During Trustees’ Week 2023 (6 – 10 November), we’re giving thanks to our current team of trustees and appealing for new trustees to join our charity.

Emmaus Hull & East Riding provides a home, training, work opportunities and individual support to people who have experienced homelessness. Our charity has seven trustees who give their time and expertise and we’re appealing for more people to join our 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.

Each trustee of Emmaus Hull & East Riding gives their time voluntarily and work together to ensure our charity has a clear strategy, and that our work and goals are in line with our vision. Here at Emmaus, we provide a range of services that contribute to our mission of supporting people who experience homelessness and social exclusion.

Making a positive impact on people’s lives

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 to 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 our social enterprise is re-invested to support disadvantaged people in Hull and across the East Riding. In addition to our residential community, we also deliver an outreach service, providing direct support to people who are street homeless.

Find out more about the trustee role and register your interest today.