The IGNITE team was out in force at Armed Forces Day in Cleethorpes last weekend. Excellent event. Were you there? Read more below.
VANEL has also been participating in the programme led by the National Cyber Security Centre to support charities to lower their risks by improving their Cyber Security. Lots more about this below.
In other news: our Volunteer Managers Network meets next week (Tue 11th), we’re back with some news for Charity Trustees this week, and of course our usual roundup of local news, news from our members, and updates on VANEL support and activities.
Dates for your diary
11th July – next Volunteer Managers Network meeting
19th July – next of the organised dialogue sessions
22nd July – Tape to Tape run
28th July – St Augustines Summer Gala
31st July / 1st Aug – “Get Heard” training
Armed Forces Day
Our IGNITE team were manning a stand at Armed Forces Day in Cleethorpes over last weekend. The weather was excellent for this celebration of all those connected to the armed forces and we were delighted to have a chance to take part and to talk to people about our projects and programmes, about volunteering and about the environmental messages we’ve been trying to spread. We’ve got a full write up from the team along with plenty of photos on our website just here. Thanks to everyone who visited us on our stand.
Friendship at Home have a job opening for an Independent Living Support Worker. The role requires a transferable DBS check and a Full UK Driving License. All details about the vacancy are on Indeed here. Closing date for applications is 23rd July. Please share.
Have you heard about the new Grimsby Central Hall Hidden Heritage project? It’s Big Lottery funded and their exploring the history of Central Hall using volunteers and local people. If you’re local you might have some memories and information you can share with them? Start following them on Twitter via @HCHTHeritage here and there’s a page of information on their website here.
Do you manage/look after volunteers for your organisation? If so, there’s still a very last minute chance to book a place for the Volunteer Managers Network (VMN) on Tuesday 11th July. Contact Liz to get your place organised. All the details here.
Some of our Blue Lights Brigade volunteers have now been trained up by Humberside Fire and Rescue and are out and about across Northern Lincolnshire doing Safe and Well Checks in the community. And you’ll see them driving around in their new Blue Lights Brigade van. If you see them give them a wave! There’s a new story about the Blue Lights Brigade Safe and Well check programme on the Grimsby Telegraph here. And you can find out more about Blue Lights Brigade just here.
The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has just published the final version of its guidance on Children and GDPR here. If you collect and process data about young people then you’ll need to make sure you and your appointed Data Protection Lead are reviewing this new guidance.
And a reminder to keep reviewing the GDPR guidance on the ICO website here.
It’s been a while since my last “Governance Weekly” column. Seems it went a little quiet on news for a while. Anyway a couple of key new updates this week worth spending a few moments over…
The June Governance Blog from NCVO is always worth a quick skim over. Read it here. Worth all your trustees keeping an eye on this monthly column.
Calling all Chairs! Beacon is the new Lottery funded programme from The Association of Chairs aimed at Chairs who lead smaller charities (under £1m). They have just announced their first new workshops and the next one nearby is in Leeds on Monday 18th September 2018, 2-5.45pm. Costs are minimal (£20) and bursaries are available to help with travel for very small charities (under £100k). Your role as a Chair is critical so this might be a great opportunity to improve your skills as a Chair!. All the details are here.
Even if you can’t make the event, you should be signing up for the new Beacon programme as Chair anyway. All the details are here.
After a few years of crisis in the sector shaking confidence in charities a new Code of Ethics has been proposed and is now out for consultation. This is a significant step and something that all trustees and committee members in charities and non-profit organisations of all sizes need to be taking heed of.
The information about the consultation process is here. There is a draft code out now and the consultation will run for 12 weeks. We really need to engage with this sort of consultation. These sorts of Code will affect us all for years to come, so lets have a say from the start. There’s no denying that a code of ethics is needed! Read another article setting the scene for this new Code here.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has produced an end of programme report called ‘Beyond Barriers’ bringing together case studies on how older people move through the health and social care system. It specifically addresses the issue that voluntary sector organisations are under used. If you’re involved with or interested in health and social care then this report might be worth a read.
There are only a couple of days left to cast your vote to choose a new piece of art for Immingham town centre. The information is here. The voting is here. Don’t miss out on a chance to have your say in the Immingham Art Vote.
Training from VANEL
After a number of requests for advice, we’re holding a half-day training in September about Project Management. “Project Management Primer for the voluntary sector” is on Tuesday 4th September, 1pm-4.30pm at VANEL offices in Grimsby. Places are extremely limited and £40per person (or £60pp for non-member organisations).
The idea of this training is to introduce project management principles, techniques, ideas, tips and good approaches so that participants understand the relevant terminology, tools and approaches. All non-profit organisations need to have a framework which allows them to plan, deliver, monitor and finish off their own sorts of projects effectively.
Attendees will learn that delivering a project well (to specification, budget, timescale etc) is not accidental and should be possible as part of a framework approach to project management. The session is mainly aimed of course at people ‘running’ projects, so if you are interested there are more details on the VANEL website here or contact Karl Elliott direct to discuss or to book a place.
IGNITE are supporting and promoting “Get Heard” training on 31st July/1st August. Aimed at 11-18 year olds who want to be heard and make a difference for themselves and others but don’t know where to start. There are workshops spread over the two days but places need to be booked. Share the information around all the young people you know. All the details are in the VANEL calendar here with details of sessions, timings, venues etc
IGNITE are also really excited to be supporting Mica Armstrong (long term IGNITE volunteer leader) in her new event programme which will take place over six days at the end of July. Mica is a local Groundwork’s ambassador (amongst other things) and is hosting six local events – all in North Cleethorpes – between 23th and 28th July. The events are following Groundwork guidelines but are locally arranged by Mica and she is being supported by plenty of volunteers (including roping in the IGNITE team!). Mica has managed to gather funding support from Humberside Youth Association (HYA) and Big Local North Cleethorpes (BLNC) who are all supporting the venture.
Walk and Talk Wednesday
And Sporty Saturday
Spread the word or volunteer yourself!
The long read… lower your risks, improve your cyber security
At the invitation of NAVCA, VANEL took part in a workshop this week hosted by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) in London. We discussed in depth, ways in which we – support organisations like VANEL – can help you – charities and voluntary organisations – to understand the risks of problems and attacks on your computer systems, learn how to take steps to reduce your risks and learn how to cope should problems arise.
In September 2017 NCSC set up a Charity focused department and this week, along with other infrastructure organisations, we learned what the NCSC Charity department has been doing so far and how their support will evolve (with help from our sector). The most visible thing so far has been the guide – “Cyber Security: Small Charity Guide” which I’ve mentioned previously in our e-bulletins and you can download here.
I’ll be sharing further information and support from NCSC and others as it becomes available over the coming months, but there are some headlines for now.
Firstly, the issue of “cyber security” is not going away, can affect everyone and cannot be ignored. Whether you have a complex organisation with staff, volunteers, many computers, mobile phones and more, or whether you are a micro non-profit with one laptop and a mailing list, cyber problems can be very real.
Q: Lost your one and only laptop – so where’s your backups?
Q: Can all your staff recognise a Phishing email when they receive it and avoid causing a problem from it?
Q: Are your passwords strong enough to prevent unauthorised access to your data (and a potential GDPR breach)?
Scary stuff. But the NCSC guide makes it clear that fairly simple steps can be taken (at zero or minimal cost) in five key areas and you’ll immediately reduce your risks. Think about your backups, your passwords, recognising Phishing, dealing with malware and protecting your mobile devices and you’re a long way home.
And should problems actually arise then there are things you can do about and people to call.
Over time there will be more advice and guidance being made available from NCSC. We discussed training and workshops, webinars and digital champions to support you and much more besides.
But for now make yourself aware of the topic. Boards, committees and trustees should think about how you will tackle these cyber topics, management and staff need to work out plans and volunteers and other staff need to be trained and supported. Start by taking a look through this first guide from NCSC and give yourself a very first ‘thing to do’.
If you’re a member of VANEL and would like to discuss Cyber Security and find out how you might be able to get support then please get in touch with Karl Elliott.
Digital and Tech
A new UK Digital code of practice is under development and is out for consultation with the voluntary sector. This “Charity Digital Code of Practice” will aim to be relevant for all charities and benefit those with ‘limited capacity for digital engagement’, and will include best practice guidelines as well as practical tips and advice. Its overall objective is to increase’ digital motivation and confidence in activities including fundraising and engaging with stakeholders’, its steering group said.
VANEL will be reviewing this code as it develops and if you would like to talk through any of the themes in it please contact Karl. In the meantime the Code is here and the consultation is here. You can read the whole story behind the Code here.
Worth a read: a blog post from Stuart Etherington on the NCVO website recently followed on from national Small Charities Week. If you’re a small charity (and there are lots of you out there!) then have a read – it’s nice to be appreciated.