On Friday 22nd January 2016, Newark MP Robert Jenrick visited the project. He met the directors of the Trust and some of the staff and young people. “The Emmaus Trust has a great reputation and I have always wanted to see for myself what goes on here”.
Mr Jenrick is seen talking to Conor Bellamy, 19, who was first accommodated by the Trust when he was 17, but was asked to leave because of his behaviour. He has been given a second chance and has now been back with us for nearly four months. “I realised I had to grow up” he said. Conor is currently completing City & Guilds 5546 Certificate in Employability Skills in our training centre and hopes to become a landscape gardener in the future. “I am really pleased they have given me another opportunity and I am determined to make it work”.
The Trust was recently awarded funding from Children In Need that will enable us to continue providing City & Guilds accredited training in our purpose built training centre for a further three years. Mr Jenrick said it had been a pleasure to meet residents and hear how they were able to benefit from the support on offer.
The Trust is currently helping 29 young people aged 16-25, including 8 teenage mothers and their babies.