Pick me as your Local Charity of the Year!
If you own a company, or work within a company or school, why not nominate Emmanuel House to be your ‘Local Charity of the Year’?
What is a ‘Local Charity of the Year?’
A ‘Charity of the Year’ is a chosen charity that a person, company or business wants to focus their attention or fundraising efforts on for the course of that year. This can be anything from promoting donations within the company, to organising fundraising events, to volunteering resource. Once the year has passed, the relationship may either be renewed, or a different charity might be nominated instead. By selecting a local charity over or as well as a national charity, you’re supporting a cause that directly affects people within your neighbourhood. By supporting, you’re helping to support localised people’s needs.
What are the benefits to choosing Emmanuel House as your ‘Local Charity of the Year’?
Founded in 1976, Emmanuel House is one of the most established charities in Nottingham and benefit from regular substantial press coverage in and around the city. Partnerships with the charity can have excellent benefits if you are looking at increasing publicity and awareness for your brand, or at least, receive some recognition for your efforts on top of the recognition within the Emmanuel House organisation and partners.
Partnerships with Emmanuel House can be extremely flexible, and we can cater a partnership to suit whatever you want to achieve from the relationship. If you feel as though you want to get more involved within the organisation itself, we would encourage developing your ideas and involvement further. For example, we work with several companies that promote volunteer opportunities at Emmanuel House within their businesses. This is done for a variety of reasons; helping a good cause, team building experiences and ‘challenges’, broadening an employee’s experience, or helping to develop particular skills.
Emmanuel House send out a quarterly newsletter to over 1600 local businesses, organisations and individual supporters, which partners that choose to elect Emmanuel House as their ‘Local Charity of the Year’ will feature in.
Other benefits include featuring on our new website (for launch May 2013) with your name, contact details or your logo and links to your website if you have one, and promoting your support and involvement through our social media channels.
Don’t want to nominate Emmanuel House as your ‘Local Charity of the Year’ but still want to support?
All support that we receive at Emmanuel House is hugely important. Every cog in the wheel, whether its volunteer kitchen staff, food donations around Harvest time, monetary donations from our supporters and partners – all aspects are crucial to keeping Emmanuel House alive.
You can support us in many other ways if choosing Emmanuel House as your ‘Local Charity of the Year’ is not a feasible option at this point in time. Other ways to get involved include:
- Charity / fundraising events
- Food, stationary, clothing or monetary donations
…or just simply following us on Twitter and Facebook to help increase awareness of who we are and what we do.
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Emmanuel House is a faith-based non-discriminatory organisation, embracing people of all faiths and none. We exist to support homeless and vulnerable people by providing acceptance, encouragement and daily support services.
We aim to treat all our visitors as unique individuals, and strive without prejudice to support people on their journey towards a more stable life.
We seek to enable individuals to make positive changes in their lifestyles.
The objectives are:
- To maintain, manage and develop the services of Emmanuel House for the benefit of homeless, disadvantaged and vulnerable people so as to meet the needs of the whole person.
- To offer a range of services to enable each individual to achieve their potential.
- To encourage and support individuals through the provision of recreational, social, educational, and group activities.
- To accept all people without distinction of age, physical appearance, disability, health, political belief, race, gender, sexuality or material and social status.
We provide hot, nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks at heavily subsidised prices and free to those with no income.
Available (free) for those who want one, as are towels and toiletries.
Free hair cutting available twice a week.
Available for a small charge.
There is a charity shop where clothing may be obtained at little or no charge.
The Mental Health Team operates a regular drop-in service to provide specialist support. Counselling services are provided on a weekly basis. Activities we organise such as art classes and allotment-work have a therapeutic value, as do general social activities. Regular use of the gym builds confidence and self-esteem.
Specialist nurses from the Homeless Health Team visit Emmanuel House twice a week, using the centre to deliver healthcare to those hardest to reach. We also liaise with local GPs on behalf of clients. There is a gym with a qualified instructor available to develop personalised training programs tailored to individuals’ health needs. For gentle exercise in the fresh air we run an Allotment Project supervised by a member of staff.
DRUG & ALCOHOL SUPPORT
The Homeless Drugs Team provides a drop in service to support people with alcohol and addiction problems. We also refer visitors to other agencies where appropriate.
Emmanuel House gives specialist help and advice. This includes DWP, Housing Benefits, Appeals and Medical Assessments. A large part of Emmanuel House’s daily work is providing advocacy on behalf of clients.
A Tenancy Support Worker enables people to maintain their own tenancies and to live as independently as possible within the community.
Emmanuel House has a dedicated worker to navigate and guide clients through the complex process of gaining and establishing a home, and advises in all housing matters. Assistance is given with ‘Gateway’ referrals, social and private landlords.
For the last two years Emmanuel House has provided the management for the Winter Shelter, which provides emergency accommodation for rough sleepers during the winter months.
VOLUNTEER-LED COMPUTER FACILITIES
- Teaching basic IT skills on an informal one-to-one basis
- Help with letters to employers and CVs
- Help with job searches
- Applying for council housing
- Access to the Internet
ACTIVITIES (SOCIAL INCLUSION)
- Social activities, especially in the evening, provide an alternative to alcohol and drugs for isolated people.
- Allotment team
- Bingo, Quiz and Movie Nights
- Pool and Board Games
- Table tennis
- Arts activities
We draw on the skills and talents of our many volunteers to enrich the activity program e.g. poetry, drawing, music.
Making a difference to people’s lives.
We welcomed over 1,520 different individuals during 2010.
There have been 22,000 visits in the past year.
35 people have been given individual tenancy support, during 2010/2011.
An average of 80 hot meals is served each day, as well as hot snacks and drinks.
Here are some Case Studies of our Service Users
‘Dominic’ has special needs and rented from a Registered Social Landlord until earlier this year. However he was being beaten up and robbed regularly by local youths exploiting his vulnerability.
Emmanuel House staff liaised with his patch manager to help him move out of the area.
Staff encouraged Dominic to report the attacks to the police. This was a giant step forward because Dominic had always lived in fear of reprisals.
We then helped Dominic to contact Housing Aid.
We supported Dominic to attend his appointmnets helping him secure first temporary accommodation in a hostel, then in a supported accommodation unit specialising in high support needs.
Dominic continues to receive support from Emmanuel House on a daily basis, developing his life skills, physical and mental health. This is greatly assisted by the new gym facility which is building up both muscle and confidence!
Role in the City.
Nottingham is a prosperous, upwardly mobile 21st century city, which has responded to the global economy and its challenges by building on its strengths and firmly establishing itself as the regional capital.
Like every major city, Nottingham has a concern for socially excluded people as they struggle in a society from which they are completely marginalized. This may be due to extreme poverty, mental health issues and learning difficulties, breakdown of families, and lack of education and work opportunities. These people, often homeless and victims of violence, are city centre residents alongside the students and the professionals.
HOW WE HAVE HELPED TO DATE
Emmanuel House is now the only full-time day centre in the city and has an important part to play in Nottingham’s aims to tackle homelessness and deliver a range of services to its most marginalized people.
For them, Emmanuel House provides a point of everyday contact with vulnerable people, with almost 1,520 different people helped in 2010. the Centre is open seven days a week for all over the age of 18. The organisation is a Limited Company and a registered charity and is governed by a Board of Management with a range of representation from industry, statutory agencies and the Church.
A range of services is provided by the dedicated staff team as well as a base for a number of partner services. These include:
- Nursing services
- Mental Health Support Team (HLG)
- Resettlement advice
- Community Health Services
- Preventative support and advice
- Employment and training advice
- Tenancy support
- Benefits advice
- A base for street outreach teams
The Centre creates a sense of belonging and involvement that gives visitors an experience of community. From this base of support our service users can be empowered to find solutions to their own problems and move on to a settled way of life.
Articles & Research
Research has shown that Day centres provide a valuable range of services for some of the most excluded members of society. Day centres are:
- Places of sustainment and acceptance. They are valued by users as places where those who are often excluded from most other services can have their basic needs met in an environment of acceptance.
- Places of challenge and rehabilitation. Day centres provide gateways to an holistic range of support services under a single roof that enable life issues to be addressed at service users’ own pace. Staff stress this role, especially its success in securing not only accommodation, but also a more lasting resettlement for people even after they have been housed.
- Places of resource and empowerment. Day centres offer precious opportunities for the restoration of self-esteem among homeless people by providing avenues of re-entry into mainstream society through skill development, volunteering and employability.
Day centres occupy a unique place in the landscape of homelessness services, which would be incomplete without them, rendering other services less than effective, especially those that rely on day centres as a single means of access to a highly marginalised population.
Day centres do much more than sustain rough sleepers and other vulnerable groups. Most importantly, it is because they serve as a trusted, accessible and relatively undemanding source of basic support that they create an atmosphere in which routes to resettlement become possible for those who might never otherwise engage with formal services.
You can download the full report here: Day Centres and multiple exclusion homelessness Graham Bowpitt and Peter Dwyer, University of Salford
“I would still be sleeping on the streets but for Emmanuel House. Emmanuel House helped me to begin the journey that took me from sleeping rough to a secure and promising future.” Malc
” If not for Emmanuel House I would have taken my own life.” Maureen
“Emmanuel House has kept me off the booze. They’ll only take you in if you haven’t been drinking, and they’ve really helped me” Irene
“Emmanuel House gave me the incentive to help myself.” Andy
“Now we’ve found somewhere to live, but Emmanuel House helped pay our deposit on the flat – there’s no way we would have found the money for that.” Wayne & Penny
“It provides a much needed point of contact and friendship because a lot of homeless people are very lonely” Charles