the VANEL e-bulletin for 7th September 2018

A copy of the e-bulletin for 7th September.
Read the original online here.


So the holidays are over and this week our newsletter is back to its normal weekly slot. We’ve got bits and pieces of news for you as always, but the big story this week is from the IGNITE team. It’s the beginning of a new academic year and we’ve said goodbye to one team of youth workers and have just welcomed in our new, replacement team. So read on for our thank you and goodbyes and to meet the new IGNITE team members.
And put the date in your diary – the VANEL AGM will be on Thursday 11th October at 3pm at Kings Baptist Church in Cleethorpes. More details and formal invitation next week, but we’d like to see as many of our Members and Friends as possible attending.
As always, if you’ve got news yourself that you’d like to share through this bulletin please email
Enjoy this week’s e-bulletin.

Dates for your diary

14th Sept – “Better Governance by applying the Code” workshop at VANEL
25th Sept – “Induction and Refresher Training for Trustees” at VANEL
29th Sept – River Freshney clean up for World Rivers Day & IGNITE Macmillan Coffee morning and bake off!
31st Oct – closing date for WMCC Volunteer Awards


The IGNITE programme run by VANEL has a unique structure of supporting young people to learn and develop their skills within our sector. Each year we take on graduates around their last year of studies and bring them on board for a year’s training, development and support whilst they in turn support young leaders and volunteers from across our communities.
So as the new academic year starts we’re welcoming in our new team members into the IGNITE team. But that has also meant saying goodbye to our leaders from last year and other team members!
So we’ve said goodbye to Danielle, Nicole and Ellie and also to Dan. They’ve all left for new jobs and opportunities and we’re really grateful for their hard work over the past year. Jean-Louis has stayed on the team for another year and is now joined by Kirsty, Shaun and Jessica who’ve all started with us this week. Of course Jenny and Victoria have gone nowhere – they’re still here as team stalwarts!
So read our full article here which says goodbye properly and introduces the new team members in full.
So the IGNITE team going forward is:
Jenny Hodson
Victoria Russell
Jean-Louis Plaatjies
Shaun Curtis
Kirsty Greenfield
Jessica Pearson
Don’t forget there’s more information about IGNITE at and on Facebook and Twitter.
River Clean event and lots more…
Saturday 29th September is World Rivers Day 2018. As part of this, Grimsby River Care are holding a River Clean of the River Freshney on the 29th. The clean will start at 10am and end around 1pm. IGNITE will be supporting the event by also hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning at the same time. We’re holding a baking competition and if you or your organisation are interested in entering the baking competition then please do get in touch with Victoria at VANEL who is organising our activities.
The River Clean itself starts from the Pavilion on the Duke of York Gardens. Refreshments are available for all volunteers. If you’re interested in getting involved then please bring suitable clothing and remember that all under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult. Litter pickers, bags, Gloves and Hi-Vis jackets will all be provided. Just come along on the morning if you can help with the River Clean, and contact Victoria if you’re able to get involved with cake baking for the competition!


The next meeting of the Volunteer Managers Network is very soon (19th September). If you’re a member of the Network or part of the Volunteer Development Service already then you’ll have had your invites and agenda already. If not, get in touch with Liz at VANEL to book yourself on. More details are online here. We’re at Cromwell Road community fire station and starting at 9.30am. If you’re involved with recruiting or managing volunteers in any way for your organisation then you’ll find it useful. Get in touch with Liz (01472 231123) to book a place.
You probably noticed, but it is that time of year year again – the colleges are starting back! People are moving on and up and looking for new experiences/opportunities that fit in with their college timetable.
We appreciate that not all organisations can accommodate the 16+ age, but if you do have genuine volunteer opportunities for this age group then please get in touch with Liz at VANEL to let her know. Our IGNITE team engage with and work very closely with this age group and are always looking out for opportunities. We’d like to hear from you.
Don’t forget that we have a list of active volunteering opportunities on our website here. But this week we’d like to draw your attention to particular opportunities in a lovely (but busy) Cafe that needs volunteers to help out in both the Cafe and in the kitchen. This Grimsby Cafe would be grateful for any help, whether that is a full 4 hours, or 2 x 2 hour stints. 2 hours would be 9.45-11.45am or 11.30am-1pm. That fits well with a school day too! If you’d like to find out more about this opportunity then please get in touch with Liz direct (01472 231123).
We also specifically are looking for individuals who are interested in taking up roles on committees or charity boards to help with the governance and leadership of local not for profit organisations. If you’d be interested in finding out more then please contact Karl at VANEL (01472 361043).
And finally, I’m sure you don’t need a reminder of the value of volunteering both to the individual and to the hosting organisation, but if you do, and if you missed it, it’s worth having a read of Betty’s story about her volunteering at St Andrew’s Hospice just here!

Member News

A reminder that the Volunteer Awards organised by West Marsh Community Centre are now open for you to nominate volunteers. All the details of the awards are on the VANEL website here. The nomination form can be downloaded here along with a detailed description of each category here.

Local News

Citizen’s Academy is an exciting new scheme starting in Grimsby in October. Members of the public can sign up to join the academy and attend 10 sessions over 10 weeks to learn much more about how the Police and emergency services work. Sessions start on 16th October, are every Tuesday night from 6.30-8.30pm and are at Peaks Lane Fire Station. There is a lot more information on the flyer here. If you’re interested then please get in touch with Katie Hoskins at the Community Safety Unit via
A reminder that you can still contribute your thoughts and feedback to the consultation on the draft Social Value Policy from NELC. Background information is here and the online consultation is here.
Upcoming event at Lincoln Cathederal on 21st September – “Labour exploitation: It’s not all about farming”. This will be “a morning of exploring community and pastoral responses to modern slavery and vulnerable people in rural areas.”. Information and tickets are here for anyone who is interested in this important topic.

Governance Weekly

Just a quick reminder this week about a couple of governance related training courses VANEL is offering. Get in touch with Karl to find out more details or to book places.
We will be holding an “Better Governance by applying the Code” workshop session on Friday 14th September (10-11.30am), so if you’re a VANEL member organisation and would like to be part of this please contact Karl direct to reserve a place. (Places are very limited so please book). Places are £15 each (£20 each for non-members). This is about developing your governance practices as a whole board. Maybe relevant for a Chair, vice-chair, Chief Officer or a nominated trustee to attend – whoever feels that committing to using the Charity Governance Code to examine and improve their governance practices is important.
“Induction and Refresher Training for Trustees”. This is our regular introductory session for new charity trustees or those who feel they need a refresher in their knowledge. The session is on Tue 25th Sept -from 1.30-4.30pm. Booking is essential and places are limited. £15 per person (£25 for non-members)
Contact Karl Elliott to enquiry about both courses or about bespoke governance training or consultancy for you or your board.

Funding news

If you missed it, the Crime Reduction Fund round 2 is now closed. The panel will be meeting shortly and decisions for this rounds applications will be made next week. But of course as one round closes, the next one opens. Round 3 of CRF will now be open until the 13th December. More information about this round will be on the website soon, but from the outset please contact Richard at VANEL if you’d like to discuss the application process and the suitability of your project.
There is a new round of the ESF Community Grants Programme now open. The programme is administered by Humber Learning Consortium and has now been extended all the way through to March 2019. The current, 6th round is open with grants available for £5-15k and the closing date is 28th September. The aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities delivered by not for profit organisations in the heart of predominantly disadvantaged communities. Could your organisation deliver a programme using this funding? Contact HLF ( direct on 01482 327438 or via
Lloyds Bank Foundation has a new funding strategy and has opened a new fund. You can read the background and their new strategy – Reaching Further – here. There are two grant programmes – Enable and Invest.
Their Enable grants have a rolling application process – you can apply at any time.
The Invest programme has application deadlines and the next is 5th October. They provide long-term funding for charities with a proven track record of helping people achieve positive change through deep, person centred and holistic support. The programmes can help with core or ongoing costs and are for organisations helping people overcome a range on long term dependencies and issues. Visit the website to see if you are eligible and get applying.
The Charities Aid Foundation has just produced a fundraising guide aimed at small and medium sized charities to help them develop their strategies and campaigns. The toolkit is called “Fundraising Fundamentals” and is available online just here.
If you’re a member of VANEL and want to talk further about fundraising then please get in touch and organise an appointment. We can help you think about your fundraising approaches, help you do a funding search and explain some good practices. We’ve also got a few copies of the excellent and fun guide to fundraising called “The Porcupine Principle” available for you to borrow. We can go further and support you with your funding and fundraising on a bespoke consultancy basis, but why not just start the conversation with us to see how we can help. Contact Karl in the first instance to arrange an appointment.


The VANEL AGM will be on Thursday 11th October at 3pm at Kings Baptist Church in Cleethorpes. More details and formal invitation next week, but as always we’d like to use this opportunity to meet up with as many of our Members and Friends as possible and to give you the opportunity to meet our staff team.
Formal information and more details next week but if you already know you can or can’t get there then let Karl or Peter at VANEL know ( or or 01472 231123).


Beach Hut No 9 on Marine Embankment in Cleethorpes continues to be available to provide a place for individuals, families and groups to enjoy the wonderful weather over the summer. It’s free for community groups to use and only small charges apply for others (and a deposit is required for the key). Use it as a base to have some fun in the sun! All the information is here and get in touch with Liz at VANEL to make a booking. The weather is still good enough for a day out so don’t miss the chance to visit the beach hut!