the VANEL e-bulletin for 3rd August 2018

Read the original email here.


Back to a more normal e-bulletin this week, and here our big report is on the recent ‘six events in six days’ IGNITE supported activity week led by Mica – one of the IGNITE youth project leaders. We’ve got lots more quick news updates and information to share. Enjoy the read.

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Dates for your diary

5th Aug – the IGNITE team will be at the Wildlife Day event at Waters Edge, Barton
10th Aug – Cleethorpes Beach Sports day
4th Sept – “Project Management Primer” training for non-profits
6th Sept – closing date for CRF round 2
19th Sept – Next Volunteer Managers Network meeting


It’s a busy time for the IGNITE team at the moment. The Project Leaders they support have got a lot of summer events underway and the team are busy encouraging, supporting and volunteering with them.

Last week was one of the most ambitious events to date – six events in six days led by 18 year old project leader Mica Armstrong. Mica is a Groundwork ambassador and organised the six events using their structure but using local volunteers, local support and local funding. The six events taking place across Grimsby and Cleethorpes were a great success. Youth Leadership Worker Victoria has written up a full story of the week’s events on our blog – you can read it here. This week was a huge effort for all involved but demonstrated the value of volunteering, of connecting the community and mostly of the skills (and commitment) Mica has learned that allowed her to tackle such a programme of activities. Well done to Mica and others

Read the full story here and there’s even more photos on the IGNITE Facebook page here.

Dan and Jean-Louis from the IGNITE team were also keeping fit recently supporting Andy Green from Counting Hope with the NCS connected charity football tournament down at West Marsh Community Centre. Watch the video on Counting Hope’s Facebook page here!

There are other events over the rest of the summer where you’ll meet the IGNITE team and where you can chat to them about IGNITE, about volunteering, about getting support for youth led projects (and perhaps pick up a few environmental tips from our Anglian Water support work as well!)

So visit Water’s Edge in Barton on Sunday 5th August for their Wildlife Day and meet our Pipe’s Away Virtual Reality experience again, or come along to the Cleethorpes Beach sports event on the 10th August (by the Leisure Centre, 10-2).  Check the diary and calendar for all the details.

Talk to the IGNITE team via, 01472 315437 or follow them on


The Volunteer Managers Network met recently and it was another excellent session where Network members had lots to discuss around improving volunteer management for all involved. Michelle Lalor led a discussion around better story telling and promotion of volunteering so that we could all learn from our recent experiences during Volunteers’ Week 2017. The next VMN meeting will be on 19th September (venue tbc) so if you’re interested in the network please speak to Liz at VANEL for details.

Blue Lights Brigade Volunteers have been busy recently too. A number of BLB volunteers have been fully trained up and are now out and about across rural parts of North and North East Lincolnshire carrying out Safe and Well checks for Humberside Fire and Rescue Service. If you see one of the new BLB branded vans out on the road give them a wave – it will be a volunteer out doing their checks. BLB volunteers have also been involved with the RiverClean events down at the Freshney helping to coordinate other local volunteers to keep the river free of rubbish. And at the recent Tape 2 Tape 10km run on 22nd July we had a number of BLB volunteers providing marshalling support to the organisers. Over 40 ex-emergency service people have now connected to the Blue Lights Brigade programme and most of them are volunteering in a wide range of roles across the area. The volunteering opportunities work well for both the individual and the organisation being supported so watch out for our future stories about how BLB volunteering is impacting our communities.

If you have contact with people looking for volunteering opportunities then don’t forget to check out our up to date opportunities list on the VANEL website here.

Member News

The most recent newsletter from Culture Works for August is out – you can read it online here. It’s a roundup of all things arts and cultural across North East Lincolnshire for the coming months.

HealthWatch North East Lincolnshire have a new e-newsletter out. Read it here.

Member focus – Bee Future Aviators
Bee Future Aviators is a new VANEL member which has a vision “to encourage the younger generation to become the future of aviation”. It aims to “embed the seed of passion about Aviation into a younger generation (school age), moreover to facilitate career progression by providing them with a real flying experience, various aviation-related activities and with practical career guidance.”

Bee Future Aviators has an educational focus and connects schools and budding future aviators with flying schools, training organisations, airlines, airports and others to give young people a real experience up in the air! By building enthusiasm and passion at an early age, Bee Future Aviators is tackling the long term issue of pilot shortage by getting young people interested in a career in aviation early on.

You can read a full profile of the organisation on the VANEL website here and their new website at will launch soon. The organisation is well established with it’s delivery model and is now in the process of forming as a CIO but is in need of Trustees to come on board and help get this exciting venture started. If you’re interested, have a chat with Karl at VANEL about what is needed from the role ( 361043).

Governance Weekly

It’s a year ago that the fully updated Charity Governance Code was released and NCVO have just published a couple of articles exploring what has been learned during that past year. Read their thoughts here and another article looking at how real charities have been putting it into practice here. Have you been using the code with your own board of trustees yet? What have you learned? I’ll be holding an “Better governance by applying the code” workshop in September, so if that might be of interest to you please get in touch (via Karl Elliott).

Once again it’s worth having a read of the monthly Governance blog from NCVO. The July edition is here. Plenty of updates in there, but the focus this month is on the recent research published by the Charity Commission into trust in charities – an issue that all Trustees, Board members and committees should be taking to heart. There’s also a more in depth look at this by NCVO here. This follows on from the recent publication of the draft Ethics Code for charities which is also worth a consideration.

Don’t forget that if you’ve got new Trustees joining your board, VANEL can provide “Induction and Refresher Training for Trustees” to get them up to speed. The next opportunity is in September and we’re reserving places now. Contact Karl for more information.

We’ve also got a couple of local charities in need of new committee members or trustees. So if you think you’re the sort of person who could support an organisation at the strategic level then please have a conversation with Karl about how to get involved as a Trustee and which organisations might need your time.

Local news

The Grimsby Town Centre consultation closes Tuesday 14th August. This is an opportunity to give your views on Grimsby town centre including why you visit, how you travel and what would encourage you to visit more. The survey is on the NELC website here.

VANEL news

A reminder about upcoming training from VANEL:

“Project Management Primer for non-profits” – training session on 4th September, 1-4.30pm at VANEL offices. The idea of this training is to introduce project management principles, techniques, ideas, tips and good practices so that participants understand the relevant terminology, tools and approaches. Every non-profit organisations needs to have a framework which allows them to plan, deliver, monitor ad finish off their own types of project effectively. This short session will help anyone involved in managing projects to approach it more effectively. £40 per person (£60 for non-members). Contact Karl at VANEL to book or to discuss.

“Induction and Refresher training for Trustees” – half-day training workshop to be scheduled for September. Aimed at new Trustees or those needing a refresher on the latest rules, regulations and requirements for Charity Trustees. Contact Karl for more details or to put your name on the list and we will organise for a date and time of most convenience.

And finally, an early warning of the date for the VANEL AGM. This will take place on Thursday 11th October 2018 and all members/friends are invited to attend. Further details of venue, timing, activities and so on will follow, but for now, keep the date free in your diary!


There’s an interesting funding pot now open for applications at the Big Lottery. The Building Connections Fund has a couple of ‘strands’ – Main Fund and Youth Strand – with the main fund open now and the youth strand opening in August. Main fund has grants of £30-100k available to groups tackling loneliness. Worth having a proper look at all the details here.

Technical Assistance Partnership (TAP) have issued a new Events and Workshop programme for 2018/19 which can be downloaded here.  If you’re interested in European Funding then take a look.

Round 2 of the Crime Reduction Fund (CRF) is now open. The closing date is 6th September 2018. This grant funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) can support projects with up to £10k for shorter projects and up to £50k for longer term initiatives. Projects need to be able to contribute to one of the overarching aims from the PCC and to tackle on the the indicators from the NEL Community Safety Partnership objectives. All the details of this and how to apply can be found here. VANEL is administering the funding so if you’re interested in applying make sure you read all the guidance and then get in touch with Richard at VANEL for an initial discussion about your project.

A reminder about the Greggs Foundation Local Communities Project fund which closes on 28th August. Up to £2k grants are available to smaller organisations who work to reduce the disadvantage of the most deprived people in the community. Find out all the details here.


To contact VANEL staff mentioned above:
Reception: 01472 231123
General email:
Karl Elliott: / 01472 361043
Liz Dugard:
Richard Wendel-Jones: / 01472 361043
IGNITE team: / 01472 315437