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Homeless charity appeals for new trustees to provide vital services

PUBLISHED: 17:04 06 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:04 06 June 2018

Emmaus Norfolk and Waveney community builiding at All Hallows Convent, Ditchingham. Photo courtesy of Emmaus.

Emmaus Norfolk and Waveney community builiding at All Hallows Convent, Ditchingham. Photo courtesy of Emmaus.

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A homelessness charity is appealing for new trustees with a keen business sense to help it support those in need.

Milee Brambleby, trustee at Emmaus Norfolk and Waveney. Photo courtesy of Emmaus.Milee Brambleby, trustee at Emmaus Norfolk and Waveney. Photo courtesy of Emmaus.

Emmaus Norfolk and Waveney, based in Ditchingham, provide a home and meaningful work for 23 people at a time.

Across the charity’s two second-hand shops, in Bungay and Ditchingham respectively, the ‘companions’ using the service gain valuable work experience through collecting furniture, van driving and customer service.

However, trustees play a vital role; offering skills, knowledge and experience to help in the development and governance of the charity.

Conflict resolution consultant Milee Brambleby has been a trustee since 2014 and believes the position provides a rewarding and satisfying role for anyone interested in using their skills to help others.

She said: “Meeting the companions and understanding what they have lived and what the stability of Emmaus meant to them was an eye-opener.

“It was the stories of the companions that made me certain that I wanted to be a trustee.”

“New companions are often quiet, head down, and obviously hurting in a lot of ways.

“When I visit after a couple of months that new companion is looking you in the eye, smiling at customers – it’s just glorious to see.”

Ms Brambleby added: “The ethos behind Emmaus is entirely about supporting those that need it while they take the time to rebuild their lives. I get a huge sense of satisfaction and it is a privilege to be involved in making that happen.

“If you are looking for an opportunity to make an immediate and genuine difference to the life of someone that is really struggling then this is for you. If you’re up for helping in a practical way then you will get so much more back than you ever put in.”

The charity is keen to encourage applications from anyone with professional backgrounds.

Trustees meet as a board 12 times each year and individual trustees may also get involved in other ways, as their time permits. The charity provides full induction training and offers reimbursements for travel expenses.

If you are interested in becoming a trustee call 01986 895 444 or email info@emmausnorfolkandwaveney.org

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