The VANEL weekly e-bulletin for 11th January 2019

Member news

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.

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind have a vacancy available to recruit their new Chief Executive.  The closing date for applications is 28th January 2019 and all the information you need is on their website here.

Cyber Security

Last year, at least one in five charities in the UK fell victim to cyber attacks. And online fraud such as phishing will continue to be a huge risk for charities in 2019. Fortunately the National Cyber Security Centre is stepping up its game supporting the voluntary sector.

I started talking about Cyber security in my blog article last week, and this week I’d like to point you to an article by Kate Sinnott, head of charity engagement at NCSC who talks about four trends for 2019. Her trends:
Cyber crime will continue to present huge risks to charities
Email fraudsters will continue to target charities
Email fraud will get ever more sophisticated
The positive bit – Charities will be able to arm themselves with more resources and training

VANEL will be playing our part in the Cyber Security battle this year and we’ll have regular news updates for you, as well as local training that will start in February. If this will be of interest to you and your organisation then please let me know and I’ll add you to our ‘interested’ list to get first notification about our training and resources as they come available.

Local news

Tackling Modern Day Slavery Business Seminar. This free seminar will take place at the Business Hive in Grimsby on Tuesday 15th January from 5pm-7.30pm. Hosted by the Humber Modern Slavery Partnership and supported by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. In North East Lincolnshire, Trafficking and Modern Slavery are becoming an emerging issue and this seminar is being hosted to provide information and advice on what to do in practical terms if you see it in your community at work or at home.  Information and booking details on Eventbrite here.

If any group needs some free paint for a charitable project then someone has contacted VANEL offering a range of tins of mixed, half-used paints. If you have an idea how your group could make use of tin-ends then please let Jenny know and she’ll pass on your details.

National news

NCVO published an article this week by Stuart Etherington looking ahead to 2019 entitled “Brexit, what then? Time for civic society to shape our future”. Very topical and worth a read.

Between now and July 2019, the UK government is carrying out a review of the UK’s progress towards the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals.  In July, the UK will present its Voluntary National Review at the UN’s High Level Political Forum.  To inform the review, the government wants to hear from a wide range of stakeholders either through the Voluntary National Review website or directly at a variety of events planned to take place across the country. The Government encourages any group, organisation, or individual contributing to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in the UK to share what they are doing.

Governance Weekly

A quick reminder that VANEL is running one of our “Induction and Refresher Training for Trustees” workshops on Friday 18th January. It’s at VANEL offices, 10am start through to 12.30pm. £15 per person (£25 non-members) Places limited, booking essential. If you’re a brand new Trustee, or need a refresher then this is the introductory session that will bring you up to speed on your responsibilities and requirements. All the information about the session and the content is here. Contact Karl to book a place (


A reminder that the IGNITE team would like your help with a survey. They need to learn about the perceptions people have about young people in North East Lincolnshire. The survey is quick to complete and we need your participation. Find it online here or chat to the IGNITE team direct if you’d like to give feedback in other ways.