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Job Opportunity: Volunteer Co-ordinator

Volunteer co-ordinator Fixed term post for 12 months, 37.5 hours per week, £20,000 p.a. To work with Emmaus Managers to develop volunteer input across all charitable areas, using volunteers to enhance the service provided for Rough Sleepers and companions and to ensure that volunteers within Emmaus are appropriately recruited, supported, and managed. Main Responsibilities: Responsible for recruitment of potential volunteers and all related administrative processes including interview and selection, taking up references, arranging DBS checks and screening. Ensure all volunteering activities meet with the Emmaus service needs and are carried out in line with policies regarding health and safety, legal requirements, environmental and equal opportunity policies and general duty of care. Provide regular contact and support to all volunteers to encourage motivation and loyalty and ensure that their work is valued. Have responsibility for organising and delivering all volunteer induction training, ensuring that all mandatory requirements as well as imparting Emmaus and volunteer information. Identify and deliver specific additional volunteer training through ongoing training needs analysis and participation in volunteer activities to pitch training at appropriate level taking account of limitations of the voluntary role. Deal with initial stages of conflict, grievances and complaints as appropriate. Review volunteer placements where […]

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Summer Case Study 4

Simon has been working well with one of our rough sleepers in the Crash Pad in Bridlington. The gentleman will be moving into his permanent home in the next few weeks. Thank you to the East Riding Council for all your support in this fast move on to a permanent home.

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Summer Case Study 3

The Hull Outreach Team came across a rough sleeper who said that he come from Leeds on the train and that he wanted to try and find his brother who was in Hull. This rough sleeper said that he did have accommodation in Leeds but did not wish to return. The team spoke with his support worker in Leeds and they said he was so close to getting permanent accommodation because he had been in a hostel for a year. Emmaus tried to find a bed for the rough sleeper, but he did not want to go into any emergency accommodation and said that he was fine sleeping outside. His support worker confirmed that he had mental health issues and that he is alcohol dependant and has been drinking alcohol for 9 months straight. I told the rough sleeper that we would come and find him the following day and support him to the relevant services due to it been late at night and no services were open. The next day we found this rough sleeper slouched in a bus stop and he said that he did not remember speaking with the team the day before and he told us […]

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Summer Case Study 2

The Outreach Team came across a tent during their shift. They approached it and found a young man inside. He was a little unsure at first and did not want to share much information with us. After getting into a conversation with him he told us that he has been released from prison with no fixed abode and had no where to go, so he was forced to sleep on the streets. He had no source of income and was not in receipt of any benefits. We worked with him to discuss his options with regards to housing. He said he had an appointment with the council housing options which he was going to attend that week. We encouraged him to go there and to explain his situation to them. We said we could help him to set up a benefits claim and he was happy for us to support him with this. The next time we visited he was a little more relaxed and he started to open up to us. He told us he was struggling with his mental health due to his situation and that he uses cannabis to deal with his thoughts. We advised that we […]

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Summer Case Study 1

The Hull Outreach team came across a chap who was rough sleeping near one of the hostels in the town after he was asked to leave due to his behaviour. He said his girlfriend had been taken to the hospital and was being kept in and he was worried about her. He said this was why he was acting the way he had been. He also made us aware he had various medical conditions and he needed to pick up his medication for these, while also needing some stitches removing from a wound to his eye. We contacted his partner to reassure him she was OK and in the best place to help her get better. We also accompanied him to the doctors and then the pharmacy to collect his medication and have his stiches removed. We then spent time with him trying to get some accommodation within other emergency accommodation in the city. We spoke to the housing team about this. Unfortunately he had been asked to leave other emergency accommodation due to behaviour recently and was unable to access the services there. We spoke to him about another accommodation option within the city which we could refer to […]

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Emmaus Newland Store Set to Relaunch

Emmaus Newland store set to re-launch

We’ve been closed for a while, but we are now thrilled to announce that our store on Newland Avenue  will be re-launched on Wednesday 22 July. Our team has been working hard behind-the-scenes on a completely new look for the shop, which will reopen with a new name: Emmaus Newland. Our new opening hours are: Monday to Saturday 10am – 3pm. These reduced hours will allow us time to implement a rigorous daily cleaning regime at the end of each day. This stylish store, at 193 Newland Avenue in Hull, is fully stocked with a range of quality pre-loved clothes, as well as a bric-a-brac and small furniture area to browse through. We’re operating a cash-only till at this time. We’re really proud of our new-look store. The makeover was led by local interior designer Rob Fawcett, who also kindly runs upcycling workshops for our companions. Read Rob’s story here. Keeping everyone safe whilst shopping Please avoid visiting our store if you or members of your household have been experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. We have completed a COVID-19 secure Risk Assessment. In order to give everyone a pleasant, safe experience at Emmaus Newland, we now have a one-way system in place […]

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Richard’s Story

I Came to Emmaus nearly 5 month ago…completely broken amidst a personal and long lasting nightmare of addiction and mental health complications riddled with all kinds of negativity and mental distress and not knowing myself at all, turning my back on everything and everyone whilst being at a staggeringly low 9 1/2 stone… Nearly 5 months later, I’ve weened off 2 regular medications and am now reaching the same time clean and sober, can work a 40+ hour week again without feeling like a ghost afterwards and NOW weigh just shy of 13 stone!!! I haven’t weighed this much since I was in my teens! 😌! All in all, I finally have a life worth living and some pretty incredible people populating it too. Thank you to everyone who has and continues to be there for me on a daily basis and for being the extraordinary support network I’ve needed in order to succeed! I love you all from the bottom of my soul 👊❤️ Recovery is always possible Recovery is always worth it! 🙏

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Our Emmaus Furniture Superstore is now open!

We’re excited to welcome you back The wait is over. We are thrilled to announce that our Furniture Superstore is now open. This massive store, at 32 Lockwood Street in Hull, is full of a large range of quality second-hand furniture and household goods. Our new opening hours are: Monday to Saturday 10am – 3pm These reduced hours will allow us time to implement a rigorous daily cleaning regime at the end of each day. Keeping everyone safe whilst shopping Please avoid visiting our store if you or members of your household have been experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. We have completed a COVID-19 secure Risk Assessment. In order to give everyone a pleasant, safe experience in our Furniture Superstore, we now have new one-way systems in place to aid social distancing, and will be limiting numbers of customers at any one time. We’d be grateful if customers avoided visiting in large groups. Alongside new cleaning measures in place, we’ve installed perspex screens at our tills, and we’re asking customers to pay using contactless if at all possible. Whilst browsing, we’ll be asking customers to please avoid touching items they don’t plan to purchase. Front-of-property Delivery Service Our usual home delivery service […]

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Homeless Charity HullHARP funds a sustainable shelter coordinator at Emmaus

HullHARP, a  local homeless charity has provided funds for an extra member of staff at Emmaus to reduce rough sleeping and homelessness during Covid 19. Director of Emmaus Hull and East Riding, Kelly Finnis said;  “Firstly, we’d like to thank HULLHARP for this generous and kind offer. During this global pandemic charities like our own are facing substantial financial loses. This funding will go a long way in making a huge difference. As a city we are dynamic in our approaches to reducing rough sleeping and citywide partners continue to work closely together to deliver a variety of solutions to meet a diverse range of needs. This funded post will work with those in very temporary accommodation in Hull & the East Riding, our existing Outreach teams, and our many partners to collectively secure longer-term solutions. Thank you once again to HULLHARP for coming forward and making this happen” HULLHARP Chair, Sandy Smith said “Our Trustees have been following the work the Outreach Team at Emmaus have been undertaking over recent months. One of the issues we identified was a shortfall in intensive work with those rough sleepers who have been housed through the Council. We believe this is a […]

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