If you’re aged 16 to 30 and have an idea for a project, event or campaign which benefits your community, get in touch with the IGNITE team today!

Operations are well underway with VANEL’s newest ‘Reaching Communities’ programme, “IGNITE”: “Helping Young People To Lead Their Communities”. The three-year programme, which is funded by the National Lottery’s Big Lottery Fund, aims to inspire, support and motivate young people aged 16 to 30, to become leaders within their community through volunteering.

Overseeing the programme is former “Enfuse” Youth Development Manager, Jenny Hodson. Jenny is the Youth Leadership Manager for the IGNITE programme and works alongside Youth Leadership Worker’s Victoria Russell and Lisa Anderson.Together, Jenny, Victoria and Lisa work with Youth Leadership Mentor Chris Luckman and Communication Assistant Helen Pickett.

The team will be going out into the community and encouraging young people from around North East Lincolnshire to get involved with the IGNITE programme as Project Leaders and volunteers. Young people involved in the programme will have the opportunity to plan and receive funding for, a project of their choosing which benefits their community. The Youth Leadership team will be working closely with volunteers’ and their host organisations, offering advice, training and support throughout. The programme works with, compliments and builds upon VANEL’s Awards for All funded “Young Leaders” project which is running until March 2017.

So far the IGNITE team have supported a number of young people with a variety of projects. So far we have helped organise a vintage theme coffee morning to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and a five-a-side tournament to raise money for The Teenage Cancer Trust. We have also worked with a bereaved young mum who approached us with the desire to organise a commemorative balloon release to raise money for the Laurel Ward at Grimsby Diana Princess of Wales Hospital. The money raised was used to purchase memory boxes for families who have suffered a late miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death. We are currently supporting 16-year-old Uniformed Services student and IGNITE Project Leader with her talent competition ‘Battle of the Bands‘, as well as a young duo who are in the process of starting up their own Graffiti club for young people.

For more information about IGNITE or to get involved, please contact:
Call: (01472) 315 437
Visit: Facebook.com/IGNITEgy
Twitter: @IGNITEgy

Youth Leadership Mentors Wanted

VANEL are recruiting four Youth Leadership Mentors who will be in the third year of their degree in Autumn 2017, to work alongside VANEL’s IGNITE team. This is a paid position requiring 15 hours a week, starting in September, and is tailored to fit around your third-year studies. The role would be particularly beneficial to anyone who has a desire to work with young people or is interested in getting involved in social action projects.


For more information or to submit your application form electronically, email Richard Wendel-Jones. E. Richard@vanel.org.uk T. (01472) 361 043

Post/hand deliver your application form to:
The Willows
23 Bargate
DN34 4SS

Youth Leadership Manager
Jenny Hodson

Youth Leadership Worker’s
Victoria Russell

Lisa Anderson

Youth Leadership Mentor
Chris Luckman