Lincoln organisations are working together to try and bring some festive cheer to homeless people.

As we prepare for Christmas it can be easy to forget about those who do not have a place to stay but across the city there are several ways to lend a helping hand.

The Nomad Trust and Lincolnshire YMCA joined forces back in 2013 to create a judgement free night shelter on Monks Road and at this time of year there is more need than ever.

Simon Nichols of Lincolnshire YMCA said: “I think there is more of a focus on homelessness at Christmas because nobody wants to be alone for it.

“There’s just a lot more emphasis on it, especially when it comes to online presence.

“On our side it’s all very similar, we just want to take care of these people as best as we can but we do make things a bit more Christmas themed in terms of meals and the overall vibe.

“There are plenty of opportunities for members of the public to help out, we are always accepting donations of food and furniture.”

Elsewhere the Waterside Shopping Centre will be hosting its second gift-wrapping event on December 17, 2016 to raise some money for homelessness charity Framework.

Shoppers will be able to pay a small donation and get their Christmas presents hand wrapped by volunteers at the venue.

And on a more national scale British Gas announced that for every use of the hashtag #TweetForShelter on Twitter they would donate £1 to Shelter with hopes of raising £25,000.

(Photo Credit: Rul Duarte)

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