Emmanuel House receives donation to help fund plans to safely reopen

We are currently planning to reopen our support centre providing a safe environment for people who need services thanks to a £8,310 donation from the Diocese of Nottingham’s Catholic Partnership for COVID Emergency Relief.

Catholic parishes have joined forces with seven East Midlands-based charities to provide emergency relief over the summer of 2020 with financial support from the Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation. The £36,102 grant was awarded to the Diocese after a call for applications from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.

Denis Tully, Chief Executive Officer at Emmanuel House, said: “Following the implementation of lockdown and social distancing, Emmanuel House continues to work with people in new ways who find themselves homeless or at risk of homelessness.

“We are preparing to safely reopen Emmanuel House and expect an increase in demand for our services, supporting people who are most vulnerable. This is one of the most challenging times in the charity’s forty-four year history not least because it has seriously interrupted our income. The money we have been granted from the Catholic Partnership for COVID Emergency Relief provides essential help in putting in place everything necessary to reopen Emmanuel House in its new format and structure and reduce the risk of people contracting Covid-19.”

The money will be spent on a variety of essential safety measures for our support centre in Hockley, so that we can open to the public and continue providing advice and support to homeless and vulnerable people in Nottingham.

Thanks to the Diocese’ donation, we have been able to buy wipe-clean chairs, acrylic screens, hand gel, thermometers, waterproof coats and shoes, floor tape, paper towels and a new dispenser. It has also enabled us to buy a new external noticeboard to reinforce the new safety measures to our service users.

Our IT equipment has been updated so that we can reach those who are still shielding. We have upgraded our desktops to enable video calls and our support staff have new notebooks, laptops and tablets. We have a new account with a local taxi firm so that our beneficiaries can get to the Emmanuel House and other services they need without having to use public transport.

The centre will re-open in three phases over the coming months, more information will be published shortly.

We are very grateful to all our staff and supporters and those who have so generously donated since Tuesday 24 March 2020. During this uncertain time, these services are more important than ever. During the pandemic, we supported 38 different people spending 1 or more night(s) at the Night Shelter. Whilst the current climate is challenging, we continue to  work closely with the remaining few guests in the hotel.

If you have any questions about Emmanuel House’s services during the Coronavirus outbreak, please get in touch.

If you are a business and would like to help with our Coronavirus appeal, please contact Lauren.Howatson@emmanuelhouse.org.uk. For volunteering enquiries, please email: volunteering@emmanuelhouse.org.uk.

To donate to our emergency Coronavirus appeal, please visit the website: https://www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/EHCoronavirusAppeal