Emmanuel House’s Wellbeing Support Team saved as record-breaking Winter Appeal raises £138,000

We are thrilled to announce that our Winter Appeal 2020-2021 has raised over £138,000, marking the most successful appeal in our 45-year history.

We were anticipating a potential income shortfall of £70,000 in 2020 due to the pandemic and the cancellation of many fundraising events. Thanks to the generosity of more than 1,000 people, the appeal raised £138,000 between November and January.

Denis Tully, CEO at Emmanuel House, said: “We want to say thank you to everyone who contributed to the appeal. The donations will help us support those who are homeless, rough sleeping, in crisis or at risk of homelessness in Nottingham. All that we do at Emmanuel House would not be possible without the support of the wider community.”

Our Wellbeing Support Team, which for the past three years has been funded through the National Lottery Community Fund’s Reaching Communities Programme, will now be guaranteed for a further twelve months due to the success of the Winter Appeal. The service works with people with multiple needs who are homeless or living in unsuitable accommodation. The team supports people to access a range of health and wellbeing services and support agencies, such as GPs, drug and alcohol services, statutory mental health services and social inclusion activities.

Alongside this provision, Emmanuel House will also be sustaining its other services and developing them as the Covid-19 environment allows.

In our last thank you letter to those that donated to our winter appeal, we said that we aimed to move two people into accommodation per week. We have exceeded that target and between November and January, we moved 34 people into other accommodation solutions, which is nearly three people each week (2.83). Our supporters have helped to make all this possible.

The ‘You Can Make The Difference’ campaign involved a hard-hitting short film about homelessness, artwork across city centre buses and trams and a 18-metre mural on the front of the centre.

Denis added: “Every single year we value and appreciate our supporters but their efforts have been particularly sterling this winter. The creativity of our fundraisers over the winter has been phenomenal. We’ve seen supporters selling excess bar stock and donating the profits, sewing face masks, embarking on everyday running challenges, hosting abstract art competitions and organising designer dressing gown raffles. We greatly appreciate the efforts of everyone who has supported us.”

Emmanuel House Open Days

The close relationships we have with all our supporters are one of Emmanuel House’s greatest assets, but the pandemic has meant that we have not been able to meet or welcome supporters into the centre. However, we are planning ahead and organising two Open Days that will be an opportunity for you to learn more about Emmanuel House, close up. This is the best way we can say thank you, as it enables us to show you how we operate and for you to understand how your contribution helps.

We will be hosting two open days on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th September. The days will provide:

  • An opportunity to show new supporters around the centre.
  • A showcase of the new ‘You Can Make The Difference’ mural, designed by local artist Elroy The Artist.
  • An opportunity to speak to Emmanuel House staff members about their work.
  • An opportunity to speak to Emmanuel House beneficiaries about their lived experiences of homelessness and how Emmanuel House has supported them.

To register your interest in the open day, please contact Rosie Needham-Smith, Marketing and Fundraising Officer, on 07908329074 or rosie.needhamsmith@emmanuelhouse.org.uk.

We’ll be in touch nearer the time with further details, including if we need to reschedule the day. In the meantime, please let us know if you have any questions about how Emmanuel House is running this year. We hope to see you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Denis Tully, CEO, and everyone at Emmanuel House.

If you’d like to contribute towards the running of Emmanuel House, please donate online via our Virgin Money Giving page or make a bank transfer (details on how to do this are here).

If you’d like to donate food or clothes for us to give out to our service users, please carefully read our list of what we’re currently accepting.

For those wondering how Emmanuel House is currently operating, please have a read of this article about how our different services are working during the lockdown.

Thank you.