Through providing meaningful occupation, Emmaus creates a means of gaining experience, training and transferable skills, building self-respect and personal empowerment for the volunteers. Emmaus Suffolk has had no statutory funding and is fully self-sufficient through income generation, local grants and fundraising. The overarching aim is to maintain a self-sustaining business and service provider.

Local Value:

  • Over 80 individuals volunteered with us each year since opening.
  • 31 NRC’s have moved on into work including 6 employed by the Charity
  • 5 NRC’s have been supported into housing – 3 from street homelessness
  • 42 NRC’s currently working in the business
  • 14 NRC’s have moved on into further education

Enriching the volunteer offer

We offer a range of activities at the Hub (The Dales) for all NRC’s to participate in, which is separate from the work framework.

Painting/Upcycling techniques – peer lead by NRC’s

WEA – mindfulness, stress management, first aid, IT for beginners, Interview techniques.

Derby College – Retail and Customer Services accredited qualification.

Health Checks – From Suffolk Life

Creative Workshops – working in partnership with local artists.

Gardening – in the disability accessible wildlife garden.

Shower and Laundrette facilities – for individuals to wash themselves and their belongings.

Community Activities

During 2018 and 2019 at the Hub we also offered free space to local groups and clubs to meet and we promoted these groups to the wider local community.

Vegan Society \ Knit and Natter \ Card Making with Becky \ Arts and Crafts with Jude \ Netmums \ Do Good Networking \ Timmy’s Mittens Crochet Club

Sock Appeal – over 8000 new pairs collected and distributed.

This free space offer is ongoing.




Download a copy of this PDF: Emmaus Suffolk Outcomes