Emmaus Suffolk provide a home for as long as needed. There is no time limit on staying with us, and this stability helps people to rebuild their lives following homelessness.
People who come to Emmaus Suffolk can live in our Community House on Cromer Road, Ipswich or in our Community Rooms at the Royal Oak.
Our Community House in Cromer Road, Ipswich provides accommodation for up to three residents. The aim of our Community House is to provide a stepping stone to help people rebuild their lives and move on to live and work completely independently.
People living within our Community House receive support to live as independently as possible. They can claim Universal Credit and are responsible for managing their own budgets, paying their bills, and shopping and cooking for themselves. They still receive support from the Emmaus Suffolk team, but do not have a staff member living on-on site.
We have four Community Rooms at the Royal Oak, and each room has a double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, desk, and a television. The flat is completely self-contained with a newly renovated kitchen, two bathrooms and laundry room.
People living here receive a weekly food and monthly personal allowance, along with money towards a leaving fund. To live here tenants, need to sign off all benefits with exception of Housing Benefit. This is claimed by Emmaus Suffolk to support the running of the community. Like the Community House, there is no limit to how long someone can stay in the Community Rooms.
Our support team work with each individual through a person-centred approach to help them grow and develop in their time at Emmaus Suffolk and best set them up for life outside Emmaus.
At Emmaus Suffolk we offer more than just a roof over someone’s head. We provide people living with us with new skills and help boost their self-esteem through training opportunities. Everyone that lives at Emmaus Suffolk volunteers in our social enterprises including our second-hand shops, Royal Oak Café, gardening, maintenance, van driving, collection and deliveries, stock sorting.
We welcome everyone that stays with us to our ‘Work it Out‘ programme of workshops and talks focused on gaining new skills and exploring interests.
People living with us also have the chance to take further training funded by the Companion Training Fund as well as free training in health and safety, manual handling, food hygiene.