Emmaus Ipswich receives funding boost thanks to Persimmon Homes
29 May 2015
An Ipswich group has become one of the first charities to be given a cash boost by a regional builder as part of its year-long initiative to support local communities.
Emmaus Ipswich, which works with the homeless and long-term unemployed, received £1,000 from Persimmon Homes Anglia.
The donation kickstarted Persimmon’s Community Champions project, which will see a pot of £24,000 donated to local groups and charities over the next 12 months throughout the region.
Two groups will now be chosen every month to receive a match-funding donation and charities are being encouraged to apply by completing an online form at www.persimmonhomes.com/charity.
This month the money was also donated to the Aylsham Christmas Lights Community Committee.
Emmaus Ipswich has created a social enterprise model to help the homeless, long-term unemployed and socially excluded have the chance to go back to work. They aim to offer volunteer roles when they launch their first charity shop in June restoring, recycling and selling furniture.
Claire Staddon, spokeswomen for Emmaus Ipswich, said: “Our ambition is to introduce to Ipswich new ways of tackling entrenched unemployment and we have the potential to make a big difference. We hoped Persimmon would share our ambitions and are delighted that they have decided to support us.”
Andrew Fuller, managing director of Persimmon Homes Anglia, said the community initiative was a way of supporting people across every city, town and village where the company works. He added: “We are very pleased to hand over our first donation to such a worthy cause. This charity plays a vital role within the community and it is easy to see how people really benefit from the work they do.”
The Persimmon Community Champions initiative is a national programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves. Nationwide Persimmon will donate a total of £750,000.