When a person joins our community, they will be provided with an individual bedroom. We all eat meals together in a communal dining room and normal living expenses are covered. There is no time limit. People have the opportunity to rebuild their lives following homelessness and the stability of no time limit helps this.
If a person is accepted at Emmaus, they must sign off all benefits with the exception of Housing Benefit. Emmaus claims this to help to support the community.
Some people stay at Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney for a few months. However, some leave after a short time and others stay for years.
We know that it takes more than just a roof over someone’s head to help them overcome homelessness. That’s why, unlike hostels, we ask people to volunteer up to 40 hours per a week in our social enterprise with 20 days leave.
Volunteering covers work in our two second-hand shops, maintenance, van driving, collections and deliveries, stock sorting, upcycling and kitchen work.
Free training is provided in health and safety, first aid, manual handling, food hygiene and other subjects as relevant.
Opportunities are provided to access other courses too. People can apply for the Emmaus UK Companion Training Fund to help cover the costs.
Some people also choose to gain experience in the PAT testing room to test donations of electrical items.
Stuart, Emmaus companion
“My mindset has completely changed since arriving too – I feel much happier and more confident in myself again.”