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Chair of Trustees, Emmaus Hull and East Riding

Deadline 5th February

Emmaus Hull and East Riding is a homelessness charity that supports formerly homeless people by giving them a home, meaningful work in a social enterprise and an opportunity to get back on their feet again

Emmaus Hull and East Riding are recruiting for their new Chair of Trustees to lead the Board of Trustees and help them to meet their strategic goals for 2021 and beyond. This is a voluntary, non-remunerated post requiring a time commitment of around two days per month to perform effectively.


  • Leading the Board and the organisation to enable it to fulfil its purpose
  • Ensuring an effective relationship between:
    • the Board and the Staff, Companions and Volunteers
    • the Board and the external stakeholders/community
    • the Board and Emmaus UK
  • Acting as a spokesperson and ambassador as appropriate
  • Supervise and supporting the Head of Staff

Click here for more information and an application pack


Emmaus Hull & East Riding Volunteer Vacancy: Outreach Support

Do you have some spare time on your hands that you could dedicate to supporting a local charity? Emmaus Hull & East Riding are now recruiting for volunteers who can support their Outreach work and assist rough sleepers in securing accommodation.

*This role can be continued throughout lockdown in accordance with Government guidelines. All necessary PPE is expected to be worn and can be provided to ensure the safety of volunteers, staff, service users and the general public.

Role Outline

To contribute alongside Outreach workers and companions to engage and assist rough sleepers in the Hull and East Riding area, providing support and signposting to appropriate agencies. This involves checking the safety and wellbeing of rough sleepers, acting on information given by third parties, multi-agency working and publicising events.

Main Responsibilities

  • Engage with rough sleepers in and around the Hull & East Riding area (supporting staff and Companions – we do not operate as lone workers)
  • Obtain information and assist rough sleepers, signposting to appropriate agencies
  • Risk management
  • Support the team by positively promoting the Outreach service

Skills and Experience Needed

  • Willingness to engage and build positive relationships
  • Walk long distances when necessary
  • An open minded and non-judgemental approach
  • Reliability and punctuality
  • Resilience
  • Awareness and ability to maintain confidentiality at all times
  • Experience of working with vulnerable people

Volunteer Expectation

Emmaus Hull & East Riding recognise and value the time, dedication, skills and knowledge that their volunteers contribute. During your time volunteering with them, they expect you to:

  • Treat others with dignity and respect
  • Uphold the reputation and values of Emmaus Hull & East Riding
  • Maintain appropriate professional boundaries with all staff, volunteers and companions at all times
  • Contribute towards the teamwork ethic

Time Commitment

The Outreach service operates between 7am and 10pm Mon – Thurs and between 7am and 3pm during the weekend across several shifts (maximum 8 hour shifts). Emmaus would ideally like a minimum time commitment of one shift a week, but are flexible to meet the availability of the individual. They do ask for your reliability and commitment to a shift to ensure no lone working amongst the team.


Hull and East Riding Area

Support and Benefits

  • You will receive a full induction and relevant training
  • Direct support from the Volunteer Coordinator throughout your volunteer role
  • The opportunity to get involved with other volunteer roles and fundraising events
  • Emmaus will look to provide further training to maximise your skills and experience in this area
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses


To find out more or apply for this role please download and complete the application form below or contact Reagan on 01482 223722 ext. 7 or via email at reagan@emmaushull.org.uk for any further information.

Volunteer Application Form

Volunteer opportunity with Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner

Deadline 29th January

The Police and Crime Commissioner is really keen to hear from people in the local communities who want to help make a difference; he wants to ensure that  scrutiny groups reflect our local communities.

The Office is currently recruiting volunteers for:

  1. Use of Police Powers Scrutiny Group – particularly interested in hearing from those affected by the use of police powers such as Use of Force and Stop & Search.
  2. Hate Crime Scrutiny Group – seeking volunteers with lived experience of hate crime who can help us effectively scrutinise the police response.

Role requirements:

  • Meet 4-6 times per year
  • Check and challenge issues
  • Provide the opportunity to do things differently, to learn and to progress

In return the Office will:

  • Pay reasonable travel expenses and provide refreshments at meetings
  • Ensure your findings help to inform the Independent Ethics and Scrutiny Board, which in turn will inform the Police and Crime Commissioner’s discussions with the Chief Constable and others

If interested, you can find out more about the roles and complete an application form here

Closing date is 5pm on Friday 29th January 2021, and successful applicants will be contacted in February

ER & KuH Joint Local Access Forum – volunteer recruitment

Deadline 29th January

East Riding of Yorkshire Council, in partnership with Hull City Council, is seeking to recruit up to five new volunteers to the East Riding of Yorkshire and Kingston upon Hull Joint Local Access Forum (JLAF) in early 2021.

The JLAF – a statutory advisory forum which works closely with local authorities and other bodies to help improve public rights of way and access to green spaces in the area – is consulted on a range of local and national matters relating to public access.

Members of the forum include walkers, cyclists, horse riders, landowners and representatives of other outdoor interests.

Applications are invited from interested parties with a knowledge and passion for public access and sustainable travel in the local area, and are especially welcome from relevant interest groups that are currently under-represented on the Forum.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 29 January 2021.

To find out more about the Forum, and this voluntary role (and how to apply), interested parties can go to the website page or email the forum secretary  accessforum@eastriding.gov.uk

Telephone Befriender Volunteers wanted

The Humber Teachiing NHS Foundation Trust are recruiting new Telephone Befriender Volunteers.

As most will know too many people have been isolated and lonely during the pandemic, so it is vital that we collectively tackle this. So if you have time, volunteer with them be a hero.

They are particularly hoping to attract people with life experience, who can chat to people about a range of topics. They have befriendees who are interested in all sorts of discussions, from current affairs, art & culture, gardening and world travel.

Just a 30 minute conversation can improve the well-being of someone who is socially isolated and lonely


Please contact them for more information and details on how to apply.

You can ring

(01482) 477862 / (01482) 477836 / 07813 543056

Email hnf-tr.voluntaryservices@nhs.net

or go to their website

SASH is looking for supported lodgings hosts

SASH is a registered charity preventing homelessness in young people aged 16 to 25 throughout North and East Yorkshire. When young people are facing homelessness, SASH can offer a spare room in the home of a trained volunteer and support to move forward.

Volunteering as a host is an opportunity for you to help a young person through a difficult period in their life. There is no special requirement, hosts come from all walks of life. You just need to have a spare room and want to help young homeless people. You won’t be on your own – they provide full training and support, and payment to help with the costs of hosting (expense payment rate can be up to £130pw for a supported lodgings host).

They are currently looking for new hosts across Hull and the East Riding, if you are interested or have any questions please contact caroline.andrews@sash-uk.org.uk.

You can find our more on their website

Guide Dogs looking for volunteers

Guide Dogs is approaching volunteering in a different way. They are not doing any face to face volunteering at this point due Covid restrictions but are open to virtual volunteering and ideas for fundraising.

They are taking all precautions and supporting all our volunteers with CV19 and Health & Safety Training.

They have a range of roles and activities that might be of interest:

Volunteer Opportunities in Liaison and Diversion Community Links

Community Links Liaison & Diversion Service are welcoming applications for volunteers to assist their Support Time Recovery Workers (STRW) in the community.

The service accepts referrals from NHS colleagues based in Police Custody suites to support service users who have come into contact with the Criminal Justice System. The volunteer will assist the STRW’s by supporting the service user to access support services for vulnerabilities and support needs identified during initial screening and can include: Mental health problems, substance misuse, housing and benefits with the aim to reduce re-offending.

Under normal conditions, this could require accompanying the service user to attend appointments to existing services or simply meet up for a coffee and a chat to provide emotional support. The current COVID19 restrictions has meant that telephone consultation with the service user has been used with some success to reach out to those needing support, signposting or onward referral to specialist agencies throughout Hull and East Riding.

A full induction, training and mentoring will be provided.

For further details email: neil.rustill@commlinks.co.uk  or phone 07552326908 for an informal chat.”

Puppy walkers – Guide Dogs for the Blind need you!

Do you live in or near the villages between Selby and Holme on Spalding Moor?

Who could say no to a cute guide dog puppy?

All puppies are special, but these little ones are puppies with a purpose!

Many of the pups will go on to be qualified guide dogs, helping to open the world up to a visually impaired person.

The initial stages of training are crucial, and it takes the support of a very special volunteer to help the puppies thrive.

Puppy walkers are given a dog at 6 weeks old and over the course of about 14 months they will introduce the pup to the wider world, ensuring that they follow basic commands while helping them to become familiar with as many situations as possible.

Pups need to be prepared for whatever the world has in store for them!

The Puppy Walker role is such a rewarding role, watching your puppy develop knowing that you’re contributing to their future career as a guide dog.

There will be plenty of puppy cuddles to go around but this is a demanding role which takes a great deal of commitment.

The puppy will be with you 24/7, cannot be left alone for more than 3 hours and you must have an enclosed garden with a suitable area for the pup to do its business.

Not forgetting the classic puppy cheekiness so be prepared for the odd accident on the carpet or a chewed slipper.

If you can meet the criteria and are looking for a rewarding challenge, we would love to hear from you.

Full training is provided including monthly puppy training classes.

All food and vet bills are covered by Guide Dogs.

To find our more, please contact Linda Conway for a chat on 03451430207 or email linda.conway@guidedogs.org.uk

Guide Dogs need volunteers

Every hour, someone in the UK starts to lose their sight-that’s why the charity Guide Dogs need your help! Want to make a difference – Join the Guide Dogs Family of Volunteers

As restrictions ease Guide Dogs are now opening up and as they rely so greatly on their volunteers for support they are currently recruiting for:

Fundraisers in the Hull & Humber Region

Would you like to have fun and help change people’s lives at the same time? There are lots of ways you can raise money for Guide Dogs – from organising an event with friends and family, to taking part in a charity challenge – or even hosting a dogs’ tea party! Your support will help fund vital services that enable thousands of visually impaired people to lead confident, independent and fulfilling lives. You can choose how much time you give to this role and you must be aged 16 or over. You could give five minutes, five days or more.

Puppy Walkers in Selby, Brayton, Barlby , and Howden

Puppy Walkers play a vital role in the early socialisation and education of guide dogs. At about seven weeks of age, puppies start their early training, remaining with you until between 12-16 months of age. They then head off to a training centre to begin their specialised training.

  • You will need to care for, feed and train the puppy. This is very time consuming and – particularly when young – our puppies cannot be left on their own for more than three hours.
  • You will be expected to teach basic obedience commands and you will need a suitable outside area (ideally gravel or pavement) where the puppy can go to the toilet.
  • The puppy must be familiarised with different environments and you will be expected to introduce the puppy to different people, sounds and situations.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in volunteering for them, please contact Linda Conway on 03451430207 or apply directly here (opens in a new tab)