Exploring Senses x Emmaus = Resource and Skills exchange

Exploring Senses have been working in partnership with Emmaus Brighton and Hove, providing activities and events in exchange for resources. The ‘CommuniToy’ Toy Hacking project was born out of this relationship, and other ES activities such as ‘Robot Relays’ have helped make this happen for Emmaus Brighton and Hove during their fund raising open days. Read the article below from the Emmaus UK website, which explains in monetary terms the impact of such collaborations: )

If you are interested in resource and skills exchange please get in touch as we can help you find your feet, by working in partnership with a local charity near you.

Making an Impact: New research shows Emmaus generates £11 in social return for every £1 invested

A new Social Return on Investment (SROI) study carried out by social and economic company Just Economics forecasts that Emmaus Communities generate £11 each year in social, environmental and economic return for every £1 invested.
The research was launched at a reception at the House of Lords on Friday 9th November hosted by Lord Adebowale of Thornes and attended by Emmaus UK President Terry Waite and representatives from Government and third sector organisations.
The report finds that the Emmaus model is highly successful in providing a place for people in vulnerable housing situations to rebuild their lives by offering them meaningful work and support. The most significant benefits relate to substantial improvements in residents’ physical and mental health, including reductions in substance misuse. Other important outcomes include gaining work experience, skills and training; reductions in offending and re-building relationships with family and friends.
Emmaus Communities also generate significant savings to the taxpayer. For the 21 Communities included in the research, the study forecasts that the present value of savings to local and national Government stands at almost £6 million per year. Key outcomes for Government from Emmaus’ work include fewer rough sleepers, fewer people claiming benefits, reduced substance misuse, reduced crime and fewer health problems.
The full report, along with a short and longer summary, are available here.
Published on 12th November, 2012

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