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WELCOME TO OUR APRIL 2013 NEWSLETTER This issue was a bit delayed due to Easter - sorry about that. We’re now in April traditionally the start of a new financial year, and definitely the start of many new approaches across the UK (welfare, healthcare and so on).

April 2013

Read on to find out what’s new from VANEL and locally.

voluntary action

LINk changes to HealthWatch with a final celebration

VANEL has hosted the North East Lincolnshire Local Involvement Network now for over four years. At the end on March 2013 the LINk finally closed as a project with a major new initiative Healthwatch taking it’s place. March was a time to reflect on the work that the LINk has carried out to date and one last celebration of its achievements was held on 12th March at Corpus Christi Church, Grimsby. Some of the photos of that event are here and a full photo story of the celebration can be found here: The celebration event was a chance for LINk Governing Body members to share their experiences and lessons learned from the life of the LINk and for LINk members to have a last social gathering. The Older Peoples DVD was distributed and the activities of the LINk shared. On the day the LINk also celebrated achieving their Supporting Volunteers Award Level 2 demonstrating the quality of their relationships with all the volunteers who have helped the LINk over the years. The final LINk staff at VANEL - Karry Stones and Tayo Davenport have now left VANEL to join the new North East Lincolnshire Healthwatch run by North Bank Forum. We wish them both well and look forward to seeing how Healthwatch develops in our borough. Thanks too to everyone who has supported or worked with the VANEL hosted North East Lincolnshire LINk over the past years. It’s very much been a collaborative, community involving project. Over the coming weeks the website will close down, and you can now find out about the new local Healthwatch on their new website at


NEWS... Free Biomass Boiler Are you tired of escalating Oil & LPG costs? Want to go green and make significant savings at the same time? Want to switch to Biomass without having to outlay cash? Find out how you can achieve this AND make money for your community Alternatively for those of you with money to invest, you can not only benefit from significant savings but you can benefit from the Governments new Renewable Heat Incentive which will provide a significant return over a 20 year period. Contact Lisa Gibson your rural advisor for more information. Tel 01472 503191

Humber Hop 1st June Get a team together for Saturday 1st June and hop a mile from tower to tower on the Humber Bridge. Why? Because funds raised will go towards Community Games, a programme helping community volunteers and YMCAs to provide affordable community days out. Help create a lasting cultural and sporting legacy for people in Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire. Get involved or volunteer to help on the day and support this charity effort. Download the poster from the VANEL website. Phone Jenny at VANEL on 01472 231123, see Facebook ‘HumberHop’ or follow @HumberHop.

Recycling Champions Wanted Volunteers are needed (18+) to raise awareness and encourage recycling within your community. VANEL is seeking volunteers across North East Lincolnshire who will: • Receive free training and paid expenses for working flexible hours locally • Experience working with a variety of people and make new friends • Learn new skills, become a recycling expert and enhance their CV • Attend local schools, groups and events to spread the word. Much more information is on the VANEL website here:

Comic Relief VANEL staff & volunteers did a cake bake and fundraiser on Comic Relief day and we’re pleased to say we raised £45 for charity.

OSSCAs nominations close soon (12th April), so if you know someone who needs to be recognised visit and get them nominated.

To enquire or learn more, call Mick Bailey at VANEL on 01472 503191

Planning for Real This picture shows a cross section of our community coming together to learn a technique that they believe will bring about much needed change in North East Lincolnshire - the Planning For Real ® community engagement methodology. The aim of the group is to empower communities to identify the issues affecting their community including traffic and transport, housing and the environment to health and so on, with a view to identifying solutions, working in partnership with organisations who can deliver these changes and more importantly being a part of the solution themselves. Since the training (delivered by the Planning for Real Unit), the group have assembled their resource packs and begun to spread the word throughout the Borough. Already Freshney, Park, West Marsh & Heneage wards have expressed an interest in carrying out a community led plan, as have Laceby, New Waltham & Ashby Cum Fenby Parishes. The team are therefore currently busy making this a reality. If your ward, parish or community would be interested in learning more about community led plans and the Planning for Real methodology please call Lisa Gibson at VANEL on 01472 503191. 2

Helping Young People to Help Communities to Help Themselves VANEL is pleased to announce that it has received funding via Big Lottery to startup a new, three year project entitled “Helping Young People to Help Communities to Help Themselves”. The project is funded by the Reaching Communities programme from BIG and is actually the second project VANEL has that is funded from this source (our Mindworks project is the other). Reaching Communities funds projects that are about helping people and communities in need to become stronger. “Helping Young People to Help Communities to Help Themselves” is exactly about this - we will be encouraging young people to volunteer to increase employment opportunities across North East Lincolnshire. At this stage we are in the process of recruiting a number of Apprentice Community Development Workers who should be in post by May, when the project will get going. Keep an eye on our website for more information as the project gets underway.

MEMBER NEWS... Book Keeping Workshop

Freshney Community Drop-in

If you are a Charity, Voluntary Group or Social Enterprise located in the Humber region don’t miss out on the chance attend this FREE workshop and gain some valuable skills to help your organisation – totally funded by the Money Matters Plus project which aims to improve the financial management skills and sustainability of organisations within the third sector. This offers a great way to learn the simple techniques and principals used in every day book keeping. Places for the workshop are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. At CERT offices in Immingham. 1st May, 10am12.30am. To book or enquire phone CERT on 01469 572313

Freshney Ward Community Drop-In is based at Willows Community Church (Wingate Road) in the Community Room and meets Tuesdays term-time from 10am to 12noon. The purpose of the drop-in is to offer a safe and friendly place for local people to meet for coffee, light refreshments, access the internet, and receive advice and support. The aim is to provide people with any helpful information about other services and agencies that may assist them in issues such as housing, benefits, finance, health, etc. By becoming an access point the church can signpost or refer people to support that is available to them. The drop-in will seek to engage with people that may be feeling isolated or lonely and help people to feel more part of the community. A team of volunteers will help run the drop-in and it starts on Tuesday 23rd April. Other Service Providers are welcome to attend or can contact Richard Keebles at the church on or 07717744608.

E-Factor “Try It” Awards E-Factor and UnLtd are launching the “Try It Awards” on 10th April giving local people and groups the chance to get £500 and support to test out ideas that have the potential to become sustainable enterprises.

Also, feel free to send Richard publicity and leaflets about other services and they will be happy to let people know when they visit the drop-in. The address is Willows Community Church, Wingate Road, DN37

A poster with more info can be found on the VANEL website and the awards are open for people to submit an expression of interest until 30th April. Contact E-factor on 0800 952 0181 for more information. If you would like to attend the launch event on 10th April (2pm at Wellington Street Centre) then contact Katy Wild at E-Factor on 01472 254920.

Your Community Websites are at with one site for every ward in the borough. Visit the sites, use the directories to find out what’s in your area. Can you offer your time to help us make the sites even better and more relevant? Contact Karl Elliott at VANEL via if you have any feedback, comment or can help.


VANEL Staff Goodbyes This month we say goodbye to three members of the VANEL staff team. VANEL has received formal recognition for its work as a Volunteer Centre by being awarded Volunteer Centre Quality Accreditation by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. Volunteer Centre Quality Accreditation (VCQA) measures a Volunteer Centre’s ability to deliver its services to a high standard and create a local environment in which volunteering can flourish The standard recognises North East Lincolnshire Volunteer Centre’s achievements in matching people who want to volunteer with organisations that can use their help and advice, promoting volunteering, and helping local charities and other organisations to involve volunteers in their work Paula Grant, VANEL Chief Officer said: “We are delighted to have achieved Volunteer Centre Quality Accreditation and are proud that NCVO believes we’re providing a high-quality service. Now we can build on our good work in North East Lincolnshire, helping people and organisations.

The North East Lincolnshire Local Involvement Network (LINk) came to an end at the end of March after four years and this meant that the remaining LINk team Karry Stones and Tayo Davenport have now left VANEL to work with North Bank Forum in the new North East Lincolnsire Healthwatch. We bid them farewell after so many years on the team and wish them luck in their new Healthwatch roles. They will still be based around Grimsby, so you may well still see them about. Kerry Gilman has also left and has moved further afield - in fact, back to her home in Guernsey. Kerry had been with VANEL for over four years, working on numerous projects. We wish her every happiness returning to her roots.

Opening Hours The 14 Town Hall Street office has had a change of opening hours. We’re now open 9am4pm Monday-Thursday.

“Anyone interested in volunteering in North East Lincolnshire is very welcome to contact us for advice. We are particularly keen to hear from people who would like to volunteer with people who have mental health problems North East Lincolnshire Volunteer Centre is one of over 300 Volunteer Centres across England. A list of VCQA-accredited Volunteer Centres can be found at: where-do-i-start Anyone interested in volunteering or in recruiting volunteers for an organisation, should contact:

Payroll services For 1 or 100 employees, we can process Payroll for you. We’re ready to help you with the new HMRC RTI monthly filings, just give Angela a call at VANEL to discuss.

Disclosure and Barring Checks VANEL is authorised to carry out Enhanced Disclosure checks as part of Disclosure and Barring (was CRB). We provide a full and valuable service including all the paperwork – for your peace of mind. Call us.

WebClub diary Next WebClub sessions are 10 & 23 April, 8 & 21 May. All info at

@vaneltalk We tweet regularly now. Follow us on Follow us 4@vaneltalk

Voluntary Action 14 Town Hall Street, Grimsby, DN31 1HN

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