Our latest newsletter documents some national issues for the Sector such as the future of the Do-it site, as well as the new Fundraising Preference Service & the new proposed guidelines for Fundraising. In addition it lists our training and vacancies in the sector. Please see below for the complete bulletin!
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Our Second Year – 1999
Our Second year was a year of consolidation – membership numbers remained high at over 220, and our services expanded to include Desktop Publishing, equipment loan and printing – all of which continue today. Volunteer placement was a high priority for us, and funding advice and constitutional and organisational advice was provided daily as continues to this day.
In addition 1999 saw an increase in Health & Safety requests and employment support requests, in keeping with the national drive towards increased Quality Assurance across the Business and Voluntary Sector. To the current day, our training provision as well as our individual advice provision focusses heavily on the support services needed for our sector, and our Health and Safety courses remain amongst our most in demand.
Our Project work continued to support the most vulnerable in our community:
- Connexions – Barton: aimed to develop the capacity of the town to support and integrate vulnerable residents, producing information booklets and introducing window lock schemes amongst many others
- Crosby 21: produced the first residents’ Action Plan for Crosby and a Community Skills Audit
- Apna Sahara: continued to provide translation and training services
And elsewhere in the news…..
- The Phantom Menace was released – the second Star Wars prequel
- Saving Private Ryan won a Golden Globe
- Bill Clinton was impeached and acquitted
- Students protested in Iran
- The most costly natural disaster to that date in Australia occurred – the Sydney Hailstorms
- NATO forces went into Kosovo
In 1998 we published our first Annual Report and in other news that year:
- Pope John Paul II visited Cuba
- The Queen Mother, aged 97, had a hip replacement
- Bill Clinton faced allegations of sexual harassment
- The Full Monty was Best Film at the BAFTAs
Meanwhile…. Here at VANL:
- We participated in over a dozen partnerships, both rural and urban, convening several and chairing others.
- We had our first Payroll client
- We trained 10 new volunteers to drive the community minibus
- We provided 52 individuals and 29 organisations with information
- Apna Sahara expanded its service with additional translation services
If you are seeking funding for any project to help develop and grow your organisation, please do book in to our Funding Surgery which will take place here at our offices in Scunthorpe.
Gary has been the Funding and Development Specialist here at VANL in North Lincolnshire for over 10 years. He has assisted hundreds of groups with applications for funding ranging from a few hundred pounds to hundreds of thousands of pounds. Funding can be for anything from new equipment to building repairs, from organisational development to supporting volunteers. Gary has excellent skills in achieving funding success and helping groups to access the right funds, using the right terms, for the projects and doing the jargon-busting that often puts groups off from applying for any funding.
This is the first of our new style of funding development support for our members so we are offering a discounted rate of £20 per hour for all our member organisations. The sessions will focus on identifying funding to support volunteers/volunteering. If you are not a member you are still welcome to attend for a pre-paid fee of £25.
To book your appointment please contact Francesca or Liz at the VANL office on 01724 845155 or email email@example.com
FreshStart Brigg and District Management Group still support a variety of activities in Brigg and the surrounding villages. All the groups are run by volunteers so please check out anything you fancy and get in touch. We would love to see you. If you have an idea for a new group but need a little help to get started, please contact Judith Davison on 01652 618023 or Brigg Hub on 01652 653384. Currently we support:
New Age Kurling in: Brigg, Church Hall, Monday, 1-3pm, £3.00, contact Keith on 01652 680486 Broughton , Village Hall, Friday, 10-12 midday, £2.00, contact Brenda on 01652 656038 Elsham, Village Hall, Tuesday, 10-12 midday, £2.00, contact Ernie on 01652 680813 Hibaldstow, Village Hall, Tuesday, 2-4pm, £2.00, contact Bryan on 01652 653754 Scawby, Village Hall, Monday, 1:30-3:30pm, £2.50, contact Carole on 01652 658574 Broughton Art Group Village Hall, Friday, 1-4pm, further details contact Jane on 01652 656839 Hibaldstow Lunch Club The Wheatsheaf, second Wednesday of the month, £8.50 for 2 courses plus tea or coffee, contact Bryan on 01652 653754 to book. Tai Chi Brigg Methodist Church Hall, Monday, 3:45-4:45pm, fully qualified and insured instructor, full details from Carole on 01652 658574 Exercise Classes Kirton in Lindsey Town Hall, contact Sharron on 01652 640911 for further details.
Wednesday Sewing Group St Mary’s Catholic Church Hall, Brigg, every other Wednesday, 2-4pm, £2.00, contact Lynn on 01652 659744. All welcome. Happy Crafters Brigg Hub, Tuesday, 10-12 midday (term time only), mixed crafts, contact Linda on 01652 656043
All Sorts Embroidery Brigg Hub, alternate Thursdays, 10-12 midday, intermediate to advanced, contact Liz on 01724 332019
Brigg Ladies Group Thursday, contact Jean on 01652 659662 for further details. Horkstow Calligraphy Group Horkstow Village Hall, Tuesday, 1-3pm, contact Hillary on 01652 618673
More Choices for CHOICES
Following the success of our CHOICES team working with 4 schools in the last 12 months, we are delighted to welcome Outwood Academies Brumby & Foxhills to the VANL CHOICES service, taking the total of schools we are currently working with to 6. Analysis of last year’s figures show that 1,170 young people were supported last year through the programme and just under 6,000 condoms were distributed, 83 chlamydia kits were distributed and 11 young people were referred for further, long-term contraceptive advice.
In recent years the number of teenage pregnancies in North Lincolnshire has dramatically reduced, at a far great pace than many other regions of the country. We are proud to have played a significant role in this work, and would be happy to work with your school or group to deliver Sexual Health CHOICES – please contact Ann-Marie Loader on 01724 845155 for more information.
Further to the confirmation that there will be a Snap General Election on June 8th, VANL would strongly recommend that all in the VCS consider guidance around what is and what isn’t appropriate or allowed during Election periods.
The Charity Commission have a helpful guidance document focussed on those working within the Charitable Sector which can be found by clicking here.
Please be aware that for some community organisations or statutory organisations, different rules and laws may apply. Please do seek guidance if you are unsure about activity during an Election period.
WE NEED YOU!
VANL is a membership Charity and that means it is owned by the members who delegate its development and management to representatives elected by membership to act as Trustees.
VANL Board of Directors (Trustees) are reviewing the way that we provide services to the members and it is therefore crucially important that we consult with our members to tell us what services and activities your organisation wants from your support organisation.
VANL was created out of the 2 local Council’s for Voluntary Services in 1997. Which means we are 20 years old this year! In that time the needs of the local voluntary sector and the people it serves and the way the sector carries out its activities has changed massively.
These changes sit with an ever increasingly complex and often difficult economic, social and technological environment which has led to massive change in the way the sector operates and is funded.
This is captured in a recent Select Committee Report Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society (2017)
‘The funding of charities has changed significantly over the last decade. Public sector grants have been replaced in most instances with contracts, often with complex commissioning processes. These have disadvantaged smaller charities, which struggle to bid for services at scale, and constrained the valuable innovation that charities can bring to service delivery’
And in relation to infrastructure bodies like ourselves ‘Good governance is fundamental to a strong charity sector. Charities need strong governance, with robust structures, processes and good behaviours, in order to deliver effectively for their beneficiaries. We call for new efforts to provide training and development for trustees and recommend that charity boards should undertake greater self-reflection, examining their behaviours, processes and skills. We also believe that infrastructure bodies need to identify the shortcomings in provision of governance advice and training for charities and do more to raise awareness of the support that currently exists’
As you know VANL has provided or facilitated much of the governance and support needs to the VCS locally, however the funding environment for local infrastructure support is arguably even more difficult as a result of public sector austerity, and this certainly the case for VANL. That said in our 20th year it’s time for a nuts and bolts review!
With this in mind we are holding 2 Focus Groups and would like a cross section of members to take part:
27th April 10am – VANL Training Room, 4-6 Robert Street, Scunthorpe, or
3rd May 6pm – VANL Training Room, 4-6 Robert Street.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01724 845155 to express an interest
We are delighted to have partnered with Jerry Green Dog Rescue, a large Charity based locally in Brigg, North Lincolnshire, to deliver their First Aid at Work Training recently. Our training provision can be tailored to the needs of groups and organisations, and whilst we have a training programme on our website, we often get asked to provide courses ‘in-house’, catering for the very specific needs of some of our partners, members and clients. In the case of Jerry Green Dog Rescue, we were delighted to be able to spend some time with the dogs as well as the staff, and were even able to take one of our dogs along!
Most importantly all staff in attendance on the day passed the externally accredited Emergency First Aid at Work Course, and the feedback was fantastic! A few comments below:
‘I have done other First Aid Courses in the past, but felt today’s was the best one I have attended. I felt the trainer had both the theoretical knowledge and experience – on other courses it seems it has been learnt just to be taught.’ Sarah
‘Great day, time went very fast, I learned a lot which I can put into practice in my daily life when working with the public/my clients.’ Dannielle
Thank you all so much. We thoroughly enjoyed working with you and look forward to seeing you all again.
For more information about our training please email email@example.com or call us on 01724 845155. Our full training programme can be found here