VANEL Present Their Newest ‘Reaching Communities’ Programme: IGNITE

Ignite: ‘Helping Young People To Help Each Other To Lead Their Communities’

VANEL are delighted to announce that their newest ‘Reaching Communities’ programme, “Ignite”, is now in full swing. The programme which is funded by the National Lottery’s Big Lottery Fund, is a three year community development programme targeted at young people between the ages of 16 and 30-years-old. The “Ignite” programme aims to motivate and encourage young people to become volunteers and take a leading role in their communities through the creation and expansion of community projects.

The team is comprised of Youth Leadership Manager Jenny Hodson and Youth Leadership Worker’s Victoria Russell and Lisa Anderson. Prior to the “Ignite” programme Jenny was the manager of VANEL’s original ‘Reaching Communities’ programme, “Enfuse”, which ran for a period of three years from 2013 until 2016. Victoria has been with us since the start of August and Lisa joined us at the beginning of this week after working out her notice as a Youth Ranger for East Lindsey Council. Together, Jenny, Victoria and Lisa will be recruiting four final year university students from within North East Lincolnshire, to work as Youth Leadership Mentors for the “Ignite” programme.

Once the four posts have been filled, the Youth Leadership Team will be encouraging young people from around North East Lincolnshire to get involved in the programme and become volunteers. The volunteers will have the opportunity to plan, develop and implement a project of their choosing which benefits their community. This will enable them to become better integrated into their community, develop their leadership potential and enhance their educational and employment prospects. The Youth Leadership team will be working closely with volunteers’ and their host organisations, offering advice, training and support throughout. The programme works with, compliments and builds upon our Awards for All funded “Young Leaders” project running until March 2017 which is developing a peer and mentor support network for young leaders.

The four positions for the role of Youth Leadership Mentor have yet to be filled and the recruitment process is underway. If as of September 2016, you are in your final year of university and are interested in becoming a mentor, click here for more information and to download an application form.  Simply print it off, fill it in and hand deliver/post it to VANEL, The Willows, 23 Bargate, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN34 4SS. Alternatively you can complete the application form electronically and email it to Richard Wendel-Jones at The closing date for applications is Friday 16th September 2016 at 5:00pm. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an assessment day and interview on the 26th and/or 27th September. The four selected for the post of Youth Leadership Mentor will be expected to start from the week commencting Monday 3rd October 2016.

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Contact details

Youth Leadership Manager

Jenny Hodson

Youth Leadership Workers

Victoria Russell

Lisa Anderson

Call 01472 231 123