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Spotlight On: Emmaus Village Carlton...... Interview with Angela Foll
As part of our new 'Spotlight' series we have spoken to Angela Foll - Chief Community Officer at the Emmaus Village Carlton about their work, the challenges they face and the benefits of being part of the Milton Keynes Homelessness Partnership.
What does Emmaus Village Carlton do?
Emmaus is different to other homeless charities. We don’t just give people a bed for the night; we provide a home for as long as someone wants or needs it, meaningful work in our social enterprise and a sense of belonging. We provide training and an opportunity to gain skills, qualifications and experience.
We give people the time and support to deal with any issues they might have, restore a sense of purpose, confidence and self-esteem through work, and where possible, re-establish relationships with loved ones.
A dedicated Support Team is on hand every day to offer each person whatever support they might need, from access to counselling to arranging training in areas which will help them re-enter the world of work. Through bespoke support, work experience and training, each companion has the opportunity to work towards a fresh start.
Our approach helps to break the cycle of homelessness and support companions to getting their lives back on track again.
What problems areas can you currently see in Milton Keynes?
If companions want to move on to the MK area, suitable and affordable accommodation is very difficult to access.
What is Emmaus Village Carlton doing to help resolve these issues?
We have been developing relationships with Housing Associations in the MK area to discuss direct nomination arrangements.
What do you see are the next steps?
Develop more arrangements to support companions to move on to the MK area and access suitable affordable housing.
Continue to raise awareness of Emmaus Village Carlton (EVC) and how organisations can refer clients into our service.
What are the benefits of being a Recognised Partner with MKHP?
MKHP gives us opportunities to raise awareness of EVC and access support services from other partner organisations.
It helps to raise my knowledge of services, support and the homeless/housing situation in Milton Keynes.
MKHP also gives the ability to share best practice and learn from each other.
Is there anything else that you'd like to tell us about?
I value the membership of MK Homeless Partnership and feel together we can work to eliminate rough sleeping and improve the life changes of those that find themselves homeless.
For more information about Emmaus Village Carlton please take a look at their social media channels:
If you would like us to consider your organisation in our Spotlight Series then please contact Nicola Shaffer for information and copy deadlines.