Homelessness in Salford
Homelessness is a problem in Salford. We aim to tackle this by opening a home for 25 adults and a shop which will sell recycled furniture. The residents will run the home and shop themselves but we need capital to rent/buy a shop of sufficient size so that we can be self-sustaining within 3 years.
Approx 3 years
The problem we are trying to solve is one of homelessness in Salford which has been an issue for many years. It has also been an issue for those from 18-25 and we will be catering for this range also.
By providing them with an opportunity for voluntary work and providing them with additional training, we hope to eventually get them to a situation where they regain their self esteem and feel confident enough to live independently again.
We are a new branch of Emmaus just setting out. However Emmaus nationally has a proud history of being able to cope with people who are homeless and with those who have had problems of alcohol and drug dependence. It has been shown by University studies that where there is an Emmaus Community the taxpayer benefits by around £25-30,000 per Companion. We need to rent a larger shop and to purchase a second van in order for the community to be viable and sustainable.
To relieve homelessness in Salford
Activities» To purchase/rent a property to for 25 residents. To convert into communal living as and when necessary.
Success will be.achieved if those who were homeless in Salford start to recover their lost self-esteem and start to become more confident in all their dealings with people.
To purchase/buy a much larger shop
Activities» We already have a small shop run by volunteers on 4 days per week selling recycled furniture. We have a delivery van run by a volunteer driver.
Success will be achieved if this starts to show a profit. This might take more than one year.
To purchase a second van for the new shop. This should have a tailgate for Health & Safety reasons.
Activities» We will have fund raising activities to make the community aware of our needs.
This will start to contribute a net income to the charity once the new shop opens. It will also provide an opportunity for voluntary work for the Companions.
The number of homeless people in Salford will decrease slowly as the first few residents will not necessarily come from Salford. The long term changes will be an increase in demand for places. Hopefully one will see that people's lives start to improve as they give up alcohol and drugs for good. Another success indicator will be the number of people opting for further training courses.
The biggest risks with the whole of this project are financial ones. It is essential that before the shop is purchased/rented that the home is in place and that this is financially sound for the year. The new shop would then provide the extra income necessary for this year and coming years.
It would also provide the residents(Companions) with the necessary voluntary work.
We have received a grant for £3000 towards the upkeep of a manager if all goes ahead and £100K from Salford City Council.
We will report to donors by monthly email giving details of where we are up to and also about future fund-raising events.
Budget - Project Cost: £43,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £25,000 shop rental must be of sufficient size in good area. £15,000 van purchase with tailgate £3,000 2nd van costs MOT, fuel, tax, & insurance
The home will be in the Higher Broughton area of Salford but the shop has not yet been identified. It is hoped that it will be in a central location in Salford close to all amenities.
Salford is a very poor area and house prices are well below the National average. Consequently our resale furniture prices in the second-hand shop that we now have are lower than in say Bolton or Mossley which both have Emmaus communities.
We hope that all Salford people will benefit but we will support those who have nothing or who are destitute or who have come out of prison by giving them furniture free of charge.
Emmaus has a remarkable history of helping those in need. We believe that we can spend your wisely and well. As mentioned previously where there is an Emmaus Community it has been shown by University studies that the taxpayer benefits by around £30,000 per companion by a combination of savings in benefits, health and the judiciary. Salford is a city that is crying out for assistance in this way.
Please can you help us?
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Canon David Wyatt - Volunteer And Trustee
David Wyatt already takes in homeless people at his church in central Salford. He has been doing this for over 40 years and knows hostels inside out.
Val Burgoyne - Volunteer And Trustee
Val is Chairman of Emmaus Salford. Her tireless enthusiasm has driven the project forward. Val's experience as a local Councillor has been invaluable.
Tony Davies - Volunteer Driver
Tony is not only our driver, he is our book-keeper also and he manages to keep remarkably cheerful at the same time. Its because we are in the black!