VANEL e-bulletin for 4th January 2019

Happy New Year to you, your staff, trustees and volunteers. At VANEL we’re just getting ourselves ready for 2019 and starting our plans for the year ahead. Have you sorted your new year resolutions yet for how your group/organisation is going to approach 2019? Why not make one of your resolutions to aim to ‘rock the boat’? Don’t just head into 2019 full steam ahead doing the same as before. Why not tackle something new, different, experimental or simply take a look at how you do things and try and make improvements? We’ve got a couple of ideas for new year resolutions in our blog here. Don’t forget that VANEL is here to help you. So if you’re a Member or Friend organisation and haven’t been in touch for a while then why not give us a call to chat through what you need and we’ll see how we might be able to help. We look forward to hearing from you. Good luck with your new year resolutions (whatever they may be) and we wish you a successful 2019.

Diary Reminders

18th – Induction and Refresher Training for Trustees
21st – Bright Blue Monday event
23rd – Volunteer Managers Network meeting

1st – YMCA Humber Sleep Easy
28th – closing date for next round of Holiday Respite Fund

Read about all of these in this week’s e-bulletin.

VANEL news

At the VANEL staff Christmas do we said farewell to Steve Lynn who has left VANEL to take up a new job as ASB coordinator at North East Lincolnshire Council. Steve led the Blue Lights Brigade programme for VANEL as well as getting involved with Beach Hut No 9, Cleethorpes Community Cops, leading on HumberWatch and local neighbourhood watch programmes and more. Thanks Steve from our whole team. However, Steves new role will keep him closely in touch with us still. He’ll continue to volunteer with the Blue Lights Brigade programme and we’ll have crossover with many of our other projects too. From now on Steve Jones will take over leading Blue Lights Brigade so get in touch with him for information about that programme.

The IGNITE team would like your help with a survey. Every year we run a survey 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.

IGNITE are supporting a new venture led by volunteer Nicole called Vibrant Me. This is a social group for young artists (aged 16-30) to help them gain confidence around their art. Read more about the project on our blog here or visit the project on Facebook.

A reminder that Moon on the Water in Cleethorpes is the place to be on Monday 21st January for the Bright Blue Monday event. Blue Monday is mathematically calculated to be the most depressing day of the year! but is also used as a national day highlighting mental health issues. Local partners in North East Lincolnshire are making this year a Bright Blue Monday instead, to bring people together with fun and activities. Visit Moon on the Water and there are things to do throughout the day for youngsters, families and older people too. You can find out much more about the event details on the VANEL calendar here or read the latest story on the Telegraph just here. It’s free to attend, but please book (via Eventbrite here) to help organisers get an idea of numbers. If you’ve got questions then you can always speak to members of the IGNITE team who are helping with the organisation of the event. See you at Moon on the Water on the 21st.

Victoria and others from the IGNITE team help run a Youth Group at West Marsh Community Centre each Thursday and it’s going very well. We’ve got a full photo story on the blog here. We’re looking for more kids to join up and volunteers or support is also always welcome.

Volunteering news

A date for your diary – the next meeting of the Volunteer Managers Network (VMN) will be on Wednesday 23rd January. If you’re already part of the group then you’ll be getting your agenda from Liz soon. If not, but you look after volunteers and would like to be part of our network discussing good practice around volunteer management, then I suggest you speak with Liz and find out more about the Network.

Member news

CARE published a very full newsletter for December/Christmas. It’s of course a little out of date now for events, but most of the other news updates about what CARE is up to is still useful. Read it here. Importantly there is a goodbye message from Sarah Taylor at CARE who leaves after 10 years. Best wishes to Sarah.

The latest e-bulletin from Culture Works is also out, packed full of dates and activities coming up. Read it online here.

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.

Cyber Security

This time last year all the talk was about GDPR and that kept us all busy for a long time. (You’re on top of that now I hope!). This year you’ll be hearing a lot about Cyber Security and how to protect yourselves. Reports show that the charitable sector is far from ready or prepared to deal with cyber breaches, frauds or digital problems – even less so than the small business sector. So VANEL will be actively involved during 2019 helping our Members and Friends get better informed and better prepared. Expect regular briefings on our blog, in this e-newsletter and on social media. We’re working with NAVCA, Humberside Police and the National Cyber Security Centre to organise briefings, resources and training locally to help you understand and tackle this serious risk.

You’ll no doubt have noticed the huge increase in phishing emails circulating over Christmas trying to catch us all out, and there’s no reason to expect these sorts of attack to stop anytime soon. Are you ready?

Read an introductory article about Cyber Security for the charitable sector on our blog here. There’s some simple advice, resources and links there and you can follow up and speak to Karl at VANEL if you’d like to find out more about how to get support. Next week we’ll be announcing details of our first upcoming Cyber Security training courses.

Governance Weekly

For a quick roundup of Governance and Trustee related news, look no further than NCVO’s monthly blog. The latest (December) edition is out here.

If you’re the Chair of a small Charity, then the Beacon programme from the Association of Chairs is for you. Resources, advice, workshops, training and support all targeted at those leading smaller charities. Whilst the programme is funded it’s worth getting involved. Find out all the information here.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 (

Funding news

Round 1 of the Young Persons Holiday Respite Fund is now closed, but the next round is open with a closing date of 28th February. If you know of a young person who could do with a break and you know how this can be provided, then this funding could be useful. Read all the information about what the fund can cover and how to apply here.

Local news

A reminder that there is a free Premises Management training session coming up soon. All the details are here.

Children’s Links have a job vacancy open. The role of Lead Training Officer is a 12-16 hour per week role based in Lincolnshire. The closing date is 14th Jan. If this is of interest then all the details are on their website here.

National news

Winter is coming. We’ve had a mild December but that doesn’t mean that a tough winter isn’t round the corner. The national campaign is trying to make people aware. Share it around your offices, your community centres, tell your families and so on. Read all about it on the blog here.

If you’ve been involved with the PQASSO quality standard before then you’ll be interested to see the rebranding by NCVO. PQASSO will now be known as “Trusted Charity”. Read about it here.

Big Lottery have just announced the 100+ organisations that will benefit from an £11.5m loneliness fund grant scheme. The full story is here and you can download a list of the organisations and projects themselves here. Worth seeing the types of project being funded and I noted that, although there are projects in South and West Yorkshire, we’ve got nothing funded around Humberside.

Keeping to the subject of fraud mentioned earlier (in the Cyber context), here’s a recent story about CEO and Gift card Fraud that hit the headlines around Christmas. It’s a reminder about how fraud can catch well meaning charities out at any time. Make sure you and your management team are aware of these sorts of potential pitfall.


Blue Lights Brigade is going from strength to strength, but we’re still looking for new volunteers and new volunteering opportunities. Visit the website at to find out more and register your interest here (especially if you’ve got a background in an emergency services role!). You can read all about our first CERT team here and perhaps you could get involved with a CERT team in your own area?