Each year, our amazing volunteers in Emmaus communities donate a total of over 1,400 hours.
From serving customers in our shops to driving our vans, each person is helping us continue to offer a home and meaningful work to those who need it most. Together, we are transforming the lives of formerly homeless people.
To celebrate Volunteers’ Week, we spoke to Emmaus volunteers from across the UK, asking them why they do it and what they get out of it. We hope you enjoy the videos and quotes below.
If you’d like to find out more about Emmaus volunteering in your area, please drop us an email with your name and postcode to firstname.lastname@example.org - we’ll be in touch.
"I volunteer for Emmaus because I want to support people who live on the streets. I want to help them to get a second chance in life"
- Jack, volunteer at Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland.
“I am an ex-joiner so I like to keep busy with my hands. I enjoy it. Emmaus is a good organisation to work for; they’re very friendly and I feel appreciated”
- Keith, volunteer at Emmaus Mossley.
"After suffering with depression, volunteering with Emmaus helps keep my mind occupied. It helps me. I feel I can help others which gives me purpose; it’s a reason to get out of bed each day”
- John, volunteer at Emmaus St Albans.
“I’m a volunteer at Emmaus & it's a privilege to work at such a lovely place. I've met lots of lovely people. Thanks Emmaus!”
– Hairiong, volunteer at Emmaus Colchester.
"Volunteering for Emmaus is one of the best things I have ever agreed to. I love my time here and really feel part of the whole thing. Emmaus is a fantastic charity that helps people in the right way"
– Lyn, volunteer at Emmaus Leicestershire & Rutland.