Working with over 250 beneficiaries a year developmentplus runs five projects including “Step to Work”, a one-to-one coaching and mentoring programme, Bridging the Gap, a Reducing Reoffending Project, Better Together, a collaboration project, a Neighbourhood Working project and our newest homelessness advocacy support project “Project Compass”.  Our projects are supported by a team of dedicated development workers who bring an array of skills to their roles and are all passionate about supporting people from all backgrounds in moving forward with their lives.

developmentplus has 24 years’ experience of working alongside disadvantaged and vulnerable people to help them identify issues which have a detrimental effect on their lives and then to develop solutions focussed pathways for moving forwards. We work alongside people in their community, facilitating their involvement in decisions that affect their lives, supporting them to identify and develop initiatives that they feel will improve their quality of life.

In most recent years, our core delivery has been based around 1-1 coaching and mentoring programmes as outlined above working with beneficiaries from a broad background including individuals with poor mental health, ex-offenders, individuals furthest from the employment market and rough sleepers.

developmentplus celebrates after receiving £260K from the National Lottery to help reduce reoffending through its Bridging the Gap Project.

Local charity, developmentplus, is today celebrating after being awarded almost £260,000 in National Lottery funding to continue its work with people who have been in the criminal justice system. The charity, based in Lincoln, will use the cash to offer intensive 1-1 mentoring sessions and group work with a view of reducing prison stays.

The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest funder of community activity in the UK, will see Bridging the Gap double in size, broaden its reach outside of Lincoln supporting 50 people a year for 3 years.

Lynsey Collinson, CEO of developmentplus, says: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way. Now, thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to press on with our plans to broaden the delivery of Bridging the Gap to local people who want to make positive changes in their lives.”

Read the full press release.


22 hours ago

Today is National Cheese Toastie Day. A cheese toastie is the most popular breakfast for the guys down at Project Compass, where we support some of Lincoln’s rough sleepers. The big debate down there is do you have brown or red sauce. What do you have? ... See MoreSee Less
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Hi just in case you have an unused sleeping bag you’d like to put to good use this Autumn/winter….Our dedicated development workers at Project Compass work face to face with rough sleepers in Lincoln providing an advocacy service, keeping people in touch with the council's rough sleeper team, mental and physical health support services, addiction services, The Probation Service, benefits providers, and family. As well as providing hot and cold food and drinks, washing facilities, clothing, and phone charging. As the weather is getting colder we urgently need sleeping bags and if you have one that you can donate please get in touch with our office on 07508292808 or support would be much appreciated. ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank You @HomelessLink @CatherineSt0rey for the visit, great morning sharing future plans. #homelessness #collaboration #futureplans