Emmaus Sheffield wins public vote

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A Sheffield group has won a share of Natwest’s £2.5m skills and opportunities fund.

Following a public vote, Emmaus Sheffield has been awarded £19,000 from the fund which supports organisations which have created programmes to enhance financial education and enterprise in their communities.

Over 800 not-for-profit organisations across the UK and Ireland applied for the latest round of NatWest’s Skills & Opportunities funding.

Martin Davies, chair of Emmaus Sheffield, said: “This is wonderful news for the companions, volunteers and staff at Emmaus Sheffield and we want to thank everyone who has supported our application.

“The grant will create a unique opportunity for us to focus activity in providing life, financial and work skills and a sense of purpose to formerly long term homeless, excluded and unemployed men and women, many of who have faced barriers to accessing services in the past.

“The grant will enable us to proceed with our project with confidence in order to provide much needed personal training and development to those companions who have struggled for many years with issues which have prevented them reaching their true potential, and enable companions to make informed decisions and positive choices about their future as a step on the pathway to independent living and work.”

Richard Topliss, chair of NatWest’s North Regional Board, said: “It was a challenging decision because of the standard of the 900 entires entries we received. But the panel felt that all of the organisations would make a massive impact in their local communities.

“Our congratulations and best wishes go to Emmaus Sheffield.”