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August 2013

We are feeling particularly healthy this month at VANEL having just achieved our Silver Healthy Workplace award (read on). As always, keep reading for a roundup of news from us, our Members and of relevance to you and the local community...

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It’s Silver for VANEL ! VANEL have been taking part in the Healthy Workplace programme for around 2 years, and on 7th August we received our Silver Award, from Cllr Peter Wheatley, in recognition of our continued efforts to promote a healthier working environment. The key topics we chose to look at for the Silver Award were mental wellbeing, physical activity and musculoskeletal issues. We received the certificate on our Grand Day Out when we took some time as an organisation to strengthen our relationships as a team and to participate in good physical activity for everyone.

The day started with a gentle stroll along the beach and through the Fitties, before heading back along the beach to the Discovery Centre for a cuppa. We then tucked in to a Carvery at The Trawlerman before moving on to an afternoon of ten pin bowling, where hidden talents, or lack of them, shone through. We can safely say that when it comes to bowling, age and experience have a lot going for them! This Grand Day Out was organised by Sophie Wilson and Joe Mager in the the Enfuse team - well done on a well planned day out. On receiving the award, Paula Grant, Chief Officer at VANEL said “I am really proud of the positive approach the whole team has taken to creating a healthy and happy work place and the range of activities that we have completed”. Allen Young, our chair, also noted that “the Trustees are very pleased that the staff and volunteers are making time in their extremely busy work programmes to support each other and set an example of best practice in workplace health”. VANEL will start looking at working towards the Gold Award in September and the topics that will be covered include smoking, drugs and alcohol and recruitment and retention. If your own organisation is interested in information about the Healthy Workplace programme contact Dan Pyrah in the Specialist Health Promotion Team on 01472 325914 or More about our award on our website: 1

NEWS from Members and VANEL... A small selection of news from VANEL and our members. Visit the VANEL website to read much more news relevant to our sector. If your organisation is a VANEL Member or Friend then you can advertise any news you have via our website.

Grimsby & District YMCA The YMCA have a number of vacancies. They are recruiting a Chief Executive but also have opportunities to join the relief bank of support workers. Full details of the vacancies and the application process are on their website:

Age UK This year, Age UK NEL are taking part in the Big Knit and creating hats for innocent drinks bottles. If you would like to support Age UK NEL in this, then contact them for a knitting pattern. The first deadline for knitted hats is 7th September, for more deadlines drop in to their offices at 27 Osbourne Street, Grimsby between 9am-5pm Monday - Friday. Details at

Your views on Getting Older...

Women’s Aid

Funding Opportunities

The Mental Health Foundation are looking to establish a steering group for the future of their work in this area. No experience is needed, only a wish to influence the shape of things to come. More information is available on their website here:

Two new funding opportunities might be worth looking into:

Staff and Volunteers at Women’s Aid are trying to raise money to help support the services offered to women and children. “Love Me Slender” is their play at the Caxton Theatre on 13th/14th September 2013. All tickets are £7 and can be purchased from Women’s Aid directly: 01472 575757 (or check http:// for the poster and details).

The People's Postcode Trust have launched their Dream Fund 2014. It gives organisations the opportunity to submit the bid that they have been dreaming about, something different and innovative. The closing date for applications is 20th September. Information can be found here on their website:

The Polish Cultural Society The Polish School in Grimsby acts as a voluntary organisation. Its central purpose is to fulfil the needs of those young people who wish to learn more about Polish culture and tradition as well as develop Polish language skills. We are keenly interested in cooperating with cultural and educational organizations related to different national and ethnic communities. The school is funded entirely from parents’ contributions. Its monthly budget amounts to no more than £510 (payments are £20 monthly per one child; £15 for a second or a third child). Iwona Fraczczak, The Polish Cultural Centre (article originally in Communities Together newsletter)

The Government have launched an Innovation Fund targeted at disenfranchised young people and those living in social housing. This type of work does not have to be part of your regular work. More information can be found here:

Member Focus Member Focus... is our new section which allows us to share information about our members. This month:

Communities Together

Home-Start North East Lincs

Communities Together have published their very first newsletter. It can be downloaded in full from their website at

Home-Start North East Lincolnshire have moved offices. Katie, Becky and Debbie are now based at the Elms in Abbey Road, Grimsby, sharing with VANEL.


Their phone number remains the same (245545) but their postal address is now 22 Abbey Road. See their website for full, new contact details (

Artlandish have an exhibition of work by William Dixon, resident artist at Abbey Walk Gallery. The exhibition at the Discovery Centre starts on 14th August. See for full details.

It’s another great opportunity for VANEL to work more closely with one of our Member organisations.


Home-Start will be delivering their Reaching Communities funded “Positive Approaches” project from their new offices and we at VANEL look forward to working more closely with their team.

CERT have a number of courses now available for the 19+ age group including skills related to gaining employment or managing money. For full details of the courses see our article on the VANEL site (http:// ) and contact Becky at CERT to book.


More Updates and News... Healthy Lives Healthy Futures Supporting Volunteers The Lincolnshire Poacher camp saw a number of local scout and guide groups receive their Supporting Volunteers Award Level 1. For groups such as Scouts and Guides gaining the Supporting Volunteers Award as a collective can make the process much easier. The National Association which oversees the small local groups ensures that the appropriate policies are already in place; in order to evidence this one group is asked to take the lead and work with the Supporting Volunteers Award team to evidence these shared policies. Once this has been done the only requirements for the groups are to register for the Award and submit one set of minutes to show that records are kept at group level.

North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group and North Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group are conducting a review of services across Northern Lincolnshire. The review has come about because of the need to improve the quality of services and to ensure that the quality of services remains available in the future. This part of the engagement is about how the public want the services to look and what is important to the services. Later in the year the new look services will be consulted on. You are invited to help shape the outcome... The survey can be found here:

One of the leaders with the 15th Grimsby Guides decided that it would be good practice for their Rainbows, Brownies and Guides to get the Award and a Scout leader has done the same for the Scout groups.

the website can be found here: the review can also be followed on Twitter: (@hlhf_nhs) the team can also be contacted here:

From now on Scout and Guide groups can use their collective policies to gain the Supporting Volunteers Award Level 1 with the greatest of ease. Now that it's so easy encourage your local Scout and Guide group to go for their SVA!

Freepost RSSJ-SAAB-KKUZ Healthy Lives, Healthy Futures 5 Saxon Court Europa Park Grimsby DN31 2UJ

Congratulations to: Or on: 0800 9155397

15th Grimsby Rainbows, St Pius Church 15th Grimsby Brownies, St Pius Church

Lots more information is on their website...

15th Grimsby Guide, St Pius Church 6th Clee Scouts, and 1st Laceby Scouts


for gaining the Supporting Volunteers Award Level 1.

The INandAROUND websites have been around for some time and lots of you will have a page for your organisation on the sites. Take a few minutes to look around the site and check out your page; if you can't find yourselves or have information that needs updating then email or for help. Visit

This collective power does not only apply to Scout and Guide groups, it can apply apply to other collectives, such as the Church Groups and Sports Groups, or clubs with a national body that supplies policies to its members. Why not see if you fit our collectives approach to SVA. In addition, all Children's Centre in North East Linconshire have achieved their Level 1 SVA. Congratulations!

WebClub will next meet on 4th September at the Elms.


Working Together … great MINDS think alike! Mind Works are proud to say they work alongside MIND (Grimsby, Cleethorpes & District) working together around the Social Prescribing model. What is Social Prescribing? Social prescribing is a mechanism for linking patients in primary care with nonmedical sources of support within the community. These might include opportunities for arts and creativity, physical activity, learning, volunteering, befriending and self-help, as well as support e.g. benefits, debt, legal advice and parenting problems. (Through signposting) Social prescribing provides a framework for: • Developing alternative responses to mental distress • A wider recognition of the influence of social, economic and cultural factors on mental health outcomes across the whole spectrum of disorders • Improving access to mainstream services and opportunities for people with long term mental health problems. We are looking for partners to form a central hub, a single point of access within Primary care to help in the early identification and treatment of common mental health problems, notably anxiety, depression and phobias, as well as a wider role in promoting mental health and wellbeing, alongside the promotion of physical health. While both medication and psychological therapies have a role, social prescribing provides a further opportunity to strengthen the capacity of primary care to respond effectively to symptoms of mental distress (at an early stage), as well as initiating a more proactive approach to mental health improvement. If you want to join us or if you are interested in learning more about Social Prescribing then contact Ian Disley (Mental Health Development Worker) Mind Works at VANEL ( There’s a new website on it’s way soon too.

New Partnership will deliver new HandyVan Service The really good news for people over the age of 50 living in North East Lincolnshire is that Age UK North East Lincolnshire is working in partnership with Safer Homes to provide a new HandyVan service. Age UK Chief Officer, Sheilagh Coulson, said “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to work with Safer Homes to deliver the HandyVan service to older people locally. We are grateful to Age UK national charity who have donated a van, stock and funding to Age UK North East Lincolnshire and to the Age UK Local Committee for their support in helping us to set up such an essential service.” Safer Homes is a social enterprise established to support vulnerable people in their own homes. Gary Starkie, Business Development Manager, said “This partnership will compliment the work we currently carry out and will enable us to support more older people in need as we will be able to offer a much wider range of practical support to people over the age of 50. We have recruited Rob Chase to our team, to deliver the service into the homes of older people, offering support and advice when needed.” There will be a small charge of £12 per hour plus materials. The HandyVan service will help older people to remain independent in their own home by providing safety and security checks including fitting handrails, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, key safes, door locks and chains. In addition, our fully trained staff will provide a home maintenance and repair service. To arrange for a fitter to visit at a time to suit you, please telephone Age UK North East Lincolnshire on 01472 344976.

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