Our Impact


  • 80 individuals volunteered with us each year
  • Over 25 volunteers have moved on into work
  • 6 volunteers have been supported into housing - 4 of which were street homelessness
  • 6 paid staff within the business started as volunteers
  • 42 volunteers currently working in the business
  • 7 volunteers have moved on into further education
  • We are a National Living Wage employer

Value for Volunteers - There are many opportunities for volunteers that are brought to the Community Hub at the Dales through out the year.  Here is some examples of what was on offer in 2018.

  • Painting techniques – lead by volunteers for volunteers
  • WEA – mindfulness, stress management, first aid, IT for beginners, Interview techniques.
  • Derby College – Retail and Customer Services accredited qualification.
  • Health Checks – From Suffolk Life
  • Bench Project Workshops

Emmaus Suffolk is a new non-residential offer within the federation

Emmaus Suffolk is a National Living wage employer

Emmaus Suffolk is a prevention service and a support service.

Emmaus Suffolk has had no statutory funding and is fully self sufficient through income generation, local grants and fundraising.

Community Hub at the Dales. - We encourage other community based organisations to use our Community Hub for their meeting: We have welcomed these groups at our venue already, we would love to encourage more local groups to use our free Hub -

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

Partnership working is at the core of our offer for Ipswich and across the county.  We are proud to be working with:


Emmaus doesn’t only have a significant impact on the lives of people who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion, it also brings wider social and economic benefits.

In 2012, a group of researchers talked to companions and staff members in seven communities across the UK, trying to establish the main outcomes of Emmaus’s work.

Their research found that for every £1 invested in an established Emmaus community, £11 is generated in social, environmental and economic returns. 

The benefits included:

·Keeping people out of hospital, and helping them to be safe and well, saved the Department of Heath £1,478,506 for NHS and emergency service costs;

·Emmaus saved local government £2,447,612 which would have been spent on hostel accommodation, drug and alcohol services and landfill

·Keeping people in work and out of prison saved the Ministry of Justice £778,435.

The report found that Emmaus communities successfully provide a place for people in vulnerable housing situations to rebuild their lives by offering them meaningful work and support. Significant benefits were linked to substantial improvements in companions’ physical and mental health, including reductions in substance misuse.

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