We couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers. Volunteers offer a valuable resource to Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney by giving their time, dedication, skills and knowledge and we invite people to come and work alongside our companions.

In return, we aim to give volunteers meaningful responsibilities, effective supervision and recognition for the work they do for us. Our volunteers work alongside our companions, staff and other volunteers, so you’ll get to know lots of other people and their amazing stories.  This is immensely positive and one of the main reasons why Emmaus communities work so well.

We reimburse reasonable travel expenses and provide a meal if you work a full day, as well as offering training and development opportunities for our committed volunteers.

Join us as a volunteer and discover the feel-good benefits of friendship, sharing interests and skills as a valued member of our community.

We have a wide range of varied and interesting volunteering opportunities on offer.  We are looking for volunteers in the following areas:

  • Property Maintenance (Ditchingham)
  • Furniture upcycling (Ditchingham and Norwich)
  • Gardeners (Ditchingham)
  • Companion Activities (Ditchingham)
  • Donation Processing (Ditchingham and Norwich)
  • PAT Testing (Ditchingham)
  • Retail volunteers (Ditchingham and Norwich)
  • Valuation skills (Ditchingham)
  • Clock/Watch Repairs (Ditchingham)
  • Warehouse Volunteer (Norwich)
  • Delivery Volunteer (Ditchingham/Norwich)

Do you have a talent or skill you wish to teach companions at Emmaus that isn’t listed?

Do you have a talent or skill you would like to teach companions at Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney? We are always looking for volunteers that can teach companions skills that will help them in the future or train them in a certain area of employment.

Retail: Could you teach our companions merchandising techniques, customer service skills, how to deal with complaints, or how to work as part of a team?

Life skills: Could you teach our companions budgeting skills, gardening skills, cooking and healthy eating skills, interview skills, or how to search for jobs?

Fitness & Sport: Could you coach our companions in a sport such as football, yoga, running, or general fitness?

So if you looking for something interesting to do and want to share our journey, please get in touch.

Interested in finding out more? Contact us by email or by phone on 01986 895444. Alternatively, please download the Volunteer Application form. Once complete, return to us and we’ll be in touch!

Pat's Story

Pat's Story

“It’s been an enormous pleasure to be able to work with books, something we both enjoy, but the main pleasure has been the bond that we have formed with the team at Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney. We have met some splendid people and formed friendships with both staff and companions. The companions have been the real highlight of our experience working with the charity.

What would I say to someone considering volunteering with Emmaus Norfolk and Waveney? Do it!”

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Sue's Story

Sue's Story

“I would like to tell anyone interested in volunteering at Emmaus to definitely go for it. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here, and I have no plans to stop volunteering. Ten years ago I would have never seen myself as a regular volunteer at the same place for so long. Now, I feel like part of the community, I have made great friends with the companions, staff, and other volunteers, and my daughter and grandchildren visit the shop and café regularly.

Emmaus is not only a home to its companions, but to the volunteers and staff too.”

Sue's Story