Triple Funding Win For Counselling Hub

Counsellors in Lincoln, are celebrating three successful funding bids – adding a boost of nearly £75,000 for the Naomi Watkins Counselling Hub (NWCH)! NWCH has scooped its first National Lottery win and further financial help from The Bromhead Medical Trust and The Key Fund, helping it to continue supporting hundreds of children, young people and adults across Lincolnshire, and to fulfil its ambition of expanding to meet an ever-increasing demand for its services. It’s great news for Chief Executive Officer Naomi Watkins and fellow co-founder and Director Alex Parkin,  non-executive directors and the 20 specialist counsellors now working out of the Hub. Nadine Daubney, who joined NWCH in January and recently became a non-executive director, took on the added responsibility of Bid Writer a couple of months ago and has an extra reason to be delighted – the National Lottery application for £10,000, was her first bid for the organisation. Naomi Watkins said: “We are absolutely over the moon with our triple success. Since we opened our doors 18 months ago, more than 600 clients have been referred to us. “In addition to the National Lottery Award, we have been given nearly £25,000 by The Bromhead Medical Trust and a massive £40,000 by The Key Fund. Together, they reflect major organisations’ belief in us and our determination to continue helping existing and new clients. “The National Lottery Fund money will allow us to help children and young adults between the ages of four and 25-years-old, who have been the victims of rape and other sexual abuse, through our year-long Snowdrop Project. “Within months of starting our business, which now operates as a Community Interest Company (CIC), we received £25,000 from The Bromhead Medical Trust for our Acorn Project, which has allowed us to offer free counselling to children and young people between the ages of four and 18-years-old. The Trust’s latest award of £25,000 extends that for another year. “The generous boost of £40,000 from The Key Fund, follows the £60,000 they gave us earlier this year.  In both cases, this funding comes in the form of a part-loan and part-grant,” said Naomi. “It will allow us to employ a Hub Co-ordinator on a full-time basis.  This is essential if we are to meet our ambitions to grow even further, and renovate and expand our premises to create three more dedicated counselling rooms.” Nadine said: “I joined the Hub at...
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New “Escape Room” Complex Will Test The Adventurous!

Former accountant Matthew Dixon has made the break from the worlds of corporate and school finance, after figuring out a brilliant way to become his own boss! Having had whale of a time doing essential research, Matthew has hung-up his city suit, dressed down and cannot wait to launch his exciting new escape rooms venture, Deliverance. News comes after Lincoln-based chartered surveyor Banks Long & Co leased the entrepreneur upstairs premises (extending across three floors) at the junction of the city’s High Street with Clasketgate. Now Matthew is busy putting the finishing touches to four themed rooms, where he will hold “adventurers” captive until they have cracked a string of clues and finally reclaimed their freedom! The former University of Lincoln student, who is originally from the Peterborough area is thrilled to be fulfilling a double ambition, by starting his own business and breaking into the world of play! He is putting the final touches to his immersive experience with the help of partner Sophie Hales, who is originally from Scunthorpe, but who has become a primary school teacher after studying at Lincoln’s Bishop Grosseteste University. “I first tried an escape room two years ago and enjoyed it so much I was encouraged to visit many others. It’s the best sort of research you can ever do.  It’s so much fun!,” said Matthew. “Naturally, I also explored the mechanics and cost of setting-up my business and thought “this could work,” then I started seriously planning Deliverance just over a year ago. “We are creating four different experiences – one involving a bank robbery, another featuring an isolated cabin in a wood, the next a different kind of hideaway and finally a war experience, called Besieged. The latter has been constructed with the help of my friend Craig Clay.” Matthew hopes to welcome his first “adventurers” at the end of this month. Deliverance will be open from 10am to 10pm and will offer one-hourly sessions for two to six people, so when fully booked there could be 24 players trying to make their escape from the themed rooms. “We are going to be open seven days a week, with the last gamers being admitted at 9pm each evening. People will be able to pre-book a session or walk in off the street and check availability. “I am hoping my escape rooms will attract corporate groups, friends looking for a different...
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Major Conference On Men’s Mental Health Is Creating A Buzz

Excitement is building as the countdown to a major conference on men’s mental health issues gathers pace. And organiser the NW Counselling Hub (NWCH) is urging professionals who work in the field, as well as families worried about a husband, partner or male friend’s current state of mind, not to miss out on the opportunity to understand how issues of anxiety and depression can drive loved-ones to take their own lives. The Conference takes place at The Showroom, off Tritton Road, Lincoln, on Wednesday, October 17 – from 9.30am to 4.30pm. NWCH co-founder and chief executive officer Naomi Watkins said: “With 84 men in the UK a week now feeling that they cannot break the vicious circle of anxiety and depression and they have no option but to take such a drastic measure, we want to do all that we can help to stem this heartbreaking trend. “We want to urge more men experiencing these problems to speak out and get help as soon as possible.  Our #ManChat Conference will encourage them to do just that. “We have an impressive line-up of speakers who have personally faced tough mental health challenges.  They will be sharing their stories to highlight how these issues can affect people from all walks of life. “We’ve also lined-up some workshops to encourage participants to freely share their thoughts about anger, grief, loss and, of course, suicide.” “At our Hub, we are being increasingly being approached by men, who realise they need to seek help because their worries are having a major impact on their day-to-day lives.  We can offer reassurance that there is light at the end of the tunnel.” #ManChat guests include the UK’s no 1 motivational speaker and business networking entrepreneur Brad Burton – who has personal experience of debt and drug problems and depression. He will be sharing how he fought back after hitting rock bottom. Steve Judge (Tears Rolled Dow But I Stood Up) is a two-times gold medalist in the paratriathlon (swimming, cycling and running). He will be talking about the demons he faced on his journey from being in a wheelchair to becoming a World Champion. Nick Elston’s keynote speech – Talking Anxiety – will see him share his own life story and his long experience of OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and GAD (Generalised Anxiety Disorder Anxiety Disorder). Stuart Brown’s Talk “Life Begins at 50” (40 Years of Shame...
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HR Firm is Ambitious for Growth

Lincoln HR specialists are celebrating a “capital” expansion move and the recruitment of three highly-qualified personnel. Amica HR, which is based in Lincoln’s Think Tank, has invested in opening a London office and Directors David Grech and Suzanne Tricker are excited about launching it at The Business Show at ExCel (London) on November 14 and 15. The busy HR firm, which is finding its expertise in increasing demand by businesses working in a wide range of sectors, now has everything in place to support its ambitious growth plans. However, one thing is clear, its Lincoln headquarters in Ruston Way, will always be the main “engine room” supporting its future development and drive to create more jobs. David said: “We decided to take the plunge and take premises in the central London for three reasons. “We are receiving a rising number of enquiries from the London area and the city is important to us in terms of winning more business.  We also have several existing clients who have London offices. “It seemed sensible to expand this way and avoid our staff having to travel long distances unnecessarily.  It is staffed by our HR Consultant Julie Greaves, who has the added benefit of also being an experienced coach and NLP Practitioner. “We’re are really excited about showcasing our London-based office and our wide range of services at The Business Show. “It is a major event in the business calendar and is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary. It will provide a superb promotional opportunity for Amica HR because it expects to attract 40,000 visitors.” Suzanne said: “We are delighted to announce that we have also raised our game in terms of the number of people we employ.  Our team of eight, and their combined experience, makes us bigger and more qualified than most of our competition in the area and many companies’ internal HR departments.” The newest members of Amica’s eight-strong team include Employment Lawyer Lucy Stones. Lucy, who is from Lincoln, was attracted to join the firm by the opportunity to work with a fast growing, commercially focused HR Consultancy, where she can bring her expert knowledge. She also appreciates Amica’s approach to flexible working arrangements. Katrina Gray, who is from Rutland, has joined Amica as HR Manager.  Katrina has also brought considerable experience to the business and can work flexibly to the benefit to both sides. “Katrina focuses heavily on...
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New Fund Will Boost City’s Streetscape

Creatives are being offered a fantastic opportunity to come-up with bright ideas for artworks to boost Lincoln’s streetscape – and they could secure funding from an exciting new fund to make them a reality! Lincoln BIG today unveiled the Lincoln Creates Fund – a £50,000 pot of money which is designed to support new projects with awards of between £500 and £5,000. The fund has been created using some of the money raised through the public auction of the colourful sculptures which made-up the city’s much-loved Lincoln Knights’ Trail in 2017. Funding Manager Sue Bell said artistic projects chosen for support could receive funding of up to 100 per cent towards their project. “We are delighted to announce this new fund, which aims to encourage artists and businesses to work together on exciting visual artworks which will make Lincoln city centre more vibrant and a more attractive place in which to live or work, or to visit. “Projects might take the form of murals, sculptures, special installations, created using many different materials and traditional or new processes. But we will be giving priority to concepts put forward by artists and businesses working together,” said Sue. In some cases, Lincoln BIG may be able to match individual businesses with artists’ projects which might particularly appeal to them and be ideal for their location. Lincoln BIG is keen to put the Lincoln Creates Fund to work as soon as possible and is calling for early expressions of interest. “We are urging creatives and businesses to get in touch with Lincoln BIG and declare their interest in this fund.  We want to know about their ideas, or any projects which they think will meeting our criteria for support.” “Artists should respond by 12 noon on November 12 and they can get in touch via email at: admin@lincolnbig.co.uk.” Applicants shortlisted for support from the new fund must be prepared to present their ideas to a panel at Lincoln BIG.  ...
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Iconic Regeneration Project Clinches Another Top-Flight Award

Chartered Surveyor Banks Long & Co, together with its client Lincolnshire Co-op and builder Lindum Group are  celebrating success in another regional awards ceremony. The £12million redevelopment of the stunning Grade II-listed Corn Exchange building, in Lincoln, won the Regeneration & Restoration category prize at the prestigious East Midlands Property Dinner at The Belfry in Nottingham. It’s the latest award recognising the amazing transformation of this historic building, parts of which date back to 1879, and which has always been one of Lincoln’s most recognisable city centre landmark buildings. The Corn Exchange building forms an focal point in the continuing phased £70 million regeneration of the city’s Cornhill Quarter.  This will rejuvenate the area around Sincil Street, City Square and the Cornhill Quarter through a sensitive combination of repair, refurbishment, extension and new development. Phase II is progressing well with timings on track for a completion before Christmas. This will include the space for Lakeland and will deliver 23,000 sq ft of retail space, as well as a bright, attractive walkway through to the multi-storey car park. Banks Long & Co Managing Director Tim Bradford said: “We are delighted that the Corn Exchange impressed judges in the East Midlands Property Awards.  It is especially gratifying to be recognised in this by other professionals in the industry. “The Corn Exchange really is the centrepiece of our major project in the city centre area and it is one of the first things people see when they walk into the city centre from the St Mary’s Street railway station, new car park or bus station. “We are gearing up for Phase 3 which we expect to start building in early 2019.  This phase will bring to Lincoln a 4-screen Everyman cinema and other exciting daytime and evening brands.  We are not exaggerating when we say that the Cornhill Quarter is a real game changer for the prosperity of the wider city as the quality of what is being delivered will attract a much wider catchment”. Lincolnshire Co-op Chief Executive Ursula Lidbetter said: “This award is testament to the great restoration work we have been carrying out on The Corn Exchange building, which forms part of the wider regeneration of the Cornhill Quarter development. We are pleased to have been able to restore a building which is a focal point for Lincoln City Centre. “We believe we have developed a vision which really...
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