Year | 2021
Location | Sipelia Works, Sheffield
Client | Graham Bostock [CEO] Emmaus Sheffield


For six weeks, the Emmaus Live Project team have worked alongside the Emmaus Team, located in the Wicker, Sheffield, to collaborate on ideas of a future vision. The team produced a phased funding document that the Emmaus Team can present to potential funders for future bids.

Emmaus is unique as it provides a home for as long as someone needs it, in an Emmaus community. Giving people the opportunity to take stock of their lives, deal with any issues they might have, and re-establish relationships with loved ones. A ‘companion’ is the name assigned to those who live in the Emmaus community and work in the social enterprise. Emmaus social enterprises generate revenue that pays for companions’ home, food, and care. This is key to restoring feelings of self-worth, showing that their actions make a real difference, to their own life, and the lives of others. – The team sought to develop a vision for the future of Emmaus, ensuring its success as a social enterprise, with phased projects that could be undertaken when funding becomes available.

The Live Project team engaged with the Emmaus’ staff, to understand the existing aspirations of both the staff and companions and created a collaborative vision for Emmaus’ future. Due to the vulnerability of some of the companions during the Covid-19 pandemic. Engagement was targeted at the longstanding Emmaus staff and pastoral care members, with proposed views mocked up for the enjoyment of Staff and Companions. The final document provided a platform for discussions with potential funders, it also enabled greater participation with the community members allowing them to communicate their ideas.

Working alongside the Emmaus staff and companions have brought valuable insight to the live project group. The team was able to produce a funding document for the client for future opportunities. The production of the document allowed for greater team organisation, through clear communication between the group internally, and the client. Additionally, the group proposed an idea for public outreach which outlines key strategies to attract visitors from the city centre. This included a proposed mural on part of the external fabric of the site, as well as suggestions on signage throughout Emmaus Sheffield and the city. The project seeks to enhance the lives of the current residents, while encouraging the local community to engage with the project, facilitating future initiatives and the growth of Emmaus Sheffield.

Funding Document
Brief Diagram
The Shed View
The Courtyard View
The Recreational Area View
Long Section
Ground Floor Plan
Gantt Chart of Project Phasing
Emmaus Live Project 2021 Poster