We do not advocate giving money.  If they are rough sleepers, tell us and our team can offer constructive support.

Emmaus Hull & East Riding have delivered a Rough Sleeper Outreach service for Hull City Council and East Riding Council since 2016. Our companions who were formerly homeless have trained to become active Outreach workers, dedicating no less than 40 hours a week to supporting those most vulnerable on the streets of Hull and rural hot spots across the East Riding.  Experiencing homelessness themselves drives their unprecedented passion to help those most in need.

Our Team

Pierce Dundridge – Team Leader – Hull


Rosie Varley

Somon Shaw

Alison Pearson – Team Leader – East Riding


Jesse Bentley

Allison Middlemas

  • Emmaus house at any one time 30 formerly homeless people at The Orchard. We support all those who live with us to get back into independent living and for some that also includes employment.
  • Emmaus develop enterprises with social values and in Hull alone we have opened 3 in the last 18 months.
  • Emmaus supports those on the breadline with heavily discounted furniture and items of need. We also in collaboration with other agencies support those vulnerably housed or in need.
  • In recent weeks homelessness has become a topic of great debate with many groups, individuals, and media stories all portraying different pictures.
  • What we find extremely disappointing and saddening is the derogatory and inaccurate comments on social media made by other groups/individuals about the hard work of others. When this includes the work of our companions we will always stand with them and be a voice that is heard.
  • There are enough people and social issues in this city to support in various capacities.  Solidarity and supporting those most in need is a  fundamental value of Emmaus.   A value that underpins our entire organization.
  • Be assured there is a vast amount of support and service options across the city for those experiencing homelessness.  There are services working everyday day of the year.
  • We are open and clear about our role and place in the provision of tackling homelessness.


Volunteer with us

contact: pierce@emmaushull.org.uk or phone 07498296169

Download the volunteer application form

Case study: building trust

The Emmaus East Riding Outreach team have been helping an older chap who has been homeless for 2 years now and has not really been engaging with the team. The rough sleeper has always kept himself to himself. In relation to housing the team spoke with his local council to see what they could offer. The council told the team that they might be able to look at a priority need for housing, but the rough sleeper did not want to sign the paperwork for the council to speak to his doctor. Due to him saying no to this the ...
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Case Studies in Hull: April 2020

Patient Partnership The outreach team have been working with this rough sleeper for over 3 years. In that time, we have supported him to many places i.e. probation, hospital and DWP. He has spent time in and out of prison but every time he has come out of prison he has returned to the streets. It has been a difficult time for him due to him having physical and mental health problems. He has been in many accommodation providers but due to him mentally breaking down he has been asked to leave. He was running out of options and it ...
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Promote the Rough Sleeper contact phone number for us!

The Outreach Service has launched a freephone telephone number for Hull and the East Riding.  It is available 7 days a week from 9am till 5pm.  It would be great if you could download the A4 leaflet, print it out and display it so that we get everyone to know about it.  Many thanks for your help. Download the Hull rough sleeper freephone leaflet    Download the East Riding rough sleeper leaflet ...
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Case study: support with respect and dignity

Alison has been working closely with a Gentleman who has been entrenched in rough sleeping for over five years,  for over eight weeks Alison kept going to the gentlemen’s tent  and at first was talking to a closed tent door with only a voice replying yes and no, over an eight week period Alison and the gentlemen was building up a rapport and  having a few laughs with comments about not opening the tent until one day on our welfare check he came out, from there the Emmaus team visited on a regular basis and with a very slow approach ...
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Case study: East Riding – April 2020

Alison has been working closely with a young lady who found herself homeless in Bridlington over the past six weeks. Alison attended meetings at the Hinge and with a multi-agency approach, Natalie, Nathan from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Alison found the young girl accommodation. All three did not let the coronavirus stop them from getting the lady into her new home pulling out all the stops and on monday the lady got her keys and moved in with a furniture package provided by the East Riding Council.  The package enabled the lady to move into her new ...
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Trusting the team

Alison has been engaging with  a gentleman who has been rough sleeping for many years. Over the past six weeks Alison has kept visiting and trying to engage and offer support. The gentleman has now started to trust the team and is starting to engage. We are hoping within the next few weeks that the gentleman will come and look at a property with the intention of him coming off the streets full time ...
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Case Study – Hull: March 2020

The outreach team received a report from a member of the public to say that there was a gentleman sleeping under a bridge. The team wasted no time and visited this gent straight away to find out what the circumstances where to why he was sleeping on the streets. When we got there, we found it to be a new rough sleeper. The surroundings that he was in were not the best there was needles, rubbish and children lighting fires near to where he was bedding down. I spoke with the gent and asked him if he would come indoors ...
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Case Study – March 2020

The team has been working with a young lady in the East Riding area, she was very resistant to help at first, however the team never gave up making contact and visiting the lady, over past month the lady has engaged with the  Emmaus team, we have supported her to housing appointments, doctors the now going start attending the drug and alcohol service with Support from Emmaus. There is a mutual respect between the lady and the Emmaus staff and the lady has now confessed she will never have a drink any more before she meets the team as she ...
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Rosie’s First Days

I have recently started working for the rough sleeper outreach team at Emmaus. Prior to this I worked with ex-offenders to help with the process of supporting them upon their release from prison. Many of these people struggled with their mental health and had problems establishing and maintaining relationships as well as developing trust, which often made it difficult to engage with them. Many people that I have come across so far, whilst working on outreach struggle with their self-esteem and have a lack of trust in services, which can make it more challenging to engage with them. I have ...
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