Jesse from the Outreach Team has been working continuously with a gentleman to help him maintain his property and various issues that he was facing. He was living in temporary accommodation but was then moved into a more permanent property. However, he was requesting Jesse’s help most days with problems that he was struggling with, and he was on the verge of becoming homeless. The gentleman explained that he had not had any electricity or hot water for nearly a year and that he did not have any furniture within his property. He also had not spoken to universal credit for a long time and his claim was stopped at one point due to lack of engagement. This was difficult for the gentleman as he required a translator each time he needed to contact the job centre which was sometimes difficult to arrange. In the height of Covid-19 he was unable to turn up in person at the job centre and explained that he was unable to communicate over the phone. This individual was also struggling to maintain his property as he was unable to speak English and the services that he was contacting were not able to understand him […]
Author Archive | Chris
Hello, my name is Alex and I’m delighted to be volunteering with Emmaus. My role is social media and marketing volunteer, so I work behind the scenes to create, fun, exciting and interesting posts for the supporters of Emmaus, to advertise what we do and provide as a charity and to help get more people involved in such a good cause. I’ve been with the charity for about 4 months and it’s been a great opportunity for me to get involved with something alongside my university studies, meet new people and gain experience working in the marketing environment. Even though I work behind the scenes, I’ve felt recognised and appreciated by the charity and have loved supporting the charity so far. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed with the volunteer coordinator, Reagan, who does an amazing job encouraging new volunteers to get involved and become a part of Emmaus.’
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.’
‘Many people doing small actions can make a big impact’ Thursday 15th April is International Microvolunteering Day! This is a day to promote awareness of microvolunteering and how people can spare a small amount of their time doing bite-sized actions that have a positive impact. Be our eyes and ears Our outreach team cover miles of ground both on foot and in our Emmaus vehicles to ensure we are engaging with anyone who could be facing homelessness or sleeping rough. However, the more eyes and ears the better! If you see anyone who could be sleeping rough in the Hull and East Riding area, please call us on our freephone line 0800 0662169 or via our social media platforms. By contacting us you could be signposting support for someone who really needs it. Donate to us We heavily rely on your donations that we can sell and raise funds for our charity. These can include most types of furniture, small household goods, clothing, books, bric-a-brac etc. You can either drop these off at our main site on Lockwood Street in Hull or if you give us a call on 01482 223722 ext. 1 we can arrange a free collection […]
Enterprise Leader Gavin Temple shares his inspiring story of how he progressed from companion to employee at Emmaus Hull and East Riding. The year building up to me coming to Emmaus was pretty bad. I lost everything in my personal life including my job and my home. It all spiralled out of control. Everybody I knew from my past disappeared and no one was there to help me. I was too embarrassed to go cap in hand to people. And then a landlady of a pub I used to frequent sent me the link for Emmaus UK and I went through the online porthole. In August 2019, Emmaus Hull got in contact with me. I came up here and I’ve never looked back. It’s the best secret I ever found out about. It’s absolutely brilliant and I feel like I embraced it completely. When I arrived I tried my hand at everything and I did my best at everything I was doing. The first port of call was being on the shop floor. I just started moving things around on the shop floor, polishing and cleaning stuff. I suppose that got noticed and I got given a bit more responsibility. […]
As we are slowly coming out of the third national lockdown, we have been reflecting on the past year of the pandemic and how much of an impact our volunteers have had on our frontline service. From March 2020 our volunteers have never hesitated in their decisions to continuously support our outreach service, supporting individuals sleeping rough in what were uncertain and challenging times for us all. From the beginning of the first national lockdown it’s safe to say nobody knew how the next year would look and it was a year that we will never forget. We want to say a huge thank you for the time and efforts of our volunteers who have supported us throughout, as well as some new members that have seen how the pandemic has affected our charity and the wider local community and wanted to offer a helping hand. Our Emmaus UK President, Terry Waite, has also recognised the contribution of our volunteers and has created a video of appreciation for them.
We are now delighted to be supporting Jed and Kim Johnson in the BeLoved Project to raise funds for a support worker to continue with their fantastic work with children and young people with Special Needs in the Ukraine. To read more about their work visit: http://wideawakeinternational.org/about
The outreach team have been working with a rough sleeper for 10 months on and off. We first came across him bedded down on a mattress that he found on the street. He initially told us that he was waiting for a friend and he will be going to stay with them later on. We kept visiting the area to make sure that he was not there and had indeed gone to go and stay with his friend. We went there day and night and when we visited, he was there 90% of the time. We asked him where his friend was, but he would say that he is still coming. This story went on for weeks and we knew that his friend was not coming. We understand that he might have felt embarrassed to tell us that he was rough sleeping but us as a team we do not judge people or want to make them feel embarrassed, we are just there to help as much as we can. We kept visiting him, but he would not engage very well with the outreach team, we made sure that he had warm clothes and bedding. We tried to see if he would […]
Erica became a trustee of Emmaus Hull and East Riding in February 2021 and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge after 39 years in the NHS. I’ve had a long career in health and care services. I started off as a nurse working in learning disability services. I then progressed throughout different aspects of health and social care including work in Mental Health and Acute Hospital Services. I’ve worked in both operational and commissioning roles and always had an interest in working with vulnerable people; looking to improve outcomes and address health inequalities. That has always been a particular interest to me and even more so now that the recent pandemic has highlighted the need to bring more focus to support people who are already disadvantaged. How did you first get involved in EHER? I have been aware of EHER through my work at Hull CCG. Emmaus have been a key partner in some of the community and voluntary sector work that we’ve done. Then more recently I was approached by one of our CCG members of staff who said that Emmaus were looking for another trustee and would I be interested? So, I did my own research into […]