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One Million Steps in May

The Emmaus Outreach Team are out on an escapade to raise money! Trying to reach a whopping 1,000,000 steps whilst helping the homeless in the month of May. This is to raise funds, after what has been a tough year for all, for Emmaus Hull And East Riding. At Emmaus we are passionate about serving those in need and giving all that we can to end homelessness. The money raised will be utilised to sustain the work Emmaus already do and help increase the great accomplishments happening within our region. It doesn’t matter how much you want to give, whether it is £100 or £0.01 for a step taken, all donations are welcome and are greatly appreciated. Click here to sponsor us!

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International Microvolunteering Day

‘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 […]

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Gavin’s Story

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. […]

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Many thanks to our volunteers from Terry Waite

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.

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Support in the BeLoved Project

  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

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Erica’s Story

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 […]

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Thank you Louise!

We’re sending out a big thank you to one of our volunteers, Louise Lawlor. Louise already does a sterling job by turning out on shift every week in all weathers but further surprised us recently. She had been affected by the plight of one of our female rough sleepers recently when speaking to her on a particularly cold Bridlington seafront. The lady highlighted the difficulty in getting her hands and feet warm. As a result that evening Louise set up a funding page and very quickly reached her target and beyond. As a result we have been able to supply hand and feet warmers along with hot water bottles and inflatable pillows to many rough sleepers just as the cold weather impacted at its highest. We cannot thank Louise enough for this contribution.

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Chair Chris O’Donnell; Reflecting on 12 Years and Recruiting for a New Chair

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, […]

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Companion vision boards: 2020 and the future

Emmaus Hull & East Riding Companions have been saying goodbye to the year through an art project that encourages them to look forward to a brighter 2021. Using craft supplies and magazine cuttings, 10 individuals have taken part in a new vision board project that focuses on their future goals and promotes positive thinking during the pandemic. The project has been led by the Support team, Progression Worker Sally said, “The aim of the project is to help the people we support to set positive goals and give them a sense of control about how their future can look. All the individuals involved are trying to rebuild their lives following homelessness. One participant chose to write a goodbye letter to his ‘friend’ on his vision board. The friend he was referring to was alcohol.” “It has been a tough year for residents as the charity shop closures meant they temporarily lost their work and sense of purpose. Projects like this are beneficial for our companion’s wellbeing and mental health. Everyone has been incredibly engaged in the project and are very proud of what they have created”. Homelessness, domestic violence, alcoholism, drug abuse and social exclusion are just some of the […]

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Volunteer profile – Christine

Hi, my name is Christine and I am a volunteer with the Emmaus Hull Rough Sleeper Outreach Team.  When my position as Local Community Partner with global graphics and pre-media company, Trident, was furloughed I soon realised that I needed to do something constructive with my time. Due to the nature of my job I knew it would involve volunteering. There were a number of reasons why I chose Emmaus; one being to support a section of society that was most vulnerable during the pandemic, namely, rough sleepers. From the moment I walked through the doors at the volunteer induction I knew I had made the right choice and was made to feel part of the team from my first shift. The outreach volunteer role can involve working with rough sleepers already known to the team, whether the team is arranging temporary accommodation, filling in housing or benefit applications or simply carrying out welfare checks or providing warm clothes. It may also involve attending to reports from the general public of someone whom may be in need of assistance. That’s the interesting part as locating them it is sometimes like trying to find a needle in a haystack! I have […]

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