Emmaus had been established in France for 40 years before it came to the UK in the early 1990s, all thanks to a chance encounter at a Cambridge soup kitchen.

In 1989, Cambridge businessman Selwyn Image was keen to find out what he could do to help from the people who were using the shelter. Selwyn remembered some work experience he had done 30 years previously in Paris, at a social enterprise which provided a home and work to people who had experienced homelessness. Selwyn managed to reach Abbé Pierre, the founder of the first EMMAUS community in Paris, told him he would like to open an Emmaus community in Cambridge, and Emmaus UK was born.

Since the first community opened in the UK in 1991, Emmaus has grown quickly. There are now 29 communities spread across the UK, with a further four groups currently working to establish new communities. The UK is now the largest Emmaus movement outside of France. There are now more than 750 Emmaus companions living at communities stretching from Glasgow to Dover. No two Emmaus communities are the same - each has its own individual personality, providing a set of services which meet the needs of its local area. For many, Emmaus offers a welcoming place to visit, to speak with companions, volunteers and staff.


Eammus East of England facilities include:

Emmaus Cambridge

Landbeach shop - Emmaus Cambridge

Emmaus Colchester provides a home and meaningful work for up to 34 formerly homeless people. Our purpose built community offers a comfortable home, while our two shops and two warehouses, open to the public, provide work and generate the funding to keep our community going.

Emmaus Ipswich

Emmaus Norwich

Belsey Bridge Road Shop - Emmaus Norwich

Emmaus in Bungay - Emmaus Norwich

The Old Orchard Cafe

The Old Orchard Cafe stocks a range of locally made cakes and sauage rolls.  Barrista trained companions serve a selection of coffees and high quality teas (decaffinated options available).  Whether it's at the begining or end of your shop, as an afternoon out or a pitstop on a walk or cycle route there is something for everyone.  New in this Autumn a lovely refreshing pressed apple juice from produce handpicked in our orchard, for sale by the glass or bottle to take away!


Home Store - Emmaus Village Carlton

EMMAUS Midlands

Emmaus Midlands facilities include:

Red Lane shop - Emmaus Coventry & Warwickshire;

The Emporium - Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland;

La Boutique Castle Street shop - Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland;

Melton Mowbray shop - Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland.

EMMAUS North West

Emmaus Bolton

Our shops

The Cottages at Emmaus Bolton

Derby Barracks shop - Emmaus Bolton

Emmaus Burnley

Accrington homestore - Emmaus Burnley

Ivy Street Superstore shop - Emmaus Burnley

Emmaus Merseyside

Sandy Road shop - Emmaus Merseyside

Irlam Road shop - Emmaus Merseyside

Old Swan shop - Emmaus Merseyside

Emmaus Mossley

Secondhand Superstore - Emmaus Mossley

Emmaus Salford

Seaford Road shop - Emmaus Salford

Community Homestore - Emmaus Salford

Emporium - Emmaus Salford



EMMAUS North East

EMMAUS North East has the following two shops:

EMMAUS Scotland