Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire opens new Nomad Centre


After years of planning, thanks to grant funding and many generous community and individual donations – the new Nomad Centre is officially open.

YMCA Lincolnshire has reached a landmark event in its 150th birthday year – the opening of the new Nomad Centre on St. Rumbold’s Street, Lincoln. The new Nomad Centre was officially opened by the HM Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Mr Toby Dennis on Wednesday 13th November 2019 in an event for funders, dignitaries, YMCA residents and supporters.

There were praise and compliments in person and on social media about the new facilities including the en-suite rooms, upgraded kitchen and day centre from those who attended the opening.

The new facility, replacing the existing Nomad shelter on Monks Road, has 20 en-suite rooms, 2 new hostel rooms, a professional kitchen, day centre facilities, and most importantly 24/7 access for residents – all much needed upgrades from our previous offer to those sleeping rough. The new centre will support those without homes, those forced to sleep rough, those with complex difficult backgrounds and those who have suffered from abuse, addiction or have fallen on hard times.

Specialist wraparound 24-hour support will be provided by a range of partners to support the health, wellbeing and individual needs of those accessing the centre. This development will ensure those served in the future are provided with a secure and private home rather than shared temporary bed space.

The Nomad Centre is a £1.6 million project that has been funded largely through a Homes England grant, and donations and support from the community and larger charitable trusts. Homes England, donated over £700,000 to the project.

YMCA Chairman Ian Sackree said “YMCA Lincolnshire is very grateful to everyone who has supported the Nomad shelter over the past 20 years and those who have helped make our dream of modern, dignified and private accommodation for those without homes a reality.

All of this would not be possible without the donations and generosity of the local community. We really appreciate the kind donations of funds, food and provisions over the years without which we simply could not have continued to operate the shelter for the past 20 years, or created the new Centre. We’d like to express our sincere thanks to everyone involved.

We partnered with the Longhurst Group and the Blue Skies Consortium. We value their support during the development of our new facility. The building was designed by Stem Architects.

The Centre was built by Lindum Group, with the official handover on the 150th Birthday of YMCA Lincolnshire (October 28th 2019). We appreciate their partnership and the construction of the Nomad Centre.

Funding for the new Nomad Centre came from a variety of sources. Large grants arrived from Homes England, The Garfield Weston Foundation and Land Aid. Various individuals and groups also fundraised tirelessly and sponsored rooms helping to reach the £1.6 million target.

There will be a seamless transition period with the Nomad Shelter on Monks Road and the new Nomad Shelter on St. Rumbold’s Street where there will be a dignified change over for residents.

The Nomad Centre is going to be open to the public on Saturday 16th November, where the community can attend and visit the new facility. There is no need to book a place, no entry fees – it is a drop in open day. Doors will open at 10AM and will close at 4PM. There will be members of the YMCA Lincolnshire senior team who will be willing to answer any queries they may have about the Nomad Centre.