Homelessness is one of the biggest social issues affecting the UK today, with more than 250,000 people currently living without a fixed place to call home. This is where the Aunt Bessie’s Helping Hand Project comes in. Our aim is to not just raise awareness, but to team up with charities and organisations to have a real positive impact to those in our community dealing with these concerns.
The idea for the project was formed after we partnered with the homelessness charity, Shelter, to donate profits from packs of our Homestyle Yorkshire’s in the week leading up to National Yorkshire Pudding Day. We realised that this issue was far more complex and wide-reaching than we had originally thought – and we wanted to do more to help.
This is why we got in touch with Emmaus Hull & East Riding. Emmaus offers a home and meaningful work to up to 30 formerly homeless people, known as companions, and is supported by a social enterprise – providing work for the companions selling second-hand furniture and goods. Last week we went to visit their Orchard site, where we cooked companions and staff a meal and spoke about what our future partnership will look like.
This is just the first of many steps, with Emmaus and others, that we hope will provide real opportunities to those dealing with the issues of homelessness.
If you’d like to find out more about the work of Emmaus Hull and East Riding, please visit their website here
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