“Helping young people to lead their communities”


Introducing IGNITE and everything it does.

IGNITE aims to encourage and support young people on their own ideas. From balloon release, charity fundraisers and awareness campaigns we aim to empower young individuals aged 16-30 to fulfill their own social action projects.

We offer support, mentoring, networking, guidance and training to suit whatever idea it is.

Meet the IGNITE team
Long Term Projects
Training we offer
Past projects
Have you got a project?
How to get in touch

Facebook @IgniteGy  –  Twitter @IgniteGy

We are now on Instagram – @ignitevanel

Meet the IGNITE Team

Youth Leadership Manager

Working with youths for 28 years.
At VANEL for over 9 years.



Youth Leadership Worker

Has been at VANEL since August 2016.
Has been volunteering for 7 years.


Our Youth Leadership Mentors


I work as part of the Ignite team to encourage young people between the ages of 16-30 to become leaders of their own community focused projects..




My role as a mentor is to support 16-30 year old’s on their projects in the community. I’m also studying Level 6 Computer Technology at Grimsby Institute and leading my own project, Longstrip Wildlife.




Undergraduate in Sports and Exercise.
Competes at Athletics.





Long Term Projects
Sentimental Gardens

Ryan Chapman, 23, created Sentimental Gardens in the Spring of 2017. Ryan has been successful in attaining funding from the Humberside Youth Association to purchase equipment in order to expand. The primary objective at the time of creation, was to go into the gardens of the elderly whom are currently in hospital or have just been released from hospital and breathe lives into maintaining their gardens for them. Ryan and his volunteers have transformed numerous gardens to date including Bradley Care Home. Sentimental Gardens has also had a lot of support from Grimsby Discount Home and Garden Centre who were kind enough to donate flowers to the home. Moving forward, Sentimental Gardens is currently looking for military veterans whose gardens are in need of a touch up.

Facebook: @SentimentalGardens

Grimsby Memories

Ashley Dawson started his project, Grimsby Memories, having met the IGNITE team at a summer fair back in 2017. It was initially an art and history project that would highlight the significant heritage of Great Grimsby. These include landmarks such as, Dock Tower, Peoples Park, Waltham Windmill and Grimsby Town Hall. However, Ashley has since changed his project and has now decided to create a wall where Grimbarian’s can come and write their most valuable memory of Grimsby. Stay tuned over the summer for more developments!

Beach and River Care
IGNITE are passionate about keeping North East Lincolnshire a lovely clean place. As such, we have teamed up with Anglian Water, Keep Britain Tidy as well the ‘In Bloom’ teams of the local area. You will frequently see the team on litter picks and beach/river cleans!

Upcoming cleans include:

Sunday June 3rd – Beach Hut #9 to the Meridian Point. 10:15 – 12:15 and Cleethorpes Boating Lake 13:30 – 14:30 (As part of World Oceans Day)
June 30th – River Care Event on the River Freshney. 10:00 – 12:00.
July 9th – River Care Educational Evening for 8 – 16 year olds. River Freshney. 17:00 – 20:00,

Make Music Accessible

Local musician Will Hewson has been known to IGNITE since the legendary Battle of the Bands night back in May 2017. Having won that event, and headlined another IGNITE leaders event in January 2018, Will approached the IGNITE team in March 2018 with the idea of holding music workshops for the disadvantaged in Grimsby and holding regular performances for friends and families. Using instruments donated or purchased second hand, Will helps to make music accessible to all whilst local nurturing talent.

In Their Shoes

Kaitlan Willis is one of the latest project leaders to join the IGNITE programme. Kaitlan’s project ‘In Their Shoes’ is a one mile walk in high heels/women’s shoes to raise awareness of all kinds of domestic abuse. In doing this, Kaitlan hopes to raise money for Women’s Aid and the Women’s Refuge. To keep up to date and for all key announcements, follow the event on Facebook:


Project V

Mica Armstrong, 17, is one of our longest serving and busiest leaders. Linking up with IGNITE way back in December 2016, Mica set up her own campaign to raise awareness of sexual assault and rape of young people. Having been successful in attaining funding from the Humberside Youth Association, Mica has been able to get leaflets and develop a website. She has also done numerous fundraisers to raise money and support for her cause.

Website : Under Construction
Facebook: @projectv2017
Twitter: @Project_V2017

Groundworks GY

Mica again! We told you she was a busy bee! Mica is now the Groundworks UK Youth Ambassador for Grimsby and the Humberside region. As part of this, Mica promotes self-wellbeing with the environment in efforts to make everyone and everything sustainable and environmentally friendly. IGNITE are currently helping Mica plan an intergenerational, family friendly 6 day themed event in July 2018. Themes include: Mindful Monday, Trashy Tuesday, Walk and Talk Wednesdays, Throwback Thursday, Festival Friday and Sporty Saturday. Activities will include meditations, beach cleans, music festivals, planting flowers and plogging!

Longstrip Wildlife

Shaun Curtis, 25, joined the IGNITE programme in 2017 when he came up with the idea for a project. Through IGNITE, he was successful in applying for £10,000 from The Environment Now programme supported by O2 Think Big, National Youth Agency and Our Bright Future. His idea was to promote the Immingham Longstrip Woodland through an interactive, family friendly app. This is an app that he will be developing himself. Having already done his first inspiration event at People’s Park, the Longstrip Wildlife app will look to launch in July 2018.

Facebook: @Longstrip.Wildlife
Twitter: @LongstripW

Family Fun Day

Brooke’s project includes a family friendly fun day complete with live music, stalls and attractions to raise money for the Stroke Association, a cause close to her heart. More information will follow as the event develops!

Training we offer
Working with the Uniformed Services
Uniformed Services is a college course at the Grimsby Institute that prepares students foe occupations in the Armed Service; Police; Fire and Paramedic fields. As part of the course they are encouraged to do social action.
Climbing the Money Tree

Support young people aged 16-30 to develop financial management skills as they move into their first rented/social housing/student accommodation, to better retain and sustain tenancies.

Developing financial management skills.

How to budget and money confidence.

Designed for those on universal credit and the doorstep scheme, YMCA and those at Franklin all moving into their first houses and requiring guidance.

Read More….


Who to Contact

Jenny Hodson on 01472 231123 / 315437 or jenny@vanel.org.uk

Money Matters

Signpost young people to support and expert advice.

Equip 16-25 year olds across the UK with the knowledge life skills and provision needed to manage their money.

Date for this course to be set shortly.

Past Projects
Battle of the Bands

Jay Jassie is 21 years old and bass player for a local band ‘Reversing Destiny’ and held a fundraising music gig at ‘Moon on the Water’ on June 6th 2018 with all proceeds going to Cuddles Cat Rescue.

Jay was inspired to do this through a previous Battle of the Bands night held by former project leader Charitie (see below for more) where Reversing Destiny actually won!

Reversing Destiny Facebook page.

The Oceans and Plastics
What started as a volunteer opportunity, Kelly has risen through the ranks to become a fully-fledged project leader! Currently, Kelly is working with Cloverfields School for a term full of marine environment education. Kelly played a vital role in a Plastic Pick Up event in May 2018 where over 100 pupils from Cloverfields School came together to collect plastic from the local country park! Kelly also supported our World Ocean’s Day event in June by being one of our judges on the Sculpture competition.
Pipes Away

Pipes Away was set up by IGNITE team member Victoria and former team member Chris. Pipes Away uses Virtual Reality to educate users on the damage to the marine environment that flushing items other than Pee Poop and Paper down their toilets. Pipes Away is funded through O2 Think Big, National Youth Agency and Our Bright Future.

Website: www.pipesaway.org.uk
Twitter: @PipesAway
Facebook: @PipesAway


Helen Pickett, 25, uses bubbles as a method of relaxation and therapy. Having received funding through the Humberside Youth Association Funding, Explorabubble can be frequently found at St Andrews Hospice providing bubbly fun for the residents and patients at the hospice.

To keep up with all the latest Explorabubble developments, follow them on Instagram and Twitter

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/explorabubble/
Twitter: @Explorabubble

Have you got a project?

How to get in touch

IGNITE are based at Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire.

Telephone : 01472 315437
email : ignite@vanel.org.uk
facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Ignitegy/
twitter : https://twitter.com/IGNITEgy