Hull homelessness charity appeals for new trustees

Homelessness charity Emmaus Hull & East Riding is using Trustees’ Week to thank current trustees and appeal for new trustees to join the charity.

Emmaus Hull & East Riding provides a home, training, work opportunities and individual support to people who have experienced homelessness. The charity currently has seven trustees who give their time and expertise and are appealing for more people to join their board of trustees.

Chris O’Donnell, Chair of Emmaus Hull & East Riding, said: “Emmaus Hull & East Riding has made a big impact on the provision of effective services for people who experience homelessness since it opened in 2016. Our trustees have been pivotal in achieving this and continue to contribute strongly to the future of the charity – for which we are all deeply grateful.

“To ensure future development, we are now looking for new trustees to join the board, particularly those with managerial, financial and marketing or retail backgrounds. Our trustees do work hard but the rewards in terms of improvements in the lives of vulnerable people are immense and much needed.”

Trustees’ Week is a national campaign to celebrate the achievements of nearly one million trustees across the UK. Trustees are the individuals who make decisions on behalf of the charity and have general control and management of the administration of a charity.

Trustees at Emmaus Hull & East Riding give their time voluntarily and work together to ensure the charity has a clear strategy, and that its work and goals are in line with its vision. The charity provides a range of services that contribute to their mission of supporting people who experience homelessness and social exclusion.

Formerly homeless people supported by Emmaus, known as companions, live within a purpose-built community home in Hull and are offered the opportunity to gain skills, training, confidence and new experiences. More than two thirds of companions supported by Emmaus Hull & East Riding move on into jobs, their own housing or return to families.

Companions of Emmaus help in their social enterprise at one of three charity stores in Hull. All of the money generated from the Emmaus social enterprise is re-invested to support disadvantaged people in Hull and across the East Riding. In addition to their residential community, the charity also delivers an outreach service, providing direct support to people who are street homeless.

To find out more about the trustee role or register your interest, visit the Emmaus Hull & East Riding website: