A new Social Return on Investment (SROI) study carried out by social and economic company Just Economics forecasts that Emmaus Communities generate £11 each year in social, environmental and economic return for every £1 invested.
The research was launched at a reception at the House of Lords on Friday 9th November hosted by Lord Adebowale of Thornes and attended by Emmaus UK President Terry Waite and representatives from Government and third sector organisations.
The report finds that the Emmaus model is highly successful in providing a place for people in vulnerable housing situations to rebuild their lives by offering them meaningful work and support. The most significant benefits relate to substantial improvements in residents’ physical and mental health, including reductions in substance misuse. Other important outcomes include gaining work experience, skills and training; reductions in offending and re-building relationships with family and friends.
Emmaus Communities also generate significant savings to the taxpayer. For the 21 Communities included in the research, the study forecasts that the present value of savings to local and national Government stands at almost £6 million per year. Key outcomes for Government from Emmaus’ work include fewer rough sleepers, fewer people claiming benefits, reduced substance misuse, reduced crime and fewer health problems.
The full report, along with a short and longer summary, are available here.