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

Alison Pearson – Team Leader – East Riding


Jesse Bentley

Somon Shaw

  • 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 07498296168

Download the volunteer application form

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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Case Study August 2019

The Outreach Team had been informed by the Police that there was a couple sleeping in a derelict building within the City.  The police had already attended prior to the Outreach Team being informed.  Due to the site being extremely hazardous we attended with the Fire Brigade to identify this couple and offer support. When we arrived at the location it soon became apparent that this couple were rough sleeping in conditions that were unacceptable.  The man hole covers that he been removed, glass and other hazardous object were scattered around the site. The Outreach team entered the building with ...
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New information leaflet to download

Renew have published a leaflet on Spice and other synthetic cannabinoids.  They can be highly addictive, toxic drugs that have been known to cause overdose and fatalities. There is no safe way to use spice, it is not the same as cannabis - it is more potent, more unpredictable and more dangerous. Spice is very addictive – regular use of spice can lead to a dependency and withdrawal when not using. Download the information leaflet ...
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Outreach team to attend national event

Rough sleeping is at crisis levels in towns and cities across the UK. Funding cuts are undoubtedly to blame, but what is the solution? This is a networking event facilitated by Homeless Link and is an opportunity for frontline workers to share best practice and ideas.We hope to look at and share best practice from across the country. We will be joining with colleagues working in the sector in Nottingham for the day and will let you know what we learn ...
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Join the discussion

Jerome Whittingham of Humber Help has highlighted some of the complex issues around homelessness and the way support is directed and the way it is presented on different media platforms. "Let's kick much of the misinformation and misunderstanding we read on Facebook into the long grass..." Read more and join the discussion. ...
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Outreach team in Hull Daily Mail Feature

The Hull Daily Mail recently did a feature about rough sleeping and the work of the Emmaus Hull and East Riding Outreach team.  Reporter, Elizabeth Mackley joined Lucie and Emma on the streets to write the report. Read all about it here. ...
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Rough Sleeper Winter Packs

Emmaus Hull and East Riding has put together rough sleeper winter packs with sponsorship from:
  • Hobson & Porter
  • VIP Communications
  • Greencore
  • Orvec
  • Auntbessies
  • Arco
The packs contain: hat, scarf, gloves, insulated blanket, waterproof poncho, info on all services available, emergency numbers, snacks... with further items being added if necessary ...
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New Outreach leaflets available to download

You can download and print off our new leaflets for useful information on homeless services and provision in the East Riding and Hull. East Riding Just right click and choose save image as or you can download the leaflet as a .pdf Hull Just right click and choose save image as or you can download the leaflet as a .pdf ...
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Outreach team goes out in all weathers

Our rough sleeper teams, covering both Hull and the East Riding go out into the community whatever the weather.  Storm Doris was no exception! ...
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Outreach, outrage, and outstanding care. Taken from the Humber Help website.

Working in the homelessness sector can be really challenging. There is a whole spectrum of needs. Often at the sharp end, dealing with emergency and chaos, is Hull's Rough Sleeper Outreach Team. They're incredible.Working in the homelessness sector can be really challenging. There is a whole spectrum of needs. Often at the sharp end, dealing with emergency and chaos, is Hull's Rough Sleeper Outreach Team. They're incredible. Read More ...
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We work with many agencies, locally and nationally including:

We are the national membership charity for organisations working directly with people who become homeless in England. We work to make services better and campaign for policy change that will help end homelessness.


Humber Help website aims to help co-ordinate information-sharing between all those whose lives are affected by the chaos of homelessness and the wide variety of local organisations that provide services of support to those in need.
In partnership with HullHARP, and supported by Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, and East Riding Voluntary Action Services our mission is to improve the communication of homelessness services and issues on three levels. Read more on our website.

We work directly with thousands of homeless people every year. We provide vital help so that people can rebuild their lives and are supported out of homelessness for good. We offer one to one support, advice and courses for homeless people in 12 areas across England, Scotland and Wales. How we help someone depends on their individual needs and situation. It could be with finding a home and settling in, getting new skills and finding a job, or help with their health and wellbeing. We use research to find out how best to improve our services, but also to find wider solutions to homelessness. Together with homeless people and Crisis supporters, we campaign for the changes needed to end homelessness for good

Emmaus Hull and East Riding enterprises are all closed

To all of our supporters, donors, and friends,

We will be closing our Emmaus enterprises from today, Monday 23rd March 2020.

We thank you for your continued support and encouragement in these difficult times and we are looking forward to a time when we can share our activities with you again.

Our companions are receiving support in our Emmaus community and rest assured we will be working hard to support them through this unprecedented time.

Our Emmaus Outreach team deliver a vital service to vulnerable Rough Sleepers, and we will be working closely with both Hull City Council and East Riding Council to ensure continuity of support.

Please take care......

Emmaus Team