Lincoln housing charities consider merger

Trustees at the Nomad Trust and Lincolnshire YMCA are discussing a merger that would unite their housing services in the city, from the emergency night shelter to outreach support for people leaving supported accommodation.

The proposed merger would mean uniting back office staff, with additional resources proposed for fundraising and development.

Ian Sackree, Chairman of Lincolnshire YMCA said: “This merger would add significant joined up capacity to the many clients and users of our services, allow us to operate with greater reach, and collectively improve what we do for the benefit of our wider community.”

Reverend Hamish Temple, Chairman of Nomad Trust, explained: “Nomad will not disappear. To those in the community Nomad will appear the same; it is what lies behind Nomad which will make it more able to respond to the ever growing needs of those whose lives are in crisis.”

Lincolnshire YMCA and Nomad Trust intend to retain their own identities and delivered services if the merger is passed by trustees.

The decision is due to be finalised by the end of the month with a view to merge at the end of the financial year in March.

The Nomad Trust was established in 1984 as a Christian based registered charity that provides welfare services in Lincoln for those who are homeless or in need.

Lincolnshire YMCA is a charity providing services in housing support and accommodation, health and wellbeing, childcare, youth services and training opportunities through conferencing, events and social enterprises such as a graphic design agency.