Extra funding for Lincoln homeless shelter

YMCA has received extra funding towards its Nomad Centre in Lincoln, which is due to open this Autumn.

The charity received a grant of £100k from the Garfield Weston Foundation, which is a charitable grant-making foundation supporting a wide range of causes that donates over £70 million each year.

It has helped YMCA Lincolnshire get even closer to its £1.6 million completion target for the new centre on St Rumbold’s Street.

The centre will provide emergency accommodation and specialist support for the city’s homeless.

It will consist of 22 individual en-suite bedrooms and specialist day facilities. It will upgrade and replace the existing Nomad shelter on Monks Road, which is currently open between 8.30pm and 8am.

Downstairs interior artist’s impression of the Lincoln Nomad Centre. Photo: YMCA Lincolnshire

Construction on the Nomad Centre began in April at YMCA Lincolnshire’s former gym and leisure space.

Rachael Baxter, Community Engagement Manager at YMCA Lincolnshire, said: “As operators of the only direct-access emergency overnight accommodation in Lincolnshire, we’re excited to see the new centre taking shape thanks to the generosity of our funders.

“The Nomad Centre will not only provide private and dignified overnight accommodation but a safe space for people to retreat to during the day, with wraparound support when they can otherwise find themselves vulnerable, isolated and at risk.

“We are so grateful to everyone who is helping to turn this vision into a reality and want to thank the Garfield Weston Foundation for their support.”

Philippa Charles, Director at Garfield Weston Foundation, added: “The Trustees were delighted to support YMCA Lincolnshire’s new Nomad Centre. This will provide much needed support to the city’s homeless and will have a positive impact on Lincoln.”