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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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Emmaus Newland Store Set to Relaunch

Emmaus Newland store set to re-launch

We’ve been closed for a while, but we are now thrilled to announce that our store on Newland Avenue  will be re-launched on Wednesday 22 July. Our team has been working hard behind-the-scenes on a completely new look for the shop, which will reopen with a new name: Emmaus Newland. 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. This stylish store, at 193 Newland Avenue in Hull, is fully stocked with a range of quality pre-loved clothes, as well as a bric-a-brac and small furniture area to browse through. We’re operating a cash-only till at this time. We’re really proud of our new-look store. The makeover was led by local interior designer Rob Fawcett, who also kindly runs upcycling workshops for our companions. Read Rob’s story here. 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 at Emmaus Newland, we now have a one-way system in place […]

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Homeless Charity HullHARP funds a sustainable shelter coordinator at Emmaus

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 […]

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A big Thank You…

to St Michaels Church in Skidby who raised over £500.00 for our charity by Carol Singing over the Christmas period. Companions and staff attended a service to thank them for this contribution. The money will help us to continue to provide crucial support to our companions and others that we work with. We are pleased they will also be supporting us next year.

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These four men were all homeless but look at them now – here are their stories

Dressed up in their finest suits, their hair combed and with smiles on their faces, it is hard to imagine how these four men ever ended up on the streets. All four men have faced cold nights, hungry sleeps and the feeling of despair as they desperately try to break free from the clutches of homelessness. The reasons these men ended up on the streets are all very different – but they do have one big thing in common. They were all helped by Emmaus, the charity dedicated to helping the homeless. Two of them are at the beginning of their journey off the streets, the other two are at the end. We caught up with them at the recently opened Barrow Boys, as they were treated to a special Christmas meal at Tommy Coyle’s new bar and restaurant to find out their stories.

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“Purveyors of Good Times” help homeless people in hard times

Hull’s hottest new dining, drinking and dancing venue welcomed more than 40 guests from the city’s homeless community and served up a Christmas treat to remember. The Barrow Boys – known far and wide as Purveyors of Good Times – demonstrated their commitment to helping people through hard times by opening its doors for an afternoon of festive fun. The bar joined forces with Emmaus Hull & East Riding to provide homeless people with a traditional Christmas lunch with all the trimmings in the plush surroundings of the bar in Humber Dock Street, Hull. And the event was also much more than a meal, with top entertainer Dan Furniss delivering a live performance free of charge and a winter warner pack donated by the Tommy Coyle Foundation, which covered the costs of the food and non-alcoholic drinks and equipped guests with hats, scarves and gloves. Tommy Coyle, co-founder of The Barrow Boys and Managing Director of the Tommy Coyle Foundation, said: “Boxing has been good to me and the people of Hull have supported me not just in victory but in defeat as well and this is just one of the ways I like to try give something back to […]

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