteem can be the most damaging part of the experience.

Emmasus UK gives people the opportunity to reflect on their lives, deal with any issue they may have, re-establish relationships and reintegrate into society.

Simon Grainge, Chief Executive at Emmaus UK said:

The funding that we have received from the Masonic Charitable Foundation is being used to strengthen the support services we offer to local Emmaus communities. We’re very grateful to have received this generous grant and look forward to using it to help more and more people rebuild their lives.

Emmaus started in France shortly after the Second World War, when homelessness was a big issue. In 1992, the first Emmaus community opened in the UK and there are now 24 communities stretching from Glasgow to Dover.

For more information about the charity, please visit Emmaus UK’s website.

Our Impact

Ami, Enquiries Officer

I don’t know why I felt compelled to work in the charity sector – in all honesty, when I was starting my A Levels, I wanted to be a doctor! I studied International Relations at the University of Exeter and started to see all these issues that were affecting people’s lives – very quickly I…

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Paul, Fundraising Support Officer

I’m from south London, born and raised in Croydon. I worked initially in the travel industry before joining my family’s construction business, which I ran for 20 years.   I joined freemasonry in 1994 and soon became involved with masonic charity. I realised that the charity sector was where I wanted to work, but because…

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Roy, Lincolnshire

When my daughter became ill four years ago, we took in our two young grandchildren, Adam and Amymae. Of course we were very happy to have them live with us, but we didn’t realise just how much it would increase our outgoings. With two extra mouths to feed, the electricity bills and the cost of…

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Ted and Sally

After a premature birth, Ted developed cerebral palsy which means that he can’t walk or stand unaided. Sally’s father is a freemason and got in touch with us to see if we could support the family in any way. Ted now has an ‘Upsee mobility harness’ that we part funded and allows him to walk…

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