If you’d like to make new friends, have a fun and fulfilling day whilst learning new skills then Emmaus Suffolk could be the place for you. By offering volunteering roles within our (not for profit) business we want to give people the chance to make a difference for themselves, in a supportive environment through work related experience and training.
Don't take our word for it, these are quotes from our volunteers:
'having positive role models around me allows me to make decisions independently'
'it has helped me beat depression by meeting other people and socialising'
'it has given me more confidence and support'
'after a long time of sad experiences my work here has really helped me improve my sense of self worth'
'I have been made to feel valued'
We have shops in Ipswich and Felixstowe and our Dales Road Hub has a community café and garden so there are many ways in which you can get involved and make a difference.
In the shops:- On the shop floor, in the café, preparing stock, helping customers.
On the van:- helping out with loading, unloading, stock delivery and collection
In the workshop:- upcycling furniture or put any sewing skills to use
Clothes preparation:- sorting, steaming, tagging, display etc.
Bric-a-brac:- sorting, display etc.
Books, dvds, cds etc:- Checking for damage, processing through an electronic resale system, sorting, display etc.
We offer opportunities through meaningful activity for homeless, socially-isolated and long term unemployed people. The organisation provides education, training (including employment training) and work opportunities, and brings about the relief of poverty and resulting distress by helping people develop their skills in order to gain future employment, and maintain their sense of self-worth and dignity.
Emmaus Suffolk is a new and different way of increasing the chances for the homeless and long term unemployed in Ipswich, entering back into work and have a more fulfilling life, using a tried and tested successful national model. Emmaus Suffolk is an Independent charity, holding membership of the Federation of Emmaus Communities in the UK. All the money made in Suffolk stays in Suffolk