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Charity workers in Lincoln are looking forward to a brighter future as they celebrate a triple funding boost of £64,000!

The team at developmentplus, which is based in South Park, gave a collective sigh of relief when they heard the good news, because the money relieves the financial pressures on a multi-faceted charity which has been working hard to improve the lives of more than 250 people over the last year.

Developmentplus is successfully supporting rough sleepers, ex-offenders, unemployed people and those with poor mental health.  Team members are particularly proud that they have been able to stay in touch with people relying on their programmes throughout the Coronavirus, by making full use of social media channels, mobile calls and podcasts. 

Chief Executive Officer Lynsey Collinson said: “We are thrilled to have secured this additional funding, which is made-up of three different grants. In each case, we received exactly what we asked for. It’s a real relief because we were in danger of being seriously stretched financially.

“We’re delighted because it has allowed us to secure two of our projects – Bridging The Gap (designed to help ex-offenders to get their lives back on track) – and Project Compass, (led by  development worker Becky Pipes-Goulsbra who helps rough sleepers).  We have also been able to recruit two part-timers to help her. 

Developmentplus received £48,500 from The National Lottery Community Fund, £10,500 from The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and £5,000 from the City of Lincoln Council Discretionary Grant Fund – all emergency pots of money.

“Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has helped us to secure project wages for six months and given us much-needed cash to help cover our costs through these challenging times. We are grateful to the Government for this,” said Lynsey.

“We were also incredibly grateful to be one of 133 charities to receive a COVID-19 Homelessness Response grant of £10,000 from The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.  This has strengthened Project Compass – our advocacy support programme working with the rough sleeper community

“Project Compass development worker Becky Pipes-Goulsbra, who is working in partnership with Lincoln Baptist Church, has been busy handing out packed lunches to the homeless, who would normally have enjoyed hot breakfasts at the church had it not been for the pandemic. 

Developmentplus is really pleased to have recruited Libby Liberty and Nic Hume on a part-time basis to assist Becky with Project Compass and the former volunteers are thrilled to have joined the charity’s paid team members. 

“It is the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund that has allowed developmentplus to recruit the two part-time helpers for Project Compass,” said Lynsey.

“The £5,000 received from the City of Lincoln Council’s discretionary grant fund is a huge help in relieving the ongoing pressure on our charity’s core costs.”

In addition to its Bridging the Gap and Project Compass programmes, developmentplus development worker Ian Enright manages the Sincil Steps initiative (working with a number of partners including the Lincoln City Foundation and a parent engagement worker on the Government-funded A Step in the Right Direction project).

It takes a pro-active approach to providing friendly coaching for people living in the city’s Sincil Bank area who are keen to learn conventional English, needing to set themselves fresh goals or trying to get back into work. 

As well devoting time to the Bridging The Gap project (LEAP-funded), development worker Kate Edgar manages the Compact Project, its sister mentoring initiative for ex-offenders.  

Then there is the three-year Better Together Project (headed by Clare Bryan and Stuart Couling). It aims to promote mental health and wellness for adults and is run in partnership with Green Synergy and Abbey Access Training. 

Last, but not least, The Lincoln Neighbourhoods Together Network (LNTN), managed by Rachel Bethell – is an exciting partnership project involving developmentplus and Voluntary Centre Services Lincoln. It brings neighbourhoods together to share ideas, knowledge and events. 

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