A huge fete will be held at Emmaus Cambridge on Saturday 10 September to mark the 25th anniversary of Emmaus in the UK.

The community, near Landbeach, opened in 1991 after local man, Selwyn Image, was challenged by a man at a soup kitchen to do something different to help the increasing number of homeless people living in the city.

Having volunteered at an Emmaus community in France while a student in the 1960s, Selwyn set about bringing it to the UK, finding a site with rundown barns close to the A14 in Landbeach. Since then Emmaus Cambridge has developed into a vibrant community, supporting 37 formerly homeless people, known as companions.

Offering more than just a bed for the night, Emmaus provides people who have experienced homelessness with a stable home, as well as meaningful work in a social enterprise. This stability and support makes it more likely they will be overcome homelessness long term.

Since the first community opened in Cambridge, a further 27 have opened, and there are now 28 communities supporting more than 700 formerly homeless people across the UK.

Representatives from more than 20 of the Emmaus communities will be travelling to Cambridge to hold stalls at the fete, selling a wide range of vintage items and bric-a-brac. Emmaus UK’s President, Terry Waite, will also be speaking at the event, and there will be a range of food and drink stalls.

All money raised will be used to fund training and development opportunities for companions all over the UK, helping them to gain the skills and experience they need to move forward with their lives.

Event details

  • Date: Saturday 10 September
  • Time: 10am – 4pm
  • Location: Emmaus Cambridge, Green End, Landbeach, Cambridge, CB25 9FD
  • Parking: On-site parking available

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The village of Landbeach lies to the north of Cambridge, between the city and the fens.

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