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WELCOME TO OUR AUGUST NEWSLETTER As I write, Team GB is starting to win a clutch of glistening medals at the Olympics down in London. Well done to them. Here in North East Lincolnshire, we provide our monthly report on the raft of medal deserving services our local organisations continue to deliver...



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Launched: Humberside Safer Future Communities Network... On 30th July, VANEL hosted an event at the Ropewalk in Barton to launch a new Safer Future Communities Network for the Humberside region. The event was an opportunity too for the first declared candidates for the position of Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner to present to, and hear from representatives of Humberside wide voluntary and community groups, social enterprises, charities and partner organisations working in the field of safer and stronger communities.

Paula Grant, Chief Officer of Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire and the Humberside Safer Future Communities Network co-ordinator, says: “Election candidates need to reach out to our voluntary organisations because they play a crucial role in community safety. Community groups work at grassroots level, delivering important frontline services to reduce local offending, violence against women and girls, substance misuse, youth crime and anti-social behaviour. Some of our voluntary organisations and community groups work day in, day out with the victims of crime, whose voices need to be heard in the run up to the elections. In all areas of

community safety, the people working and volunteering in our community groups have valuable experience of what works and does not work – November’s elections are an opportunity to tap in to their experience to find local solutions for local issues.” Over 60 people attended the event which was a great success. The Network has now launched and this week a new dedicated website has gone live. Visit the site for info and presentations from the launch event as well as information as it becomes available both about the Network and about the build up to the elections for the Police and Crime Commissioner role.



Northern Lincolnshire Broadband, Big Lottery, Humber & Wolds Rural Community Council, Voluntary Action North East Lincolnshire and the Youth The LEADER & Friends funding Offending Service to provide a event was held on Tuesday 24th workshop for community groups July 4pm until 7pm in Waltham. to come and discuss project The LEADER Programme (which ideas and talk directly to funding bodies and members of the provides funding for rural community organisations) teamed voluntary & community sector who can provide support. The up with WREN, Key fund,

RESTORATIVE PRACTICES VOLUNTEER Sammy Needham tells us what it’s like to volunteer with Marcus Czarnecki on the Restorative Practices project. I have been a volunteer for just over a month now, and I am thoroughly enjoying the experience. I have been working with Marcus during this time and I have been involved in several tasks. I have helped Marcus with forms, matrix and plans that he has developed, then having the chance to suggest changes. I have also written several analyses from the feedback forms which Marcus collects from the Restorative Justice training courses, and compiled feedback from the actual use of Restorative Practices. Further to this I have helped with the preparation for the training courses which includes ensuring all the resource materials are ready. The best part of the volunteering experience so far would have to be having the opportunity to complete the Restorative Justice Conference training course as it allowed me to gain a better understanding of Restorative Justice and I gained skills which will be useful in the future. The reason I decided to volunteer was because I was advised at university that voluntary work is extremely beneficial to go alongside my degree, so I contacted the council to find out if there was anything that I could do and I was given the opportunity to work with Marcus. I have also been given the opportunity to work with the ASB team and the ASB Victims’ Champion which I have found to be great experience.

event was well attended with over 30 participants taking advice from the various organisations. Karl from VANEL spent the entire session in conversation with groups discussing how the new community based websites can benefit our neighbourhoods. We’ll keep you updated on this imitative in our next newsletter or find out more yourself at

HEALTHY RECIPE This month it’s a Really Easy Mushroom Risotto. This classic risotto presses all the right buttons, with intense porcini mushrooms and plump arborio rice. Less than 30 mins preparation time, 10 to 30 mins cooking time and it serves 4. Ingredients 1 tbsp dried porcini mushrooms / 2 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, chopped / 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 225g/8oz chestnut mushrooms, sliced 350g/12oz arborio rice / 150ml/¼ pint dry white wine 1.2 litres/2 pints hot vegetable stock 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley 25g/1oz butter / Salt and freshly ground black pepper Freshly grated parmesan, to serve Preparation method Soak the porcini mushrooms in hot water for 10 minutes, then drain well. Heat the oil in a large, heavy based saucepan and add the onion and garlic. Fry over a gentle heat for 2-3 minutes, until softened. Add the chestnut mushrooms and fry for a further 2-3 minutes, until browned. Stir in the rice and coat in the oil. Pour in the wine and simmer, stirring, until the liquid has been absorbed. Add a ladleful of the stock and simmer, stirring again, until the liquid has been absorbed. Continue adding the stock in this way, until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is plump and tender. Roughly chop the soaked porcini mushrooms and stir into the risotto, along with the parsley, butter and salt and pepper. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan. Enjoy...

Supporting Volunteers Award Over a dozen organisations now have their one star SVA award, a couple have achieved two star accreditation and many, many more are working towards their award accreditation. If your organisation works with, uses or managed volunteers but has not yet had a conversation with VANEL about SVA, then get in touch. SVA both demonstrates to others that your organisation knows well how to work with volunteers, but working through the accreditation process can help make your volunteer management experience even better for everyone. Take a look at our website at for lots more information. 2

Organised Dialogues The Organised Dialogues have captured the imagination of everyone from students to professors, from cleaners to professionals and from housewives to chairpersons.

aspects of justice – asking who owns justice? Who it really serves! And further we have also dared to challenge and change things along the way.

The rules of dialogue are based on absolute respect Like it or not. Respect it or not. Acknowledge for everyone round the table regardless of it or not. Justice is a cornerstone of our whether you agree or not with their stance society and a fundamental bastion of – keeping on open mind, not judging or Future Dates for democracy. interrupting and listening with empathy.

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12th September For twenty seven months the One hundred and seventeen people 17th October organised dialogues have examined have attended the dialogues since 14th November Justice from every angle. We have they began in Autumn 2009, with 17th January scrutinised the way things are done many returning again and again. 13th February such as arrest, prevention, the queens warrant, investigation. The role of the Dialogue is often scoffed at as a Crown Prosecution Service. A day in the life powerless exercise but genuine dialogue of a Magistrate. How sentencing works. Custodial requires incredible courage to be yourself and and non custodial sentences and do they work? speak your truth in way that is true to you. We have also looked at the political and social aspects of justice – how it is transformed and used by power, how it is influenced by the media, and how politicians always make promises on its back.

All dialogue will be held at the Grimsby Institute new University building board room from 5.30. An RSVP is essential – please email or to reserve a place.

We have even delved into some of the philosophical

Ice Factory Options Appraisal The quest to find a sustainable new use for Grimsby Ice Factory enters a new phase as the Options Appraisal is now underway. The report will test the ideas for developing the Grade Two Star listed Grimsby Ice Factory and say how much they will cost and what the chance of success is. On Tuesday 3rd July, Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust met with Chris Cotton and Charlie Kitchen from Purcell Miller Tritton, the firm of architects who will be carrying out much of the work. Purcell Miller Tritton LLP was selected following interviews of a shortlist of three firms earlier this year. The York Office of Purcell Miller Tritton previously undertook the conservation statement for the Ice Factory (December 2010). They therefore have an excellent knowledge and understanding of the Ice Factory

and its site. PMT is a specialist architectural practice working predominantly on architectural and conservation projects. The firm has particular experience in the creative reuse of industrial buildings. Projects include Chatham Historic Dockyard, Clevedon Pier, and the Guild Hall York. They spent the morning in the Ice Factory getting a first hand impression of the building and we were impressed by their enthusiasm.

The Architectural Heritage Fund has awarded us £7,500 towards the cost, payable on completion. We have also been awarded £750 from the Council for British Archaeology. We have other funding bids in place, but to ensure all money is in place by the due date, we will now be calling in the pledges kindly made earlier this year during our funding drive (we have already raised a substantial cash sum towards the Options Appraisal with our recent fundraising evening).

We were joined at the meeting by our mentor, Liz Bates, whose time has also been funded by the Architectural Heritage Fund, and who helped us immensely with her We also acknowledge the ongoing experience of negotiating successful support of the Princes Regeneration Options Appraisals. Trust (we are one of the featured projects on the PRT's website here Next month we will be meeting with projects/ice-factory-grimsby ) the Market Researchers who will also be working on the project. The There is still a lot of work to do, but combined cost of the Options this is great news for the future of Appraisal will be £18,600. the Ice House. 3

Equipment Hire A reminder that VANEL hosts a range of equipment that our Members and Friends are able to borrow. This does include some low-tech apparatus such as a couple of Tombola machines! But of primary use to groups could be our laptops, netbooks, projectors, microphones, speakers and such like. If you need equipment for a meeting or course then you might be able to borrow something from our stores. Generally equipment is free to hire for our Member/ Friend groups for short term use, but if you think you need something just drop us a note on

Restoring something tremendous In October 2011 the YMCA began the first tentative steps to develop a holistic approach to restorative practices and to date many of the coaches, managers and other staff have been trained in restorative conferencing, leadership and practices.

effective working practices within teams and between managers and other employees.

commented on that the atmosphere within the Hostel has improved.

The YMCA are still discovering the extent of what can be achieved through Restorative Practices as the staff build confidence for implementing RP in all Not only staff but clients areas of their work. have also seen a real Safer & Stronger Restorative Practice has change in behaviour and attitude. There has Communities had a massive impact on the organisation both been a 50% reduction in Partnership look forward to a partnership which with staff and clients, so calls for service to the said the YMCA. police over the past six leaps from strength to months and it has been strength. Working in a restorative way has improved relationships and

T HE H ODGSON R EVIEW ”Trusted and Independent: Giving charity back to charities - Review of the Charities Act 2006”

The team spirit is strong and individuals have more empathy for each other and are not as quick to cast blame.

the largest charities an automatic right to pay trustees, which by many is seen to be a step in the wrong direction.

Another concern has been voiced around the proposal to make registration with the Charity Commission voluntary for charities below £25,000, Charity law and regulation is an issue that affects as well as the proposal to ask charities to pay to all charities – and those working in them. July saw submit their annual returns. the publication of Lord Hodgson’s significant 5year review of the Charities Act 2006. This report is an important review for charities of all shapes and sizes – with much to be Lord Hodgson has made over 100 commended. The challenge now is recommendations, many of which are sensible implementation – it will be a great shame if this and will build trust and confidence in the charity report just gathers dust or worse brand. Many will make it easier to lead and still is simply left to the lawyers. Charity law and manage a charity. These range from proposals regulation is too important for that. for a clearer, stronger system of self-regulation for fundraising, to abolition of the Summary If you have an opinion on the act then NCVO is Information Return and implementation of a single looking for feedback as they engage with the process for registering with the Charity Government for the positive implementation of the Commission and HMRC. recommendations in the act. Read the report in full here and feel free to email me ( if you have thoughts that Some proposals also raise concerns for the sector, not least of which is the proposal to allow you'd like fed back to NCVO.

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VANEL Newsletter August 2012  

VANEL Newsletter August 2012

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