Emmaus attends royal garden party

On 11 May, Emmaus Hastings & Rother trustee David Cooper attended a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. Every year, three garden parties are given at Buckingham Palace and one at Holyrood to acknowledge the positive contributions the guests have made to their communities

across the United Kingdom. The parties have been cancelled for the last two years due to Covid-19, but now return, although without the Queen in attendance.

Emmaus Hastings & Rother provides a home and meaningful work experience for up to 23 people who have been homeless. Residents have a home for as long as they need it, giving them the opportunity to regain stability in their lives and eventually move beyond homelessness. Emmaus Hastings & Rother is one of 29 Emmaus communities around the UK.

David said: “It was an honour to represent Emmaus at the event, and, despite the rain we had a fascinating day. I am very proud to be a part of the international Emmaus movement, and look forward to many more years of supporting Emmaus in the UK.”

Household Support Fund open for applications

Vulnerable households in Hastings can now apply for the Household Support Fund. The funding has been provided to Hastings Borough Council through East Sussex County Council from the Department for Work and Pensions.

Half of the additional funding will be spent supporting pensioners, and the other half will be allocated to working age households.

Claimants must be over 18, living in Hastings borough, and claiming one of the following benefits: Universal Credit, Housing Benefit, Pension Credit, Council Tax Reduction, Working Tax Credit, Income Support, Income Based Job-Seeker’s Allowance, Income-related Employment and Support Allowance.

There are two schemes within the fund – support for energy and water costs of up to £50 per household, and for food of £30 per child and £50 per adult in the household.

Cllr Simon Willis (Lab), lead councillor for finance in the new Labour Green Cabinet, said: “We are pleased this scheme has been reopened to help some of our most vulnerable households. The increased cost of living is having a huge impact on many people who were already struggling to make ends meet.

“I’d encourage anyone who has friends or family who may be eligible for this scheme to let them know about it. If you’re able to help them apply, please do so as soon as possible, the limited funding will be allocated quickly.”

Application form: www.hastings.gov.uk/benefits/hsf

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