Outreach

 

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

 

Casey Fawcett

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 – sofa surfing

Alison P has been working with a gentleman who had been sofa surfing and rough sleeping for over four months.  He was a victim of domestic violence but would  not report this to the Police or accept support for this at the time of being on the streets. The Gentleman was drinking alcohol excessively to compensate for the situation he had found himself in.  A situation that had been going on for many years. Alison built up trust with the gentleman over time and a move out plan from the marital home into a temporary crash pad was arranged.  Ongoing ...
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July Case Study – KS

The team had been working with a chap who was staying under a bridge just outside the city centre for around 8 months. He wasn’t always there when we went and we soon found out the best time to find him there was the weekend. He had very limited English and didn’t really want to engage with the team. We even tried to use translation devices, but he refused to speak into them. He did tell us that he was working at one of the factory’s in the town but wouldn’t tell us which agency he was working for. We ...
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July Case Study – KK

The Hull outreach team have been working with a guy who is originally from Poland. He had no intention of moving back there as he said he has settled in Hull. We did say that there is a scheme that would enable to get back to Poland for free, but he politely declined this. In the height of Covid-19 this rough sleeper was very anxious about accommodation due to not wanting to be in hostels for fear of catching Covid-19. This rough sleeper did have a few medical concerns and he was alcohol dependant. We worked with other relevant agencies ...
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Casey’s first experiences

The past 3 weeks of my introduction to working as a member of the Emmaus Outreach Team have been a steep learning curve. The amount of knowledge and care the staff have is incredible. My expectations for this role as an outreach worker were very broad. I did not know what to expect. I thought it would involve a ton of walking (which I was right about) but also, I actually expected to find a lot more homeless people on the streets. I attend Jubilee Church in the Hull City Centre and meet lots of new people every Sunday and ...
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Our Volunteers are vital!

We are so proud of our Volunteers who provide such vital help and support to our cause across our community. They bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm and are key to supporting our retail, warehouse and Outreach services. Dan, a recent volunteer has kindly produced a short video regarding his Outreach experience.  Dan has supported us in both Hull and the East Riding and we take this opportunity to thank him for his assistance. A few words from Dan ...
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Summer Case Study 4

We became aware of a male in his mid-thirties when speaking to Adult Social Services who was rough sleeping in a garage. He had not long returned to the East Riding from the North West following a relationship breakdown. He had also had a number of unfortunate events that had culminated in a downward spiral resulting in homelessness. We engaged with him and he presented well with no alcohol or drug issues which made him a good candidate to come into Emmaus as a companion. This application was successful and he came into Emmaus as a companion the following day ...
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Summer Case Study 3

The Hull Outreach Team came across a rough sleeper who said that he come from Leeds on the train and that he wanted to try and find his brother who was in Hull. This rough sleeper said that he did have accommodation in Leeds but did not wish to return. The team spoke with his support worker in Leeds and they said he was so close to getting permanent accommodation because he had been in a hostel for a year. Emmaus tried to find a bed for the rough sleeper, but he did not want to go into any emergency ...
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Summer Case Study 2

The Outreach Team came across a tent during their shift. They approached it and found a young man inside. He was a little unsure at first and did not want to share much information with us. After getting into a conversation with him he told us that he has been released from prison with no fixed abode and had no where to go, so he was forced to sleep on the streets. He had no source of income and was not in receipt of any benefits. We worked with him to discuss his options with regards to housing. He said ...
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Summer Case Study 1

The Hull Outreach team came across a chap who was rough sleeping near one of the hostels in the town after he was asked to leave due to his behaviour. He said his girlfriend had been taken to the hospital and was being kept in and he was worried about her. He said this was why he was acting the way he had been. He also made us aware he had various medical conditions and he needed to pick up his medication for these, while also needing some stitches removing from a wound to his eye. We contacted his partner ...
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