Kelly Finnis – Director
I am extremely proud to be a part of the Emmaus team. My career for many years has been devoted to developing and delivering services for homeless individuals in the city of Hull. I have a genuine interest and passion around supporting those who access homeless services, those most in need of social inclusion and support. I am very much looking forward to establishing the Emmaus model in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire which will have a huge impact on homeless provision in the city. If I were to summarise Emmaus in a few words those would be: Inclusiveness, Life Changing and Empowering.
Alex Slater – Operations Manager
I am really excited to be a part of Emmaus Hull & East Riding, I think the model is fantastic, I am really looking forward to driving business forward and ensuring that Emmaus is recognised for its great contribution to local communities and developing skills and enterprise!
Paul Towle – Retail Cluster Manager
Having previously worked for a training organisation running the Prince’s Trust programmes. I joined Emmaus Hull because I wanted a change of direction and wanted a new challenge. I am the cluster manager and I will be looking after the new Emmaus stores on Newland Avenue and Hessle Road within our social enterprise business.
Tel: 07896 424069
Cara Winstanley – Community Administration and Finance Assistant
After being a stay at home mum for nearly 8 years I’m really excited to be back in the workplace and very grateful for the opportunity Emmaus has offered me. I became interested when I heard about the charity through my children’s school so I did some reading and was especially touched by the companions stories, Emmaus truly changes peoples lives. The whole place has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and I am looking forward to being part of such a worthy cause.
Victoria Kirbitson – Social Enterprise Apprentice
I’m just starting here at Emmaus, Hull as an apprentice to run Emmaus’ eBay account. Before coming to Emmaus, I did voluntary work with another charity; which in turn gave me the opportunity to work for Emmaus. The more I found out about the charity, the more I wanted to be a part of it. I love the mission, how it goes about achieving the mission and the ethics of the charity as well as the fact that it empowers the people that it seeks to help. The community has been incredibly welcoming, and I am truly humbled to work alongside such amazing individuals.
Tel: 01482 223722 Ext 1
.Darren Cheater- Chef
I came to Emmaus as a companion in December 2018. Before coming to Emmaus, I was a chef at a local kids center but I lost my job and he couldn’t pay rent following that and thus became homeless. I was on the streets for a few weeks. From December 2018, I worked with the outreach team and in the kitchen as a companion. I moved out in October 2019, with the opportunity to work as a chef at the Orchard since I had previous experience in the food industry. Emmaus has helped me gain great skills and helped build my confidence. Emmaus offers many courses for companions. I have completed safeguarding adults, first aid, mental health first aid and data protection. Emmaus offers a wide range of support. Everything from transitioning into normal life to gaining new skills.
Sue Gearing – Progression Worker
I am delighted to have been appointed as a progression worker at Emmaus. Their values and principles were something that really appealed to me. After working with children and families for the past 10 years I felt ready for a new challenge.
I would like to thank the companions and staff for a warm welcome and look forward to working with such a friendly team.
Tel: 07539 029314
Sally Acton – Progression Worker
I was introduced to the Emmaus model a few years ago by a colleague. I was immediately struck by how constructive and pro-active the community was.
The ethos of Emmaus and the strategies they use to positively impact the lives of the Companions is Inspiring.
look forward to this new challenge and being a part of the Emmaus Community.
Tel: 07539 030203
Mark Stephenson – Logistics Operator
Having worked as a volunteer I was really happy to get the opportunity to have a full time job with Emmaus. I work with a great team of companions and staff and look forward to coming to work every day to make a contribution to a very worthwhile organisation.
Tel: 07539 029739
Pierce Dundridge – Outreach Manager – Hull
Having spent 14 years in the catering industry the opportunity came up to work with Emmaus. I’ve been supporting the charity for several years, even having some of the companions come and volunteer with me for experience. Wanting to help the homeless really hit a chord with me when I walked thought Hull and saw a large number of homeless people in a doorway and wanted to know more about the issue and how I could help. So I jumped at the opportunity to work at Emmaus.
Tel: 07498 296169
Alison Pearson – Outreach Manager – East Riding
My career has taken me in different directions over the years which in turn has given me a vast amount of life experiences, which I will put to use in the role as a team leader with Emmaus.
One of the highlights of my career was when I worked for Humberside Police as a Police Community Support Officer. This role opened up my eyes to which I witnessed poverty, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and many other sad life circumstances. One of the biggest skills I took away from this was interpersonal skills, I strongly believe by just simply listening to someone that it can really have a strong impact on a person and help them feel supported. I helped many people in this role by working with other agencies to improve their life circumstances and overall well-being.
I’m very excited to be joining the Emmaus team and to be working with the homeless community to show care and compassion to help them achieve their goals.
Tel: 07722 153236
Jesse Bentley – Outreach Worker
I am just starting out at Emmaus as a outreach support worker. It has always been a goal of mine to try to help and make a difference to people who are not as fortunate as the rest of us or in need of a little helping hand to get them to where they want to be. I feel by working at Emmaus, I will have a great opportunity to do so and I am very excited to get started. I can not think of a better company, with better visions, values and motives.
Tel: 07539 029298
Rosie Varley – Outreach Worker
My career background sits within the Health & Social care sector. It was during the time I spent at University that I developed a strong passion for helping others and supporting people to be able to reintegrate back into society. I have previously worked with a diverse service user group, including those who suffer from mental health problems, issues around substance misuse and offenders. I am honoured to have the opportunity to be a part of the Rough Sleeper Outreach Ream at Emmaus and I am really looking forward to providing support to people who are rough sleeping in Hull & East Riding. I am proud to work for a charity which makes such a significant difference to the lives of others.
Tel: 07539 029312
Simon Shaw – Outreach Worker
I am delighted to join the team at Emmaus as an Outreach Worker and feel it is a privilege to have an opportunity to work in such a unique proactive community. I have already felt the warmth and real compassion of the staff and companions alike in their desire to succeed.
My background is diverse having generally worked in commercial operations predominantly Law and Engineering. This role will certainly test my abilities and adaptability with a chance to bring my transferable skills into a “real life” environment”. The Emmaus model is truly inspiring and it offers a challenge that I can’t wait to embrace.