Contributed by Emmaus Suffolk
28/08/2019 - Emmaus Suffolk
Emmaus Suffolk, the homelessness charity that provides mental health and practical support to some of the region’s most vulnerable and socially isolated people, including those who are long-term unemployed or whose homelessness is hidden (e.g. living in vehicles or “sofa surfing” with friends), has launched its first major fundraising event.
“The Big Climb” will take place on Friday 27th September, 10 am – 4 pm, at Avid Indoor Climbing, Bermuda Road, Ipswich. It will involve a day of fun team activities, competing against one another in a series of fundraising, problem-solving and indoor climbing (“bouldering”) challenges. No prior experience of climbing is needed and it’s suitable for non-sporty folk too. Up to 30 teams of 5 people can take part, making it an ideal team away day for companies.
The funds raised will help Emmaus Suffolk to support even more clients (called “companions”) in getting their lives back on track, into accommodation and employment. The charity provides life and employment skills training, along with meaningful work opportunities via the charity’s three retail outlets, community café and garden. It also offers a supportive place for companions to meet, free use of shower room, laundry and kitchen facilities, plus help with finding accommodation.
Those who are homeless or living in unconventional accommodation can face ignorant discrimination or abuse. Emmaus Suffolk helps companions to maintain their sense of self-worth and dignity while developing their life skills and employability. Claire Staddon, Chief Executive of Emmaus Suffolk, said “Our charity is serving an increasing number of vulnerable adults in Suffolk who are facing the distress of poverty, homelessless or hidden homelessness. Everyone needs a leg up at some stage in their life. Most of us are lucky to have family or friends who can support us if we face a knockback, but not everyone does. Emmaus Suffolk offers companions a supportive place to go where you can feel at home and valued. Our support and facilities can turn around companions’ lives, helping themselves to get back on track.
I was thrilled when Lindsay Barker, Director of Avid Indoor Climbing centre, offered to host our first “The Big Climb” event there. I was delighted also that Scrutton Bland generously offered to sponsor the event.”
Speaking about the event, Tim Mulley, Senior Partner at Scrutton Bland said: “It’s appropriate in Scrutton Bland’s centenary year that we are working with Emmaus Suffolk to support them as they work to help members of our local community. The Big Climb is a great way to encourage team building and problem solving, and if Scrutton Bland and the other teams involved can also help to raise awareness of Emmaus Suffolk’s fantastic work, then that’s an added bonus. I’d encourage everyone to ‘be a bit boulder’ and come along to The Big Climb.”
To find out more about The Big Climb and register your team of 5, go to https://emmaussuffolk.echoleft.com/charity-events/the-big-climb
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