Friday 23 March 2018

Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney highly commended at Norfolk Eco Awards

Emmaus Norfolk and Waveney Eco Awards

Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney are celebrating after the charity was highly commended in the Eco community group category at the Norwich & Norfolk Eco Awards 2017-18.

The Awards, which is now in its tenth year, took place on Tuesday 20 March at The Halls in Norwich. The event, which paid tribute to individuals, organisations and companies who put environmental issues at the heart of what they do, recognised a variety of eco-projects throughout the county.

Highly commended at the awards, Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney work to support 23 companions (formerly homeless people) by providing a stable home for as long as they need and meaningful work in its two charity shops in Ditchingham and Bungay.

Companions work full time in the shops, taking in and selling donated and refurbished furniture, household goods, bric-a-brac, and vintage pieces. The income generated through Emmaus’ shops goes straight back into the community and enables companions to develop skills, rebuild their self-respect and help others in greater need than themselves.

Three Emmaus companions James, Darren, and Ryan, attended the event and were delighted to receive recognition on behalf of everyone at Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney for the work they do repairing, upcycling and selling donated goods to help raise the vital funds needed for the community.

Eco AwardsAlso in attendance was newly appointed Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney Community Director, David Grieves, who said:

“As an organisation, Emmaus is committed to recycling, and donations from the public not only help to fund our community and give our companions meaningful work, but also helps to reduce unnecessary landfill. Our goal is to help formerly homeless people regain their self-respect and in due course move back into mainstream society - continued support, kind donations and recognition like this award help us to achieve that goal.”

Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney try to sell, recycle and restore all donations. Furniture, white goods, electrical items, bric-a-brac and other household items are donated, repaired in the on-site workshop and presented for sale in the Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney social enterprises. Items which cannot be sold or repaired, or clothes and textiles in unsellable condition are sold onto a third party. 

If you would like to get involved or donate an item please call 01986 895444 or visit the Emmaus charity shops in Ditchingham and Bungay.