The history of Emmaus in the UK – invitation to tender

Posted on 09/06/2015 by


The history of Emmaus in the UK – invitation to tender
Emmaus supports formerly homeless people by giving them a home, meaningful work in a social enterprise and an opportunity to get back on their feet again. There are currently 25 communities in the UK which together provide home and work for over 600 people who have experienced homelessness.
In 2016, Emmaus will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in the UK and to mark its quarter-centenary is seeking to commission research into the history of the organisation’s development. The project will involve interviews with people who were key in establishing the first UK communities, as well as some of the first Emmaus companions, as residents are known.
The aims of the study are to preserve Emmaus’s oral heritage; build understanding of how Emmaus has developed in the UK; create a small archive of significant written materials and photographs; and produce a range of resources that will be used as part of celebrations of Emmaus’s 25th anniversary. The research outputs that are sought include a short written chronology of Emmaus’s history; recordings and summaries of interviews with up to 30 key stakeholders; four new short videos for Emmaus’s website; and a small documentary archive.
The project should ideally get underway in August and must be completed by February 2016 at the latest. Proposals should be submitted by Friday 26 June.
For further information and a full research brief, see or contact Katie Earnshaw, Policy and Research Officer, on