The Norfolk Assistance scheme, which Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney partners with to provide white goods and vital household items to individuals and families in crisis, has been selected as a runner up in the Guardian Public Service Awards 2019 in the climate champions category.

Norfolk County Council’s assistance scheme used to provide new white goods and household items, however under the scheme’s new reuse development project, applicants now get quality items from partners including charities like Emmaus instead.

This more than halves the average award cost and means the scheme, which last year made 1,118 awards, can help more people while also supporting local charities and reducing the burden on landfill. The scheme has also found that buying new meant they were forced to go to the low end of the market for items with a short shelf life, but now applicants are receiving much better quality items for less.

Individuals and families who receive an award from the scheme visit the Emmaus site in Ditchingham, where there is a dedicated team to help them. Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney is extremely proud to be partnering with a scheme that supports people in crisis and is also environmentally conscious.

To find out more about the scheme, please visit here.

To donate items to Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney, please visit here.