VANEL e-bulletin for 9th November 2018


This week has been Youth Work Week and our IGNITE team has been out meeting young people as part of this initiative. Then next week will be National Trustees’ Week and, as always, VANEL will be making the most of the chance to celebrate leadership of voluntary organisations in all its forms. Read on to find out what we’re up to. And of course, we’ve got a usual roundup of local, national and member news this week.

You probably don’t need reminding that it’s Armistice Day this Sunday. I hope you find an opportunity to attend a remembrance event in your community.

We’ll be back for a Trustees’ Week special e-bulletin next week…

Diary Reminders

12th-16th Nov is Trustees’ Week
12th Nov two opportunities for “Could you be a Trustee” training
13th Nov our “Induction and Refresher Training for Trustees” workshop
17th-18th Nov come and meet IGNITE at the Cleethorpes Christmas Market
22nd Nov WMCC Volunteer Awards event at Cue World
23rd Nov IGNITE are supporting a football tournament
24th-25th Nov is the Christmas Fair at St Andrews Hospice
28th Nov next Volunteer Managers Network
30th Nov is the closing date for this round of the Young People’s Holiday Respite Fund
CARE need your toys donated for Toys for Joy before 7th Dec
8th Dec is Seaside Santa Grotto at Beach Hut 9 in Cleethorpes
13th Dec is the closing date for Crime Reduction Fund round 3

See the rest of this e-bulletin for all the details of these events and dates.

IGNITE news update

This week has been Youth Work Week and Kirsty and others from the IGNITE team have been out and about around the Colleges speaking to young people and helping them to understand more about youth work and the opportunities it offers. The theme for 2018 has been simply “What is Youth Work…?” and aims to highlight youth work as a profession to younger people. If this is of interest to you then find out more online here or get in touch with one of the IGNITE team.

A group of Uniformed Public Service Students from the Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education are hosting a football tournament on Friday 23rd November 2018 to raise funds for Help the Heroes whilst raising awareness of the life of Walter Tull in the centenary year of the end of first world war.

Walter Tull made history during the first World War after he became the first black officer in the British Army. He was also a renowned footballer of the time – another huge achievement.

The UPS students are looking for teams to join their 6-a-side league. To enter a team, or to find out more information – please contact Callum Saunders via email.

IGNITE will have a stand at Cleethorpes Christmas Market at Cleethorpes Leisure Centre on the weekend of 17th and 18th November. Come along for a bit of family fun and to meet up with members of the IGNITE team. We’ll be there to talk about all our work, about volunteering and about our environmental projects. And on Sunday 18th November we’ll be getting into the swing of World Toilet Day (which is actually on the 19th) so we’ll be focusing on telling people about all things loo related! A few more details about the Christmas event are here. See you there.

Governance Weekly

Next week (12th-16th November) is National Trustees’ Week once again. This national initiative uses the week to celebrate and support trustees, committee members and all those who are in voluntary roles leading their voluntary sector organisations. VANEL always gets involved and this year is no exception. We’ve got a couple of training courses scheduled especially during the week and we’ll be sharing news and resources about trusteeship throughout the week. Here’s a quick rundown of what we’ve got planned…

“Could you be a Trustee?” Short workshops on Monday 12th November at VANEL. If you need to know more about what being a Trustee is all about then this session will be for you.

If you’re new on board as a Trustee (or need to catch up to speed) then our “Induction and Refresher Training for Trustees” on Tuesday 13th November (pm) is the workshop for you.

Contact Karl to book on either of these sessions. There is more governance and trustee training scheduled for November and December and you can download a sheet with all the details, timings and pricing for all the training here.

We’ll be blogging throughout the week about key Trustee issues – so keep an eye on the VANEL website at You may not realise that we tweet about governance and trustee issues too – so take a look at @aboutgovernance on Twitter and start following us. We’ve been quiet for a while but we’ll get a lot more tweety during Trustees’ Week.

Our (mostly) weekly “Governance weekly” column in the VANEL e-bulletin will be a bumper edition next week full of ideas, tips, resources and support related to Trusteeship.

Remember too that we are on the lookout for new Trustees. A number of organisations and members tell us that they need Trustees, so if you think you’d like to get involved in helping steer a local charity in the right direction then please contact Karl and we can hopefully get you in touch with each other. We’ve got a story on our blog here about the importance and value of trusteeship with a case study from two of VANEL’s own Trustees – Lesley and Mandy. Read the story here.

If you are a Trustee or Committee member, if you are representing a board, or you’re interested in getting involved in these key roles then there will be something of use for you next week I hope. See you in Trustees’ Week or feel free to contact me (Karl) with questions or issues you’d like to address.

Volunteering news

It’s the next meeting of the Volunteer Managers Network on Wed 28th November (am). If you’re part of the Network then you’ll get the agenda shortly, but please speak with Liz and reserve your place. If you manage volunteers and would like to attend the Network Meeting then, again, please speak with Liz (, 01472 231123) for more details and how to get involved.

Technology news

This week it was the Charity Technology Conference 2018 down in London bringing together people from across the sector interested in using technology to benefit our communities and organisations. VANEL didn’t attend this year (and I’m hazarding a guess that probably no-one from our membership was down there this week either), but there’s always plenty of feedback on social media from these events to help understand the themes being discussed on the day. Here is probably a good place to catch up. Topics included data, digital communications, artificial intelligence, cyber security and plenty of case studies of putting digital technology solutions into practice. There’s also some thoughts about how “Charity leaders are taking digital to the next level” here which is worth a read.

But VANEL is here to help. We have quite some experience in the application of technology and all things digital to work and projects in our sector. So if you’re a member organisation and think you need technology advice, guidance or support then we’d like to start a conversation with you to see how we can help.

We are especially interested in website development, digital inclusion, free technology resources, project management, CRM systems, e-newsletters, app development and cyber security. Got questions? Start by talking with Karl (, 01472 361043).

Member news

Do you have a client, beneficiary or friend who has limited skills with technology which is causing them problems accessing benefits (including universal credit), doing job searches or other necessary tasks? West Marsh Community Centre is hosting a service giving people access to computers and direct one to one help and support to learn how to use technology to manage these tasks. Andy from VANEL is at the community centre every week and can help provide training, advice and support around technology to help people manage their benefits, upload CVs, do job searches, manage their money online, do online training or access many other government and public services. There’s such a need for people to do everything online now that if someone doesn’t have access to a computer or the internet or lacks the necessary understanding and skills then they are at a distinct disadvantage. Andy has been helping people around West Marsh to get past these technical problems so they can do what they need to do. If you know someone who you think might benefit from this service and they can get across to the community centre in West Marsh then please contact the centre direct (01472 269230 speak to Neil or Anita) or contact Andy at VANEL (, 01472 231123) and you can then make an appointment. For more information about this programme you can also speak with Karl at VANEL).

The Safer Communities Team have organised a Seaside Santa Grotto event for Sat 8th December (10am-12noon) at Beach Hut No 9 down in Cleethorpes. This was a great event last December so Santa is back for a second year. Free to attend, but any donations will be collected on behalf of Cleethorpes RNLI. Bring the family along to meet Santa. Download a flyer here. If you’ve not visited the community Beach Hut before then this is a great opportunity to see what you’ve been missing! As it’s organised by Safer Communities there will of course be a few personal safety messages being shared on the day, but come along and see if you can work out which VANEL staff member is under the Santa costume this year! (More information about the beach hut here.).

CARE have been running a Christmas toy appeal since 1983 to ensure that all local children receive a gift at Christmas despite their family circumstances. Toys for Joy is running once again. Please donate your toys before 7th December at 18 Hainton Avenue, Grimsby. A poster here gives all the details. Contact 01472 232310 for more details.

If you missed it, CultureWorks have sent out their November e-newsletter detailing arts and cultural activities across North East Lincolnshire. Read it online here.

St Andrews’s Hospice are holding their Christmas Fair on Sat 24th & Sun 25th November at The Hub within the hospice on Peaks Lane, Grimsby. Tables are available, or spread the word. Details here.

Funding news

A reminder that there is only a limited time to apply for the first round of the Young Peoples Holiday Respite Fund. The closing date for round one is 30th November, so although there will be a second round (Feb 2019) you might want to get an application in now. VANEL are administering the fund so all the details are on the website here. If you know you can provide a way to help young people take a break and have some respite from their situation then this is a great new fund to tap into.

The Crime Reduction Fund is still open. All the details are here. The next closing date is the 13th December.

Local news

NELC have recently launched a survey about Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) for anti-social behaviour and irresponsible dog owners. The details of this are here. The survey closes on 28th November so make sure you have your say. There are two surveys – for anti-social behaviour here and for dog control here.

The Christmas Lights switch on in Grimsby will kick off at 3pm on Thursday 22nd November and runs through until 8pm. A chance to get Christmas started!

Operation Christmas Child is getting underway with the annual shoebox appeal. Nationally organised by Samaritans Purse there are a number of drop off locations in Grimsby and Cleethorpes (Ice House Christian Centre, Shoe Zone shops and the Entertainer store). Find out more about the programme here. Get your shoebox(es) put together and ensure they are dropped off in time so that they can be prepared for despatch to Romania. Volunteers will also be needed to pack the lorry (on 21st November) so if you could help with this please contact Denise Johnson at Ice House Christian Centre in Grimsby.

National news

This week the Minister for Sport and Civil Society stood down on a matter of principle. Tracey Crouch has been a staunch supporter of our sector and Stuart Etherington from NCVO had some words of thanks for her here. Our new Minister is Mims Davies and you can find out more about her and the appointment on CivilSociety here including reactions from the sector.

It was the Autumn Budget last week and as always there are reviews a-plenty looking at the impact or potential impact for charities and the voluntary sector. If you missed it yourself and need to catch up on the headlines then Civil Society compiled responses from many major sector organisations just here. NCVO also have an analysis here. More here. Do you think any of these budget changes are likely to impact you? We’d like to hear your thoughts (contact Karl Elliott at VANEL).

Preparing for Brexit: if this is something you need to be thinking about for your charity or voluntary sector organisation then it will be worth reading the talk (and accompanying slides) from NCVO here – “Brexit and the Voluntary Sector: preparing for change.