A day in the life

At Emmaus St Albans the Companions are encouraged to work across a range of disciplines. During our last visit, we established the five key areas as; Catering, Housekeeping, Retail, Vans and Workshop. The Companions play the lead role in all operations. We wanted to capture what it is to live and work in this establishment, a behind the scenes insight into daily life.

Self-documentation is a powerful method for observing processes over a long period of time, or for understanding the nuances of community life when the researcher can’t be there.
— ideo.org

With five disposable cameras up for grabs, a Companion representing each of the five work areas volunteered to document a 'Day in the Life'. There were no rules or restrictions, simply the film and 24 hours in which to complete it. Everything from their first activity of a morning, breakfast / lunch / dinner, conversations with the Emmaus community, work related activities and downtime. The choice was theirs.

Here are a couple of our favourites...

Housekeeping - Green Fingers

  (Photo: Emmaus St Albans)

(Photo: Emmaus St Albans)

Retail - A Christmas Welcome

  (Photo: Emmaus St Albans)

(Photo: Emmaus St Albans)

 

Author: J. Ashbridge