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Darren’s Outreach experience

I came on to Outreach in January 2019.  My first shift was very overwhelming as I hadn’t really come across rough sleepers, despite rough sleeping myself.  Rough sleeping in Beverley is different to Hull.  Being on Outreach has made me more confident, I’m now able to speak to people and relate my own experience with the people on the street in Hull.  I feel that being homeless at one point myself gives me the experience to support the most vulnerable on the streets. What I have enjoyed whilst being on Outreach is been able to house some of the most entrenched rough sleepers.  I have done this with pride as I know I’m part of a team who’s supportive to people no matter what their circumstances were.  The hardest thing I have found was the paperwork, but the more I did It, the more confident I became.  I have also enjoyed doing all the training which is needed to enable me to do the job more effectively.  Being part of the Outreach Team is something I really enjoy and I’m hoping to join the team on a full-time basis eventually.  I feel that supporting the rough sleepers in Hull is […]

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Case Study – July 2019

The Outreach Team went to support a rough sleeper that was living under a bridge in the City. The rough sleeper was identified as a male and was already known to the Outreach Team.  The team have been supporting this male for approx. eighteen months. We quickly established what support was needed and began working with the rough sleeper, at first, he was very reluctant to come indoors because he wanted to stay outside.  The Outreach Team carried on supporting him for several months, each time asking if he was ready to access a Hostel and each time it was a no! The Outreach Team again asked if he was now ready to come inside, the weather had been quite bad for over a week, it took us by surprise when he said he wanted to come into a Hostel.  A phone call was made to the Wilson Centre and a referral was made to the Hostel.  He was put on an Emergency Bed which he would be able to access every night until a room became available.  He was only waiting three days before he was allocated a room.  He got settled into his room and we arranged to […]

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Volunteer Profile: Bob

Bob volunteers with our outreach team and, having been a rough sleeper himself, he’s an invaluable asset. He suffered from depression, which had lead to spiralling debt and ultimately him facing life on the streets but he now lives independently in his own flat after spending time as a companion at Lockwood Street. Working with the team, Bob works across Hull and the East Riding, identifying rough sleepers to offer them support and sign post them to further services that they may require. “Since I’ve been here, I’ve undertaken extensive training including maths, English, mental health and safeguarding, amongst many others. “I’ve also worked with the outreach team, which supports those who are currently sleeping rough. Mental health is rife in the homeless community and there’s still a lot of education required in this area. “If I had stayed on the streets I’d be dead now. Emmaus have helped me feel worth something again when it felt like no one else wanted to listen. “My depression is something that will always remain with me but I now have it under control, when it could have been so different.”

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Volunteer Profile: Zoe

Zoe lives in Hull and volunteers at the Lockwood Street premises. Our director, Kelly Finnis told her about the opportunity to volunteer and Zoe was quick to take her up on the offer. Whilst living in a hostel, Zoe had volunteered for the charity and, after moving out and finding her feet again, she wanted to give something back. She occupies a diverse role at Emmaus helping out across day-to-day operations wherever she can. Talking about her experience, Zoe said: “I love helping people and generally lending a hand to the community. “I’m proud of all the work I do, but helping a veteran secure a bed from our superstore, ready for when he got out of hospital was particularly pleasing. “Having volunteered here for a while my eyes have really been opened and I get a lot out of it.”

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Companion Profile: Neil

Neil first came to Emmaus, Hull & East Riding on 17th July 2017. He had been in a few Emmaus branches over the previous 4 years. It was our outreach programme that initially attracted Neil. He came from Dover for a week’s taster on outreach and decided to stay. He had a little spell away from Hull and went to Burnley, but decided he wanted to be back in East Yorkshire. Neil has recently completed his NVQ in warehouse & customer service, mental health and first aid as well as a lot of CLLD training. Additionally, he also completed a 4 week placement at Elliot Hygiene. Neil has done a lot of solidarity support in his time at Emmaus and is hoping to continue this within Emmaus once he has left. He’s also covered a wide range of roles whilst living in Hull, from kitchen duties to supporting at car boot sales. Neil says he owes Emmaus a lot and feels that the charity saved his life. He is moving onto the next chapter of his life at Trippet Street Supported Housing but will remain a big part of the community here in Hull. He will be greatly missed!

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Former Rough Sleeper Daryl

Companion Profile: Daryl

On the 18th February, companion Daryl moved on from Emmaus Hull & East Riding into his supported flat. Daryl has settled in really well and has been continuing to use the qualifications he gained whilst at Emmaus. He has also attended a couple of job interviews and is looking for a job as a breakfast chef. He has been attending Men in Sheds, which he has found very helpful, and has continued to volunteer at Emmaus Hull & East Riding to visit us all on a weekly basis. During Daryl’s time at Emmaus he completed his Level 2 and Level 3 Food Hygiene as well as getting NVQ qualifications in customer care, warehousing and bike mechanics. He also attended the pioneer trip funded through Emmaus UK, which was Daryl’s highlight of his stay and would love to look at doing something like this again. Daryl made some close friends whilst at Emmaus who he maintains contact with and is so thankful to Emmaus for giving him his self-esteem, confidence and work ethic back. We want to wish Daryl the very best of luck in his move and with his journey in to employment. Good luck Daryl!

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From Rough Sleeping to Independent Living

Whilst no one chooses to sleep rough, for those that have spent a prolonged period on the streets, it can be difficult and daunting to accepting support. The outreach team have been working with a rough sleeper for an extended period that normally insists there is nothing the team can do to help him. However, after a long conversation we identified some areas that we could support him with, such as helping him get back in contact with his family and accessing appropriate benefits as he was finding this process too overwhelming. Additionally, he was suffering from anxiety on a daily basis that made aspects of his life difficult. The outreach team built up a relationship with this rough sleeper and supported him to a doctor’s appointment so that he could obtain a sick note and discuss concerns about his anxiety, which had lead to substance abuse, particularly to help him sleep on a night. Now, with support from the outreach team, this rough sleeper has progressed from never seeing a GP to attending numerous medical appointments and has had numerous blood tests. He has also been placed on some anxiety medication to help with the symptoms that he is […]

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