We had a Bright Blue Monday this week
Shame if you missed it, because on Monday 21st Jan, Moon on the Water in Cleethorpes was the place to be for the Bright Blue Monday event. Hundreds of people turned out through the course of the day to socialise, listen to music, eat, chat, do crafts and activities and generally to connect with each other in order to dispel any potential miseries from this time of year!
Bright Blue Monday was a Gardiner Hill Foundation event (funded through the Big Lottery) and then organised by NAViGO, VANEL, IGNITE and partners and was a great success. There was plenty going on for all ages, the weather was kind to us, the hospitality was spot on and we hope everyone who visited enjoyed themselves – we certainly did.
Partners were using #BrightBlueMonday to highlight issues around mental health and loneliness. Go back to the story here about how Gardiner Hill Foundation were awarded the Big Lottery funding and then come right up to date with the week of blog stories on the NAViGO website here that accompanied Bright Blue Monday.
On Friday 8th March, the IGNITE team will be supporting International Women’s Day with an event at Grimsby Town Hall. This will be a showcase and networking event celebrating young girls and women aged 14-30 and their interest and talents. Planning is still underway so watch out for further details soon, but pop the date in your diary. If you’re interested and would like to participate please get in touch with Jessica or Kirsty at IGNITE.
And pop a couple of other dates in your diary too: on 10th May, there will be an Endurance run back and forth over the Humber Bridge by a uniformed services group which IGNITE is supporting. Watch out for more details. And there will be a big Riverclean event on 8th June – “A right royal clean up”! A chance to get your hand’s dirty to get things cleaned up!
And finally, can you help us with a quick survey? The IGNITE team have been shouting about a range of really important environmental issues for a while now (especially about keeping your toilets, pipes and sewers clear!) so they’d like to ask you a couple of questions in this 2 minute survey. Click here to do the survey online. Thanks in advance for your help.
Climb 4 have been fortunate to be awarded some funding from Awards for All to set up and Run PATCH – “Parents Act Together for Children’s Health”. Climb 4 will therefore be looking for Parent Volunteers to help.
The aim for this parent led group is to run parent/baby and toddler activity programme chosen by the parents and also to include a variety of parent training sessions and fundraising initiative to enable the group to run more valuable activities for the community. Climb 4 have appointed a Specialist Support Worker who will be working on this project 16 hours a week to facilitate the group and its development. Climb 4 have initially designed a 6 week activity programme to trial in the community at 3 local venues. There is a flyer here with more information for the Pavilion Sessions and also one for the sessions to be at the Oasis Nunsthorpe Community Hub. The 3rd venue is to be confirmed shortly and once we have confirmation Climb 4 will share details once available.
For more information or to get involved please contact Climb 4 direct. Their website is here.
CultureWorks have distributed their January e-newsletter with plenty of information about arts and culture events and activities around the area. Read it online here and remember to subscribe. Big news it covers is that Grimsby is to receive £3.2 million from the Cultural Development Fund to deliver a new programme of international events and public art to revive the town centre, provide a business support programme for local creative businesses, and create new production facilities in the town’s historic centre (the Kasbah). Read the newsletter for more information.
Don’t forget that YMCA Humber will be holding their latest Sleep Easy fundraising and awareness raising event on Friday 1st February (6pm-6am). Sleep rough so others don’t have to. All the info is on the Eventbrite page here.
Charities large and small can be impacted by cyber fraud and cyber crime at any time. The impact can be inconvenient or catastrophic and it’s happening now. When we talk about “Cyber Security” we mean the preparations you and your organisation take to secure your technology and your organisation to reduce the risks of cyber attacks and reduce their impact should they happen.
VANEL is one of ten infrastructure organisations across the UK who are taking part in a pilot training programme to help charities and voluntary organisations understand cyber crime and cyber security and take some simple, practical steps to protect and defend themselves. Just like putting a better lock on your door and installing a CCTV, cyber security can be as simple as free bits of protection that reduce the chances of attack.
Yesterday VANEL and the other pilot organisations were in London at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to have our own training. We’re now ready to help you! You’ll already have seen it advertised, but on 27th February VANEL are delivering the first “Cyber Security for Small Charities” session in Cleethorpes. Very limited availability for this first session, but let us know if this is of interest and you might be able to get a place or certainly join the waiting list.
You can access the accompanying Small Charity guide by NCSC online for free already here. And it’s worth looking through and sharing around your organisation. But if you want to work through it properly, our session on the 27th is your best bet. Get in touch with Karl Elliott if you are interested or want to know more (firstname.lastname@example.org, 01472 36104).
“Time well spent: A national survey on the volunteering experience” is a major new report into the volunteering experience launched by NCVO today. It is the result of a national survey carried out through YouGov’s panel (10,000+ respondents). The survey focuses on volunteering through groups, clubs and organisations and includes data on recent volunteers, but also lapsed volunteers and non-volunteers. The study was developed in association with those working in volunteering, andrepresents the largest survey on the experiences of volunteers for over a decade. NCVO live streamed the launch on 25th Jan but you can now read the entire report on the NCVO website here and then look out for further news and information to follow from NCVO in due course. (Summary report here in pdf format.)
Each year, NCVO publishes an analysis of the operating environment that charities and the non-profit sector finds itself in for the year ahead. Their latest report – “The Road Ahead” is now out for 2019. Read about it here or download the summary here. The full report is for NCVO members only (here). As managers or committee members or trustees you sometimes need to look at the wider picture of the world around us. The work your organisation is doing is affected by external factors, so it’s worth considering what those are. The Road Ahead looks at Polictical, Social, Economic and Technological drivers and trends for 2019 and lets you decide how your organisation will be ready for them. More about the specifics soon, but for now, take a look at the summary or report and consider it yourselves.
We’re in the middle of Village Halls Week 2019 (22nd-28th January). One trend that you’ll find in “The Road Ahead” report just mentioned, is that demographics are continuing towards an ageing, isolated, disconnected community. We’re in a position to help tackle this and Village Halls are part of the perfect antidote! They’re community spaces, volunteer led, give people young and old a place to belong and so much more. Got a village hall near you? Go and appreciate it! Running a village hall? This week is all about celebrating your contributions to our communities. Thank you. More about Village Halls Week 2019 here or follow #VillageHallsWeek on Twitter.
There’s a blog article here on Civil Society with some reflections on how the charitable sector took advantage of digital during 2018 and how we should be looking to use digital to help us deliver better services during 2019. VANEL is keen to support you with your need to understand digital technology better, so if you want to talk about websites, social media, databases, backups, email, e-newsletters, project management tools or anything related to technology why not get in touch (speak to Karl). We can deliver training, consultancy or direct support. Just ask.
The monthly roundup of Governance news from NCVO is out for January. Read it here. Includes mentions about the newly released Charity Ethical Principles, and The Road Ahead report (see below) as well as news from the Charity Commission and more. If you’re on a board then it’s worth a few minutes of your time.
In a recent wide ranging discussion about Cyber Security and GDPR, fraud and reputational damage, we realised that there may not be common understanding across all charity boards and trustees about the nature of reporting Serious Incidents to the Charity Commission. This is a legal obligation on the boards of charities should something serious happen. This could be a financial issue or a safeguarding issue or many other things. These things don’t happen very often and with a bit of luck will never happen to you. But are you all (as charity trustees) aware of the rules and the requirement on you to act properly and accordingly? All the info you need is here. Perhaps something for one of your board meetings? Forewarned is forearmed.
January is Veganuary, but in May it will be Vegetarian week! If you have an event that celebrates this week then The Vegetarian Society is offering grants for community activities or events. There are two types of grant small (£200) and larger (£2000) for activities such as cookery demonstrations, communal meals, recipe exchanges, and tasting sessions. Activities are not limited to these however so check to see if you event will be eligible. Deadline is 3rd March to get your application in. An overview is here, and full information is here.
Don’t forget that from 29th January we’ll no longer be talking about the Big Lottery because their name is changing. After that date they’ll be known as The National Lottery Community Fund. Read the press release here and then try getting the new name into your head!