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 – Finance & Fundraising
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!
Rosie Varley – Volunteer Coordinator
I am so proud to be part of the team at Emmaus Hull & East Riding. My career background has been dedicated to supporting those in our society who are most vulnerable, socially excluded and in need. I have first-hand experience in working with and supporting the homeless in Hull, it is from here I developed a real passion around promoting social inclusion and enabling people to become better versions of themselves. My new role here at Emmaus as a Volunteer Coordinator has given me the opportunity to enhance the lives of others and make a difference to those facing homelessness in our society! I am really excited to be a part of this team and I am looking forward to taking volunteering to the next level here at Emmaus Hull & East Riding!
Sally Waters – Retail Manager
I am absolutely delighted and very proud to be joining Emmaus Hull and East Riding. I was born in Hessle, and my family all live within this area. My career has been varied, from working in care work to working for a Secretary of State in Parliament.
Throughout all of my career steps I have volunteered for homelessness charities, until 2014, when I became employed by Emmaus Lambeth in their retail businesses.
In my spare time I have an allotment which is time consuming, but for relaxation walking in the dales, or at the seaside rate very highly with me. The new ventures opening up at Emmaus Hull and East Riding are exciting and I cannot wait to be a part of it.
Danielle Welsh – eBay Coordinator
I was thrilled to get the role as E-commerce Assistant at Emmaus. My background is in administration working mainly in HSE and HR, I felt ready for a new challenge and one were my skills would be used to help improve my local community so the values and principles of Emmaus were something that really appealed to me. The companions and the staff inspire me every day to work as hard as I can to help the organisation fulfil its goals.
Holly Allen – Logistics assistant
Hi, my names Holly, I work on Logistics, I came here originally on a Kickstart placement for 6 months. I found out recently that they have decided to keep me on permanently, I’m so glad I got this job as I absolutely love working here. The work environment and being around the companions is amazing. It’s a pleasure working for Emmaus and I hope to be here far in the future.
Tel: 01482 223722 Option 1
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 – Community Manager
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
Tracy Harding – Community Admin and Finance Assistant
I have worked as a secretary my entire working life and have volunteered for the last 10 years for various charities. I wanted to work for a charity that I could use my skills and for a cause that I believe in. The ethos of Emmaus excited me so here I am.
Tel: 01482 223722
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
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
Louise Lawlor – Outreach Worker
I am thrilled to be a part of the Emmaus East Riding team and to become a part of this wonderful charity. I joined Emmaus as a volunteer in July 2020 when I found myself at a loose end having graduated from university during a global pandemic where little opportunities were available. Being able to help others during this difficult period was something I really wanted to do, and so I was over the moon when I was offered the role as an outreach volunteer in the East Riding of Yorkshire and occasionally Hull. Recently, an opportunity arose to enhance my role by becoming a staff member. It has been a long time since I was last employed having spent most of my time bringing up my four children and spending the last five years gaining qualifications that I did not acquire when I was younger. Becoming a staff member feels like the start of a new chapter in my life and I hope to use this opportunity to help enhance the lives of others and to help them begin their own new chapters.
Casey Fawcett – Outreach Team Leader
To say I am proud to be part of the Emmaus team is an understatement. I have always loved the Ethos of Emmaus and have been following their progress from the Hull Superstore and The Orchards since its opening day. My life has been revolved around helping those in need and who are most vulnerable. Growing up in Honduras, my family built an orphanage for kids affected by HIV/AIDS, this cultivated a passion in me to serve those who are in need. Ever since Honduras I have been engaging with the homeless in various countries, singing at many charity fundraisers and now being able to help, full time in my home city, joining the battle in ending homelessness as an outreach worker. I hope that my passion and enthusiasm will help the Emmaus team bring rough sleeping to an end in Hull.
Tel: 07539 029312
Stephen Robinson – Outreach Worker
I am excited to have become part of the Emmaus family, especially the outreach team, where I feel we can and do make a difference to the people whose lives we assist in many ways. I am a people person and love the interaction with others on a daily basis. I come from a diverse working background and feel, with training, I can bring my experience to assist and guide the homeless of East Yorkshire on their pathway as I have done on my new path by becoming an outreach worker.
Carly Richardson – Outreach Worker
I absolutely love working with the homeless, I worked in hostels and for the Pathways Homeless Team at Hull Royal. As soon as I started working in the hostels, I realised I had found my calling in life and the job where all my passion is. I have met the most amazing people over the last few years working with many different characters and getting to know these people and building their trust has been lovely to see. I love the chaos and will never take anything personal. I do not judge and will always try and support and help someone the best way I can. I came out with the amazing outreach team when I was at the pathways team and working with these amazing guys made me realise I wanted to be a part of this team.
Ray Murphy – East Riding Rough Sleeper Outreach Worker
I would like to say how enjoyable it has been settling into my new position with East riding Outreach. I started on January 10th and would like to thank all the staff, both East riding and Hull Outreach, for making me feel welcome and a valued member of the team. As a former Companion, I was very nervous at first because it has been a long time since I have had a full-time job and there is a lot to learn. However, everyone has been really great, and I am thoroughly enjoying the job. I love every part of it and can’t imagine ever doing anything else. Thank you to everyone.
Sophia Baines – Sustainable Shelter Coordinator and Outreach worker
2020 has been a tough year for me. Having ended a tough relationship, several heart-breaking personal losses, losing my job and accommodation in the space of an hour and lock down rules making certain places I could stay no longer an option. Then having spent 6 months sofa surfing It felt like it was just one thing after another; this in turn impacted my mental health. I found myself making bad choices, spending time with people up to no good and turned to excessive alcohol drinking and knew I needed a change. so I started to carry out some research and that’s when I came across Emmaus.
After making a referral I was granted a room and moved in to the Orchard in June. Soon after I started I was asked to go out with the Outreach team. It is like no job I have ever encountered before. Bizarrely I had previously had an interview for a role at Emmaus and now I have gained the experiences needed to get the job.
Now that I am a member of the Outreach team I look back at my journey and can’t believe how different this time last year was for me. I have undertaken lots of training which will be beneficial for any future roles. I believe my lived experience helps me to connect with people on a different level.