Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney is a homelessness charity and one of 29 communities across the UK. Together, we support more than 800 people, known within Emmaus as companions. Each community provides a home for as long as needed and meaningful work in a social enterprise.
As a result, people are given the chance to regain their confidence and build their self-esteem with no time limit. In addition, there are also five Emmaus groups currently working to open new communities.
We support up to 23 people in our community in Ditchingham. You only have to read the stories of some of the people we have supported to see what a difference Emmaus makes.
"Without the lifeline and second chance, I wouldn’t be able to say that I'm living independently and working as a full-time paid van driver at Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney. I've finally got my life back."
"Emmaus is more than just a place to live."
"I like getting up in the morning at Emmaus because I have a purpose and it is my home, which is a great feeling."
"Emmaus is there for everybody and has given me another chance in life.
"I felt like my life was over before Emmaus. Life didn’t mean anything to me anymore and I was just waiting to die."
We offer people a place to call home for as long as they need it and meaningful work in our social enterprise. Living in a stable environment with the opportunity to gain new skills helps our companions to regain any lost self-esteem and confidence, so they can get back on their feet.
Emmaus Norfolk and Waveney first formed in 2009. The initial development phase took a couple of years of dedicated volunteer fundraising and planning. The Sisters of All Hallows kindly offered our community a long-term base and premises set in several acres in the tranquil convent grounds. Emmaus Norfolk and Waveney first opened its doors to companions in 2011.
Research shows that for every £1 invested in a community, there is an £11 social, environmental and economic return, with savings to the benefits bill, health services and a reduction in crime.