The VANEL e-bulletin for 18th November

Bright Blue Monday

If you’ve missed the announcements about Bright Blue Monday where have you been? It’s an antidote to the more normal Blue Monday that falls on 21st January. We’re getting together to network, have some fun and generally shake off those Winter blues. It all starts at 10am on Monday at Moon on the Water in Cleethorpes and runs through the morning, afternoon and into the evening.

Information and the details are here. You can tell us you’re coming (which would be nice) by booking a place for free on Eventbrite here (but do feel free to turn up anyway). Follow news about the event on Twitter by following #BrightBlueMonday.

NAViGO has been busy blogging this week lots in advance of Bright Blue Monday. A number of authors have been reflecting on loneliness, isolation and how to overcome it as well as many other positive messages in the buildup to this fun and inclusive event next Monday.

Some of the blog articles so far (there could be more by the time you read this newsletter so visit their blog here).

“Enjoy what comes and don’t dwell on what you can’t control”

Looking at loneliness through an introvert’s eyes

“Everybody needs a friend at rough times in their lives”

Walking football helped tackle my husband’s loneliness after illness

Reading can combat loneliness

The event is a partnership between a lot of organisations but we want everyone to participate. Get yourself there. Bring a friend, colleague, client (or anyone!). Come and meet the VANEL staff team and more. See you Monday.

VANEL news

We’d like to welcome our latest recruit to the VANEL team. Lydia Day has joined IGNITE on a placement and she’ll be getting involved in our youth projects for the coming months. “I am a first year student at the University of Hull, studying Youth Work and Community Development. I am currently volunteering with IGNITE as part of my university placement. I will be here for around 3 months and during that time I hope to gain lots more experience and knowledge around thissector. I am going to be involved in lots of different projects and hopefully working towards running my own within my local community.” Contact Lydia via or via the IGNITE team.

If you’d like to chat to VANEL staff about any of our services, support or projects, then Bright Blue Monday might be a good chance. Most of the team will be down at Moon on the Water for the event at some point or other during the day, so pop in, see what’s going on and grab a chance to chat to us.

The IGNITE team are helping support and promote a fundraising event later in May: On Friday 10th May, a group of 9 Level 1 and 2 Uniformed Services are holding a 12 hour endurance run over the Humber Bridge to raise funds for Baggy Trousers UK; a Prostate Cancer Charity. The run starts at 12noon and goes on to midnight. If you wish to take part or donate, contact Tony Vidal:

Statistically, 1 in 8 males will get prostate cancer in their lifetime meaning that at least one of students are likely to get cancer – they want to raise funds to reduce the risk. In addition to this, they want to reduce stigma around checking their balls and prostates. For more information on the #checkyournuts campaign, visit

The students are currently seeking sponsorship in order to help with transport, marketing and material costs (such as headtorches and high vis clothing). If you wish to take part or donate, contact Tony Vidal: or chat to the IGNITE team for more information.

Volunteering news

Don’t forget to take a look at our list of available volunteering opportunities on our website just here. Our Blue Lights Brigade programme is also looking for more volunteers to support our CERT teams, our Safe and Well teams, or simply to get involved and use your past experience to help your community.

Member news

New into VANEL membership is CYC The Hangout. The Hangout is the Cleethorpes Youth Group and is based at Kings Baptist Church in Cleethorpes. The group formed 18 months ago with support from Big Local North Cleethorpes and YMCA, and has gone from strength to strength. VANEL also provides support to the group and it’s a real partnership between organisations, staff, volunteers, donors, funders that keeps the club up and running to give young people in Cleethorpes a great place to hangout. The club is always after young people to get involved, so kids between 8 and 18 are welcome each Friday evening between 5.30pm and 7.45pm (two sessions). Details on their poster here. Donations and volunteers always appreciated too! Contact Jasmin Flint at VANEL ( if you want to find out more and look out for more news from the group over the next few weeks.

NEXUS youth forum, the mental health forum for young people aged 16-21 years is 1 year old this week! They just held their birthday meeting but if you’ve not got involved with NEXUS please talk to the IGNITE team at VANEL who can introduce you.

Cyber Security

VANEL are delivering Cyber Security training sessions starting in February. We’re part of a national pilot programme to help charitable and voluntary organisations to better cope with Cyber fraud and problems. We’re here to help you understand this technical topic, firstly by not ignoring it!

I’ve been reporting on Cyber Security issues regularly in these e-bulletins and this will continue throughout the year. But our training sessions are a face to face, in depth (but simple) way to help you understand and prepare.

Our first session is scheduled for Wednesday 27th February, 1.30pm until 5pm at Kings Baptist Church, Cleethorpes. This is our very first pilot session and places are very limited (and filling fast). This particular session is limited to Members and Friends of VANEL but will still ‘sell out’ fast (it’s actually free). If you are interested then please request a place (via Karl Elliott,, 01472 361043). If we can’t get you into this session then we need to make sure you’re on our list to keep you informed about cyber issues and about further training sessions. So tell us you’re interested.

This pilot session is delivered by VANEL supported by NAVCA and, importantly, the Charity Team at the National Cyber Security Centre. Read much more about the purpose of the session and the planned content on our blog here.

Local news

Young Reporters allows keen young writers aged 13 to 19 to write articles bout things they are interested in and get them published. All as part of a team! And it’s now time for them to have new people join the group. Do you know someone of this age who loves to write and would like a way to do this? Read the article on our blog with all the details and how to get in touch.

Muriel Barker was a former North East Lincolnshire Council leader and passed away recently. A memorial service on 18th January 2019 at Grimsby Minster was open to anyone who knew Mrs Barker and you can read words shared by colleagues on our website just here.

National news

Every year NCVO publish their review of the challenges, issues and opportunities for the year ahead.  Their latest copy of “The Road Ahead” for 2019 is now out and you can read about it here. The summary is free and the full report is for NCVO members.  It’s very useful for board and committee members and staff teams to see the context within which the work of their organisation will be taking place during 2019.

NCVO have also blogged more specifically about the challenges ahead. “Charities should prepare for a difficult financial year ahead.”  With everything going on in parliament at the moment it’s worth trying to get your head around the challenges ahead and getting prepared!

Charities must be responsible for creating an inclusive culture, new guidance says. Today NCVO has launched the Charity Ethical Principles after a long and positive consultation on what was originally called the Charity Code of Ethics. The principles should be viewed as a benchmark of good practice, and are complementary to existing sector codes. Endorsement of the principles is voluntary, but NCVO encourages all charities to reflect them in their work and decision making. These will be worth considering within your organisation and you can read the launch article here or download the principles direct here.

Thousands to benefit from multi-million pound boost to youth organisations. It has been announced that more than 6,000 uniformed group places are being created for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds across England. This is good news. Read the story here including details of the various groups who are receiving the additional funding.

Back to Brexit. Leaving the EU means a number of changes that will affect organisations and individual citizens. The Government has developed a website to give information on how to prepare and the steps organisations and individuals may need to take. Cabinet Office is asking for feedback – “We are keen to hear from civil society organisations and those that work with them to make sure that the information on the website information reflects your needs.”. There’s a two minute survey here. Have your say.