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 […]
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’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.