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WELCOME TO OUR MAY 2013 NEWSLETTER Welcome to our latest newsletter with a roundup of news and events from our community.

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VANEL has a new team of people on-board so read on to meet them...

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New Team of Youth Development Workers at VANEL

We’ve got a new team forming at VANEL in the form of our apprentice youth community development workers. The team is currently five strong with a sixth to join us soon and plans for more in the future as the programme develops. VANEL was recently successful in obtaining Reaching Communities funding to begin our “Helping Young People to Help Communities to Help Themselves” project. You’ll start to see our young community workers out and about around North East Lincolnshire as they start to develop projects and initiatives to help support the communities. They’ll be recruiting other young people too, so that more and more people can get involved closely with their own communities. Joe Mager has been with VANEL for over a year now as our web administrator, but now moves into a new role as apprentice youth community development worker focusing on the coastal areas around Cleethorpes and tourism. The other four members of the team are all new to VANEL and have started with us over the past few days or weeks. Sophie Wilson will be focusing on crime prevention working closely with Probation. Tyler Wilbourne focuses on public health issues. Thomas Plaskitt will be a lead on digital technologies, and Natalie O’Keefe will be working on family support. Sophie Johnson will be joining the team soon to focus on arts and culture. Whilst getting started learning their new roles, the team have already started supporting the HumberHop initiative, have been out and about promoting recycling and recruiting recycling champions, have been networking, planning a couple of new events and have been starting to understand the Planning for Real processes.

Left to right: Thomas Plaskitt Natalie O’Keefe Sophie Wilson Joe Mager Tyler Wilbourne 1

WHAT’S ON ? ... Here’s our roundup of some of the community events and activities coming your way soon. Full details, contact or booking information and flyers available on the online VANEL calendar (

Tukes Vintage & Retro Fair Tukes are holding a Vintage & Retro Fair on Sunday 9th June, 11am-4pm at Tukes in Brighowgate. With over 20 stalls of vintage or retro clothing and furniture all proceeds go towards Tukes supporting vulnerable people back into employment and training.

At Abbey Walk Gallery To complement Abbey Walk Gallery’s “Excavations and Estuaries” Event (running until 1st June) there are a couple of workshops available: 10th May “The Urban Landscape” and 11th May “Talking Landscapes”. Full details on the VANEL website and in our calendar or more at

Blues Hillbilly Concert CARE (Christian Action Resource Enterprise) are holding a “Blues Hillbilly Concert” on Friday 7th June as a fundraising event. It will take place at Grimsby Central Hall and tickets cost just £5. More details in our events calendar online or call CARE on 01472 232310 to book or enquire.

CERT training courses CERT (01469 572313) have another free workshop on Wed 19th June (10-12.30) at their Immingham offices. The workshop is “Valuing Equality and Diversity” and is free to all third sector organisations. CERT also can now offer free apprenticeship training at level 2 or 3 in subjects such as business administration, customer service, retail etc. For details of this, the equality workshop or info about any other CERT training please call them direct or visit their website

Mental Health Week 2013 13th-19th May is Mental Health Awareness Week 2013, entitled “Let’s get Physical”. Staying active promotes wellbeing and better mental health. Why not use this as a prompt to do something active that week. More info in VANEL news or visit

Friendship at Home AGM Will be held at Beaconthorpe Church Hall on 23rd May between 10am and 12noon. All welcome.

Multi-Cultural Mela Festival Communities Together are again holding their Multi-Cultural Mela Festival. This will take place at Meridian Park in Cleethorpes on Sunday 9th June from 11am-5pm. Free entry to all, with a wide variety of multicultural entertainment and performers, live bands, stalls, workshops and cooking demonstrations.

Lincolnshire Food Festival One for future planning: The Lincolnshire Food Festival 2013 will be coming to Meridian Park in Cleethorpes on 21st and 22nd September. Entitled “Around the World and Home Again” this will be a great festival for everyone. Put it in your diary. Visit the website at to find out much, much more and perhaps see how your organisation could get involved. Further details via 01472 350026.

HumberHop The HumberHop is getting closer. Saturday 1st June is your opportunity to get a team together and hop a mile from tower to tower of the Humber Bridge. Find out more on our website, follow @HumberHop, see Facebook ‘HumberHop’ or phone Jenny at VANEL on 01472 315437 for info.

Safeguarding Course There are still a couple of places available on VANEL’s latest Level 1 Safeguarding Children course on Wed 22nd May. This full-day course is £40 per person, is professionally delivered, accredited by the local Safeguarding Children’s Board and will be of relevance to anyone supporting children and families. For more info or to book, contact Peter at VANEL on 01472 231123.

Promote your own events... Don’t forget that if your organisation is a Member or Friend of VANEL then you can promote your own events via our website and the dedicated calendar ( You can contact VANEL with your event details, or members can request their own login (and training) and add their own events themselves (contact Karl Elliott for more info: 2

NEWS ... 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.

Volunteers’ Week 2013 Volunteers’ Week 2013 is nearly upon us: 1st-7th June. VANEL is getting involved in HumberHop on Sat 1st. On Wed 5th June a celebration of volunteering in the East Marsh will be held at Your Place community centre (more details of each of these on our website soon)

Details are online as to how to submit news, but essentially get in touch by phone 01472 231123 or email

Volunteers’ Week is an ideal opportunity to remember your own volunteers and acknowledge the support they give your organisation throughout the year. If you’ve not been in touch for a while it might be a great time to contact the Volunteer Centre at VANEL again to see how we might help you more. And if your organisation hasn’t been through SVA (the Supporting Volunteers Award) yet, then why not find out more and take a look at getting through level 1 at least.

Running an event ? Events don’t always run smoothly and there are times when you find yourself thinking that if only you’d had that one extra piece of equipment then all would have been well. Now you can, thanks to LEADER funding; if your group is in a rural area in North East Lincolnshire you can borrow a Festival Box full of useful bits and pieces to help you run an event.

(Visit for more information). Call us on 01472 231123.

More info online ( or contact Vicky at VANEL ( or 235311).

Recycling Champions Needed Volunteers are still 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: To enquire or learn more, call Mick Bailey at VANEL on 01472 503191

Furniture Available The North East Lincolnshire CCG has some old furniture and other items that they want to give to local charities or groups that would find them useful. Availability changes but desks, cabinets, chairs and other equipment are available. More info in our online news. There are two open days coming up where you can turn up, check out the furniture and take it away. Wed 22nd May or Wed 5th June (11am -5pm) at Space People on Pyewipe. Questions? Call 0300 330 2820

Latest SVA updates Congratulations to the following groups and organisations who’ve achieved their Supporting Volunteers Awards (SVA):

Brighowgate Centre Womens Aid run the Brighowgate Centre in Grimsby. The centre offers support and advice to women across North East Lincolnshire, but the centre also operates sustainably by offering rooms for hire for events and meetings. Womens Aid would like you to check out their new website at to find out more.

Ormiston South Parade Academy (SVA 1) Stallingborough Youth Group (SVA 1) Tukes have also achieved SVA 1 at their sites in Brighowgate, Harrison House, People’s Park, Freeman Street Cafe, Shoreline Cafe, Grimsby Hospital (The Gardens) and the retail units in Brighowgate.

Consultation sought Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) has launched an online questionnaire to obtain formal feedback on the Draft Strategic Plan for 2013 – 2016. Feedback will be sought up to 21st June, so if you can help in the consultation, please read the plan and comment via the article in the VANEL website news.

If your organisation is supported by volunteers then why not demonstrate your support for them by working through SVA yourself. Visit for lots more information or phone 01472 231123 and speak to Kelly. 3


Safer Future Communities Network Case Studies For the past eight months, the Humber Safer Future Communities Network (HSFCN) has helped organisations in our sector engage with the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) in Humberside. For organisations working with offenders, victims of crime or engaging with the wider Safer and Stronger Communities agenda, this connection through to the office of the PCC has helped strengthen our voice as a community. As part of the ongoing legacy from the HSFCN support work, VANEL has just completed assembling a number of learning case studies of key local projects. The six case studies together demonstrate the great work taking place in North East Lincolnshire to make our communities safer and stronger places to live and work. The case studies can be shared and distributed and we hope that others can both see the work done locally as well as learn from it and perhaps duplicate the efforts elsewhere. The six studies cover a range of initiatives: • Restorative Justice and Restorative Practice: led by Marcus Czarnecki, the Restorative Justice Champion for North East Lincolnshire. This study shows the reasons for the work Marcus has been doing over the past few years and the impact it has had in our community. • Through this work Marcus has held scores of Organised Dialogue sessions within the community. Our case study details what has been done and shares Marcus’s recent review and dissertation assessing the impact of this work. • Martin George is the North East Lincolnshire Victims Champion, and has recently established three Victims Panels in the borough. Our case study explains how these work and what they’ve achieved. We’ve also produced a short video about the Victims Panels to help get the message across. • The presence of both Martin and Marcus in North East Lincolnshire owe a lot to the partnership work taking place through the Safer and Stronger Communities Working Group (SSCWG). This regular group has met monthly for the past five years and continues to coordinate work locally on these agendas. The case study explains more about the group and its work. • Another case study looks at the Community Cohesion work that Communities Together has been engaging with and leading on over the past few years. Through events and education their work helps multi-faith and multi-cultural communities work better together. • Finally, led by Probation services and with the support and hard work of numerous local organisations, Community Payback has meant that offenders have put something back into their local communities. Our case study shares more about local Community Payback and it’s local impact. The case studies can all be found on the Safer Future Communities website here Please read and feel free to share. For many of our Members and Friends, April/May is renewal time. If that means your organisation, then you should by now have received your renewal letter. Most people have already sent back in their renewal fees for 2013/14, but we’d encourage anyone still outstanding to put it on their to do list to get their fees back to us soon. At its heart VANEL is a membership organisation, so we need your support. But Members and Friends also benefit from special services and support, so please don’t let your membership lapse. If you need a reminder about membership and its benefits please check out the Membership section on the website ( or phone us on 01472 231123 to discuss. Thanks to everyone who have already paid their fees. Follow us 4@vaneltalk

WebClub diary Next WebClub sessions are 21 May, 5 & 18 June. All info at Totally new to websites? Our next “Cooking up a website” free briefing is on 20 May. Find out how websites work and how you and your group may be able to develop one. More details on the WebClub page or call Karl on 235311.

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