Brian's story

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My background is in building and sheet work. I’ve always been a practical kind of bloke, and that’s why life at Emmaus suits me. I’ve lived in various Emmaus communities over the last 12 years and I like the life, I have no desire to move on. I look after the garden here at Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney, which is a full-time job in itself, they are big old grounds.

Last year we had an open day to get the apple harvest in, and this year I think I am going to work on getting a vegetable patch started. It’s nice to have a project.

I first became involved with Emmaus after going through a bit of a personal rough patch. A girl I was seeing died in a car crash. It was a pretty tough time, but actually what was hardest for me was people’s sympathy. Every time someone was kind to me, asked me how I was doing, I actually felt worse. In fact, in the end, I just upped and hit the road and started walking, just so I didn’t have to talk about it any more.

I walked along the canal paths all the way from Oxford down to the south coast, to Dover, where I happened to meet a policeman on his beat. He directed me to Emmaus St Martin's and I stayed there for quite a time. I enjoyed spending time in the workshop, renovating the furniture, but after a while I got itchy feet. I’ve spent time at the communities in Village Carlton, Sheffield and Colchester; each one is different.

I’m quite comfortable at Emmaus Norfolk and Waveney for now. I don’t ask for much, and I’m in touch with my family, they are not too far away. The Emmaus life will do me just fine for the time being.