I’m Simon Blakeley and I joined Emmaus Bradford as a trustee in February 2022. I am a solicitor and I have worked for firms in Bradford for almost all of the 40 years of my career; for the last 16 years I have owned my own firm. I am also chairman of a charity based in Bradford that provides grants to other charities and local community groups in the city of Bradford.
I met the leader of the board of trustees at Emmaus Bradford, Sarah Dixon, and she told me about Emmaus – wearing my other charity hat I said we could probably assist with the work on the community building, Pollard House, (we could!) and it went from there; Sarah invited me to become a trustee! I have always been committed to helping people in Bradford (I love the place!) and I thought I might be able to help, or rather Sarah thought I might be able to help!
I’m most looking forward to getting Pollard House open and full, and contributing whatever I can to the growth of Emmaus in Bradford. What I love most about Emmaus is the ethos of helping others and at the same time ensuring that people can help themselves. Emmaus is helping others through their difficult times to learn and develop so that they can help themselves and others, following on.
My hopes for the future are that I can learn more about my role as a trustee, I joined at the start on 2022, and then help Emmaus Bradford develop, anything else would be presumptuous of me at this stage.
Emmaus is on the look out for trustees with experience in adult social care management, homelessness support services, or strategic marketing and fundraising to volunteer to help support our charity to end homelessness in Bradford. To find out more, please visit our trustees role on the volunteers page of our website or contact the chair [email protected]