I’ve been a trustee of Emmaus Hull & East Riding for twelve years now, and Chair for two years. We’ve gone from a small group of enthusiasts meeting in borrowed premises to a flourishing and innovative community of almost thirty formerly homeless people (our companions) in a purpose-built residence and commercial centre. It’s been quite a journey, but hard work from all our trustees and staff has made it happen. We set out to have a facility of which Hull and the East Riding could be proud, as well as providing a real home for our companions. It took seven years to find the partners and funds to achieve this, but we finally opened our premises on Lockwood Street in 2016, and they have served us and the community well to date. We’ve had special visitors; The Duchess of Cornwall, our national Patron, was both gracious and down to earth during her visit to the community. Terry Waite, our national President, has not only visited but stayed overnight in our community. Our opening ceremony, with lots of balloons, was conducted by our two local Patrons, Alan Johnson and Patrick Doyle (who was Chair at the time). Lots of local societies, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
A huge donation of delicious frozen fish will help feed people in the Humberside region for months, local charities have said. UK Fisheries, the Hull-based operator of Britain’s distant-waters fishing fleet, has responded to the pressures faced by charities amidst the Coronavirus crisis by donating a total of 1.2 tonnes of frozen cod to food redistribution charity FareShare Hull & Humber and Emmaus Hull and East Riding. The donation of over 7,000 standard 170g fillets was transported free of charge by Yorkshire food wholesaler Turner Price, making this a local team effort which will help to feed hundreds of vulnerable people in the region over the weeks to come. FareShare and Emmaus particularly welcome the food donation at a time when fish is a seasonal favourite. Jodie Colgrave of FareShare Humber & Hull, which distributes food to 128 charities and community groups throughout the region, said: “FareShare is committed to ramping up its support during the COVID-19 crisis, providing vital food supplies each week to charities and schools across Hull and the wider area. We welcome the cod donated by UK Fisheries, which is needed now more than ever and will make a big difference for the projects and vulnerable […]
We are truly blown away by the kindness and compassion from Lifestyle Helpers this year… thank you for choosing Emmaus Hull & East Riding and for showing those most vulnerable that with determination and passion great things can be achieved. We have loved watching your journeys this summer, and feel extremely privileged to have met you all!
Hull, UK: A former rough sleeper is celebrating the next chapter in his life having gone from being homeless to independent living in just two years but says mental health awareness remains an issue. Bob Chapman suffered from depression, which had lead to spiralling debt and ultimately him facing life on the streets. Having spent four and half months living rough, including time camped in forests and living off berries, with the help of local homeless charity, Emmaus Hull and East Riding he has been able to transform his life. Now living independently in his own flat in north Hull he is about to take his first steps back in to employment. Former rough sleeper, Mr. Chapman said: “It was about 2000 when my depression first set in. My mum had died just after my birthday and not long after that we found out my dad was terminally ill.“I had a good job in the warehouse at Cranswick Foods but, because my sister had a disabled child, I gave up my job to become a full time carer for my dad. “It was in 2015 that the depression really took hold. I couldn’t take any more bad news so I stopped […]
Rough sleeping is at crisis levels in towns and cities across the UK. Funding cuts are undoubtedly to blame, but what is the solution? This is a networking event facilitated by Homeless Link and is an opportunity for frontline workers to share best practice and ideas.We hope to look at and share best practice from across the country. We will be joining with colleagues working in the sector in Nottingham for the day and will let you know what we learn.
We have a new store opening on Whitefriargate on Friday (next to New Look) and Nico, one of our companions along with staff are going to be on a treadmill! Come along and help us raise money for Children in Need and have some fun and a browse at the same time!
Giving people a bed and a reason to get out of it.