The rough sleeper annual snapshot – can you support this annual count?

From North East Lincolnshire Council:

The rough sleeper annual snapshot will take place on the night/morning of Tuesday 27th October. 

We are looking for volunteers , including anyone who is independent (someone not commissioned or funded by North East Lincolnshire Council) to take part in the rough sleeper annual snapshot.

This is carried out annually and is run by Homeless Link for Central Government.

We are conducting an evidence based estimate, including a spotlight count. This is because we have information provided by Harbour Place Outreach Team, who are out and about North East Lincolnshire on a daily basis and they know where most rough sleepers are. This also helps with the count as on the night/morning we do not have to worry about going into places that may not be safe – derelict buildings, parks, etc.

The spotlight count is to see if there are any other people rough sleeping, who are not seen during  the daytime.

  • Everyone who is taking part in the count will meet at Harbour Place, Hope Street  at 11.45pm for a briefing on health & safety Do’s and Don’t’s
  • You must be able to arrive at Harbour Place using your own transport
  • You will be paired/in small groups with an experienced member of the Harbour Place Outreach Team and given an area to do the count
  • You will need torches, hi vis jacket/gilets (these will be given out if you don’t have them), and you must wear suitable footwear
  • The count will start approx. 12.15am and will end at 1.30am at the latest
  • Everyone is expected to sign in and sign out at Harbour Place

The co-ordinator will collect the information from the count and will cross reference with the daytime evidence to ensure there is no duplication.  The collective information will then be verified by Homeless Link.

Please could you forward this to your staff and known volunteer groups  you may work with.

I look forward to hearing from you if you would like to participate.



Mandy Shann, Home Options Gateway Lead Officer, Improved Health, People Directorate, North East Lincolnshire Council

Municipal Offices,Town Hall Square, Grimsby, DN31 1HU

01472 326412 |

Evan Cornish Grassroots Fund open to receive applications

Press release from Lincolnshire Community Foundation:

To: The News Editor

From: Lincolnshire Community Foundation

Contact:  Sue Fortune:  01529 305825

September 2020

Subject: Evan Cornish Grassroots Fund open to receive applications

Grants of up to £5,000.00 are available from the Evan Cornish Grassroots Fund and the Foundation would like to invite local groups, charities and organisations operating in Lincolnshire (including North and North East Lincolnshire) to apply.  Whilst requests for support don’t necessarily need to address issues due to the impact of Covid-19, priority may be given to services that address loneliness & isolation, food poverty, mental health etc.  In all cases, projects should benefit those who are vulnerable and/or isolated and live in Greater Lincolnshire.  Community groups can apply for a contribution towards running costs, equipment, volunteer costs and resources.

Applications from groups that have previously been successful will be considered, provided they’ve spent and reported upon the outcomes achieved.

Eligibility: Not for profit volunteer led groups, social enterprises, community interest companies that have a governing document, accounts, bank account and relevant policies and procedures. Foundation staff can give advice about these matters if required;

Themes: Social Cohesion, Advice & Support, Older People and Food Security.

The next closing date for receipt of completed applications is on 1 October 2020. To obtain an Application Form or to chat about your project, please contact Sue Fortune on 01529 305825 or by downloading details from the Grants Page @

City of Sanctuary mental health resource pack

Bereavement and dealing with trauma is  huge issue in supporting refugees and asylum seekers. City of Sanctuary have created a mental health resource pack to support volunteers understand the trauma experience by those who fled war:

You can sign up to City of Sanctuary’s newsletter here:

New Covid Emergency Fund for DPOs

Disability Sheffield have published information on The National Emergencies Trust that have announced £1.5 million of funding to support grassroots Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs) across the UK to respond to the covid-19 needs of disabled people.

The funding will be administered and distributed through a partnership of DPOs across the UK. Inclusion London and ROFA are the national partners for England and they have announced that Disability Sheffield has been chosen as the regional partner for South Yorkshire and the Humber.

To read the full information click here.

Housing Related Support Worker

Grimsby & Cleethorpes Area Doorstep are looking for a compassionate, skilled and self-motivated individual to join their team of housing related support workers; working on a one-to-one basis and within small groups supporting young people and young families to lead a settled way of life.

The successful applicant will have experience of working in a supportive and enabling role. S/he will have an enthusiasm for working with young people; an empathic approach; excellent communication skills; and will understand the importance of professional boundaries, and maintaining client confidentiality.

This post is initially for a fixed period until the end of June 2021; extension thereafter will be dependent on continuation of funding.

All posts are subject to references and enhanced DBS checks.

If you would like an application form please email 

or call 01472  236688

Closing date for applications is 4.00pm Monday 21st September 2020

Interviews are expected to take place w/c 28th September 2020

Doorstep is an equal opportunities employer

Update on the NHS VCSE Leadership Programme in Humber, Coast and Vale

Health and Care Partnerships (HCP) were created to bring together health and social care commissioners and providers to plan services and make the healthcare system more integrated. North East Lincolnshire is in the Humber, Coast and Vale HCP. To ensure the voluntary and community sector can play an active role in the development of the partnerships, there is now a VCSE Leadership group for the area, which Pippa Robson from Sector Support NEL attends. The document below is a report into the first five months’ of activity in setting up the group.