E-bulletin from 18th May 2018

Copy of VANEL e-bulletin sent our to our subscribers on 18th May 2018.  Don’t forget anyone can subscribe – just visit www.vanel.org.uk/signup.


V:Expo is on 5th June in the middle of Volunteers’ Week. The IGNITE team is at Central Hall with afternoon and evening events exploring topics around young people and volunteering. National keynote speakers, workshops, discussions and more. All the details here. You can book now. If you work with young people them let them know about the event as it’s a great opportunity to network and learn.

We have vacancies in the IGNITE team for four Youth Leadership Mentors to start in September alongside their final year studies. Know anyone? Read the details here.

If you missed out on Crime Reduction Fund (CRF) funding last time around (perhaps your project wasn’t ready to submit?) then you’ll be pleased to hear that the 2018/19 CRF fund has now reopened (funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner). Applications via VANEL and the first closing date is 14th June. All the details here.

And we’re feeling “environmental” at the moment. We’ve just held another litter/plastic pickup day in Cleethorpes with local school children and now we’ve building up to our World Ocean’s Day event on 3rd June. Find out more about the event here and join in. And bring a picnic – we’re combining our event with the Big Lunch also being held on that date nationally!

GDPR is nearly here (25th May). If you’re reading this e-newsletter then you should have already received your “please opt-back-in with your consent to receive our e-news” plea last week! Thanks if you’ve already given us your consent – if not, can you please do so soon otherwise this might be one of the last few e-newsletters you receive from us. (And if you want to tell others about our e-bulletins then let them know to visit www.vanel.org.uk/privacy to sign themselves up.)


21st – 27th May is Dementia Awareness Week
25th MayGDPR comes into effect (are you nearly ready?)

29th MayNexus Yoga and Fitness buzz day
31st May – closing date for the final round of HYA funding
1st – 7th JuneNational Volunteers’ Week

3rd JuneVANEL’s World Ocean’s Day event
5th JuneV:Expo at Central Hall run by IGNITE
(8th JuneWorld Ocean’s Day itself)
12th June“GDPR Basics” training at VANEL
14th Juneclosing date for CRF funding round 1


21st JuneWE Day Social Action Club 2018 at GiFHE
29th JuneArmed Forces day 2018
29th JuneWorld Wildlife day event at Waters Edge
11th July – next Volunteer Managers Network

We’re reworking the Calendar/Diary functions on the VANEL website at the moment, so all of our diary events here (and more) can now be found on our Calendar page here. Keep an eye on it.

Member news

North East Lincolnshire Independent Forum will be holding its AGM on Wednesday 23rd May, starting at 12.30 at the Carers Centre, Grimsby. Their Trustees will be sharing exciting developments about what’s happening now and give a summary about the future. Non-members welcome to attend (voting for members only). Their website is here.

HealthWatch North East Lincolnshire has been undergoing changes. They have a new office in Grimsby, and since the retirement of Paul Glazebrook, Tracy Slattery has taken over the reins as Delivery Manager. Meet Tracy, Tayo and the new office details here.

Healthwatch also have a 3 minute survey to gauge your thoughts which will help with improving health and social care local. Complete the survey here. They are also recruiting for its Independent Strategic Advisory Board. Full information about the board, the roles and the application process are on their website here. The application pack can be downloaded here. Note that the deadline for applications is 17th June.

Climb 4 Therapeutic Expressive Arts still has some places available on their next ‘Create the Tiger’ Healthy Relationships Holiday Club. This runs from Tuesday 29th May– Thursday 31st May. It’s for vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people aged 5-16. The programme is known as ‘Inspiring the Next Generation’ and is supported by BBC Children In Need. More information and to book places info@climb-4-limited.co.uk. All the details about the club are on the Climb 4 website – www.climb-4-limited.co.uk

Are you a VANEL Member or Friend with news you’d like to share here? Email editor@vanel.org.uk so we can include it.

Funding News

The final round of Humberside Youth Association (HYA) funding closes on 31st May. If you have an idea of a project to support younger people (or are young yourself) then get your applications in quickly. All the details here. Apply via Richard at VANEL.

The Crime Reduction Fund (CRF), funded from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is now starting a second year of funding. All the details about the fund are here. The first round of funding is now open with a closing date of 14th June. If you’ve got a project that can tackle crime in ways that align with the funding objectives then you need to get applying. You can always contact Richard at VANEL in advance for advice.

IGNITE update

V:expo posterAn important extra announcement from the IGNITE team this week – Jenny Hodson, IGNITE team leader, is doing a wing-walk to raise money for Parkinson’s Disease research! She may be mad, but we’d be madder still not to support her. Jenny has a JustGiving page here and is aiming to raise over £800 for Parkinsons UK before her ‘walk’ on 15th September. Go sponsor here for this important cause!

Nicole from the IGNITE team is supporting NEXUS with their upcoming Yoga and Fitness Buzz day on 29th May. At 12.30 there is a Yoga session at the Grimsby Yoga Studio on Abbeygate. Free for 15-21 year olds. And at 2.30pm there is a Fitness Buzz session at Peaks Lane sports field. Again, free for 15-21years. Booking essential so if you’re interested contact Nicole on the IGNITE team.

And of course don’t forget the rest of the IGNITE event programme – especially V:Expo on 5th June and World Oceans Day on the 3rd. See the calendar for all the details.

Governance Weekly

A reminder about the new Welcome Pack for Trustees that the Charity Commission recently released. If you’ve got new or recent trustees on board then make sure they’ve seen it. It’s all here.

This Welcome Pack is just one of the things mentioned in this months’ Governance roundup from NCVO. Worth a few moments of your time to check it out here.

VANEL also continue to offer our “Induction and Refresher Training for Trustees” course on demand. So if you’ve got one or more new committee members or trustees onboard, contact us and we can organise introductory training for them. Speak to Karl at VANEL.

A key issue for your board or committee is ensuring your organisation is complying with all relevant legislation and obligations. Maybe your management team has got this all in hand? How do you know? NCVO have helpfully created this guidance and a downloadable template which make it easier to check whether you’ve up to date and compliant. Check it out.


The waiting is over – it’s nearly here! GDPR comes into effect on 25th May. So how ready are you? Remember that although it becomes law, there will still be work ongoing for a long time yet.

We’ve got a page of useful resources online here. There are so many resources out there (more every week), but these are our links to a few. Worth a mention is a new, simple infographic here about the last priorities for your preparation.

VANEL has one more “GDPR Basics” training course on 12th June. £20pp for members (£30 non-members). We’ve only got a couple of places left as these sessions are proving popular. Book now.

We’ve also fully updated our Privacy Policy in line with GDPR. It’s at www.vanel.org.uk/privacy and we’d be pleased if you read it. But if you’re putting your own together, feel free to use ours as a starting point – but remember that you’ll need to make it relevant to what you do first.

Remember: 4 key principles – Accountability (so you can evidence why you’re doing what you’re doing with data), Transparency (so everyone knows what you’re doing with their data), Security (to keep it all safe) and Governance (getting the processes and culture right around data processing). Always try to address those four areas.

National News

We’ve mentioned it before (here), but the closing date for responding to the national Civil Society Strategy is 22nd May. All the details are here. Have a read and make your response.

Think about … Cyber Security

Are you at risk? Are you secure? or are you ignoring the possibility of a cyber attack? This is a hot topic at the moment. NCVO just blogged about “what happens when your charity suffers a cyber attack? And a national report looked at the very real risks to charities of Cyber attack.

You might feel this is not you. But if you have computers connected to the internet, if you have a website, if you’re using email, sending e-newsletters, collecting data in databases and anything else digital then you’re very much at risk – unless you assess those risks and do something about it.

At VANEL we’re seeing an increase in really clever spam at the moment, we’ve had our own emails ‘spoofed’ (someone emailing spam and using our email address) and we’ve received ‘spoofed’ mail. Years ago we’ve had our own websites hacked, and we learned lessons then to put measures in place to stop this happening again (hopefully).

What if your website went down? What if your emails were compromised? What if you were locked out of your systems? With GDPR now arriving, what if you lose personal data through a cyber attack? Consequences could be very damaging.

So here’s a simple guide on KnowHowNonProfit you should work through. And here’s a guide for charities on cyber security. VANEL could look after your website via our WebClub Gold maintenance package ensuring it’s backed up and protected. We could help you assess your issues and come up with a plan to improve your security. There’s plenty you can do to assess your risks and put measures in place to reduce those risks. It’s simple – don’t ignore it, go assess it now – it’s important!


Beach Hut No 9 on Marine Embankment in Cleethorpes is now open for the season and can be booked for individuals, groups or community events. Contact Liz at VANEL to book. More information here.

There are now four community shredders available across North East Lincolnshire. These are PCC funded via CRF thanks to a project from West Marsh Community Centre. There was a write up of the shredder launch recently (here). Help cut identity fraud by telling people about the shredders (at West Marsh Community Centre, Grant Thorold Library, Sidney Sussex Pavilion and Immingham Civic Centre).