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Job Opportunity – Finance role

20 hours per week permanent (flexible working available), c £14,000 p.a. Emmaus Hull & East Riding  are seeking to appoint a Finance team member. The successful candidate will be responsible for a broad range of Financial and Management Accounting. This is a permanent post. Emmaus Hull & East Riding are a vibrant charity with a range of financial activities. We require a flexible approach and are looking to enhance our finance capacity within our small organisation. We can be flexible regarding your financial qualifications. Having the appropriate skills and experience are a requisite for the role. This maybe via qualification or experience gained. In addition we also need the successful candidate to identify with the values of the charity and work in a manner that supports the charity in meeting its aims and those of the people we work with.

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Paul’s story

In 2005 I Became homeless for the first time. When you are homeless, you never really close your eyes. I avoided the towns and tried to keep a low profile. If you had anything of value, you would get jumped. Sometimes you would get jumped just because someone felt like it – they didn’t need a reason. There were times I felt like ending it all, but something always held me back. I managed to find work at Funfairs and at Holiday Camps but the work was seasonal and I wasn’t accomplishing anything long term. A move back to Yorkshire to re connect with family didn’t work out like I imagined so I found myself back in the South sleeping rough once more. There were days I felt like jumping off the end of the Pier, but then I was referred to Emmaus and my life changed. The day I walked into Emmaus was emotional. I didn’t feel judged and I was welcomed by everyone. You just can’t explain the feeling of relief when you don’t have to worry about your next meal or your next hot shower. We have our ups and downs like all families, and that’s what […]

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Job opportunity at Emmaus – Chef

37.5 hours per week, £18.065 p.a. We are looking for a cook to join our fantastic team and provide 2 meals per day for up to 35 people. The right candidate will need to create a menu that is both innovative and cost effective. Must be able to complete all records in a timely manner. Needs to understand and adhere to all HACCP guidelines and food safety regulations. Must be creative in food delivery and be able to maintain high standards. Job Responsibilities: Set up the kitchen each morning for the day ahead Create a menu for the week ahead Cook food in a timely manner Introduce cooking clubs for companions Conduct deep cleans on a weekly basis Ensure appealing plate presentation Supervise companions that are in situ to help Slightly modify recipes to meet companions needs and requests (e.g. reduce salt, remove dairy) Monitor food stock and place orders Check freshness of food and discard out-of-date items Experiment with recipes and suggest new ingredients Ensure compliance with all health and safety regulations within the kitchen and dining area Keep tight records to maintain the “Score on the Door” of 5 Store all food items correctly Keep the kitchen and […]

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FUNDRAISING FOR LIFE-SAVING DEFIBRILATORS TO MARK WORLD HOMELESSNESS DAY

This World Homeless Day (Saturday 10 October), Emmaus Hull and East Riding is raising awareness and fundraising for two life-saving defibrillators. Hull and West Hessle MP Emma Hardy backs the fundraising campaign and is a long-standing supporter of Emmaus Hull and East Riding. The new equipment will help to provide emergency cardiac intervention to the homeless community in Hull and East Riding. At a cost of £1,000 each, they have set a total fundraising goal of £2,000. Emmaus Hull and East Riding manage a Rough Sleeper Outreach team which is commissioned by Hull City Council and East Riding Council. The service has supported 204 new rough sleepers this year so far (Jan – Sept). The dedicated team are continuing to support rough sleepers through the national COVID pandemic into safe accommodation. Outreach Manager Pierce Dundridge explained that “During our times out on the street we often come across people with health needs and have to find the nearest defibrillator.  This can be impossible if we have come across someone in a remote rural area. Having these pieces of equipment in both of our outreach vehicles would give the teams that added piece of mind that if the worst was to […]

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Case Study – sofa surfing

Alison P has been working with a gentleman who had been sofa surfing and rough sleeping for over four months.  He was a victim of domestic violence but would  not report this to the Police or accept support for this at the time of being on the streets. The Gentleman was drinking alcohol excessively to compensate for the situation he had found himself in.  A situation that had been going on for many years. Alison built up trust with the gentleman over time and a move out plan from the marital home into a temporary crash pad was arranged.  Ongoing work and support is now being offered in the crash pad with Simon and Alison. The gentleman is now working with the Alcohol service and has been referred for support with the domestic violence team. This is the first time he has ever accepted this help. The team will be working with the East Riding Council to arrange a permanent housing solution within a twelve-week period.  A furniture package will be included in the move on and white goods funding will also be applied for.

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July Case Study – KS

The team had been working with a chap who was staying under a bridge just outside the city centre for around 8 months. He wasn’t always there when we went and we soon found out the best time to find him there was the weekend. He had very limited English and didn’t really want to engage with the team. We even tried to use translation devices, but he refused to speak into them. He did tell us that he was working at one of the factory’s in the town but wouldn’t tell us which agency he was working for. We had spent months going to speak to this individual, trying to offer support and help with documents and accommodation but he didn’t engage with the team. During the early months of lock down this individual was given some where to stay. He stayed in the accommodation, but he made no effort to engage with the services that were made available to him to over the 3 months he was accommodated. They tried to help him with his settled status and help him obtain the correct and relevant documents to help with this, but he didn’t listen to the advice and […]

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July Case Study – KK

The Hull outreach team have been working with a guy who is originally from Poland. He had no intention of moving back there as he said he has settled in Hull. We did say that there is a scheme that would enable to get back to Poland for free, but he politely declined this. In the height of Covid-19 this rough sleeper was very anxious about accommodation due to not wanting to be in hostels for fear of catching Covid-19. This rough sleeper did have a few medical concerns and he was alcohol dependant. We worked with other relevant agencies such as Hull City Council, Renew and the Quays to make sure that they could help with the issues that he was facing. Due to the rough sleeper sleeping outside and the amount of alcohol he was drinking per day it was having a detrimental effect on his physical health. We spoke to the rough sleeper and gave him some options. The only option that Hull City Council was offering at the time was a hostel. The rough sleeper took this even though he was very anxious about taken it but in the end thought it was the best option. […]

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Casey’s first experiences

The past 3 weeks of my introduction to working as a member of the Emmaus Outreach Team have been a steep learning curve. The amount of knowledge and care the staff have is incredible. My expectations for this role as an outreach worker were very broad. I did not know what to expect. I thought it would involve a ton of walking (which I was right about) but also, I actually expected to find a lot more homeless people on the streets. I attend Jubilee Church in the Hull City Centre and meet lots of new people every Sunday and we work very closely with the homeless, however I have learnt that many of the people who have said they are homeless are in fact in hostels. I expected to be able to quickly solve the homeless crisis in our region, however now I am learning that it is not that simple. Emmaus has always been a charity that has been close to my heart. Being able to sing for the companions and for the Christmas light switch on at the Whitefrigate store was a privilege. These people do incredible work for our city and county. Giving people structure and […]

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Our Volunteers are vital!

We are so proud of our Volunteers who provide such vital help and support to our cause across our community. They bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm and are key to supporting our retail, warehouse and Outreach services. Dan, a recent volunteer has kindly produced a short video regarding his Outreach experience.  Dan has supported us in both Hull and the East Riding and we take this opportunity to thank him for his assistance. A few words from Dan

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Summer Case Study 4

We became aware of a male in his mid-thirties when speaking to Adult Social Services who was rough sleeping in a garage. He had not long returned to the East Riding from the North West following a relationship breakdown. He had also had a number of unfortunate events that had culminated in a downward spiral resulting in homelessness. We engaged with him and he presented well with no alcohol or drug issues which made him a good candidate to come into Emmaus as a companion. This application was successful and he came into Emmaus as a companion the following day after we had seen him. He struggled with assimilation into the Emmaus community as it wasn’t the right solution at that time due to the volume of people in the community and returned to the garage. We visited him at the garage and brought him into the East Riding Crash Pad to give him an address for him to correspond from, to engage with other agencies and for us to work with him to search for permanent housing. He moved into the ER Crash Pad successfully and it became apparent straight away that this was the better option for him […]

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