With a new operator shortly to reopen Broadland Business Park’s popular Waterside Café, the furniture is being replaced throughout the building. However, instead of going to waste, homeless charity, Emmaus, was donated the surplus and will be putting it to good use.
Emmaus Norfolk & Waveney provides a home for as long as is needed, support and meaningful work opportunities for up for 32 formerly homeless people, living in a stable environment with the opportunity to gain new skills helps people to regain any lost self-esteem and confidence, helping them to can get back on their feet and create a new future for themselves.
Their companions each have their own bedrooms, with all the normal living expenses covered. They all eat delicious home-cooked meals together in a communal dining room and Emmaus encourages companions to socialise in communal spaces.
Unlike hostels, the people Emmaus help volunteer for up to 40 hours per a week in their social enterprise, with 20 days leave to use throughout the year.
This gives them the chance to gain hands-on work experience and build their confidence, working within Emmaus's charity shops, sorting stock and serving customers, van driving, collecting donations and making deliveries to customers.