When most people see a homeless person on the street, they want to help out – but we are often unsure of how to assist the person.

Homelessness is a serious issue in Lincolnshire. A recent study claimed that on Christmas Day 2016, over 400 people in the county woke up on the street.

Organisations also agree that homelessness is rising, both locally and nationally.

So what is the best thing to do if you see someone sleeping rough on our streets?

The truth is, it is difficult for people to do anything directly. Most people lack the knowledge or experience to make in long-term change in someone’s life, particularly if they are in difficult circumstances.

Lincolnshire YMCA agrees with the idea that giving money to people begging probably is not the best idea.

Rachael Hewitt from Lincolnshire YMCA said: “There are support services available that can provide shelter, food and clothing should this be needed and people need not beg.

“This causes problems for local businesses, residents and those visiting the city.  As a charity, we work with homeless individuals to remove the need to beg and deal with the problems individuals are facing.”

Professional services

Instead, the best thing to do if you are concerned about someone is to ring the professional services. They are better equipped and having the training to deal with people’s needs.

Jonny Goldsmith is the operations manager for P3, a charity that focuses their support on socially excluded and vulnerable people, like those who sleep rough.

His advice is for members of the public to contact them.

Jonny told Lincolnshire Reporter: “P3 has two support teams. One goes out from 5am to find rough sleepers on the streets, see to their needs and help them to exit the streets if possible.

“The other is a temporary support services for people who need an urgent place to sleep.

“If people see someone they’re concerned about who’s rough sleeping, they should call our free phone number straight away.

“We can find the person and advocate on their behalf. However, our services cover all of Lincolnshire, so we rely on the public’s intelligence to direct them where they’re needed.”

“Our Street Outreach team goes out in the early hours of the morning in order to make contact with people who are sleeping on the streets of Lincolnshire. We will assess their needs, offer advice and advocate on their behalf – to ensure that they receive the support services they require.

“We cover such a large area that we rely on the general public to help us identify those people who are rough sleeping. I would urge anyone who sees someone rough sleeping to contact our Freephone number, that way allowing us to direct our support to those in need.’’

P3’s number is 08082810280. They can also be contacted on [email protected].

Other services that people can call if they are concerned about a person sleep rough are:

  • The Nomad Trust (01522 883703 for daytime and 07376 906789 for out of hours)
  • StreetLink (0300 500 0914 or streetlink.org.uk).

StreetLink also have an app available from the Apple or Google Play stores which people can use to alert the service.

Of course, if you see somebody whose health is in immediate danger, call the emergency services on 999 straight away.

Volunteering

There is one way to help vulnerable people in your area though, and that is volunteering. Giving your time free of charge can be valuable, especially when services are short of manpower.

Volunteer queries should be directed to: [email protected] or 01522 508388.

The P3 website also has a variety of volunteering opportunities around Lincolnshire.

The Volunteer Street Buddy role requires people to support professional Outreach Workers in responding to referrals or working with established rough sleepers.

Get in touch with P3 by emailing [email protected]


Just how big a problem is homelessness in Lincolnshire? Let us know your thoughts on what can be done in the comments below or by emailing [email protected]

Two pupils from Beacon Primary Academy in Skegness have won a competition to design a double decker bus.

Elise Kay and Evie Morris, both seven, submitted designs that showed the damage caused by litter in the sea and also had the Union Jack flag on.

Over 150 children entered, so two designs were chosen instead of one.

The redecorated Stagecoach bus made its first journey on Friday and is now touring the East Midlands.

Stagecoach is working with Keep Britain Tidy to promote protection of the environment

Stagecoach and its charity partner for 2017, Keep Britain Tidy, were looking for a sea-themed design following news that each minute a truckload of plastic that will not decompose is dumped into the ocean.

Michelle Hargreaves from the bus company said: “We were particularly keen to chose a winner with an aquatic theme to actively encourage the next generation to be involved with caring for their environment.

“The Keep Britain Tidy bus design will not only promote the organisation’s work, it will create a fantastic moving spectacle across the East Midlands.”

Allison Ogden-Newton, Keep Britain Tidy chief executive, said: “By launching a special anti-litter bus in Skegness, Stagecoach are really helping us show people who still think it’s ok to drop litter that they’re in the minority.”

On its first day, the aquatic-themed bus toured schools that had taken part in the competition and held educational events on how to care for the environment.

£500 was also presented to both the winning school and Keep Britain Tidy’s anti-litter campaign by Stagecoach.

Corinna Wright, principal at Beacon Primary Academy, said: “Huge congratulations to Elise and Evie! This is a fantastic achievement and something that I’m sure they will remember for many years to come.”

One of Lincolnshire’s undisputed geniuses – George Boole, the mathematician who helped to develop the logic now used in coding – is having a statue created in his honour. But who else deserves a similar privilege?

We chose not to include people who already have prominent statues around the county, such as Alfred Lord Tennyson and Isaac Newton. This list is only for people who are currently unrecognised in the county.

Jim Broadbent

Photo: Steve Smailes

Jim Broadbent receiving his honorary doctorate from Bishop Grosseteste University. Photo: Steve Smailes

You have almost certainly seen one of Jim Broadbent’s films, whether you know it or not. The Lincolnshire Oscar-winner has become one of the most loved actors of his generation, staring in both hits like Bridget Jones’ Diary and critically acclaimed classics like Brazil. He is not showing any signs of slowing down and will feature in the next season of Game of Thrones.

Sir Joseph Banks

Sir Joseph Banks. Photo: Sir Joseph Banks Society

With the conservatory which bears his name having just been moved out of Lincoln, a statue would be a fitting way to celebrate Joseph Banks, one of Britain’s greatest botanists. He joined a voyage to Australia and collected samples of hundreds of previously unknown plants. He was President of the Royal Society science academy for more than 30 years and helped to promote the natural sciences.

John Harrison

Clockmaker John Harrison

John Harrison is known as as “The clockmaker who changed the world.” Although technically not a Yellowbelly as he was born in Yorkshire, John moved to the county when he was seven. He made a clock accurate enough that sailors could always calculate their position, revolutionising navigation. He came 39th in the BBC’s survey of the 100 Greatest Britons. You can still see many of his working clocks around Lincolnshire today, over 200 years after his death.

Charlotte Angas Scott

Mathematician Charlotte Angas Scott

Studying mathematics in a time when women were not formally allowed to, Charlotte Angas Scott was born in Lincoln and did pioneering work in the field of geometry. She was also active in helping other women to follow her. She taught women that: ‘There is never any harm in trying to secure for yourself exactly what you want.’

Stephen Langton

Plaster maquette of Stephen Langton by John Thomas at Canterbury Heritage Museum. Photo: Linda Spashett

He might be less familiar to today’s readers, but Stephen Langton was no less influential. He became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1207 and helped to lead the Barons’ struggle against King John. This led to the signing of the Magna Carta, which has become a symbol of freedom around the world.

Michael Foale

Astronaut Michael Foale. Photo: NASA

Did you know that Lincolnshire has an astronaut? Michael Foale was born in Louth and and moved to Texas to work on the US Space program. After years of applying, he finally became an astronaut and flew six space shuttle missions. He still holds the record for the most time spent in space by a UK citizen – over a year – and was the first British person to do a spacewalk.

James Ward Usher

James Ward Usher. Photo: The Collection

Although James Ward Usher was a celebrated jeweller, he is best known for his will which left his brilliant art collection and fortune to the city of Lincoln. This was housed in the Usher Art Gallery, which has been displaying great art to the public for nearly 90 years now.

John Smith

Explorer John Smith

John Smith, as you might remember from the Disney film Pocahontas, was an admiral and an early explorer of America. He was born near Alford, but soon joined the navy to explore the world. He helped to found the first colony, Jamestown, and was famously captured by Native Americans but saved by Pocahontas.


As you can see, Lincolnshire is not short of people who deserve more recognition. This list is by no means comprehensive, so please leave a comment below with your suggestions.

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