I have worked hard all my life. I have served in the armed forces as a signal operator, been a landscape gardener and worked in agriculture. Twenty years ago, my life changed when I was involved in a serious car accident and suffered a brain injury. I had to learn how to do everything again, from walking to eating. I was unable to work so I went to college to learn how to read and write again. Unfortunately, I cannot retain certain information, so this is something I am still working on. I lived with my parents and as they became older and of ill health, I found myself homeless and consequently living in a hostel, aged 54. I came to Emmaus in June 2021 and felt so welcome. I felt like I had a purpose again and a family. I have lived here for just over a year and in that time, I have come a long way. I have developed on my skills and I have been given the opportunity to work alongside others that have been in a similar situation to me. My confidence has grown and I feel I am now at a point in my […]
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The Hull outreach team were working with four people that have been living in a tent for a long period of time. There were various issues surrounding bank accounts, status, benefits and health. We worked with all four of them to make sure that everything was set up for them so that they would not have any major issues before moving into a property. They all found it difficult sleeping on the streets, we provided blankets, duvets and other things to make sure that they were safe and warm on night. Emmaus worked very closely with Hull City Council and managed to secure a property for these four rough sleepers. The rough sleepers were delighted about the news, and they were so happy to be able to call somewhere home. There were some issues with the property and after some time it was all set up and ready to go. It was paramount that everything was set up within the property because if not they might get frustrated and return to rough sleeping. We got the go ahead to move them in, Emmaus visited their tent and told them that today was the day that they were moving into their […]
This week Emmaus Hull & East Riding were excited to unveil their new Outreach Pod! The formerly used 20ft shipping container has been transformed into the new Outreach Offices by VIP Communications. Previously the Outreach team, who support people throughout Hull & East Riding who are sleeping rough, have been based all over the community. Now with this dedicated space the team can all be together and have a hub for their important work. The pod is located next to the Emmaus Superstore and includes a two storage rooms for supplies including water bottles, ponchos, cold weather essentials and a main office room for the team members to complete referrals. This new office is going to make a huge difference to the way the Outreach Service operates and improve how efficient the team can be. Last year, the Outreach Services supported over 800 people sleeping rough through signposting, referrals and simply reaching out to people. Casey Fawcett, Outreach Team Leader said After a challenging few years with the outreach team not having its own base, it is great to all be back together again in our own space in which we can call home.” Emmaus Hull & East Riding have […]
The Emmaus team recently worked very closely with an individual who had been in temporary accommodation for quite some time after a relationship breakdown. This person called Emmaus one day recently after receiving an eviction letter stating he must leave the property the following day. This person was horrified at the thought of living on the streets saying he would never be able to cope at his age. The East Riding Team quickly called the council who kindly agreed to extend his stay so long as the team provide an in-reach service. The team quickly got to work recognising that this person would make a great tenant. After applying to all that was available, the individual received a call to view a flat nearby. This chap was very nervous on the day of the viewing as he didn’t want to get his hopes up. However, the viewing went really well, and he was offered the property. Acquiring this property also meant that he could stay close to his family which meant the world to him. Two weeks later, and will the help of the team, he finally moved in and had a place to call his own. The team were […]
The Emmaus Hull team have been working with a chap who has recently just become homeless, we secured him many of emergency beds, but he was just finding it difficult to attend these beds on a night-time. He struggles with alcohol and when he is drinking, he forgets where he needs to be. We perceived and we kept getting him emergency beds in the hope that he would turn up to them and not be sleeping on the street. After 2 weeks of trying and many times not turning up for any beds, he admitted to us that he has been messing us around and was genuinely sorry for doing this. The team liaised with Hull city council and was able to luckily secure him a main within a hostel. The team told him that this was his best chance to get off the street and that he could present there today, the team rang the hostel later in the day and he turned up for his room. The moral of this is that you need to be patient with people and not give up on them because they might not turn up to places and forget about needing to […]
Emmaus Hull and East Riding has opened a new shop with big ambitions to become a community hub in Hull city centre. Located at 51 Whitefriargate, the Emmaus Emporium is in a retail unit leased to the Emmaus Hull & East Riding charity by the building’s owner, leading developer Wykeland Group. The opening was marked by a visit from the Lord Mayor of Hull, Councillor Lynn Petrini, who was joined by Wykeland Development Surveyor Tom Watson and Director of Emmaus Hull & East Riding Kelly Finnis. The retail space, in a 35,000 sq ft unit formerly occupied by New Look, will include an extensive vintage section selling furniture, clothing and vinyl records. Other items on general sale will include quality secondhand furniture, accessories, homeware, games, toys and much more. A unique selection of upcycled pieces of furniture are also available to buy, which are items that have been given a new lease of life by skilled in-house upcycler Colin. Colin is one of up to 30 people supported by Emmaus Hull & East Riding, a charity that provides a secure home, meaningful work and personal support for people who have experienced homelessness. The charity opened its doors in 2016 and […]
Neil The structure that Emmaus provides keeps me clean and keeps me busy. I’ve said many times that without Emmaus it’s likely that I wouldn’t have survived through some of the worst times in my life. I’ve been welcomed back into Emmaus Hull, and I feel safe again. John J I came to Emmaus in 2017 after living in my nephews shed for a while I settled in straight away. The Orchard is a really warm and welcoming place to be. There’s training available if you want it and I have recently been given funding to buy an electric bike, so it’s easier for me to get out to see my family on my days off. The sense of Community, belonging and family is the best it’s ever been. I have everything I need and at this moment in time, this is the only place I want to be. Ray I was accepted into the Emmaus Hull Community in 2021 and started volunteering straight away. Emmaus is something different, they support you to find employment and independent accommodation to get away from the benefit system. My experiences on the street have helped me hugely, so much so, that […]
Emmaus Hull & East Riding is a homelessness charity with a difference. We do not just give people a bed for the night, we offer a home, meaningful work and a sense of belonging. Wev’e released our new Strategy Map which outlines our Vison, Mission, Values and Ambitions which you can see here.
Our Outreach Volunteer, Christian, has shared his thoughts about his volunteering experience with Emmaus so far… I came to Emmaus with an open mind and in many ways an open heart. I just wanted to find a way that I could support my community having experienced homelessness myself some years prior. I have been with Emmaus for 5 months now in the Outreach role and I can safely say I have so far enjoyed my post. Every day is different, much the same as the circumstances of those we engage with. The employed staff are very supportive and value our input and ideas too. With each passing shift, my understanding develops and I hope to eventually be a much more competent and confident member of the team. The role most certainly enables me to support members of my community and for that I am truly grateful.
Our Outreach Volunteer, Christine, has been reflecting on her last year of volunteering with us, here’s what she has to say… It has been almost a year since joining the Rough Sleeper Outreach Team as a volunteer and what a year it has been. There have been many challenges along the way both personally and professionally when volunteering. Volunteering with Emmaus enables me to give something back to my community whilst taking time out from my everyday life for some much needed ‘me time’. It also helps me get in LOTS of steps! I cannot imagine not volunteering with Emmaus; I love it and hopefully I am helping to make a difference to the lives of some rough sleepers.’