Emmaus Suffolk provides work opportunities and experience to those who have been unemployed for a long time, those who are socially isolated and people who are homeless or at risk of being so. By offering volunteering roles within our social enterpises, Emmaus Suffolk gives people the chance to make a difference for themselves, in a supportive environment through work-related experience and training.

Equally, volunteering is a great way to learn new skills and meet new people at the same time as helping your local community and supporting the Emmaus ethos.

In return, all volunteers have access to the Emmaus Suffolk Support Team and can access our Upcycling Workshops free of charge.

We are always looking for volunteers to help with:

  • Sorting donations such as clothes, bric-a-brac and furniture
  • Working in our shops, serving customers
  • Driving our van or supporting our van team
  • Growing, planting and maintaining our community garden
  • Fundraising
  • Upcycling furniture

All volunteers are treated equally and for those who feel they are not ready to work on the shop floor we can offer many behind the scenes roles. We take the health and safety of our team very seriously and we adhere to all Government guidelines regarding COVID-19.

If you would like to become a volunteer in our community please contact us on 01473 225627 and ask for Emma or email [email protected]

Benefits of Volunteering 

Benefits of Volunteering 

Volunteering with Emmaus Suffolk is a great way of meeting new people, gaining valuable work experience and helping us to continue our work in the community. We are a fun team with people of all ages and from all backgrounds volunteering and working with us.

In addition to this, all volunteers with Emmaus Suffolk receive:

  • All volunteers in receipt of an income-based benefit will have their return fare from Ipswich town centre to the Dales hub refunded
  • We offer a DVD and book borrow bank
  • Monthly ambient food parcels
  • Free refreshments at all sites
  • Seasonal “Thank You” events
  • Free use of our laundry and shower facilities at the Dales hub
  • Free access to our craft and upcycling workshops led by our craft expert Chrissie.
Access to Support Services

Access to Support Services

When you volunteer with Emmaus Suffolk you also get access to our full-time support team, who are able to work with all our volunteers to help with:

  • Benefits
  • Housing
  • Looking for work
  • Budgeting
  • Confidence
  • Self-esteem building
  • Looking after your general health and well-being

We can also help to sign-post to other other local and national organisations who provide help and support.  Our team treat all requests for support in the strictest of confidence.

Contact us for more information

Contact us for more information

If you would like to become a volunteer in our community please contact us on 01473 225627 and ask for Emma or email [email protected]

“I don’t feel so alone coming here, I don’t have to explain myself on the bad days. Volunteers look out for each other and support each other.”

“After a long time of sad experiences my work here has really helped me improve my sense of self-worth.”

“Emmaus Suffolk has helped me beat my depression by meeting people and socialising.”