The Suffolk Model
At Emmaus Suffolk we have focused on offering meaningful activities to people whom are vulnerably housed. (In hostel or temporary accommodation). Work is an integral part of community life, and the social enterprise side of the Emmaus Suffolk community helps to generate the income that will ultimately make us self-sustaining, something every community is working towards.
Our research shows that 79% of companions who have volunteered at Emmaus for a few months say that working and having something to do every day has been most beneficial part of their experience.
Our main business activity is collecting donated furniture and household goods and selling them in our shops. Some items are refurbished or “upcycled”, re-painting and re-upholstering it to give it a new lease of life before it is sold on. This gives volunteers the opportunity to gain new skills, or use their existing creative flair to bring something back into use. In the case of electrical items; all are PAT tested for safety.
The Charity has enriched the main business activity by partnering with two other social enterprises – offering their ethical products at all their social enterprises. These two product ranges are:
- SESI Refill household detergents
To support the growing movement against single use products we have sourced these ethically produced cleaning products via a refill service where customers can bring their own containers or buy bottles for multiple 500ml units of the product. Refilling themselves from large containers. The products are Vegan friendly and the range includes hand soap, toilet cleaner, a variety of laundry detergents and softeners, surface cleaner and glass cleaner.
- CCORRN Remix Paint
Chalk furniture paint that is made from fully recycled donated paint. It is a product already being used by Volunteers to upcycle some of the furniture being sold.