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									The Nomad Trust Christmas Newsletter 2010
                             The Nomad Trust is a Christian based Se rvi c e M a n a g er : B r e n da S hi els
                             registered charity which provides welfare
                             services in the city of Lincoln for those who
                             are homeless or otherwise in need. The
                             Nomad Trust upholds the worth and dignity of
                             all individuals and asserts that everyone
                             should have the basic essentials of life not
                             least companionship.
                                                               Chairman’s message

          Contents           Seasons Greetings to all. Notice I said “Seasons” and didn’t use the word
                             “Happy”. I wish all peoples a Happy Christmas but for so many it will not be a
Mission Statement        1
                             happy one. I encourage you all, whatever your circumstances, to be aware of
Chairman’s Message       1   others and try to be a “good neighbour” to them, because even a little
                             thoughtfulness can mean so much to those who are feeling lonely, unloved,
Acting CEO message       1   insecure, hungry, cold, or without a place to call home. Few things in life are
                             free, but “Thoughtfulness” can be one of them.
Personal Best            2
                             By the time you read this, the foundations of our new building on Beaumont
Stunning senior moment 2     Fee will have begun. By this time next year, the homeless will have a superb
                             purpose built facility, which will be life changing for so many over the coming
Staff Profile - Stuart   2   years. In partnership with Framework, the Nomad Trust will continue to serve
                             the homeless on Beaumont Fee, while developing other complimentary
Wool needed              2
                             services independently.
Nomad Statistics         2
                             To the community of Lincoln, “Thank You” for your support in the past and I
Service User Profile     3   trust you will continue to support the Nomad Trust as it continues to develop
                             its services to the homeless. Every blessing to you and yours, Revd. Hamish
Poem - Be Brave          3   Temple

Homeless poem            3                                  Acting CEO – Dave Newmarch

Rosalie                  4   May I begin by thanking you all for your support of the work of The Nomad Trust. I know it
                             has been a challenging time for the Trust over recent months and years and while I can
Gift Aid Form            4   predict further challenges and changes in the near future, I hope that many of them will be
Bankers Order            4
                             positive ones.

Contact us               4   Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Dave Newmarch and I am employed by
                             Framework Housing Association as the Operations Manager for Homelessness and
Appeal                   4   Housing. I have worked in homelessness services for 17 years and have worked in and
                             managed a variety of hostels, night shelters and supported housing services. I was recently
                             invited to take up the post of acting CEO at The Nomad Trust, an offer I was pleased to
                             accept. My involvement with The Nomad Trust began earlier this year when Framework
                             was asked to assist with the development of the Pathways Service at Beaumont Fee.
                             Having been part of an organisation that began by running a night shelter and has
                             developed over the past 10 years into a specialist RSL providing a range of services across
                             Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, I felt an affinity with the work of the Trust and
                             also an understanding of the desire to develop and change in order to provide the best
                             possible service to homeless and vulnerable people. Managing that change can be difficult
                             and I know that even with the best planning it is possible to make mistakes along the way. I
                             think it is with that in mind that the Trustees offered me the opportunity to work more closely
                             with Brenda and the team in order to share the benefit of my experience with them as we get
                             ready to move to the new building in 2011.

                             In the meantime our work carries on at Monks Road and we need your support as much as
                             ever. Cuts in government funding will undoubtedly hit the most vulnerable in our society and
                             organisations like The Nomad Trust will face even more pressure in meeting the needs of
                             that group. I am confident that we will continue to rise to that and the other challenges
                             ahead. Once again thank you for this opportunity to introduce myself to you all and thank
                             you for what I hope will be your continued support for the work of the Nomad Trust and our
                             partners in tackling and preventing homelessness in Lincoln and Lincolnshire.
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                                                       Personal Best

Hi, my name is Joanna Mileham, AKA Squirrel. I work for South Nottingham College, and run the Personal Best Program,
which is designed not only to help learners gain a current qualification but also build confidence and gain the tools to move
on to a good job. This also has a Volunteer slant linked with the 2012 Olympics.

I came to the Nomad Trust via Jane the Chef and Sheena the Volunteer Co-ordinator. When I started on the program late
November last year I had an idea in mind of the type of people I would like to aim the qualification towards, e.g. the
people who are normally missed out and really did need the qualification along with the help and support. The Nomad
Trust did so much more than fit the bill. I met with Sheena, had a look around the centre, met a couple of the Service
Users, and was amazed. I was overcome with how homely and pleasant the whole set up was. We arranged to come back for
lunch and meet some of the Service Users the following week. I can’t say I wasn’t a little scared; I had mentioned to some
colleagues where I was planning on training, the reaction was OH MY GOD HOMELESS PEOPLE!!!!! How wrong they were!

The Service Users were a little standoffish at first but they gave me a chance. They slowly started to sign up and come on
board the program. To date we have 10 Service Users on the course with more due to start next week. We have also had our
first completion (Well Done Kate).

The Staff and Service Users are some of the best people I have had the pleasure of working with for a very long time. I also
am looking at becoming a Volunteer when I can gain some free time at Nomad. I can honestly say I have the blessing of that
‘warm fuzzy feeling’ every time I walk into and out of the Trust; normally I leave under duress and have suggested I may as
well just move in. This is an amazing place with amazing people, thank you for letting me be a small part of your amazing
family.

                       Statistics                                       Staff Profile – Stuart, Support Worker

                                                           I’m Stuart. I first came to Nomad as a Volunteer and helped
                                                           out by sorting tins in the cellars, which was very hard and very
                                                           repetitive work, but, for the first time, I felt like I had achieved
                                                           something when I’d finished.

                                                           After a few months on and off volunteering, a job as a Night
                                                           Support Worker came up and I was asked if I was interested
                                                           in applying, which I did. After my interview I was stunned that I
                                                           got offered the job. I did the overnight shifts for a few months
                                                           but soon realized that I wanted to be more involved with the
                                                           Service Users so asked if I could move on to the evening shift.
                                                           Eventually a vacancy came up on the evening shifts and I was
                                                           able to move shifts, which is a decision I have never regretted.

                                                           My role as an Evening Support Worker is to interact with the
                                                           Service Users and be there if they need someone to talk to.
 The above information is based on where the
                                                           During my three years here I feel I have developed a lot as a
 Service User was living immediately before
                                                           person, mainly my confidence, which is still improving and for
 accessing the night shelter and is not necessarily
                                                           this I will always be thankful to the Staff and Service Users I
 their geographical place of origin.
                                                           have met during my time here and hopefully I will meet many
                                                           more amazing people.
                 A Stunning Senior Moment

A self-important college freshman walking along the beach
took it upon himself to explain to a senior citizen resting on
the steps, why it was impossible for the older generation to
understand his generation. “You grew up in a different world,
actually an almost primitive one” the student said loud enough
for others to hear. “The young people of today grew up with
television, jet planes, space travel, and man walking on the
moon. We have nuclear energy, ships and cell phones,
computers with light speed…and many more.” After a brief
silence, the senior citizen responded as follows.

“You’re right son. We didn’t have those things when we were
young… so we invented them. Now, you arrogant little boy,
what are you doing for the next generation?”

                 The applause was amazing!
 Nomad Newsletter                           Christmas 2010                                    Page 3 of 4
Service User Profile: Kate                                                                  Spare Wool
My life has always been comfortable.                                                         Needed
Having grown up in a small village I joined
the Royal Air Force Nursing Service,                                                    Rita Dobbs crochets
travelled to several countries, became a                                                   blankets for the
wife and mother and got a degree. I had                                                 Nomad Trust and is
never abused drugs or alcohol and led a                                                     in need of any
contented life. My family meant everything                                                    spare wool,
to me – every waking thought was about                                                    preferably darker
them. Sadly for whatever reasons that all                                               colours. If you have
came to an end and once that door
                                                                                          any wool, please
slams……..
                                                                                        feel free to drop it in
At the end of July 2010 on a very wet cold                                              at the shelter or the
Friday night I found myself on the steps of                                               office and we will
Nomad. Apart from being wet I was                                                       pass this on to Rita,
miserable and ashamed – how could they                                                  so she can continue
have done this to me? On those steps I was                                                 her worthwhile
met by Vicki and Stuart. They had warm
                                                                                                cause
caring smiles – words of comfort and
reassurance for me in the spirit of Nomad’s
                                                                                             Thank You!.
mission statement. From the beginning I              1
have felt my worth, dignity, comments and
                                                     A poem by Roger Hobby, written after an experience
ideas are valued.
Everyone’s story as to how they got here is
                                                     when leaving church one evening. Jim Daley was
different – the one thing we have in                 staggering drunkenly about and we all passed him not
common is we are homeless. Shelter, food             sure what to do. I wanted to go back and help him and
and drink, warmth and the company of                 was just about to when Cath showed me the way. While
others are basic human rights. When these            I was able to help him make the Nomad Trust just down
are taken from you it can be a negative              the street, he left me thinking and grateful to Cath.
experience. Personally my stay here has
                                                     Jim Daley
been positive. I have accepted all the help
on offer, taken part in life skill activities,       What are you doing, what have you become?
even    volunteering   with    conservation          Where did you live, from where do you come?
projects – something I never quite got               Where is your family, who is your wife?
around to doing previously!                          They’d all be ashamed of you ruining your life.
So, if I can give any piece of advice to any         What is your problem; I’ve never been where you are?
new vulnerable service user, it is this –
                                                     You see I’m luckier than most, I don’t carry a scar.
don’t be afraid, accept help in the spirit it is
                                                     I know where you’re going; it’s just down the street
offered and try to remain positive – you are
cared for.
                                                     So put your arm round my shoulder, start moving your
                                                     feet.
Good luck my friend.
                                                     Why can’t I help you, why should you mistrust?
Be Brave and Hold On                                 Without help from someone you will surely destruct.
                                                     It seems so unfair fate has given me such wealth
When life is in ruin and prayer seems in vain        Yet you have lost everything including your health.
When fate deals a blow that you cannot explain
                                                     Who took your money and changed it for booze?
When things look their worst and no gold gilds the
                                                     Why did you go there, what made you choose?
grey
                                                     What drove you to drink, why your lack of sobriety?
Something will happen, God works in this way.
                                                     You see I go to church and get filled up with piety.
Something will happen, invisible hands               When you’re sober tomorrow will you care who I am?
Move in the silence and do his commands              You have left me in turmoil, a guilt-ridden man.
Thus prayers are answered though dark is the day     Did I go to that church for my own selfish needs?
Something will happen, if trusting, you pray.        Can I act as a Christian; will I be judged for my deeds?
Let’s not lose faith when the big moment comes       Will I learn from your lesson to carry through my life?
Though ‘neath the blow you are broken and numb       Will I value my children, love more deeply my wife?
God intervenes when the last hope has gone           Will I show true compassion to all that I meet?
Something will happen, be brave and hold on!         Will I walk always on your side and never cross over the
                                                     street?
By Kevin
      Page 4 of 4                                Christmas 2010                                    Nomad Newsletter
                                          Rosalie by Madeline

                                          On the 13th October, Rosalie West nee Ludlow died peacefully at St Barnabas
                                          Hospice. She was a committed supporter and ‘Friend’ of Nomad. She insisted that
                                          on her death, much of her homely goods come to the charity, so ‘we’ have truly
                                          benefitted from her kindness. Rosalie was always ‘keen to do’, regardless of her
                                          dreadful timekeeping and a happy Volunteer.
          The Nomad Trust                 I recall, with a huge smile on my face, her response to the Trust’s first ‘sleep out’
           15a Monks Road
                                          in St Swithin’s Square with 3 other ‘friends’. We assembled our tent and
               Lincoln
                                          cardboard boxes at 8pm. We smuggled in alcohol to liven spirits and keep away
              LN2 5HL
                                          the winter chill. Rosalie arrived at 10pm!! A kindly fellow brought us fish and
               Phone:                     chips, so with fodder and regular slurps, we braved the night. “I don’t sleep” says
           (01522) 883703                 Rosalie, “so I’ll keep alert till daybreak. We kept leaping out of the tent with our
                Fax:
                                          collection boxes to encourage ‘giving’ from very alarmed passers-by. Had the
           (01522) 883702                 graves opened and bodies risen? Were we Spooks? We settled down eventually,
                                          perchance to dream, but giggled childishly until dawn, for our night watchman,
              E-mail:                     Rosalie, was purring away gently, fast asleep.
     office@nomadtrust.org.uk
                                          Goodbye friend: now in God’s arms.
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      Squash
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                         Thank you for your ongoing support and a Happy Christmas to All

								
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