Our Outreach Volunteer, Christian, has shared his thoughts about his volunteering experience with Emmaus so far…
I came to Emmaus with an open mind and in many ways an open heart. I just wanted to find a way that I could support my community having experienced homelessness myself some years prior. I have been with Emmaus for 5 months now in the Outreach role and I can safely say I have so far enjoyed my post. Every day is different, much the same as the circumstances of those we engage with. The employed staff are very supportive and value our input and ideas too. With each passing shift, my understanding develops and I hope to eventually be a much more competent and confident member of the team. The role most certainly enables me to support members of my community and for that I am truly grateful.
Our Outreach Volunteer, Christine, has been reflecting on her last year of volunteering with us, here’s what she has to say…
It has been almost a year since joining the Rough Sleeper Outreach Team as a volunteer and what a year it has been. There have been many challenges along the way both personally and professionally when volunteering. Volunteering with Emmaus enables me to give something back to my community whilst taking time out from my everyday life for some much needed ‘me time’. It also helps me get in LOTS of steps! I cannot imagine not volunteering with Emmaus; I love it and hopefully I am helping to make a difference to the lives of some rough sleepers.’
‘Many people doing small actions can make a big impact’
Thursday 15th April is International Microvolunteering Day! This is a day to promote awareness of microvolunteering and how people can spare a small amount of their time doing bite-sized actions that have a positive impact.
Be our eyes and ears
Our outreach team cover miles of ground both on foot and in our Emmaus vehicles to ensure we are engaging with anyone who could be facing homelessness or sleeping rough. However, the more eyes and ears the better! If you see anyone who could be sleeping rough in the Hull and East Riding area, please call us on our freephone line 0800 0662169 or via our social media platforms. By contacting us you could be signposting support for someone who really needs it.
Donate to us
We heavily rely on your donations that we can sell and raise funds for our charity. These can include most types of furniture, small household goods, clothing, books, bric-a-brac etc. You can either drop these off at our main site on Lockwood Street in Hull or if you give us a call on 01482 223722 ext. 1 we can arrange a free collection at your convenience.
Also, we are really grateful for any donations of blankets, sleeping bags, bottles of water, new male and female underwear, socks, tracksuit bottoms, or men’s small or medium coats that our outreach team can give out to individuals experiencing homelessness.
We are also working on a garden project this summer to transform our community garden. If you have any garden supplies that could be donated these would be really appreciated. This could be tools, seeds, soil, plants, garden ornaments etc.
If you have any unused toiletries that you could spare for our companions we would really welcome these.
Hold a fundraising event
Why not hold a one-off fundraising event with the proceeds donated to Emmaus Hull & East Riding? Here are a few ideas to get you thinking…
- Virtual coffee morning
- Virtual book club
- Sponsored walk, run, swim or marathon!
- Zoom quiz night
- Birthday fundraiser
Have a skill to share? Organise a virtual exercise class, baking/cooking class, teach a language lesson.. the possibilities are endless!
Due to the restrictions that are still in place for Covid-19, most fundraising is happening virtually at the moment and using a JustGiving page is a great way to collect donations. Simply head to their website to make a start – https://www.justgiving.com/
Please remember to let us know if you are setting up any events in aid of Emmaus Hull & East Riding, we would love to hear about them.
Spread the word!
We like to keep everyone updated on what’s going on here at Emmaus, so why not help us spread the word? We are active across several social media platforms and regularly post about our companions, our outreach service and how we’re helping the homeless, our current volunteer opportunities, and our shops with their latest offers and items up for grabs. Why not share these amongst your family and friends on social media!
Complete our volunteer survey
Here at Emmaus we offer various volunteer opportunities for people to get involved in. To help us with this and to ensure these opportunities are as flexible and accessible as possible we would really appreciate your thoughts and feedback about volunteering. Please take just 10 minutes to complete this short survey, whether you have volunteered previously, currently volunteer or have never volunteered before – we would love to hear from you!
Volunteer Community Ambassador Role
We have just launched our new volunteer community ambassador role! This was a role inspired by International Microvolunteering Day as we appreciate that for many reasons people are unable to volunteer their time on a regular basis but may still like to support us.
Click here to take a look at what this involves and how you could support us with smaller actions that still have a positive impact on our charity.
As we are slowly coming out of the third national lockdown, we have been reflecting on the past year of the pandemic and how much of an impact our volunteers have had on our frontline service. From March 2020 our volunteers have never hesitated in their decisions to continuously support our outreach service, supporting individuals sleeping rough in what were uncertain and challenging times for us all. From the beginning of the first national lockdown it’s safe to say nobody knew how the next year would look and it was a year that we will never forget. We want to say a huge thank you for the time and efforts of our volunteers who have supported us throughout, as well as some new members that have seen how the pandemic has affected our charity and the wider local community and wanted to offer a helping hand. Our Emmaus UK President, Terry Waite, has also recognised the contribution of our volunteers and has created a video of appreciation for them.
We’re sending out a big thank you to one of our volunteers, Louise Lawlor.
Louise already does a sterling job by turning out on shift every week in all weathers but further surprised us recently. She had been affected by the plight of one of our female rough sleepers recently when speaking to her on a particularly cold Bridlington seafront. The lady highlighted the difficulty in getting her hands and feet warm. As a result that evening Louise set up a funding page and very quickly reached her target and beyond.
As a result we have been able to supply hand and feet warmers along with hot water bottles and inflatable pillows to many rough sleepers just as the cold weather impacted at its highest. We cannot thank Louise enough for this contribution.