Annual Report 2015

418
Charities Reliant on More Than One Signatory for Payments, Offered More Choice
9 Jan 2014

From the New Year, thanks to a collaborative project led by the Payments Council, businesses, small clubs and societies that authorise their payments using more than one signatory will have greater choice.

419
Masterclass on moving Northern Ireland towards a low carbon economy
8 Jan 2014

This masterclass provided an introduction to the policy, legal, practical and societal issues associated with developing a low carbon economy in Northern Ireland. Professor Sam Fankhauser's presentation can be downloaded on this page.

421
Final CLP Participants Graduate from University of Ulster
23 Dec 2013

Participants from the final year of the Community Leadership Programme graduated with a Certificate in Management Practice from the University of Ulster on 19 December 2013.

422
NICVA becomes one of first registered charities
16 Dec 2013

NICVA has become one of the first registered charities in Northern Ireland.

423
Celebrating Accreditation Success
9 Dec 2013

NICVA’s Skills Development Unit held its biannual Presentation of Certificates Ceremony on Thursday, 28 November to recognise the achievement of participants on its accredited courses.

424
Register of Charities Established
13 Dec 2013

The Charity Commission established the Register of Charities in December 2013 and has now begun the formal process of registering charities in Northern Ireland. 

425
Sector Groups Meet with Finance Minister
3 Dec 2013

Simon Hamilton, Minister for Finance and Personnel met with representatives of the voluntary and community sector at NICVA on Thursday, 21 November.

427
Fundraising Standards Need to be Maintained
2 Dec 2013

In the lead up to Christmas, charity fundraising is at its height. Direct mail, telephone asks, cash collections, face-to-face and other campaigns are all highly visible and it is very important to maintain high fundraising standards.

428
Free and Low Cost Technology Event
2 Dec 2013

On 29 November NICVA held an event to highlight the availability of free and low cost technology to our members.

429
NICVA's 75th Annual General Meeting
20 Nov 2013

Marie Cavanagh, Chair of NICVA, welcomed members to NICVA's 75th AGM on 15 November 2013.

430
Young People Giving More to Charity
20 Nov 2013

Donations to charity from 16-24 year olds have more than doubled from 2011, up by over £5.00 per year, according to NICVA’s 2013 survey into individual giving in Northern Ireland.

431
NICVA Annual Report Available Online
15 Nov 2013

Our Annual Report for 2012-2013 was presented to members at the 75th NICVA AGM today. The report highlights achievments over the past year for our core themes; lead, develop and connect.

432
Charity Commission’s Interim Reporting Requirements Consultation
11 Nov 2013

The Charity Commission’s Interim Reporting Requirements seminar, on 5 November, gave participants the opportunity to discuss the proposed annual monitoring form that registered charities will have to complete in the near future.

433
Sector Matters Celebrate Four Years in Business
4 Nov 2013

November 2013 marks Sector Matters fourth year as Northern Ireland’s first social economy business providing high quality human resources, finance and strategic planning services and support.

436
Northern Ireland’s Peers “must act” to defeat lobby bill
17 Oct 2013

Charities in Northern Ireland have called on Peers in the House of Lords to radically change or vote down the controversial lobbying bill.

437
Live Policy Issues Seminar Series
7 Oct 2013

NICVA will host a series of policy seminars over the coming months to enable members to engage with government on current policy issues that will affect the voluntary and community sector and the people we work with across Northern Ireland.

440
Auto Enrolment Pensions Update
12 Sep 2013

For those who missed our seminar on auto enrolment, see below some key facts and some contact information to get you started.

441
DFP Rate Rebate Consultation
10 Sep 2013

NICVA recently ran a consultation event on rating. Changes happening to the rates support element of Housing Benefit, known as the rate rebate element of Housing Benefit.

442
DU Dance
10 Sep 2013

DU Dance (NI) is a professional dance development company based in Belfast and working across the island of Ireland, the UK and internationally. 

443
Funding Deadlines
10 Sep 2013

These are a selection of funders with a forthcoming deadline or closing date. To access the full listing please click on the link and log into GrantTracker. If you don't already subscribe to GrantTracker, remember to use your NICVA £45 discount.

444
NI MPs vote against the lobbying Bill and House of Commons Committee calls for it to be withdrawn
5 Sep 2013

Northern Ireland MPs united in their opposition to the controversial Transparency of Lobbying Bill when it was debated in Westminster on 2 September.

445
NICVA Urges Organisations to Contact MPs on Lobbying Bill Proposals
30 Aug 2013

NICVA is concerned that the UK Government is pushing through a Bill with undue haste, which if passed could curtail essential and longstanding freedoms.

446
Transparency of Lobbying Bill - a threat the sector's independent voice
27 Aug 2013

Seamus McAleavey has written to all NI Members of Parliament to express concerns at proposals contained in the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill.  

448
Computer Security - The Basics
13 Jun 2014

What you need to know about GameoverZeus, Cryptolocker and the mysterious two week deadline to protect yourself from a major cyber-threat, issued by the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA).

449
Consumer Council and NICVA welcome provisional findings of the CMA payday lending market investigation
12 Jun 2014

The Consumer Council and NICVA have welcomed the release of the provisional findings of the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA) payday lending market investigation.

450
PEACE and INTERREG Cooperation Programmes 2014-2020 Consultation Notice
6 Jun 2014

SEUPB are co-ordinating a recently announced consultation on European Territorial Co-operation Programmes (PEACE and INTERREG) 2014-2020.

451
Fundraising: Find What’s Right For You
4 Jun 2014

Deirdre Murphy, NICVA's Fundraising Advice Officer offers some advice on fundraising.

453
The Charity Commission Publishes Statutory Guidance
15 Aug 2013

Following a public consultation earlier this year on its draft guidance, the Charity Commission has published statutory guidance on the public benefit requirement.

454
NICVA Statement on Shankill Lurgan Community Projects - Lurgan Foyer
15 Aug 2013

NICVA is very concerned about how the Northern Ireland Housing Executive has treated Shankill Lurgan Community Projects.

455
NJC Payscales – Agreement now reached for 2013
8 Aug 2013

Agreement has now been reached on rates of pay applicable from 1 April 2013.

456
NICVA launches guide to data protection
7 Aug 2013

Following on from NICVA's recent seminars on data protection, we have produced a new guide to data protection with the aim of helping voluntary and community organisations get to grips with this aspect of their information management strategy.

458
Charitable tax status - important notice
30 Jul 2013

In preparation for the beginning of compulsory registration, the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is advising all organisations granted charitable tax status by HMRC that they need to check if they are on the Commission’s “deemed list.

459
Alert - new charity SORP published for comment
29 Jul 2013

Nigel Davies, Technical Secretary to the charity SORP Committee, and Fiona Muldoon, Monitoring and Compliance Manager at the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, outline how you can comment on the new SORP.

461
2013 Annual Report on the Concordat
4 Jul 2013

The Minister for Social Development recently launched the second annual report on the Concordat between the Voluntary and Community Sector and the Northern Ireland Government.

462
Criminal Justice Issues Forum meets with Justice Minister
4 Jul 2013

As part of their commitment to high level engagement and advocacy NICVA members active in the area of criminal justice met with David Ford and his officials.

463
Shedload of spare time to help older people?
1 Jul 2013

Men’s Sheds are a place for men to meet and discuss issues, share skills and explore new interests, with the aim of promoting their own health and development and putting something back into the community.

464
Charity Commission has Legislative Powers to Begin Registration
28 Jun 2013

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has been given the necessary legislative powers to begin registration of all charities in Northern Ireland.

465
Time is right for a debate on fiscal powers
27 Jun 2013

The first independent review of the scope for devolving additional tax, spending and borrowing powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly, has been launched by NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment.

466
Cutting red tape and bureaucracy – another step forward
24 Jun 2013

Another major milestone in the drive to cut excessive bureaucracy in government funding to the voluntary and community sector has been reached with the publication of a new report, Addressing Bureaucracy.

467
Men's policy forum event highlights major issues for the men's sector
21 Jun 2013

NICVA’s Men’s Policy Forum held an event on Friday 7 June which gave an opportunity for a number of projects to showcase ongoing work related specifically to men and their health and well-being.

468
Broadband: availability and speed survey results
19 Jun 2013

Back in December 2012 we surveyed NICVA members on their access to broadband.   

469
Privacy by design: using data protection for better information sharing
18 Jun 2013

A recent seminar (Friday 14 June) held by NICVA in conjunction with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) highlighted the benefits of good information sharing practices for voluntary and community organisations.

470
More work to be done on implementing social clauses in Northern Ireland
18 Jun 2013

Northern Ireland has made considerable progress in implementing social clauses, however to really maximise their impact, there needs to be a focus on actual outcomes for people rather than the level of activity being generated.

471
Reflections on G8
17 Jun 2013

NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey contributed an article to the official publication distributed to delegates and members of the international press attending the G8 meeting in Co Fermanagh.

472
New look, new features, new GrantTracker
10 Jun 2013

The new look GrantTracker website has been rebuilt from scratch and is back better than ever, streamlined and full of exciting new features.

473
Community Leadership Programme impacts local communities
6 Jun 2013

The external evaluation for the IFI Community Leadership Programme, delivered by NICVA, UU and Stellar Leadership from 2009, highlights the impact that the programme has had on community groups and their local communities.

475
Joint Forum meeting update
5 Jun 2013

A meeting of the Joint Government/Voluntary and Community Sector Forum was held in NICVA on 3 May 2013. The meeting was attended by representatives from voluntary and community organisations, government departments and councils.

477
Where now for adult learning in Northern Ireland?
24 May 2013

The Forum for Adult Learning NI, as part of Adult Learners' Week 2013, hosted a conference to look at the current health of adult learning in Northern Ireland and draw comparisons with the situation in neighbouring regions and countries.

478
Ashton Centre launches FabLab: making (almost) anything
23 May 2013

The first FabLabs in Ireland were officially launched on 22 May at the Ashton Centre in Belfast. FabLabs are community based workshops that give people access to the latest digital fabrication technologies.

479
Executive must do more to tackle the epidemic of payday and illegal lending
21 May 2013

The Executive must do more to tackle the damaging and dangerous levels of payday and illegal lending in Northern Ireland, according to a report produced by NICVA and Advice NI.

480
Viewfinder 14
17 May 2013

The first Viewfinder survey of 2013 continues to demonstrate the uneven impact of the current economic conditions in the voluntary and community sector.

481
Crowdfunding - a financial lifeline for charities?
2 May 2013

The hottest topic in fundraising in Belfast this week is the potential of crowdfunding. Over 30 people from a wide range of charities attended NICVA’s workshop on Wednesday 1 May 2013 to hear from a number of experts in the field.

482
Joint Government/Voluntary and Community Sector Forum
23 Apr 2013

The Joint Government/Voluntary and Community Sector Forum, commonly known as the Joint Forum, was established in October 1998.

484
Coffee, Donuts and Cats at NICVA's Second Annual Tweetup Event
12 Apr 2013

The chairs were barely stacked away after last year's successful Tweetup before people started asking when we could have another one, so on 10 April, over seventy people gathered at NICVA to share their experiences and advice on using social media.

485
First ILM social enterprise programme in Northern Ireland
12 Apr 2013

NICVA started delivery of the first ILM social enterprise programme in Northern Ireland this month, when 14 people from a range of organisations joined the ILM Level 5 Certificate in Social Enterprise Support.

487
Assembly Insider: Weekly roundup of what's happening at the NI Assembly
29 Mar 2013

Assembly Monitor is changing!

 

489
Social Enterprise Training
28 Mar 2013

Have you thought about setting up a social enterprise? Have you heard people talking about the social economy and wondered ‘what is that?’ If you have, then NICVA’s training in social enterprise support might be for you.

492
Essentials of data protection seminar series
26 Mar 2013

NICVA and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have joined forces to provide a short series of free seminars on data protection for the voluntary and community sector.

493
Charity Commission guidance on registration and public benefit
26 Mar 2013

NICVA and the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland came together on Monday 25 March to discuss the new charity registration and public benefit guidance with representatives from across the voluntary and community sector.

494
Cold comfort for adult learners and young people as organisations close their doors
18 Mar 2013

In recent days the voluntary and community sector has experienced the shocking loss of two high profile organisations.

495
Investing in People
15 Mar 2013

NICVA staff and Executive Committee were delighted to receive the formal presentation of an Investors in People Gold Award in early March.

496
NICVA Raises £950 for Comic Relief
8 Mar 2013

NICVA staff baked a treasure trove of tasty treats for the Great Comic Relief Bake Off and raised £950 for the charity.  Watch some of the action ...

497
No Women please - we're economists!
8 Mar 2013

In this paper Professor Alisa McKay proposes that the discipline of economics has a gender bias towards men; examines the impact this has on current policy agendas and explores the potential and need for change.

498
Death of Sir George Quigley, CB, former Honorary President of NICVA
Sir George Quigley
4 Mar 2013

It is with great sadness that NICVA has learned of the death of its former Honorary President, Sir George Quigley (1994 to 1997).

500
'Towards a Childcare Strategy' consultation events follow up
26 Feb 2013

NICVA has been involved in a number of voluntary and community sector consultation events across Northern Ireland on the development of a Childcare Strategy for Northern Ireland.

501
Frequently Asked Questions: Definitions of employee, self-employed, volunteer
22 Feb 2013

It is critical that organisations correctly determine whether the individuals providing services are employees, self-employed or volunteers.

502
Important changes to Payroll Legislation 6 April 2013
22 Feb 2013

To improve the operation of Pay As You Earn (PAYE), HMRC have introduced a new system called Real Time Information, or RTI.

503
Steps 2 Success (NI) employment programme
21 Feb 2013

In preparation for the forthcoming commissioning of the Steps 2 Success employment programme by the Northern Ireland Government, NICVA is exploring the possibility of tendering for this new programme and assessing interested organisations.

504
Reaching Communities social enterprise programme proves pilot for success
20 Feb 2013

Experts in the field of social enterprise joined a number of organisations interested in the potential of social enterprise to discuss the opportunities for success and the challenges involved at a recent training session delivered by NICVA.

505
Making banks work
18 Feb 2013

Banks are businesses; their purpose is to make profits for shareholders. But banks also play a vital role in the functioning of the wider economy, enabling funds to be saved and transferred, offering financial services, and providing credit.

506
Register of Charities - one step closer
14 Feb 2013

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has launched a consultation into its statutory guidance on Public Benefit, following royal assent for the Charities Act (2013).

507
What can the Census offer the sector?
13 Feb 2013

NICVA brought together the statisticians and the sector to see what the Census has to offer, what information can be mined from it and how it might help form evidence based policy positions.

508
Age related training courses with Advice NI
5 Feb 2013

As part of our Reaching Out: Connecting Older People programme delivery, NICVA is pleased to let you know that Advice NI have recently expanded and improved their age related training courses to benefit those new to the training among others.

509
Financial support from Sector Matters
5 Feb 2013

Sector Matters is offering free financial health checks for organisations working with older people.

510
High cost lending survey
30 Jan 2013

SMR Research, in partnership with NICVA, Advice NI and the Social Research Centre, is undertaking independent research into High Cost Legal and Illegal Money Lending on behalf of the Northern Ireland Executive.

512
What price a living wage?
28 Jan 2013

As inequality grows and downward pressure on real wages continues to affect households across the UK, the idea of a living wage has gained momentum in recent months.

515
Unionist Forum could be first step to shared vision
7 Jan 2013

Politicians must get away from their 'separate, but equal' carve-up and spell out the Northern Ireland they want to see, says Seamus McAleavey.

516
Opportunities for Older People
7 Jan 2013

O4O Cookstown Ltd is taking to the road, hosting six rural roadshows to provide information, advice and support to ensure older people throughout the district are better informed about current and new services.

517
Microsoft charity pricing – Is your organisation still eligible?
3 Jan 2013

Organisations may be eliglible for discounted software.

518
Transforming Your Care round table event
21 Dec 2012

Transforming Your Care (TYC) has been described as the biggest change in health and social care delivery in a generation and will have a massive impact on the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.

520
Northern Ireland Register of charities to be established in 2013
18 Dec 2012

An amendment to the Charities Act (NI) 2008, which clarifies the wording of the public benefit test, paves the way for a Register of charities to be established for Northern Ireland.

521
Census 2011
11 Dec 2012

It’s been a very exciting day in NICVA's policy and research team following the release of the 2011 Census data.

522
The impact of debt on individuals and households across Northern Ireland
6 Dec 2012

Advice NI is facilitating an online discussion to find out how debt is affecting people across Northern Ireland. Everyone is invited to log on to www.voiceni.net and have their say.

523
Economic conference - a new stage for free thinking and debate
5 Dec 2012

NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment (CEE) hosted its second annual economic conference in Belfast yesterday focusing on the issue of job creation in Northern Ireland.

 

525
Viewfinder 13: voluntary and community sector fighting hard to provide services despite financial crisis
26 Nov 2012
In the final Viewfinder survey of 2012 the uneven impact of the current financial situation in the voluntary and community sector over the last year continued to be apparent.
526
Thirty new groups start the Community Leadership Programme
23 Nov 2012

Thirty groups from Northern Ireland and the six southern border counties have started the Community Leadership Programme.

527
NICVA Congratulates The National Lottery on 18 Years of Supporting the Sector
19 Nov 2012

Seamus McAleavey, Chief Executive of NICVA, the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action has congratulated the BIG Lottery on its 18 years of work in Northern Ireland.

528
A jobless recovery is no recovery
19 Nov 2012

Recessions may be measured by a fall in GDP but it is the loss of jobs that matters most.

529
Beyond Words to launch at the MAC
16 Nov 2012

Cruse Bereavement Care, one of the groups NICVA is working with as part of Reaching Out: Connecting Older People, is launching Beyond Words - a Big Lottery funded partnership between Cruse Bereavement Care and the Stroke Association. 

530
Keeping up with the digital age
16 Nov 2012

The launch of the Digital Age Project brings the benefits of the internet to those most digitally excluded: older people living in sheltered housing.

531
Fundraising - how to survive and thrive in 2013 and beyond
14 Nov 2012

How positive are you about fundraising in 2013 and beyond? Do you have all the information, knowledge and skills you need to face the challenges of fundraising for your cause, organisation, programmes and projects?

532
NICVA welcomes new good practice code for fundraisers
13 Nov 2012

NICVA's Chief Executive, Seamus McAleavey, has welcomed the introduction by the Institute of Fundraising of a new single code of fundraising good practice, which is underpinned by four key principles - legal, open, honest and respectful.

533
Will to Give launch new service for Northern Ireland
9 Nov 2012

Will to Give, the organisation that promotes legacy giving in Northern Ireland, has launched a will notification service at their conference in Belfast. The WillGiftsNI service will for the first time inform charities who have been named in wills proba

534
Update on the Regional Infrastructure Support Programme
8 Nov 2012

The new Regional Infrastructure Support Programme for Northern Ireland started on 1 October 2012.

536
Broadband Survey: availability and speed
5 Nov 2012

At NICVA we believe that access to broadband is essential for voluntary and community organisations.  We want to assess the availability of broadband for NICVA members.

537
Go behind the scenes at the Assembly
5 Nov 2012

In Assembly Extra, programme 5, find out about all the work that’s been happening in Parliament Buildings during the summer months; how and why it’s important for Committees to take evidence from stakeholders; and a range of ways youn

538
Department of Justice Consultative Forum seeks sector representatives
31 Oct 2012

NICVA is currently seeking nominations for voluntary and community sector representatives on the Department of Justice’s Criminal Justice Consultative Forum, linked to the Criminal Justice Board. The Board’s membership consists of Chief Executive l

539
NICVA's 74th Annual General Meeting
30 Oct 2012

Bob Stronge welcomed members to NICVA's 74th AGM on 26 October 2012 and reflected on his two terms (six years) as Chair of the organisation and on his total 13 year membership of NICVA's Executive Committee, as Marie Cavanagh steps into the role o

540
Social Development Minister addresses governmental voluntary and community sector forum
25 Oct 2012

Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland, has addressed the Joint Government Voluntary and Community Sector Forum at NICVA this morning.

541
Collaboration Enabling Fund
24 Oct 2012

The Building Change Trust has launched a Collaboration Enabling Fund to support organisations in the voluntary and community sector involved in collaborative working. 

542
Speakers confirmed for CEE's economic conference
24 Oct 2012

The Northern Ireland economy is currently facing both a reduction in demand in our main markets and a real-term reduction in public spending. Both challenges have arisen as a result of the global financial crisis.

544
New government employment programme a 'test of devolution'
22 Oct 2012

Over the past few months, the Department of Employment and Learning has been consulting on its new employment programme, Steps 2 Success. NICVA Chief Executive, Seamus McAleavey, thinks it will be a "test of devolution".

545
Social Enterprise Awards Northern Ireland
15 Oct 2012

Chocolatiers, childcare supporters, churches and carers were among the winners of the Social Enterprise Awards (NI) announced at a gala ceremony in Belfast Castle on 11 October.

546
Debating welfare reform
9 Oct 2012

Tuesday 9 October saw the debate about welfare reform carry on late into the night as members deliberated over the proposed amendment to the Welfare Reform Bill by Sinn Féin.

549
'Silver' networkers discuss the contributions of older people
4 Oct 2012

There was a great atmosphere at NICVA's first round table event for the BIG Lottery Reaching Out: Connecting Older People development and support programme. Thirty people from 16 different organisations attended the event and talked about engaging with

550
Sector encouraged to work together for change
2 Oct 2012

A conference held on 2 October, co-hosted by the Building Change Trust and CollaborationNI, explored how the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland can work collaboratively to better help the communities they serve and a new Enabling Fund w

551
Frequently Asked Questions About Redundancy and Ending Fixed Term and Temporary Contracts
26 Sep 2012

Because of the way many projects are funded in the voluntary and community sector, a question that can arise for employers in this sector is one that relates to fixed term contracts and redundancy.

552
National Minimum Wage from 1 October 2013
26 Sep 2012

From 1 October 2013 the minimum wage will increase.

553
Knowledge, value and influence of the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland (2012)
26 Sep 2012

A second report from NICVA explores the links that have been forged between MLAs and voluntary and community organisations to see how they've changed in recent years.

554
Building local influence in a global economy
25 Sep 2012

The Centre for Economic Empowerment (CEE) held the first of its second series of masterclasses on Friday 21 September 2012. The event examined civil society’s role in influencing the global economy.

556
Will to Give to launch named charity notification service for Northern Ireland
20 Sep 2012

Will to Give, the organisation aiming to promote legacy giving in Northern Ireland is to launch a Will Notification Service in November at their Conference on the 9th November in Belfast. 

557
NICVA responds to Charities Bill
20 Sep 2012

NICVA has given oral evidence and submitted its written response on the Charities Bill to the Committee for Social Development.

558
Unoccupied premises: don’t lose your rates relief
19 Sep 2012

Up and down the high street we can see the impact of the economic downturn in the number of vacant premises. But, as many of you will be aware, this is also a growing problem for some charities who are left with unoccupied properties. In this article E

559
Unoccupied premises: don’t lose your rates relief
19 Sep 2012

Up and down the high street we can see the impact of the economic downturn in the number of vacant premises. But as many of you will be aware this is also a growing problem for some charities who are left with unoccupied premises. In this article Ed Co

560
Assembly Insider
10 Sep 2012

New session – new members! 

561
A review of PEACE III and considerations for PEACE IV
5 Sep 2012

Key stakeholders, including voluntary and community groups, programme delivery bodies and the Special EU Programmes Support Body, had their say on how the PEACE programme is working to date and what they would like to see in the upcoming Peace IV progr

562
New economic masterclass series provides unique platform
30 Aug 2012

NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment second masterclass series begins this September. The series offers a unique opportunity to exchange ideas with s

563
Economic Masterclasses - second series launched
29 Aug 2012

NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment’s second masterclass series for voluntary and community organisations begins this September.  The series will examine some of the key economic issues we face today with the aim of ensuring the sector is

564
Influencing change
28 Aug 2012

In a new series of articles published in NICVA's weekly eNews Colm Burns, Policy Officer with NICVA’s 

565
Voluntary and community sector wants focus on job creation
28 Aug 2012

The sector has clear views on the future of the economy and NICVA is making sure that its voice is heard. Peter Hutchinson explains.

567
Community Safety Regional Steering Group seeks sector representatives
6 Aug 2012

NICVA is currently seeking nominations for voluntary and community sector representatives on the Department of Justice’s Regional Steering Group on Community Safety.

568
Pension Reform: New Duties and Safeguards for Employers July 2012
31 Jul 2012

Workplace pensions law is changing and every employer will have to act to fulfill their new legal duties.

569
Third Sector Mapping
31 Jul 2012

SURVEY EXTENDED UNTIL 21 SEPTEMBER. How big is the Northern Ireland social enterprise economy and the voluntary and community sector? What contribution does the third sector make to Northern Ireland's economy? How many voluntary a

570
Assembly Insider - real time data at your fingertips
31 Jul 2012

The Northern Ireland Assembly recently began to provide open data as part of a commitment by government to share information in a format others can make use of. NICVA's Assembly Insider hopes to begin by using some of this data to provide useful new fe

571
Social Enterprise Awards Northern Ireland 2012
31 Jul 2012
The Social Enterprise Awards Northern Ireland 2012 are open now for entries and will be taking place at Belfast Castle on Thursday 11 October 2012. Here are the full details and information on how to apply.
573
Charity Regulation and Good Governance Seminars
23 Jul 2012

The Developing Governance Group, in association with the Charity Commission and local support networks, held a series of information seminars in May and June to highlight the new charity rules and regulations that have come and are coming into being.

574
Office closure dates
11 Jul 2012

NICVA will be closed this afternoon (Wednesday 11 July), reopening as usual on Monday 16 July.

575
Top marks for local community workers
9 Jul 2012

On Friday 6 July, more than 50 people from voluntary and community organisations across Northern Ireland and the six southern Border counties graduated from the University of Ulster with a Certificate in Management Practice. 

576
Interrupted telephone service
6 Jul 2012

We have been made aware of a fault with our telephone service which means we are temporarily unable to make or accept outgoing calls. Please use email to contact staff. If you urgently need to reach

577
Interrupted telephone service
6 Jul 2012

We have been made aware of a fault with our telephone service which means we are temporarily unable to make or accept outgoing calls. Please use email to contact staff. If you urgently need to reach

578
Charities Bill Introduced
5 Jul 2012

NICVA welcomes the introduction of the Charities Bill into the Assembly on 2 July 2012 the second stage of which will hopefully take place when the Assembly returns in September.

579
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER (REF: SDO ’12)
29 Jun 2012

NICVA is recruiting a Skills Development Officer. This is a full-time, fixed term post, funded until March 2014. Salary equivalent to NJC points 29-31 (£24,646-26,276).

581
ECONOMIC RESEARCH OFFICER (REF: ERO’12)
29 Jun 2012

NICVA is recruiting an Economic Research Officer. This is a full-time, fixed term 3 year post. Salary equivalent to NJC scale point 29-34 (£24,646 - £28,636).

583
Social Enterprise Awards Northern Ireland 2012
26 Jun 2012

The Social Enterprise Awards Northern Ireland 2012 gala awards ceremony will take place at Belfast Castle on Thursday 11 October 2012.

The Awards highlight and promote excellence in the social economy sector acro

584
Joint Forum seeks new sector reps
26 Jun 2012

NICVA is currently seeking nominations from the voluntary and community sector to represent the sector at the Joint Government Voluntary and Community Sector Forum (Joint Forum).

The Joint Forum Voluntary and Com

585
NICVA shortlisted for Irish News Awards
19 Jun 2012

NICVA is delighted to have been shortlisted under two categories for the 6th annual Irish News Workplace and Employment Awards: Work, Life & Wellbeing  (Small/Medium Organisation) & Best Place to Work (Small Organisation).

586
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
18 Jun 2012

Volunteer Now and NICVA have participated in assessing applications for these prestigious awards since the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service was established in 2002 and would like you to nominate your local volunteer groups now.

587
Sir Kenneth Branagh speaks to NICVA on his Knighthood
18 Jun 2012

Sir Kenneth Branagh speaks to NICVA about his recent Knighthood for services to drama and his community work in Northern Ireland.

588
Voluntary and community nominations sought for Social Investment Fund steering groups
15 Jun 2012

Applications are currently being sought for voluntary and community sector representatives to sit on the Social Investment Fund Steering Groups. The closing date is 29 June 2012.

The Social Investment Fund (SIF) has been set up t

589
Sector rallies to mitigate worsening financial picture
14 Jun 2012

Almost half of NICVA member organisations report that their financial situation has worsened over the last 12 months. However, the latest Viewfinder results show that the sector has rallied to mitigate the worst of these problems.

590
NICVA has a Hearty Lunch
14 Jun 2012

As part of Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke (NICHS) Hearty Lunch fundraiser, NICVA staff tucked into an array of health treats today, Thursday 14 June.

591
Coca-Cola £103,000 fund deadline extended
7 Jun 2012

Coca-Cola has said the high level of interest in the 'Coca-Cola Thank You Fund' means they will now be accepting entries until midnight on 20 July. £103k/€125k is available to voluntary and community groups promoting active lifestyles throughout Ire

592
U turn on tax cap a major success for charities
31 May 2012

Chancellor George Osborne has today announced the dropping of plans to introduce a cap on tax relief on charitable giving, having listened to the views and strong objections from Charities.

593
‘Living Spaces’, Urban Stewardship and Design Manual for Northern Ireland consultation
31 May 2012

NICVA would like to invite members - and the wider voluntary and community sector - to submit an initial consultation response to inform the early stage of this design manual.

594
Five Nations representatives fight against fuel poverty at Stormont
29 May 2012

The Northern Ireland Fuel Poverty Coalition, of which NICVA is a member, met Alex Maskey MLA at a Stormont event this week. It was attended by MLAs, MPs, local government, public bodies, health sector representatives and voluntary and community organis

595
A volunteer's experience at NICVA
29 May 2012

My name is Michael Cromie and I was assigned a voluntary post in the IT department at NICVA to learn how to use drupal - a content management system used by NICVA to manage their websites. The Cedar Foundation helped obtain this job

596
Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme is a missed opportunity
23 May 2012

A government scheme to top-up small donations through Gift Aid misses the mark, according to NICVA's response.

 

597
NI Assembly Open Data Service launched
22 May 2012

NICVA welcomes the Northern Ireland Assembly launch of the Open Data Project on 21 May 2012.  This first phase offers developers access to information about MLAs, Assembly questions and answers, names of Departments, Committees, Political Parties

598
Half price on NICVA's conference facilities
21 May 2012

NICVA is offering a 50% discount on its conference room hire for bookings in July and August.

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Getting your finances in order
21 May 2012

Sector Matters is about to begin its second year of delivering the Building Financial Capability in the Age Sector project with Charity Bank. This project offers financial health checks for organisations who work with older people.

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Cookies – it’s complicated!
21 May 2012

From 26 May new regulations on website cookies began to be enforced. To help organisations understand the regulations and get started on compliance we have provided some background information on the new rules, what this means for organisations and lin

602
Adult Learners' Week: being the best that we can be
18 May 2012

Guest speakers at NICVA’s certificate presentation ceremony - held as part of Adult Learners' Week - spoke of their confidence after taking part in training to deliver more effectively in their organisations.

603
Training for groups working with older people
16 May 2012

NICVA is delighted to promote training opportunities available from other voluntary and community sector groups for those working with and on behalf of older people.

604
Celebrating Adult Learners' Week
11 May 2012

NICVA is celebrating Adult Learners' Week this year - beginning 12 May - with various training events.

605
Fundraising advice staff coming to a town near you - Book now for an appointment
10 May 2012

NICVA's fundraising advice team is coming to a town near you. If you are in Ballycastle, Antrim, Banbridge, Castlereagh/East Belfast or Enniskillen you could benefit from direct one-to-one advice on a funding application or fundraising proposal. Early

606
Giving more to communities in difficult times
3 May 2012

New research shines a light on Northern Ireland as a giving nation and highlights the appetite many people have to respond to increased need in their community by giving more money, time or energy to the causes they care about.

607
Consultation on Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme opened
3 May 2012

Could what started as a great idea to simplify the claiming of Gift Aid on small cash collections become the latest Gift Aid headache for small charities, local groups and "newbies" to Gift Aid? NICVA has prepared a briefing paper on the Small Donation

608
Springfield Charitable Association Tri-age West Belfast launch
2 May 2012

Springfield Charitable Association launched its Tri-Age west Belfast project on Friday 20 April 2012 in the Farset International. 

609
Breaking eNews! Newsletter reaches new milestone
2 May 2012

Over the years eNews has become something of a ‘must read’ for those working within the voluntary and community sector and, indeed, for others working in the public and private sectors. Published every Monday, you are guaranteed to come across some

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Community bridge builder – a project offering hope to thousands of older people with mental health problems
1 May 2012

A new outreach project designed to help the tens of thousands of older people across Northern Ireland who are actively engaged with mental health services launched at the Long Gallery, Stormont on 26 April.

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NI Assembly asks the Chancellor to Give it Back George
1 May 2012

On Monday 30 April the NI Assembly unanimously passed a resolution from the DUP which “expresses concern at the proposals by the Chancellor of th

612
Data Protection training for COP groups
30 Apr 2012

Recently, NICVA's Information Officer Seana McAuley designed and delivered a data protection training session to groups funded by The BIG Lottery Reaching Out: Connecting Older People programme.

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Tackling Educational Disadvantage
27 Apr 2012
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Launch of Crossroads ‘In Your Prime’ Project
27 Apr 2012

Tuesday 27 March 2012 saw the official launch of Crossroads ‘In Your Prime’ Project in their state of the art premises at 432 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast. TV Presenter and journalist Lynda Bryans officially launched the project and highlig

615
Inspire, engage and celebrate: Adult Learners' Week
26 Apr 2012

The launch of Adult Learners' Week takes place on Tuesday 15 May in the Long Gallery at Stormont. The designated week is the UK's largest annual festival of learning, inspiring thousands of people every year to find out how learning can change their li

616
State of the Sector VI
26 Apr 2012

NICVA is very pleased to announce that State of the Sector VI, the only comprehensive picture of the scale and scope of the economic activities of the Northern Ireland voluntary and community sector, is now available.

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NICVA staff get set for Sunshine
26 Apr 2012

What are you doing on May Day? The Belfast City Marathon is one of the biggest fundraising events in Northern Ireland, attracting runners of all abilities to raise money for their chosen charities.  NICVA staff have entered relay teams to the

618
NICVA Acts Up
25 Apr 2012

On 24 April NICVA held ‘ActUpNI: Campaigning Lobbying and Dissent’ bringing the voluntary and community sector together to discuss the effectiveness of its campaigning and lobbying strategies, investigate what has worked, where improvements could b

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NICVA hosts voluntary and community sector tweetup
20 Apr 2012

The pizza crumbs are barely hoovered up and already people are talking about the 'next Tweetup', after the success of the meeting hosted by NICVA on Wednesday for over 95 representatives of the voluntary and community sector on aspects of using social

620
Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme consultation
20 Apr 2012

HMRC has launched a consultation to seek responses on the proposed ‘Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme’.

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CEE Bursary for Schumacher Ireland Summer School
18 Apr 2012

NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment is pleased to announce bursaries of up to 95% for attendance at the Schumacher Ireland Summer School at Glencraig, Co Down from 11-15 June 2012. The theme of the

622
NJC Pay Freeze Likely to Continue for 2012/13
12 Apr 2012

The Local Government Association confirmed a pay freeze for 1.6 million local government employees for 2012/13.

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Accountability of government under scrutiny at special seminar
5 Apr 2012

NICVA held a special fringe event today (Thursday 5 April) as part of the prestigious Political Studies Association conference, which was addressed by The Speaker of the House of Commons, Mr John Bercow and The Lord Speaker, Baroness D’Souza.

624
NICVA backs the 'Give it back George' campaign
2 Apr 2012

NICVA has recently added its name to the Give it back George campaign, which is calling on the Chancellor to reverse his decision and exempt charitable donations from the plans to cap personal tax reliefs.

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Sector Matters - Redundancy and ‘Winding up’ advice
30 Mar 2012

In the current climate organisations may be in the unfortunate position of having to make staff redundant or even go so far as closing down the organisation itself, known as ‘winding-up’.  Sector Matters has drafted some overview advice for th

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Re-Advertisment Economic Analyst
30 Mar 2012

ECONOMIC ANALYST CENTRE FOR ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT (REF: EA2’12) Full-time, fixed term 3 years post.  Salary equivalent to NJC points 29-31 (£24,646 - £26,276 Candidates will normally be appointed on the first point of the scale). 

627
Red tape and bureaucracy on agenda in Assembly
27 Mar 2012

Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland, referred to work to cut bureaucracy and red tape in government funding during a report on his involvement in the British Irish Council meeting on social inclusion.

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[email protected] 2.0 project seeking participants
26 Mar 2012

As part of NICVA's involvement with Reaching Out: Connecting Older People, we're glad to share news from EGSA, who are looking for participants for the pilot programme of [email protected] 2.0.

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A look at the 2012 Budget
22 Mar 2012

Taking a step back from the detail of the budget it is perhaps worth looking at what it affirmed or changed in the bigger picture of the UK economy and public finances.

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Welfare Reform: Q & A with Northern Ireland politicians, Neil Couling DWP, and Professor Ruth Lister
9 Mar 2012

Welfare Reform: Q & A with Northern Ireland politicians, Neil Couling DWP, and Professor Ruth Lister.

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Welfare Reform: Baroness Ruth Lister in conversation with Paul Clark
9 Mar 2012

Welfare Reform: Baroness Ruth Lister in conversation with Paul Clark

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Welfare Reform: Q & A with Neil Couling and Les Allamby
9 Mar 2012

Welfare Reform: Q & A with Neil Couling and Les Allamby

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Welfare Reform: Neil Couling DWP on reforming welfare in the UK
9 Mar 2012

Welfare Reform: Neil Couling DWP on reforming welfare in the UK

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Welfare Reform: welcome address from NICVA Chairman Bob Stronge
9 Mar 2012

Welfare Reform: welcome address from NICVA Chairman Bob Stronge

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Welfare Reform: Paul Clark welcomes delegates to the conference
9 Mar 2012

Welfare Reform: Paul Clark welcomes delegates to the conference

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Welfare Reform: Panel Discussion and Workshop Feedback
9 Mar 2012

Panel discussion and workshop feedback from the Welfare Reform Conference held in NICVA on Tuesday 6 March 2012

639
Welfare Reform: Will Haire, Permanent Secretary DSD addresses the conference
9 Mar 2012

Will Haire, Permanent Secretary DSD addresses the conference

640
Credibility, experience and legitimacy add up to powerful sector
9 Mar 2012

The Shadow Secretary of State, Vernon Coaker MP, has told NICVA members that the power of the sector lies in its credibility, experience and legitimacy.

642
Welfare Reform event to stream live
5 Mar 2012

Tomorrow's Welfare Reform event, hosted by NICVA and the Law Centre (NI), was very quickly booked to capacity. To allow as many people as possible to see, hear and contribute to this important event, we plan to stream it live, so that anybody who was u

643
New ILM Diploma in Leadership and Management begins
1 Mar 2012

Leading by discussion was the hot topic at NICVA's first training session with 18 new participants from 9 different organisations taking part in the new ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management.

644
Destined - you're a STAR
1 Mar 2012

In recognition of recent successes, members of Destined - a support organisation for people with learning difficulties - attended a civic reception hosted by the Mayor of Derry, Mr Maurice Devenney on Tuesday 28 February.

645
CLP's Year Three a resounding success
27 Feb 2012

The end of year three of The International Fund for Ireland's £2.1million Community Leadership Programme, in conjunction with NICVA, was celebrated at a roundtable meeting and certificate presentation in the Slieve Russell Hotel, Co Cavan on Frid

646
NICVA responds to Economic Strategy
23 Feb 2012

NICVA’s submission to the draft Economic Strategy urges the Executive to do as much as possible to boost job creation and help people from socially deprived backgrounds into work.

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Poverty, employment, housing, shared future and education prominent in NICVA response to the draft Programme for Government.
22 Feb 2012

NICVA’s submission to the draft Programme for Government reflects the culmination of a series of six consultation sessions with just under 200 people over the last four months and provides a comprehensive overview of the key issues effecting the volu

648
Another fine day for NICVA Training
22 Feb 2012

NICVA’s Skills Development Unit held its annual Presentation of Certificates Ceremony on Tuesday 21 February to recognise the achievement of over 30 participants on its ILM accredited courses.  These courses ranged from Level 3 Diploma in First

649
STAR quality training at NICVA
20 Feb 2012

NICVA’s training team gained a great boost today when its Big Lottery funded learning programme for Destined was awarded the winner of a STAR award at a ceremony in Dublin.  The AONTAS STAR Awards showcase teamwork and give recognition to adult

650
Pension Reform
17 Feb 2012

From 2012 changes to the pensions law will affect all employers, including charitable and voluntary organisations, in Northern Ireland.

651
Social security experts and high level politicians confirmed for Welfare Reform Conference.
13 Feb 2012

Internationally renowned social policy expert Professor Ruth Lister (now Baroness Lister) will join a range of high level officials and politicians includin

652
Charities advised to learn from new report
3 Feb 2012

A new report published by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) has revealed that charities could learn valuable lessons from the concerns raised by members of the public with the Commission. 

653
Minister makes decision for a Charities (Amendment) Bill
2 Feb 2012

NICVA welcomes the Minister for Social Development's decision that all charities in Northern Ireland will be required to demonstrate that they are established for the benefit of the public.

654
Masterclass examines the creative class theory
1 Feb 2012

The Centre for Economic Empowerment held its fourth masterclass in the series on Friday 27 January. The seminar examined the Creative Class theory developed by Richard Florida and its potential implications for economic policy development in Northern I

655
First Line Managers kick off the January blues
31 Jan 2012

The blues were well and truly kicked off at An Creagán on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 January, when 13 participants from 9 different organisations funded under the Reaching Communities NI Big Lottery Scheme came together.

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Participative training a hit with Reaching Out: Connecting Older People groups
27 Jan 2012

Participants from three organisations across Northern Ireland attended the first scheduled training event as part of the Reaching Out: Connecting Older People development and support programme funded by The Big Lottery Fund.

658
Increase to Statutory Redundancy, Maternity, Paternity, Adoption and Sick Payments
26 Jan 2012

Statutory redundancy payments increase from 1 February 2013 Statutory Maternity, Paternity, Adoption and Sick payments increase from 6 April 2013

659
Economic Strategy consultation resources
24 Jan 2012

NICVA's Centre for Economic Empowerment held a consultation event on the draft Northern Ireland Economic Strategy on 23 January 2012 in Belfast. David Sterling, DETI Permanent Secretary addressed the event, together with representatives from the social

660
New employment rights for agency workers
23 Jan 2012

From 5 December 2011, after 12 weeks in the same job with the same hirer, agency workers will be entitled to the same basic terms and conditions as if they had been recruited directly.

661
Public Accounts Committee report is a big win for the voluntary and community sector
17 Jan 2012

NICVA’s campaign for more proportionate and appropriate administration requirements in the sector’s relationship with government took a massive leap forward with the publication of the report on Creating Effective Partnerships between Governmen

662
Economic Analyst Centre for Economic Empowerment (REF: EA2’12)
16 Jan 2012

NICVA is recruiting an ECONOMIC ANALYST  Full-time, fixed term 3 years post.  Salary equivalent to NJC points 29-31 (£24,646 - £26,276). APPLICATIONS FOR SECONDMENT ARE ALSO WELCOME. 

 

663
Programme for Government Consultations Resources
12 Jan 2012

NICVA kicked off its series of consultations on the draft Programme for Government with a meeting in Belfast on 11 January. The event, attended by 65 people from a wide ran

664
First Public Health Annual Scientific Conference
11 Jan 2012

The Public Health Agency and partners, including NICVA, will be hosting the first Public Health Annual Scientific Conference, focusing on the theme of Children and Young People.

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Important PAYE information
9 Jan 2012

HMRC appears to be becoming more stringent in the application penalty charges for employers who haven't ensured that payments are made in time to clear on due dates.

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Your free Vital Links to getting to know the Assembly
6 Jan 2012

If you want to benefit from a better understanding of how the NI Assembly works, as well as more, positive, engagement with key institutions, sign up for the next Get to know the Assembly session.

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NICVA Christmas closing dates
21 Dec 2011

The Executive Committee and staff of NICVA would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We have been proud to support and learn from you all throughout 2011 and look forward to continuing to do so in 2012. 

NICVA's prem

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Review of the year 2011
19 Dec 2011

Taking a look at 2011 and how NICVA has been working to support and promote voluntary and community organisations in a challenging year.

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Review 2011: Supporting a changing sector
15 Dec 2011

2011 saw the launch of the Government and Voluntary and Community Sector Concordat, which aims to strengthen the relationship between the sector and government.

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Review 2011: Developing and informing the sector
15 Dec 2011

The NICVA Charity Advice team and our partners in the Developing Governance Group joined the NI Charity Commission to host six Good Governance road shows across NI.

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Review 2011: Influence, advocacy and political engagement
15 Dec 2011

NICVA's policy fora and other leading organisations were mobilised in late February to produce the 2011 Policy Manifesto which was launched at a pre-election hustings event. A comparative analysis of the manifesto with political parties' manifestos sho

672
Review 2011: Leading the big debates
15 Dec 2011

2011 began with a series of consultation meetings on the budget as hundreds of people from across the sector gathered to learn more about departmental priorities and explore what they meant for people in Northern Ireland.

674
The difference support from CollaborationNI can make to your organisation
12 Dec 2011

Maeve Monaghan, CEO of NOW, spoke to CollaborationNI Co-ordinator Leeann Kelly about her involvement in the programme and her wider thoughts on collaboration. NOW, along with partners Stepping Stones and The Orchardville Society, registered an interest

676
Fuel allowance payment announcement welcomed, warmly
8 Dec 2011

NICVA welcomes today’s announcement of a one-off Executive funded fuel allowance payment. The initiative will support older people, cancer sufferers and individuals receiving a number of income based benefits.

677
New video highlights: 'Creating the good economy'
8 Dec 2011

If you missed NICVA's Centre for Economic Empowerment conference, 'Creating the good economy', or if you were there and want to revisit some of the day's speeches, we've made a new video available.

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Work and Cancer Toolkit
8 Dec 2011

Macmillan Cancer has launched an excellent Work and Cancer Toolkit.

679
FALNI presents case to Assembly Committee
7 Dec 2011

At First Steps Women's Centre in Dungannon today, FALNI, the voluntary forum representing the interests of adult learners in Northern Ireland, met the Assembly's Committee for Employment and Learning.

680
Celebrating Sporting Volunteers
2 Dec 2011

As part of the European Year of Volunteering NICVA, the Northern Ireland Sports Forum and Volunteer Now hosted a half day conference to celebrate the impact of volunteering in sport. The event showcased the economic and tourism benefits as well as high

681
Economic Strategy: priorities for sustainable growth and prosperity
25 Nov 2011

The Minister for Enterprise Trade and Investment has published the Northern Ireland Executive’s draft Economic Strategy, which sets out the Executive’s plan to grow a prosperous local economy over the short, medium and longer term to 2030. The Exec

682
All Party Group on Voluntary and Community Sector discusses tackling unemployment
23 Nov 2011

The All Party Group met on Tuesday 22 November and heard from Springboard Opportunities, The Prince’s Trust and NOW Project on what each organisation is doing to help the people they work with to gain employment.

683
Masterclass studies gender budget analysis
22 Nov 2011

On Friday 18 November the Centre for Economic Empowerment’s third masterclass examined the important and emerging field of gender budget analysis. The seminar was addressed by Professor Ailsa McKay of Glasgow Caledonian University, a leading authorit

684
Reaching Out: Connecting Older People grant holders
22 Nov 2011

NICVA held its second grant holders information session on Monday 21 November, for another five groups who have awarded grants from the Big Lottery fund’s Reaching Out:  Connecting Older People programme.

685
'Prevention is better than cure' - linking our wellbeing with our environment
17 Nov 2011

The Sustainability and Environmental policy forum, facilitated by NICVA's Vital Links project, is this month aiming to raise awareness of the inextricable link between the environment and sustainability and our physical and mental wellbeing.

686
Programme for Government: consultation dates
17 Nov 2011

The First Minister and deputy First Minister have published the draft Programme for Government, laying out the Executive's commitments and priorities for 2011-2015. The Executive is now seeking views on this draft document and the consultation period w

687
NICVA HR updates: new policies and the latest pay claim
14 Nov 2011

NICVA has updated its paternity, retirement and maternity policies to reflect recent legislative changes. The advice note attached below is to provide a brief overview of what the changes are and to inform organisations of where further advice and

688
NJC Payscales pay claim 2012/13
14 Nov 2011

The Trade Union side of the National Joint Council for Local Government Services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland submitted a pay claim for 2012/13 on 28 October 2011.

689
NICVA's updated policies - November 2011
11 Nov 2011

NICVA’s updated policies on retirement and paternity leave have now been published in the Staff handbook section of the website: http://www.nicva.org/publications/nicva-staff-handbook

690
Audio, tweets and pictures from the 'Creating the good economy' conference
10 Nov 2011

'Creating the good economy' in tweets, audio and pictures.   Thanks to everyone that contributed.  

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'Creating the good economy' conference has challenged us all
9 Nov 2011

NICVA held its first annual economic conference yesterday in the Stormont Hotel. The event was addressed by keynote speakers Will Hutton, David McWilliams and the Minister for Enterprise Trade and Investment, Arlene Foster MLA. The conference sought to

692
Gambling review update
1 Nov 2011

The Department for Social Development consulted on reforming gambling legislation earlier this year. While the consultation document, Future Regulation of Gambling in Northern Ireland, considered most aspects of gambling, from lottery tic

693
Masterclass tackles financial crisis
31 Oct 2011

The Centre for Economic Empowerment’s second masterclass tackled the complex and wide-ranging topic of what caused the global financial crisis and examined the policies that resulted from it. The event was addressed by Dr Esmond Birnie, PwC Chie

694
Charities (Amendment) Bill - no progress expected until next year
31 Oct 2011

The Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland, has still not disclosed his preferred course of action to sort out the public benefit test problem. 

696
Welfare reform to pose significant challenges for Northern Ireland
28 Oct 2011

The incoming welfare reforms have been widely described as the most radical shake up of the social security system in over 40 years. The proposed aim of the reform and subsequent Bill is to simplify the benefits system, improve work incentives to encou

697
Video Comment: NICVA Chief Executive on the future of Northern Ireland's economy
26 Oct 2011

In advance of NICVA's Centre for Economic Empowerment conference in Belfast on 8 November 2011 - Creating the good economy - Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey talks about why the voluntary

698
Consultation dates for Social Investment Fund Announced
21 Oct 2011

The Social Investment Fund aims to reduce poverty, unemployment and physical deterioration through area based interventions of s

699
NICVA releases latest Viewfinder research
20 Oct 2011

NICVA has released their latest research on the voluntary and community sector.  Viewfinder, the tenth in the series, provides an overview of a number of issues which are currently affecting the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.&

700
NICVA's 73rd Annual General Meeting
19 Oct 2011

Bob Stronge, Chair of NICVA, welcomed members to NICVA's 73rd AGM on 14 October and reflected on a year which saw the impact of economic downturn, cuts to public expenditure and the reshaping of public services creating many difficulties for families a

701
NICVA meets Connecting Older People grantholders
17 Oct 2011

In June 2011 NICVA was awarded the development and support contract from the BIG Lottery fund to work with Reaching Out: Connecting Older People grant holders.  NICVA has agreed to work in partnership with Stratagem and Stellar Leadership to deliv

702
NICVA asks Public Accounts Committee to keep the pressure on bureaucracy changes
13 Oct 2011

At its meeting on 12 October, NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey asked the powerful Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Northern Ireland Assembly, to monitor how govern

703
Sector representatives mark the publication of the Concordat
13 Oct 2011

Members of the voluntary and community sector recently marked the publication of the Concordat — the social partnership agreement between government and the sector.

704
Strong cross party support for voluntary and community sector expressed in Assembly Debate
28 Sep 2011

The relationship between government and the voluntary and community sector was the focus of debate in the Assembly on the 27 September.

705
First and deputy First Minister announce consultation on £80million Social Investment Fund
28 Sep 2011

Consultation on the long awaited and much talked about Social Investment Fund was launched in Parliament Buildings on 27 September.

706
Charities (Amendment) Bill Rescheduled
22 Sep 2011

The Committee for Social Development was due to consider the Charities (Amendment) Bill at the end of September, but this has now been rescheduled to 20 October 2011.

708
Community activists and education policy
21 Sep 2011

Following the Call to Action report produced by a working group led by Dawn Purvis, NICVA hosted an event to explore the issue of educational disadvantage and discuss how the voluntary and community sector can help increase educational eq

709
Masterclass explores government's economic levers
16 Sep 2011

NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment held its first masterclass this morning on Understanding Government’s Economic Levers. The inaugural seminar was addressed by Kate Barker, Chairperson of Northern Ireland’s Economic Advisory Group and Dr Gr

710
Public Accounts Committee to hold meeting in NICVA
16 Sep 2011

On Wednesday 12 October at 2.00pm the influential Public Accounts Committee of the NI Assembly will hold its meeting in NICVA’s Duncairn Gardens offices.

711
Cuts to services in the voluntary and community sector hit £2million
13 Sep 2011

Children, families and people with disabilities are amongst the groups that have seen cuts to the services delivered to them by voluntary and community organisations according to recent case studies on NICVA's CutsWatchNI.

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Full agenda for Creating the Good Economy confirmed
12 Sep 2011

A range of leading commentators from business, politics, trade unions and the voluntary and community and social enterpise sectors will be joining David McWilliams and Will Hutton in the Stormont Hotel on 8 November for the NICVA

713
Minister McCausland outlines his priorities to the sector
8 Sep 2011

120 people from voluntary and community organisations across Northern Ireland gathered in NICVA today to hear DSD Minister Nelson McCausland outline his priorities for his term in office.  

714
CollaborationNI launches new website
5 Sep 2011

CollaborationNI has announced the launch of its new website www.collaborationni.org. The website will provide information on and valuable resources relating to the work of th

716
Stepping Stones path to success after completing ILM Award
1 Sep 2011

Eight Stepping Stones staff confidently say that they are now more effective managers after completing the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 3 Award in Effective Management with NICVA.

717
Communication is the key
31 Aug 2011

Communication is at the heart of everything we do and is one of the key tools we need to run an effective and successful organisation. If we don't get it right we run the risk, at the very least, of not being heard amongst the thousands of other charit

718
Guardian Live Q&A on how charities can plan for austerity
23 Aug 2011

NICVA Chief Executive, Seamus McAleavey, is part of an expert panel discussing how charities can plan for austerity in a live question and answer session hosted by the Guardian Professional online. The discussion takes place from 1-3pm on Tuesday 23 Au

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NICVA responds to Homelessness Strategy
22 Aug 2011

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive's Homelessness Strategy 2011-16 details proposals to tackle the issue of homelessness in Northern Ireland. Given the current economic situation, NICVA was keen to contribute to this timely debate.

720
Funding and policy issues both on agenda for meeting with DHSSPS Minister Poots
10 Aug 2011

NICVA Executive Committee members Liz Cuddy, Extern; Marie Cavanagh, Gingerbread; Eddie Magowan, NI Hospice and NICVA Chair Bob Stronge held a briefing meeting with Edwin Poots, Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety.

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NICVA joins business and trades union leaders for emergency meeting with Finance Minister Sammy Wilson
9 Aug 2011

As the economic crisis took a turn for the worse in world markets, with renewed problems in the US and Europe, Finance Minister Sammy Wilson convened an emergency meeting of key organisations from business and trades unions with NICVA representing the

722
Reform of Social Fund discussed at meeting with Commissioner and voluntary and community organistions
2 Aug 2011

Karamjit Singh CBE Social Fund Commissioner for Northern Ireland visited NICVA to discuss upcoming changes to the Social Fund. 

723
New economic masterclass series for voluntary and community organisations
1 Aug 2011

NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment first masterclass series begins this September. The series will examine some of the major economic issues we face today wi

724
An update from NICVA on the progress of the Charities Act (NI) 2008
27 Jul 2011

In September 2008 the Charities Bill became the Charities Act (NI) 2008. NICVA has prepared a paper to explain the progress in the implementation of the Act's main provisions.

726
Sector Matters - Building Financial Foundations
25 Jul 2011

The Building Financial Foundations project is a new initiative from Sector Matters, funded by Lloyds TSB Foundation. Working with groups with an income up to £100,000 Sector Matters will deliver support and guidance on good financial practice.

727
Hats off to community leaders
22 Jul 2011

Hats off to a number of community leaders who recently graduated from the University of Ulster with a Certificate in Management Practice, which was funded by the International Fund for Ireland's Community Leadership Programme managed by NICVA.

728
All Party Group on the Voluntary and Community Sector
20 Jul 2011

The All Party Group on the Voluntary and Community Sector provides a forum for MLAs from different parties to meet in order to consider and discuss shared interests in particular subjects.

729
Joint forum discusses next steps for Concordat
18 Jul 2011

A recent meeting of the Joint Government Voluntary and Community Sector Forum highlighted the Executive's agreement to the Concordat in March and outlined the crucial steps necessary for accomplishing the commitments contained within the document.

730
£250k Innovation Fund now open for applications from sector
14 Jul 2011

Voluntary and community organisations from across Northern Ireland will have the opportunity to bid for funding as part of the Innovation Fund aimed at increasing the uptake of benefits.

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Destined for success
7 Jul 2011

Beginning with Duties of Directors training in 2010, now eight members of Destined - a support organisation for people with learning disabilities - have completed an ILM Level 3 Award in Effective Management.

732
Benefits of corporation tax reduction must be shared by all through job creation
7 Jul 2011

NICVA has responded to the Government's consultation paper 'Rebalancing the Northern Ireland Economy'. The consultation paper details proposals to devolve the power to vary corporation tax to the Northern Ireland Assembly. In its response NICVA has sen

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Lord Mayor helps to forge Vital Links
5 Jul 2011

NICVA has officially launched its Vital Links ‘Get to know the sector’ programme in Belfast City Hall, which aims to enable participants to explore policy issues, build new relationships and engage meaningfully with the voluntary and community sect

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Collaborators sent to the Tower
4 Jul 2011

Nineteen potential collaborators from a range of voluntary and community groups in the North-West were confined to the Tower Museum, Derry, on 29 June to share and develop their experiences of working across organisational boundaries.

736
Starter Job Pilot Study
20 Jun 2011

Representatives from a wide range of voluntary and community organisations attended an OFMdFM open information session at NICVA in April to discuss a study on the impact of supporting parents into employment.

737
Charitable organisations and campaigning: new guidance clarifies position
16 Jun 2011

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) has launched new guidance for charitable organisations engaged in political activities and campaigning.

738
Lively discussion on the future of education
3 Jun 2011

As part of its manifesto call for public debate on key issues such as education, NICVA joined with IEF to host a Civic Discussion on Education.

739
NICVA response on the Future Regulation of Gambling in Northern Ireland
1 Jun 2011

NICVA has submitted its response to the Department for Social Development’s consultation on the ‘Future Regulation of Gambling in Northern Ireland’.  The response provides general comments on the relevant policy areas which affect the sector

740
The Northern Ireland Assembly
24 May 2011

NICVA has designed a web page with interactive map to allow you to view MLAs via their constituencies.

741
NICVA hosts Secretary of State and Treasury for Corporation Tax debate
20 May 2011

NICVA welcomed Secretary of State Owen Paterson MP and Richard Williams from HM Treasury to Belfast today, to a special seminar on the Government's proposals for Rebalancing the Northern Ireland Economy.

742
Community Leadership Programme celebrates Year Two
20 May 2011

NICVA, in conjunction with the International Fund for Ireland (IFI), recently celebrated the end of year two of the £2.1 million Community Leadership Programme (CLP) with a final roundtable, including a reflection and evaluation of learning and presen

743
New First Line Managers in the making
18 May 2011

13 participants from 8 organisations across Northern Ireland have begun the 2011 spring session of Institute of Management and Leadership (ILM) level 3 in First Line Management (FLM) as part of the Reaching Communities NI Support and Development Progra

744
CutsWatchNI: report your cuts
12 Mar 2015

CutsWatchNI maps the impact of public sector spending cuts on voluntary and community groups in Northern Ireland. It is designed to highlight the impact of cuts on both organisations and communities.

745
Your input needed for State of the Sector VI
17 May 2011

Over the next few days, the State of the Sector VI survey will be arriving at every voluntary and community organisation in Northern Ireland. We would be grateful if you would take a few moments to complete the survey and return it along with

746
NICVA welcomes new NI Executive
16 May 2011

Speaking following the announcement of the new Northern Ireland Executive, NICVA CEO Seamus McAleavey congratulated Ministers and looked forward to working with them on smart solutions for the tough times ahead.

747
Managing Change event cancelled
16 May 2011

Please note that the member event, Managing Change, which was planned for Thursday 19 May, has been cancelled. 

748
NICVA's Individual Giving Survey 2010 reveals sustained and committed charitable giving
16 May 2011

NICVA’s latest research into charitable giving in Northern Ireland suggests that the number of individuals giving to charity, and the amounts donors are giving, have remained steady despite the recession. However, there still remains a number of chal

749
Consultation on changes to lotteries and raffles rules
10 May 2011

The Department for Social Development is currently consulting on reforming the gambling legislation in Northern Ireland.  The consultation document ‘Future Regulation of Gambling in Northern Ireland’ considers most aspects of gambling, from

750
Coca-Cola celebrates 125 years and says 'Thank You'
10 May 2011

Coca-Cola celebrated its 125th anniversary on 8 May 2011. On that day, 125 years ago, the first Coca-Cola was sold in Atlanta, Georgia. As part of the celebratory events to mark this milestone the company has launched the Coca-Cola 125 Years Thank You

751
The value of investing in your managers
6 May 2011

By investing in training, organisations will find that skilling their managers and developing their existing expertise delivers long term efficiency savings, helps achieve outcomes and bridges the gaps created by job cuts and downsizing. Despite

752
Collaborate more effectively
4 May 2011

NICVA is set to deliver the first session under the new CollaborationNI service - a practical guide to collaborative working. Additionally, a three day, high powered development programme - Leading Beyond Authority: using influence to make collaboratio

753
Do you have the Will to Give?
3 May 2011

A partnership, developed by NICVA, of 19 Northern Ireland charities recently launched an appeal with a difference.

754
Consultation on Rebalancing the Economy
18 Apr 2011

Officials from the Treasury, DFP and DETI will be in NICVA on 20 May from 9.30am – 12.30pm to hold a consultation with voluntary and community organisations on the recently released

755
Update on Payscales 2011
11 Apr 2011

Local Government employers confirm there will be no pay offer for 2011 - 2012

756
NICVA launches manifesto challenge to parties
7 Apr 2011

An election hustings event held at NICVA this morning offered an opportunity for representatives from the voluntary and community sector to question MLA candidates on their priorities for the future.

757
AMBIT US study visit 2011
5 Apr 2011

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is set to lead a high level Trade Delegation to Northern Ireland. He was elected Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association on the back of his decisive re-election in November as Governor of Maryland.

758
NICVA condemns murder of PSNI Officer Ronan Kerr
4 Apr 2011

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is the police service of the community and an attack on the police service is an attack on the community.

759
Northern Ireland social enterprise businesses win top UK awards
4 Apr 2011

Two Northern Ireland social enterprise businesses have won the top prizes at the Social Enterprise Awards held on 30 March 2011 at the Indigo O2 Arena in London.

760
Pre-consultation on Social Investment Fund
1 Apr 2011

OFMdFM have written to key stakeholders seeking their thoughts on the £80million Social Investment Fund.

761
Celebrating success, impacting performance
30 Mar 2011

NICVA celebrated the success of those who completed the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) qualifications at a presentation of certificates event on Tuesday 22 March.

762
Better Together conference launches new £1million CollaborationNI project
30 Mar 2011

A new service to support charities to collaborate more effectively has been launched today at a conference attended by over 100 third sector leaders. CollaborationNI will serve the Northern Ireland voluntary and community sector on behalf of the Buildi

763
Northern Ireland Child Poverty Strategy Update
24 Mar 2011

As the Child Poverty Strategy is laid before the Northern Ireland Assembly, we take a look at some of the issues related to child poverty and the struggle to eradicate it in Northern Ireland.

764
Men's Policy Forum raises awareness of hidden problem
15 Mar 2011

The Men's Policy Forum, as part of the Vital Links Programme, heard evidence in January from the Men's Advisory Project on the often silent and under resourced problem of men who are victims of domestic abuse.

765
NICVA responds to DSD Concordat consultation
14 Mar 2011

Friday 3 March 2011 saw the closing date for responses to the Department for Social Development's consultation on proposals for the Joint Government/Voluntary and Community Sector Forum

766
Local Government Reform Update
14 Mar 2011

Community Places hosted a workshop in NICVA on Friday 4 March 2011 to facilitate discussion within the voluntary and community sector on the proposals for local government reform.

767
Life after the budget
11 Mar 2011

In an article written at the end of February, Seamus McAleavey highlighted how the McKinsey report could help to reconfigure public services as the final Budget approached.

768
Not All Charities to be Treated Equally
11 Mar 2011

NICVA has written to the Minister for Social Development seeking clarification on plans by the Northern Ireland Executive to reintroduce the presumption of public benefit for certain types of organisation via a Draft Charities (Amendment) Bill.

769
Budget passed: protecting the vulnerable must now be a priority
10 Mar 2011

The Budget has been agreed but now the real work must begin to protect the most vulnerable in our society.

770
Charity Commission Announces Introduction of Charity Regulation to Northern Ireland
7 Mar 2011

In an announcement welcomed by NICVA, the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) has publicised the introduction of charity regulation to Northern Ireland.

771
Salary Survey 2010 highlights value of voluntary and community sector employment
2 Mar 2011

NICVA’S Salary Survey 2010, the third such study carried out in Northern Ireland, has highlighted changing trends in the voluntary and community sector. The research exposes not just the challenges facing the sector in the current economic climate, b

772
Pickles warns councils over disproportionate cuts
2 Mar 2011

Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in England, has outlined his expectations that local authorities embrace the contribution of the voluntary and community sector.

773
Tracking the cuts
2 Mar 2011

If you've already been notified that you will suffer a reduction in funding as a result of the public sector cuts, NICVA would like to hear about it, in order to build a picture of the impact cuts will have.

776
Sector responses to the draft budget consultation
21 Feb 2011

Many voluntary and community sector organisations have submitted responses to the draft budget consultation. Read some of their responses below.

777
Charity Commission Launches Pre-registration Process
20 Feb 2011

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) has been contacting groups in order to verify the details passed on to them by HM Revenue and Customs.

778
Intelligent Procurement Conference, 8 March 2011
18 Feb 2011

The NI Executive spends £2.3 billion annually procuring goods and services and increasingly more and more voluntary and community organisations are entering this process.  This conference will be a big help to those who want to understand these p

779
Sector responses to the draft budget consultation
18 Feb 2011

Many voluntary and community sector organisations have submitted responses to the draft budget consultation. Read some of their responses below.

780
NICVA response to Draft Budget consultation
16 Feb 2011

NICVA has made a comprehensive response to the draft Budget as part of the Executive's consultation.  A number of critical issues are raised and some frank and realistic questions asked.

781
NICVA calls for nothing less than a BIG 100%
16 Feb 2011

NICVA Chief Executive, Seamus McAleavey, has called on the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure to fully protect funding to the voluntary and community sector from the Big Lottery Fund.

782
New Fire Regulations for Employers
16 Feb 2011

From 15 November 2010 all non-domestic premises must hold a valid Fire Safety Risk Assessment.

783
Carrying Out a Redundancy
16 Feb 2011

Many organisations may be facing the ending of fixed term contracts or redundancies at the end of March 2011.

784
Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband writes to NICVA about a new initiative on civil society
14 Feb 2011

Ed Miliband has asked his shadow Cabinet Office team to carry out a policy review into civil society.

785
Management training reaching out to voluntary and community sector groups
10 Feb 2011

Twelve participants from another nine organisations across Northern Ireland have commenced the Institute of Management and Leadership (ILM) level 3 in First Line Management (FLM) as part of the Reaching Communities NI Support and Development

786
First independent analysis of draft Budget released
9 Feb 2011

The only comprehensive, independent review of the NI Executive's draft Budget, currently out for consultation, highlights gaps in departmental spending plans.

787
Ministers and civil society leaders meet in NICVA to discuss economy
3 Feb 2011

The First and deputy First Ministers and their Executive colleagues, Ministers Gildernew, Murphy, Poots, Wilson and Junior Minister Newton joined representatives from the voluntary and community sector, trade unions and business for the fifth meeting o

788
DHSSPS acknowledges the essential role of the voluntary and community sector
2 Feb 2011

NICVA’s departmental Budget Consultations are now well underway and the eighth meeting in the series was held on Wednesday 26 January. The Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety gave an overview of the Department's budget to a full

789
Voluntary and community sector leads the way with family friendly benefits and a motivated workforce
2 Feb 2011

Recent research carried out by the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action has found that although workers in the voluntary and community sector earn slightly less than the NI average, organisations attract employees with their favourable terms a

790
Seminar offers low cost Smart Solutions
2 Feb 2011

The recent Smart Solutions seminar “Big efficiencies and low cost solutions” offered voluntary and community organisations the opportunity to consider how leading edge technologies could transform their business.

791
Some DOE programmes facing suspension after budget
1 Feb 2011

The sixth government department to discuss the proposed budget cuts as part of NICVA’s series of consultation meetings was the Department of the Environment. Cynthia Smith, Deputy Secretary of Corporate Services and Road Safety.

792
Mark of Excellence for NICVA
28 Jan 2011

NICVA is delighted to be awarded a Mark of Excellence for its commitment to quality at a Gala Evening and Awards Ceremony on Thursday 28 January 2011 at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.

793
Funding cuts to sector feature on Hearts and Minds
28 Jan 2011

Award winning journalist Julia Paul presented a package on cuts to the voluntary and community sector on the BBC programme Hearts and Minds

794
Youth charities join forces
27 Jan 2011

In the current economic climate, the sector is under increasing pressure to consider alternative ways of working, including working collaboratively with other organisations in the delivery of their key services.

795
DCAL anticipates cuts across the board
25 Jan 2011

Continuing NICVA’s series of consultation meetings with central government departments, the Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure presented to a crowded room to discuss the potential impact of the draft budget.

796
DSD outlines Minister's spending priorities
25 Jan 2011

The Department for Social Development was the third government department to present at NICVA's series of budget consultation meetings.

797
Minister seeks views on DSD draft Budget and Concordat
20 Jan 2011

Alex Attwood MLA, Minister for Social Development, has organised a series of meetings designed to discuss the impact of the draft DSD Budget with voluntary and community organisations.

798
DFP explains that many challenges lie ahead
19 Jan 2011

In our continuing budget consultation meetings with individual Government departments, Mike Brennan and Jeff McGuinness attended on behalf of the Department of Finance and Personnel.

799
For everything that matters ...
17 Jan 2011

Are you preparing for the new financial year or considering the impact of potential cuts in funding? Do you need support in specific areas of your organisation such as Finance or HR? Have you considered external support and help?

800
Nineteen NI charities have the Will to Give
17 Jan 2011

Northern Ireland charities joined forces today at NICVA to form a new organisation called Will to Give. The new organisation aims to raise awareness with the general public about leaving charitable donations in a will.

801
CollaborationNI: a new programme to support partnerships, collaboration and mergers
17 Jan 2011

NICVA is delighted to announce the launch of a partnership between NICVA, CO3 and Stellar Leadership to deliver a partnerships, collaboration and mergers support programme. CollaborationNI will serve the Northern Ireland voluntary and community sect

802
New Charity Regulations and Working Towards Good Governance
14 Jan 2011

The Developing Governance Group, in association with the Charity Commission and local support networks, is holding a series of free seminars focusing on the new rules and regulations that come into being from the Charities Act.

803
Public consultation on Regional Development Strategy's 10 Year Review
14 Jan 2011

The Department for Regional Development is hosting a number of public consultation meetings to give information on the 10 year review of the revised Regional Development Strategy (Shaping Our Future) and take your views.

804
Department of Justice reiterates Minister's Budget priorities in the first of our consultation meetings
13 Jan 2011

NICVA hosted the first in a series of consultation meetings on the Budget with the Department of Justice on Wednesday 12 January.

805
Deputy First Minister tells NICVA the "Executive has unity of purpose to deliver an economy that works for all"
12 Jan 2011

Speaking at the Live Issues on the Economy Conference organised by NICVA the deputy First Minister said that the NI Executive believed that investment was the best way out of recession. He added that now was the time for the Executive to focus on deliv

806
All twelve departments make spending plans available. Download here.
6 Jan 2011

Download each department's spending plan as it becomes available.

807
NICVA calls for the publication of Departmental Spending Plans
3 Jan 2011

NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey has called on NI Executive Ministers to publish their Spending Plans as part of the Budget process.  “It is three weeks now since Finance Minister Sammy Wilson published a draft budget for consultation

808
New ‘Additional Paternity Leave and Pay’ April 2011
22 Dec 2010

A new piece of legislation has been implemented which will affect parents of children born on or after 3rd April 2011.

809
Jubilee– leave or not to leave?
22 Dec 2010

The Government has agreed to mark Tuesday 5 June 2012 as a new public holiday date in the 2012 calendar.

810
Consultation on draft budget gets underway
22 Dec 2010

NICVA is arranging dates for consultation meetings on the budget with each government department.

811
Green New Budget?
20 Dec 2010

The Green New Deal, the NI coalition group of which NICVA is a member, is an amibitious investment programme, aiming to leverage significant funding to deliver energy efficiency measures and create several thousand jobs over a three year period. The Ex

812
Draft Budget 2011-2015 released for consultation
15 Dec 2010

Finance Minister Sammy Wilson introduced a draft budget to the Assembly. Consultation on its content will be held over the next eight weeks and end on 9 February.

813
Plan ahead to get ahead
10 Dec 2010

"No one can be sure of continued secured employment. Many employers have been reducing working hours and / or introducing pay cuts. The future is uncertain. Be in control of your destiny. Plan ahead to get ahead."

814
New research confirms sectors worst fears on Welfare Reform
10 Dec 2010

One of the key elements of NICVA's Smart Solutions in Tough Times campaign has been protecting vulnerable people and communities from the worst impacts of the recession and outcomes of the Comprehensive Spending Review.  The changes to social secu

815
Child Protection and Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults - Guidance and Training
7 Dec 2010

Sources for standards, guidance and training on child protection and safeguarding vulnerable adults in Northern Ireland.

816
First Minister expects budget by Christmas
6 Dec 2010

First Minister Peter Robinson told the Chief Executives Forum conference on the 3 December, that he fully expected a budget to be agreed by Christmas.  He added that he was confident that the agreed budget would be for four years. Minister Ro

817
Minister Kennedy calls for authentic partnership with sector at UUP party conference.
6 Dec 2010

In his address to the UUP Annual Conference Employment and Learning Minister Danny Kennedy spoke of the role voluntary and community organisations play as ‘valued partners’ in  addressing disadvantage and educational under attainment.

818
Children's Services Planning Nominations 2010
1 Dec 2010

Children in Northern Ireland (CiNI) has been requested by the Director of Social Care and Children, Health and Social Care Board to co-ordinate, in liaison with NICVA and NICEM, the recruitment process for community, voluntary and BME sector representa

819
Role of the voluntary and community sector debated at DUP party conference
29 Nov 2010

NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey participated in a panel discussion on Reforming Government and Financing Public Services, as part of the DUP annual party conference

820
Politicians hear concerns over welfare reform and cuts to services
25 Nov 2010

Members of the Assembly Social Development Committee stepped out of Stormont and held a special evidence gathering session in the offices of the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA). The Committee wanted to question the voluntary and c

821
NICVA 72nd Annual General Meeting
22 Nov 2010

NICVA's 72nd AGM took place on Friday 19 November, at NICVA's offices in Belfast, and was attended by over 50 members.

822
Upcoming Policy Forum dates
22 Nov 2010

Are you or your organisation interested in trying to influence decision-makers?

823
Ever asked yourself - why is politics still done like this?
15 Nov 2010

The popular blog Slugger O'Toole has a series of Political Innovation events planned throughout the UK and Ireland. NICVA is pleased to host the Belfast event on Saturday 20th Nove

824
Strong showing from voluntary and community organisations at SDLP party conference
8 Nov 2010

Representatives from the voluntary and community sector mingled with Ministers, MPs, MLAs, Councillors and party members as the SDLP kicked off the Northern Ireland party conference season in the Ramada Hotel.

825
Green New Deal Housing Plan launched
3 Nov 2010

NICVA Chief Executive, Seamus McAleavey, attended yesterday's Stormont launch of the Green New Deal Group's Housing Fund Business Plan.

827
No salami slicing in the Department of Justice
29 Oct 2010

 Justice Minister David Ford was in NICVA on 28 October to meet with voluntary and community organisations to discuss issues of common concern

828
NICVA meets again with First and deputy First Ministers Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness on Spending Review
29 Oct 2010

NICVA representatives have met the FM and dFM for the second time this month to discuss the outcome of the Spending Review and the implications for public expenditure in Northern Ireland.

829
DSD Minister reports back on Spectrum Centre event
27 Oct 2010

A conversational session at the Spectrum Centre on 26 October focused on actions to ensure an "effective, enterprising and sustainable sector" playing a role in the design, development and delivery of policy and services in Northern Ireland. M

830
Timely, informative conference ...
22 Oct 2010

NICVA’s Charity Financial Reporting Conference, held on 21 October 2010, was attended by over 120 participants.  Participants’ feedback was very positive, with all saying they enjoyed the day which they thought was informative and timely.

831
Your reactions to the Spending Review announcement
22 Oct 2010

As part of our Smart Solutions in Tough Times campaign, we're eager to gather the responses of our member organisations and of the wider voluntary and community sector to the Spending Review.

832
The poorest and families with children will be hit the hardest
22 Oct 2010

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has called the budget "regressive".

833
Simply managing cuts is not acceptable for the people of Northern Ireland
20 Oct 2010

Speaking after the Spending Review announcement NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey said “Today’s announcement confirms our worst fears. The real term reduction in the block grant will be felt in every home

834
Finance Minister Sammy Wilson talked about smart solutions and budget plans
14 Oct 2010

Finance Minister Sammy Wilson told a packed audience in NICVA that the voluntary and community sector is "well placed to offer attractive and innovative solutions that will not only save money, but also provide better services for the peopl

835
CSR briefing with DETI
11 Oct 2010

The latest in the series of NICVA’s Comprehensive Spending Review events with officials from the Department for Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) saw the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Mr David Sterli

836
CSR briefing with DCAL
6 Oct 2010

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) was the latest department to take part in NICVA’s Smart Solutions in Tough Times series of events. The meetings are a part of Vital Links, a project funded by PEACE III.

837
Report from CSR event with the Department of the Environment
5 Oct 2010

NICVA hosted another of its Comprehensive Spending Review events with officials from the Department of the Environment (DOE). The events are part of Vital Links, a project funded by PEACE III.

838
All Party Group impressed by sector’s contribution
4 Oct 2010

The All Party Group on the Voluntary and Community Sector held its Annual General Meeting at Stormont on 28 September. The group agreed to propose a motion calling the Executive to ensure that the voluntary and community sector is not subject to dispro

839
NICVA delegation met with First Minister and deputy First Minister at Stormont
4 Oct 2010

NICVA Executive Committee members, Bob Stronge Chair, Marie Cavanagh vice Chair, Liz Cuddy Executive Committee and Seamus McAleavey Chief Executive met with Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness on Thursday 30 September at Stormont Castle.

840
Equality Champion Programme
29 Sep 2010

In partnership with NICVA, the Equality Commission is delivering a modular programme of five seminars aimed at assisting voluntary sector employers to meet their responsibilities under employment equality legislation.

841
Draft Programme for Cohesion, Sharing and Integration issued for consultation
20 Sep 2010

The long anticipated draft Programme for Cohesion, Sharing and Integration has been issued for consultation. As part of the consultation, sectoral meetings are in the process of being arranged under the following categories: Academics, Victims and Surv

843
Voluntary and community sector receives positive report from NI Audit Office
15 Sep 2010

The Comptroller and Auditor General, Mr Kieran Donnelly, has today issued a report to the Assembly on Creating Effective Partnerships between Government and the Voluntary and Community Sector. The report, which draws on NICVA research findings

844
Big Lottery Fund grant holders to benefit from development and support programme
15 Sep 2010

A further seven organisations have been awarded a Reaching Communities NI grant from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG).

845
CSR briefing with DARD
9 Sep 2010

As part of the Smart Solutions in Tough Times series, NICVA hosted officials from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) who presented a briefing on the Comprehensive Spending Review.

846
Minister speaks to the sector on spending pressures
7 Sep 2010

At a packed meeting in NICVA over 150 people from the voluntary and community sector heard DSD Minister Alex Attwood say that "the community and voluntary sector is frontline activity in areas where communities are in stress."  The Minister sai

847
Draft Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures
7 Sep 2010

The Labour Relations Agency has published, for consultation, a Draft Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures

848
Smart Solutions campaign to hear from Minister
5 Sep 2010

The voluntary and community sector continues its Smart Solutions in Tough Times campaign with a seminar in which the Social Development Minister, Alex Attwood MLA, will be invited to lay out his plans to protect vital services for vulnerable people. Th

849
CSR briefing with DRD
3 Sep 2010

Over 50 people attended the latest meeting in NICVA’s CSR briefing series. On this occasion it was DRD’s turn to outline their priorities in roads, public utilities and public transport.

1732
Reaching Out: Connecting Older People – Getting your message across
12 Jun 2014

The ROCOP programme recently held training on how to create a key message for their Big Lottery, Reaching Out: Connecting Older People project,

1735
Resources for RO:COP
18 Oct 2013

To help with your projects we have compiled a list of useful sites and information for you.

1929
Members of the Joint Goverment / Voluntary and Community Sector Forum
24 Apr 2013

A new VCG was selected in August 2012 by a sub group of the NICVA Executive Committee and the new membership spans the sector.

1960
Policy Manifesto 2011
7 Jul 2011

NICVA, the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, is the umbrella body and development agency for the 4,500 strong voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.

2058
NJC payscales – trade unions reject 1% increase
Money Image
16 Jun 2014

Trade unions are balloting members on industrial action having rejected the 1% pay increase offered in March 2014 by the employers’ side of the NJC (National Joint Council)

2059
NICVA's Conference Facilities Half Price for Summer
Conference Facilities Brochure Image
16 Jun 2014

NICVA is offering a 50% discount on its conference room hire for bookings in July and August.

2060
Community Currencies and Trading Schemes – Masterclass
17 Jun 2014

NICVA's second Masterclass of the year examined community-based currencies and trading schemes.

2082
Shape NICVA
16 Jun 2014

Help us find the right direction - have your say about NICVA’s future plans. We want to hear what your priorities are for the next few years, what are the key issues your organisation is facing, and what help you will need from NICVA.

2104
Tax Land, Not Houses
Land Value Tax Infographic
18 Jun 2014

NICVA's Centre for Economic Empowerment has launched a new report into the feasibility of introducing a land value tax in Northern Ireland.

2105
Racial Equality Strategy Published for Consultation
20 Jun 2014

“A Sense of Belonging: Delivering Social Change through a Racial Equality Strategy for Northern Ireland 2014-2024” the new Racial Equality Strategy has been launched for consultation by OFMDFM.

2106
Justice in the Community Awards 2014
Justice in the Community Awards Launched
24 Jun 2014

Justice Minister David Ford has launched the 2014 Justice in the Community Awards and invites nominations from across Northern Ireland.

2108
Zero Hours Contracts Consultation
24 Jun 2014

The Department for Employment and Learning has released a consultation on Zero Hours Contracts in Northern Ireland.

2109
Progress Needs a Political Accommodation Between the Main Parties
1 Jul 2014

As the leaders of the political parties begin their next round of meetings community organisations have come together to call on them to finish the job and deliver a working agreement on parades, flags and the past.

2111
Developing Your Fundraising Mix
4 Jul 2014

Voluntary and community organisations face increasing challenges to raise money to allow them to do their work.

2158
The Creative Economy
4 Jul 2014

In recent years various research papers, strategies and inquiries have examined the potential of Northern Ireland's 'creative industries'

2174
Attack on Dunanney Centre is an Attack on Entire Community
16 Jul 2014

Following the recent attack on the Dunanney Centre in Rathcoole, NICVA issued the following statement.

2176
Consumer Council and NICVA welcome the FCA’s proposals to cap fees on payday loans
17 Jul 2014

The Consumer Council and NICVA have welcomed the proposals from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to cap the fees on payday loans.

2178
The Return of Social Responsibility
12 Oct 2012

The concept of ‘personal responsibility’ is commonly invoked in discussions of social, moral and economic matters.

2179
Is the Housing Strategy Facing the Future?
29 Oct 2012

Last week the Department for Social Development published its new housing strategy, Facing the Future, for consultation.

2181
Economic Inequality
21 Nov 2012

Over the last three decades most societies have experienced a marked rise in economic inequality. In the UK, the top one per cent’s share of net income increased from 4% in 1978 to 10% in 2000.

2182
The Assembly's Economic Powers
13 Dec 2012

In her Ministerial Foreword, Arlene Foster writes approvingly that the Northern Ireland Economic Strategy “has been developed by locally elected politicians to meet the particular needs of our economy”.

2183
The Subvention
30 Jan 2013

Sinn Féin’s call for a border poll has reintroduced the once familiar debate over the ‘subvention’ – the annual gap between public revenue and expenditure in Northern Ireland.

2184
Flegonomics
4 Feb 2013

Although the controversy over the flying of the Union flag seems to centre on issues of identity, it is the economics of the situation that have come to the fore.

2185
Public Procurement - Outsourcing Accountability?
20 Feb 2013

Public procurement has again attracted controversy with the publication of a report last week by the Audit Office.

2186
Politics Without Economics
22 Feb 2013

WIll politics in Northern Ireland always be dominated by orange and green?

2187
Lessons From Thatcher
9 Apr 2013

In the wake of Margaret Thatcher’s death much of the commentary has focused on the impact of her economic policies.

2188
A Double Tranistion to Peace and Neo-liberalism?
24 May 2013

Earlier this week I attended the launch of a booklet on Northern Ireland’s alleged ‘double transition’ to peace and neoliberalism (the ideology that society should be modelled on the market).

2189
Payday Poverty
3 Jul 2013

Since the economic downturn began in 2007 there has been a significant growth in ‘payday’ lending – short-term loans with exorbitant rates of interest (APRs are typically around 1,750%).

2190
Measuring Unemployment
9 Aug 2013

Carney's Unemployment Target Based on Dubious Data

2191
Red Ed?
27 Sep 2013

Long accused of lacking a clear policy agenda, Ed Miliband this week attempted to set out his stall with his conference speech.

2193
Putting On A Performance
6 Nov 2013

It has been revealed that in order to meet performance targets, staff at a hospital in Colchester were pressurised into falsifying waiting list data.

2195
Volunteer for Inspirational Dementia Project
22 Jul 2014

Volunteers are needed for My Life, My Way, an inspirational project, delivered by Age NI, to support older people with dementia, and their carers, in the Belfast and Northern Trust areas.

2199
NICVA gets Superconnected
25 Jul 2014

NICVA have recently taken advantage of the Belfast City Council ‘Superconnected Cities’ scheme along with Atlas Communications, allowing for a £3000 grant towards the installation of a new high speed data connection.

2206
Getting the Best Out of GrantTracker Video
29 Jul 2014

GrantTracker is the leading web based funding database in Northern Ireland.

2216
Electoral Commission Webinars
1 Aug 2014

The Electoral Commission has recently published their guidance on the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act, or Lobbying Act.

2217
June Monitoring Round: The financial squeeze is on in public expenditure
1 Aug 2014

NICVA analysis on public expenditure trends is for the squeeze to get tighter in Northern Ireland over the next 5 years

2218
2014-15 June Monitoring Round Summary
1 Aug 2014

On 31 July the Minister for Finance and Personnel published a Written Statement to the Assembly on the outcome of the Northern Ireland Executive’s 2014-15 June monitoring round.

2225
NJC Pay dispute – further industrial action
6 Aug 2014

Following the strike on 10 July 2014 by local government workers in Northern Ireland, England and Wales over NJC pay, another one day strike is planned for 14 October 2014.

2230
Mental Capacity Legislation
8 Aug 2014

Over 80 people from across the voluntary and community sector met in NICVA on 5 August to learn more about the mental capacity bill and share their thinking on how it will affect the people and families they work with.

2237
Interim Reporting Requirements
1 Apr 2014

The Charity Commission has launched its interim reporting requirements for those charities that have registered with the Commission.

2238
Charity Commission Publishes Online Registration Tutorial
11 Apr 2014

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has published a new, online registration tutorial to assist organisations applying to register as a Northern Ireland charity.

2239
Charity Commission Interim Reporting Requirements Consultation
1 Nov 2013

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is currently consulting on its interim reporting proposals for charities.

2240
Charities Bill Passes Consideration Stage
17 Dec 2012

The Charities Bill (2012) has now passed consideration stage in the Assembly and the Committee for Social Development has issued its report on the Bill.

2241
Charities Bill Consideration
20 Sep 2012

The proposed amendment will not affect the requirement in the Act that no particular purpose should be presumed to be for the public benefit. 

2242
Public Benefit Issue Soon to be Resolved
25 Jul 2011

There is still no date for the establishment of the Register of Charities as the issue with the public benefit test has still not been resolved.

2243
New Accounting Regulations for all Charities
24 Jul 2011

Despite the delay over the establishment of the Register of Charities, the DSD is currently working on preparing further secondary legislation and hopes to launch draft accounting regulations for consultation in September/October this year. 

2244
Charities Act (NI) 2008 to be Amended
1 Nov 2010

Alex Attwood, the new Minister for Social Development, has directed that the Charities Act (NI) 2008 be amended to clarify the law on the public benefit test. 

2245
Establishment of Register of Charities Delayed
18 Jun 2010

The Charity Commission has identified a potential technical hitch with some of the wording in the Charities Act and has asked the Department for Social Development to investigate.

2246
Register of Charities Timescale Announced
8 Jun 2010

The Charity Commission has announced that the Register of Charities for Northern Ireland will be operational by the end of June.  

2247
Latest news from the Charity Commission
10 Jan 2010

NICVA has got the latest update on the implementation timetable for various provisions of the Charities Act following a recent meeting with the Secretariat of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.

2248
Public Benefit Test Guidance Consultation Launched
1 Sep 2009

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has embarked on its first major piece of work with the launch of the public benefit test guidance for consultation on 3 September in NICVA.

2249
DSD advertises Charity Commissioners' Positions
10 Jan 2009

The Department for Social Development is seeking to appoint a Chief Commissioner to lead the Commission, as well as a Deputy Chief Commissioner and up to five Charity Commissioners, including a legally qualified Commissioner.

2251
Royal Assent for Charities Act (NI) 2008
10 Sep 2008

The long awaited new charities legislation for Northern Ireland received Royal Assent on 9 September 2008. 

2252
Charities Bill for Northern Ireland Introduced
12 Dec 2007

The Charities Bill for Northern Ireland was introduced to the Assembly on 10 December 2007. 

2253
The Charities (NI) Order 2007 - Background Information
20 Jan 2007

The Charities (NI) Order 2007 which was laid before parliament in January will not continue its passage through Westminster as planned. 

2254
Charities Bill: Extension of Committee Stage
12 Feb 2008

The Charities Bill will not be enacted in the first part of 2008 as had been anticipated.

2255
Final Stages for Charities Bill
1 Jul 2008

The Charities Bill (as amended at consideration stage) reached its final stage in the Assembly on 30 June and is now waiting Royal Assent. 

2256
NICVA Response to the Draft Charities (NI) Order 2006
1 Jul 2006

NICVA's response to the Department for Social Development’s (DSD) consultation paper on Draft Primary Legislation for the Charities (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.

2258
Charity Registration and the Public Benefit Statutory Guidance: Briefing
1 Mar 2013

This briefing highlights the key areas of both the statutory guidance on public benefit and the charity registration guidance.

2259
NICVA's Response to Charity Registration and the Public Benefit Statutory Guidance
1 May 2013

This is NICVA's response to the Charity Commission’s 2013 consultation on the 'public benefit statutory guidance'.

2260
Update and Briefing on the Charities Act (NI) 2008
1 May 2013

In September 2008, further to receipt of Royal Assent, the Charities Act (NI) 2008 came into being.  This article offers a brief explanation of the progress of the implementation of the main provisions of the Act.

2261
The Charity Commission for NI’s Consultation on Interim Reporting Requirements Briefing
1 Oct 2013

The Charity Commission is currently consulting on the interim reporting arrangements for charities. This briefing outlines the objectives, reporting arrangements and content of the annual monitoring return.

2262
Response on The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland’s Interim Reporting Requirements Consultation
10 Dec 2013

This is NICVA's response to the Charity Commission's Interim Reporting Requirements consultation. 

2263
NICVA Responds to Charities Bill
20 Sep 2012

This is NICVA's written response to the Committee for Social Development on the Charities Bill.

2267
Auto Enrolment Solutions for the Voluntary and Community Sector
18 Aug 2014

NICVA is pleased to provide access to Auto Enrolment Solutions for the voluntary and community sector in NI through Moore Stephens Financial Services (NI) LTD (MSFS). 

2268
Fundraising In To The Future
20 Aug 2014

Fundraising tips for organisations working with older people

2274
Turkington Fund Deadline Extended
27 Aug 2014

The Turkington Fund was established in recognition and celebration of the contribution of older people to our society. It offers funding  for locally based community projects that are planned and run by and for older people.

2275
Calculating Public Spending and Revenue in Northern Ireland
28 Aug 2014

This article explains some of the issues involved in apportioning public spending and revenue to Northern Ireland.

2278
National Minimum Wage from 1 October 2014
29 Aug 2014

The national minimum wage will increase on 1 October 2014.

2282
Lobbying Act - 10 Things to Know
4 Sep 2014

With the Lobbying Bill receiving Royal Assent on 30 January 2014, find out the key things you need to know about this new legislation and the impact it may have on your organisation.

2283
NICVA Fundraising Expo
5 Sep 2014

NICVA is hosting a Fundraising Expo. Tuesday 7th October, 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  The Expo will be a key opportunity for fundraisers and volunteers to meet funders face to face such as Big Lottery Fund and Lloyds Bank Foundation NI.  

2289
Tenant Empowerment Event
5 Sep 2014

In conjunction with Housing Rights Service NICVA recently hosted the first in a series of events looking at the Social Housing Reform Programme being undertaken by the Department for Social Development.

2290
Inspiring Impact: Making a Difference
8 Sep 2014

How do you prove the difference your organisation makes? The Inspiring Impact NI project is aiming to support organisations to apply an approach that will help them better demonstrate the difference that they are making in their communities.

2292
Legacy income - is it worth pursuing?
9 Sep 2014

Leaving a gift in your will is essentially the last and perhaps most meaningful donation you will give to charity in your lifetime.  

2310
Mental Health Policy Forum Meeting - Maternal Mental Health
10 Sep 2014

The Mental Health Policy Forum met on 9th September to discuss maternal mental health and the 'Everyone's Business' campaign.

2311
Abbeyfield UK (NI) Ltd. - a successful merger
10 Sep 2014

Before merging 16 separate societies were operating under the Abbeyfield brand, all providing similar services. It was decided that by merging these organisations could run more effectively. A case study of their merger is presented here.

2312
Mental Health Policy Forum - February Meeting Minutes
10 Aug 2014

The first substantive meeting of the Mental Health Policy Forum took place on 5th of February discussing the 'Enabling Success' strategy to tackle economic inactivity which was consulted on by the Department for Employment and Learning.

2313
Alpha Housing - example of a VCSE merger
Alpha Housing - example of a VCSE merger
10 Oct 2011

For a merger to succeed in the VCSE sector, finding a partner with a similar ethos and having a strong board leading and supporting the process are enormous assets. This case study presents the successful merger of two housing associations.

2315
Autism NI, Mencap and SELB - joint working for young people with learning disabilities
10 Sep 2014

Joint working can provide a more holistic service to beneficiaries. This case study provides an example of the process of planning and carrying out a project across organisational boundaries and some of the resulting challenges and benefits.

2319
Better Together - a partnership between Cancer Focus and Lilac
11 Sep 2014

The most successful collaborations are based around sound strategic reasons for working together. This case study shows how two organisations of different sizes can bring their assets together to improve services for shared beneficiaries.

2320
Breakfast at Madison’s - VIM sharing back office services
11 Jul 2011

MACS, Include Youth and VOYPIC have all embraced the spirit of collaborative working. This case study presents an example of the investment of time and relationship building that may be required to form a collaborative project in the early stages.

2321
Cara-Friend - sharing premises and knowledge; delivering joint services
11 Sep 2014

By sharing premises organisations can begin to share knowledge, deliver joint services and decrease duplication. Cara-Friend, The Rainbow Project and LASI (now HERE NI) tell their story of improving services by sharing premises. 

2322
Confederation of Community Groups – Ballybot House and An Storás - shared premises
11 Sep 2014

This case study outlines the process undertaken by the Confederation of Community Groups in the development and establishment of shared premises, Ballybot House and An Storás, which it leases to 19 voluntary and community organisations in Newry.

2323
Electoral Commission Seminar on the Lobbying Act
11 Sep 2014

The Electoral Commission is hosting a seminar to explain changes to rules for non-party campaigners as a result of the Lobbying Act.

2325
Fermanagh House - shared premises
11 Sep 2014

Fermanagh House is a social enterprise owned by the Fermanagh Trust. It provides an example of one way that VCSE organisations can come together to share space and by doing so access greater resources than any one organisation could on its own.

2327
The Bytes Project - working in collaboration with Tides Training
Laura Couser, Chief Executive, Bytes Project and Mary Montague, Chief Executive, Tides Training
11 Sep 2011

This case study examines how collaboration grew from a simple enquiry to address staff training needs. A shared ethos and strong relationship between CEOs resulted in innovative training for staff and service users and new business opportunities.

2328
The Skainos Project - shared premises
11 Sep 2014

The Skainos Centre is a regeneration project providing shared space for community transformation and renewal. This case study examines the process, challenges and benefits of developing a large collaborative project for shared premises.

2329
Education Committee Inquiry Into Shared and Integrated Education
11 Sep 2014

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Education has launched an Inquiry into Shared and Integrated Education.

2330
Walled City Partnership - a journey to sharing premises and services
11 Dec 2011

This case study examines the formation of the Walled City Community Partnership. Organisations with a shared ethos, all facing financial challenges worked together to create shared premises, develop shared services and ensure their survival.

2336
PIPS Newry & Mourne - embracing a culture of collaborative working
12 Oct 2011

More VCSE organisations are strengthening their offer to beneficiaries by working in partnership. This example highlights one organisation working with multiple partners to provide a broader range of services to beneficiaries than it could alone.

2338
Cultúrlann - sharing premises
12 Nov 2011

Shared space can be the catalyst for community building. The formation of Cultúrlann as a second Irish language school in Belfast grew into a space to promote Irish arts and culture and attracted the many organisations that now reside there.

2341
Racial Equality Consultation Event
12 Sep 2014

NICVA held a consultation event on the new Racial Equality Strategy on the 11th September. Over 30 people from across the voluntary and community sector attended.

2352
Open Data - an ongoing revolution
Open Data Graphic
15 Sep 2014

The influence of open data is increasingly driving policy - and improving enterprise. So, what is it, and how can it help the third sector?

2353
The fight to block the Transparency of Lobbying Bill
Transparency of Lobbying Bill Illustration
15 Sep 2014

The Lobby Bill was changed but not halted. We asked NICVA's Lisa McElherron about what this means for the future.

2356
Step by step guide to creating a social media strategy
Step by step guide to creating a social media strategy
15 Sep 2014

Organisations no longer see social media as an optional extra, it's now and integral part of any communications strategy. This guide will give you a few tips to get started.

2358
Start360: the re-branding journey
New Start 360 logo
15 Sep 2014

What do you do to mark your 21st birthday? Opportunity Youth celebrated the event by changing its identity. Scope asked communications manager Zoe Anderson to share the inside story.

2361
Why Northern Ireland needs a Living Wage
16 Sep 2014

The Centre for Economic Empowerment has recently published some important research into the benefits of introducing a minimum wage in Northern Ireland. NICVA’s Head of Public Affairs, Lisa McElherron makes the case for its introduction.

2364
Yea or Nay - Opportunity Awaits
17 Sep 2014

With the Scottish referendum only one day away, NICVA Chief Executive, Seamus McAleavey looks at the bigger picture, whatever the result turns out to be.

2365
Spotlight on Contact: suicide prevention - what works?
Kevin Hines
18 Sep 2014

In the first of our series on events organised by the community and voluntary sector in NI, Scope takes a look at the issues on the table at Contact’s 2014 conference.

2380
Zero-Hours Contracts: Consultation Event
19 Sep 2014

NICVA hosted an event to discuss the Department for Employment and Learning's public consultation on zero-hours contracts.

2384
Analysis: the Mental Capacity Bill's balancing act
Jim Wells, Minister of Health
22 Sep 2014

Proposed new mental capacity laws for the Assembly are being celebrated as progress for equality – but is a one-size-fits-all approach best for anyone? Scope explores the issues.

2393
Party Conference Season
25 Sep 2014

It is nearly that time of year again, Party Conference season is almost upon us.

2394
Go online with NICVA training
26 Sep 2014

Do you want to save time and money and still deliver a high quality service? One of the ways that you can do this is to go online with meetings and training sessions. It makes it easier for people to join no matter where they are.

2396
Collaboration, Cooperation and Communication
26 Nov 2014

The first policy roundtable in Phase Two of CollaborationNI was held recently at The Long Gallery in Stormont. The event provided a platform to consider the potential of supply chains as a model of collaboration.

2398
NICVA Partner With The Detail On Lottery Funded Project
Kathryn Torney (The Detail), Joanne McDowell (Big Lottery Fund NI), Stephen McCaffery (The Detail) and Lisa McEleherron (NICVA)
29 Sep 2014

A project that will use the power of information to allow the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland to better support people most in need has been awarded a grant of £500,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

2399
Volunteer Managers invest in their development
29 Sep 2014

NICVA is delighted to have 15 volunteer managers working towards completion of the first ILM Level 5 Award in Management of Volunteers in Northern Ireland.

2403
News You Can Use: October
6 Oct 2014

Scope's pick of the month, for those who want to know what is happening but don't have the time to trawl through all the papers themselves: we read the news so that you don't have to ...

2404
Roundtable Event: Measuring your impact, 17 Oct, Black Box
6 Oct 2014

‘Measuring your impact’

Friday 17th October

9.15 am – 2.00 pm

Black Box, Hill Street, Belfast

BT1 2LA (028 90244400)

 

2410
Developing Your Fundraising Mix Afters
8 Oct 2014

A special thanks to everyone who came to our members’ event on Tuesday, 7 October at NICVA. The event was attended by almost 100 people and provided a unique opportunity to consider diversifying income streams. 

2416
Political Party Conference Season gets a little more interesting…
10 Oct 2014

As political party conference season begins again NICVA has developed a new way for voluntary and community organisations to engage with key political party members during their conferences. 

2417
NJC Pay - Strike called off over new pay proposal
13 Oct 2014

Further industrial action by local government workers for 14 October 2014 has been called off following an announcement that the trade unions and employers will consult members on new pay proposals.

2424
Planning How to Evidence Your Impact Masterclass Events
Inspiring Impact NI
15 Oct 2014

NICVA, CO3 and Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd are pleased to announce their new calendar of events for the Inspiring Impact project.

2426
NICVA Conversation Zone - UUP Conference 2014
17 Oct 2014

Real engagement on the issues that matter

2427
Energy Markets in Northern Ireland - Masterclass
Attendees at the Energy Markets Masterclass
17 Oct 2014

NICVA's Centre for Economic Empowerment held its fourth Masterclass of the year, delving into Northern Ireland's energy markets.

2428
Make It Work
20 Oct 2014

NICVA is part of the Make It Work campaign launched today.

2429
Scope: reborn, refreshed and renewed
Scope Reborn Illustration by Patrick Sanders
21 Oct 2014

The true purpose of the media is to inform and to interpret, to help us better understand our society and the opportunities and challenges that we face.

Sadly that brief is no longer adequately met.

2430
Charity CEOs' pay: what did we learn?
Charity CEOs' pay: what did we learn?
21 Oct 2014

The media storm that erupted earlier this year around the issue of the pay packages of chief executive salaries may have subsided for now, but the issue has not gone away.

2431
Funding the Arts in the "real world"
Ali FitzGibbon, director Young at Art
21 Oct 2014

Ali FitzGibbon, director at Young at Art re-frames the debate about arts funding.

2432
Food banks: A good or bad sign of the times?
Bob Stronge, Chief Executive Advice NI
22 Oct 2014

The biggest growth area for the charitable sector over the past few years has been that of food banks. Bob Stronge chief executive of Advice NI says there will be many more once Welfare “Reform” kicks in.

2433
Charities: how the public rate us
MORI Poll:Trust and confidence in Northern Irleland's charties
22 Oct 2014

People in Northern Ireland do not understand how charities are funded nor how they are run, according to a new survey carried out by MORI on behalf of NICVA in the wake of the chief executive pay controversy.

2442
ROCOP Grant Holders Attend Networking Event on Measuring Impact
ROCOP networking event
24 Oct 2014

Seventy-one people attended the fourth ROCOP development and support programme roundtable event on 17 October 2014 in The Black Box, Belfast hosted by NICVA. The theme for this event was “Measuring your impact”.

2445
Les Allamby: why human rights matter
Northern Ireland’s latest Human Rights Commissioner
27 Oct 2014

Les Allamby had been in post a few days when David Cameron set his party on a course that could plunge Northern Ireland into a constitutional crisis with Allamby's office at its centre.

2446
The Funders Viewpoint
27 Oct 2014

It is a mystery to some organisations what a funder is actually looking for in an application.  To help you, we put this question to three prestigious funders at our recent Fundraising Expo.  

2447
Meet the new boss: Kevin Doherty from Disability Action
20 Oct 2014

In the first of this series of articles where we meet new senior managers in the sector, Scope interviews Kevin Doherty from Disability Action.

2448
Why we are bringing Scope back to life
Scope magazine's final printed copy, March 2008
27 Oct 2014

NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey looks back at the last print edition of Scope and explains why it is being re-launched today.

2456
Protecting the voluntary and community sector from disproportate cuts
31 Oct 2014

Voluntary and community organisations with funding relationships with government are asked to feedback to NICVA, as soon as possible, any information on funding cuts they are advised about.

2457
Charity registration and regulation update - October 2014
31 Oct 2014

Since its establishment in 2009, the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is now exercising most of its statutory powers after what may have appeared (in its early days) as a slow start.

2458
News You Can Use: November
3 Nov 2014

Scope's picks of the month - we read the news so you don't have to.

2459
Budget 2015 raises serious concerns for voluntary and community sector
4 Nov 2014

When the Finance and Personnel Minister Simon Hamilton presented the draft 2015/16 budget to the NI Assembly he said it was based on hope not fear.

2460
Tips for Tablet Security
5 Nov 2014

Mobile computing use and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is becoming more popular in the workplace, here are some basic tips to secure and protect your data at minimal cost.

2461
Big Lottery makes major new appointments
Eileen Mullan
6 Nov 2014

The Big Lottery Fund has appointed three new Northern Ireland committee members to make decisions on how National Lottery funding is invested.

2463
CollaborationNI supporting the Homeless Prevention Floating Support Forum
6 Nov 2014

CollaborationNI have been involved in supporting the Homelessness Prevention over the past year.

2470
Justice in the Community Award Winners Announced
Justice in the Community Awards Panel
7 Nov 2014

Justice Minister David Ford has crowned three ‘Justice Champions’ for services to their community at an Awards ceremony in Parliament Buildings. 

2471
Health boss goes to war over negative media coverage
10 Nov 2014

The tension between the media and health authorities has exploded into open warfare and the dispute goes to the heart of the function of the Press. Scope investigates.

2472
Tips for winning contracts
10 Nov 2014

We need to keep learning how to earn – making sure that our staff, board and other volunteers understand the potential of earned income and invest in essential skills such as preparing tenders and market research.

2473
Draft Budget 2015-16: Summary
10 Nov 2014

This article summarises the key points from the Draft Budget and is aimed at people in the voluntary and community sector who are replying to the consultation.

2474
NICVA Conversation Zone - SDLP Conference 2014
10 Nov 2014

Following the success of the NICVA 'Conversation Zone' at the recent UUP Conference we will be running a similar engagement opportunity at the upcoming SDLP Conference on Saturday 15th November at Ramada Shaw's Bridge.

2475
Suicide survivor’s moving story of hope
Kevin Hines
11 Nov 2014

Kevin Hines jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco – and lived.

2476
Consumer Council and NICVA welcome the Financial Conduct Authority’s price cap on payday loans
11 Nov 2014

The Consumer Council and NICVA have welcomed the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) announcement on price cap measures to be introduced on payday loans from 2nd January 2015.

2478
Public Procurement and Innovation Survey
13 Nov 2014

Do you believe that public procurement in Northern Ireland encourages innovation? Share your views by filling out a short survey.

2480
Financial Transactions Capital (Budget 2015-16)
14 Nov 2014

The Northern Ireland Executive’s Budget 2015-16 includes a relatively new category of spending called Financial Transactions Capital (FTC). So what is it and how does it work?

2481
Two brave women campaigners should learn from
14 Nov 2014

Doing good work is not always the same as doing work that has widespread popular support.

2482
NJC Pay - agreement reached on pay increase
17 Nov 2014

A cost of living pay increase has been agreed by the NJC trade unions and local government employers which will see most workers on NJC pay getting a 2.2% increase from January 2015.

2485
Demystifying Social Media Security
20 Nov 2014

How much personal information are you sharing unknowingly on Social Media? And to what sort of people? Arm yourself with the knowledge to be able to protect you and your family from potential harm.

2486
Draft Budget Consultation Launched
20 Nov 2014

The draft budget consultation for 2015-16 was launched by the Minister for Finance and Personnel on 3rd November with the deadline for responses the 29th December.

2487
Budget analysis: half baked and two speed
Northern Ireland budget cuts
20 Nov 2014

A look at the consequences for the third sector, and beyond, stemming from Stormont's Draft Budget for 2015/16

2488
Public service pension reform and the Draft Budget 2014-15
20 Nov 2014

The Draft Budget 2015-16 sets aside £133.2m to deal with public service pensions but gives little detail on what these are and why the additional money is needed. This article provides an explanation.

2490
Why is integrated education getting nowhere?
Lagan College
20 Nov 2014

The founders of Northern Ireland realised that having segregated education would make division worse. They wanted kids to be taught together. Almost 100 years later this prospect looks as distant as ever. Scope asks why.

2491
Workforce Survey 2014
21 Nov 2014

Every two to three years NICVA conducts a survey which aims to provide a comprehensive overview of changing salaries and employment benefit trends in the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Northern Ireland.

2493
Sector meets Finance Directors on Budget
Voluntary and community sector delegation who met with departmental Finance Directors.
21 Nov 2014

A delegation of voluntary and community organisations met with Finance Directors from all government departments to explain the voluntary and community sector should not bear the brunt of unfair or disproportion cuts in the 2015 budget round.

2494
'Fundraising Strategies and Income Streams' Workshops
21 Nov 2014

NICVA will be delivering a series of training workshops for the Heritage Sector focussed on ‘Fundraising Strategies and Income Streams’ from January to June 2015.  

2495
Meet the new boss: Andrew McCracken from CFNI
Andrew McCracken, new CEO with the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland
24 Nov 2014

Scope talks with Andrew McCracken, recently appointed chief executive at funding organisers CFNI, about the importance of empowerment and economic trouble on the horizon.

2496
Stumbling backwards into the future
The ugly scaffolding around the architecture of the institutions
24 Nov 2014

Quintin Oliver ran the Yes campaign in the referendum that followed the Good Friday Agreement. Here he analyses what has been achieved to date and the challenges that remain

2497
Analysis: religion, equality and the clash of rights
Equality Cartoon
24 Nov 2014

The “gay cake” controversy has degenerated into a row between those who support gay marriage and those who do not. Scope probes further into a clash of human rights.

2498
Life in the garret - art work in NI
An Artists' Union march in the USA in the 1930s
24 Nov 2014

Young at Art's Claire Kelly talks to Scope about poor pay and conditions in the arts sector, and how she thinks collective bargaining can help.

2499
Where the Big Lottery millions will go
Joanne McDowell, NI director of the Big Lottery Fund
25 Nov 2014

Early next year the Big Lottery Fund will unveil its spending priorities for the next six years with more than £100 million at stake, Scope caught up with Northern Ireland director Joanne McDowell to read the runes.

2502
The Change Fund (Draft Budget 2015-16)
26 Nov 2014

The Draft Budget 2015-16 announced the creation of a “Change Fund” which will “finance upfront investment in cross-cutting reform initiatives and preventative measures that are expected to generate savings in the longer term.”

2503
Open Government: is necessity the mother of invention?
27 Nov 2014

Paul Braithwaite, Development and Implementation Officer, Building Change Trust, looks at whether an Open Government could be the step change that Northern Ireland needs.

2513
ROCOP grant holders applying their learning
1 Dec 2014

NICVA currently offers development and support opportunities to all of the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Out Connecting Older People (ROCOP) grant holders.

2514
Private Pension Reforms 2015
1 Dec 2014

In April 2015 the pension system will undergo radical reform. This article sets out these changes and looks at the possible consequences.

2515
Food Bank Donations Needed
1 Dec 2014

NICVA are participating as a collection point for a North Belfast food bank to help local people in food crisis.  

2516
DARD Draft Budget Consultation Workshop
1 Dec 2014

Following the publication of the draft budget for 2015-16, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has published their spending plans.

2518
Reaching Communities NI grant holders learn and develop
2 Dec 2014

The development and support programme for the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities NI (RCNI) grant holders delivered by NICVA is now in its seventh year.

2522
DEL Minister confirms voluntary and community organisations’ worst fears as he plans unfair, disproportionate cuts to the sector
3 Dec 2014

DEL Minister Stephen Farry spoke to the Employment and Learning Committee on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 about his need to cut over 10% from his department’s budget next year. 

2524
Fundraising Expo 2013
9 Sep 2013

Over 150 members attended our recent Fundraising Expo event at NICVA.

2528
NJC Payscales - December 2014
4 Dec 2014

A cost of living increase for NJC pay has now been agreed and a copy of NICVA's updated payscales is attached with this article.

2529
Fantastic Mr Tax – is devolution of corporation rates wily economics or a fairytale?
4 Dec 2014

Chancellor George Osborne has paved the way for devolved corporation tax in Stormont. In the coming weeks Scope will examine the pros and cons of lowering the rate - here we look at some of the arguments against a reduction.

2531
Fundraising at Christmas
5 Dec 2014

Come the end of the calendar year, we fundraisers are tired.  We have been pro-active all year round raising funds for our causes, planned our Christmas fundraising event and campaigns calendar. 

2532
Inside the Nolan Show
8 Dec 2014

The “Biggest Show in the Country” is broadcast from a tiny studio at the end of a corridor which dog legs deep into the disorientating innards of Broadcasting House. It’s not easy to find.

2539
DCAL Budget Meeting - Key Asks
9 Dec 2014

Following a consultation meeting with officials from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure we have collated the six key asks expressed at the meeting, alongside tips from the Department on what to include in consultation responses.

2541
Voluntary and community sector representatives brief Employment and Learning Committee on changes to the European Social Fund
10 Dec 2014

Representatives from the voluntary and community sector today met with the Assembly Committee for Employment and Learning in an informal session to address issues with the European Social Fund and the DEL Draft Budget proposals.

2542
Charity registration – have you met the December deadline?
10 Dec 2014

All voluntary and community organisations in Northern Ireland must consider if they are eligible to register as a charity and if so, they are legally required to make themselves known to the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.

2543
DFP Budget Meeting - Key Asks
10 Dec 2014

Following a consultation meeting with Department of Finance and Personnel officials we have collated the five key asks expressed at the meeting, alongside tips from the Department on what to include in consultation responses.

2544
DE Draft Budget 2015-16 Consultation Event
10 Dec 2014

The Department of Education has organised a draft budget consultation event at which officials will brief on the details of the Departments draft budget for 2015-16 and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions on it.

2545
OFMDFM draft budget 2015-16 Consultation Meeting
11 Dec 2014

The Office of FM and dFM has organised a draft budget consultation event at which officials will brief on the details of the Departments 2015/16 draft budget and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.

2546
DEL Budget Meeting - Key Asks
11 Dec 2014

Following a consultation meeting with Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) officials we have collated six key asks expressed at the meeting, alongside pointers from the Department on what to include in consultation responses.

2548
Diversity in Volunteering Survey
11 Dec 2014

In conjunction with DSD we are asking volunteers to complete a short survey to ensure that volunteering opportunities are open to everyone.

2549
The secret government report that helped make peace walls permanent
12 Dec 2014

Scope has had access to a secret 1971 government document that helped set segregation in stone and made Belfast’s peace walls permanent.

2552
The Interface: will the walls ever come down?
16 Dec 2014

The war may be over but the battle scarred front line is still there. Scope asks what the future holds for interface communities.

2555
DSD Consultation Meeting - 7 Key Asks
18 Dec 2014

Following a consultation meeting with Department for Social Development officials on 15 December, we have collated seven key asks expressed at the meeting, alongside tips from the Department on what to include in consultation responses.

2556
Who Plans Belfast?
18 Dec 2014

Our revelations about the 1971 secret report into peacelines finally vindicates Scope, which was derided by the NIO when we published Derek Alcorn’s piece in 1982. The orginal article is reproduced below.

2558
DE Budget Meeting - Key Asks
18 Dec 2014

Following a consultation meeting with officials from the Department of Education we have collated the key asks expressed at the meeting.

2559
DoJ Budget Meeting - Key Asks
18 Dec 2014

Following a consultation meeting with the Department of Justice (DOJ) officials we have collated key asks expressed at the meeting, alongside tips from the Department on what to include in consultation responses.

2560
DHSSPS Budget Meeting - Key Asks
18 Dec 2014

Following a consultation meeting with Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety officials we have collated the key asks expressed at the meeting.

2561
Response to the Northern Ireland Executive draft Budget 2015-2016
23 Dec 2014

NICVA has responded to the Northern Ireland Executive’s draft budget.

2562
Corporation Tax: change nothing and nothing changes
3 Jan 2015

In our second article on corporation tax - this time analysing the case for lowering rates - Scope asks whether its advocates are keeping a sane head in difficult times

2563
Oral histories and dealing with the past
5 Jan 2015

Dealing with the past is our toughest local issue. The Stormont House Agreement included a commitment to using oral histories to conserve and promote the experiences of local people - here UU's Dr Adrian Grant explores their potential.

2566
Responding to a tough but important budget
5 Jan 2015

NICVA and our members across the voluntary and community sector spent the last month of 2014 responding to the draft budget.

2568
Charity Commission verdict on sector
5 Jan 2015

Charity Commission Chief Executive Frances McCandless talks to Scope about CEO pay, governance and registration.

2570
Analysis: healthcare's potentially fatal paradox
5 Jan 2015

Local health and social care reform is based on moving provision closer to home - but are cuts to both emergency and domiciliary care causing a spiralling crisis?

2571
Defensive Planning - how the military shaped Belfast
5 Jan 2015

Exclusive: Scope has unearthed new evidence about secret security force oversight over planning decisions during the Troubles and the lasting division this has caused.

2574
What does the Stormont House Agreement say for the sector?
Public services
8 Jan 2015

The Stormont House Agreement – what does it mean for the community and voluntary sector?

2575
15 Asks for the Northern Ireland Executive
8 Jan 2015

The current Northern Ireland Executive is entering its final year and a half  – more than enough time for it to take action and make a tangible difference to people in Northern Ireland.

2586
Why we should train politicians
16 Jan 2015

Is it a scandal that Atlantic Philanthropies are paying for the training of our MLAs? Scope examines the issue.  

2588
What ASHE tells us about real wages in Northern Ireland
16 Jan 2015

The findings of the 2014 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) give an indication of wage levels and annual salaries across the UK and in Northern Ireland.

2589
The scandal of sending fine defaulters to jail
fine defaulters
19 Jan 2015

At a time when public services are on their knees and when mass redundancies are planned for public sector workers, how can the Department of Justice justify spending around £24 million a year jailing people for failing to pay fines?

2590
Charity Commission publishes first statutory inquiry report
20 Jan 2015

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has published its first statutory inquiry report into its investigation into Lough Neagh Rescue Ltd.

2591
Heenan Anderson Commission Consultation
20 Jan 2015

The Heenan-Anderson Commission has been set up to look at the causes of the current levels of economic marginalization and deprivation in Northern Ireland.

2592
Supporting People saves public purse £125m per year
Supporting People
20 Jan 2015

Research carried out for NICVA has revealed that every £1 spent on the £65m Supporting People programme saves the public purse £1.90.

2594
Off The Record - should minor youth offences be a life sentence?
Bob Ashford and Simon Weston at the Off The Record launch with NIACRO CEO Olwen Lyner
21 Jan 2015

NIACRO is campaigning for a change in law to allow minor offences committed as a youth to be removed from people's records in order to help them find work. Scope examines the proposal.

2595
Charity registration – not everyone has got the message
21 Jan 2015

The Charity Commission issued a December deadline for all charitable organisations to make themselves known to the Commission however there are still organisations which have not already done so.

2597
Ivan Lewis on the Stormont House Agreement
22 Jan 2015

Is the Stormont House Agreement a Tory austerity project or a breakthrough for Northern Ireland? Scope asks Shadow Secretary of State Ivan Lewis.

2599
15 Asks for the Executive - Focus on Age Discrimination Legislation
26 Jan 2015

In 15 Asks for the Executive we focus on a range of issues the current Executive can either complete or significantly progress before the June 2016 Assembly elections.

2600
Rate Rebate Replacement Scheme Consultation
26 Jan 2015

The Department of Finance and Personnel is consulting on options to replace the current rate rebates scheme in the long-term. NICVA hosted an event on 19 January 2015 for representatives from the voluntary and community sector.

2601
No taxation without representation: Labour should stand
No taxation without representation
26 Jan 2015

Scope editor Nick Garbutt on why Labour should stand in Northern Ireland.

2602
Money Mili-bank: who will pay for a skills revolution?
Labour leader Ed Miliband speaking at the Heenan-Anderson Commission
26 Jan 2015

If Ed Miliband becomes PM he wants to overhaul our skills base to drive future prosperity - but training budgets are being slashed, so how will this be possible? Scope examines the issue.

2603
Respect our culture! Can the arts help craft a modern economy?
26 Jan 2015

Total annual funding for the arts in Northern Ireland is the same as the cost of policing Twaddell Avenue. Scope asks whether we should treat it as an investment in creativity and afford the sector more respect.

2604
Drive to zero: suicide in Northern Ireland
26 Jan 2015

Nick Clegg has made suicide a general election issue. Scope looks at the current political climate for this troubling issue which disproportionately affects Northern Ireland.

2605
Shared Education Policy and Legislation Consultation
27 Jan 2015

“Sharing Works: A Policy for Shared Education” – proposals on the Department of Education’s Shared Education Policy and accompanying Shared Education Bill.

2606
Donaldson: how the media and politicians act against the public interest
28 Jan 2015

Scope delves behind the headlines to examine some disturbing implications of the Donaldson Report into health care in Northern Ireland.

2608
Too Cool for school: the unique new scheme to help young people succeed
28 Jan 2015

Cool FM’s training partnership with Start360 is the first whereby a private sector company receives funding from the Big Lottery, Scope checks on how it is shaping up.

2609
Consultation on Draft Statutory Guidance for the Operation of Community Planning Launched
28 Jan 2015

The Department of the Environment has launched a consultation on its Draft Statutory Guidance for the Operation of Community Planning Local Government Act

2610
Consultation on A Tenant Participation Strategy for Northern Ireland 2015 - 2020
28 Jan 2015

As part of it's Social Housing Reform Programme (SHRP) the Department for Social Development has launched a consultation on a Tenant Participation Strategy for Northern Ireland for 2015-2020.

2612
Hacking our way to better outcomes
29 Jan 2015

Policy hacks are new way of bringing people together to share ideas and develop solutions to some of Northern Irelands most pressing social, economic and environmental problems.

2613
Revised Code of Good Governance update
29 Jan 2015

The revised Code of Good Governance was launched for consultation on 10 April 2014 by the Developing Governance Group, funding is currently being sought to officially launch the revised Code and revamp its associated resources.

2615
Policy Fora get a make over
NI Assembly
29 Jan 2015

Our 12 policy fora are being revamped to become new Departmental Monitoring Groups (DMGs).

2617
Policy Reboot
30 Jan 2015

NICVA wants to reinvigorate how the voluntary and community sector engages in policy work and how we interact with our members on policy issues.

2619
Influence > Access Policy Pop Ups
30 Jan 2015

Influence is greater than access. Voluntary and community organisations have high levels of acess to decison makers. But do we have influence?

2621
15 Asks for the Executive - Focus on Implementation of the Youth Justice Review
30 Jan 2015

In 15 Asks for the Executive we focus on a range of issues the current Executive can either complete or significantly progress before the June 2016 Assembly elections.

2633
HSC - a private public service
4 Feb 2015

The Donaldson report makes for uneasy reading. Amongst its barrage of criticisms comes disbelief that Ombudsman findings into HSC failings are held back from public view. Scope looks at the issue.

2634
Fundraising Alternatives Part 1: A Focus on Community Shares
4 Feb 2015

Do you have a great idea to make a positive impact in your local community but have no idea how to start raising funds?  Or do you have a long-established community project but are striving to keep it going?  

2635
DARD Consultation on proposals for Rural Proofing Bill
4 Feb 2015

DARD is seeking views on proposals to counter inequitable treatment in the development and delivery of policy and public services between rural and urban dwellers. 

2636
Older people, health managers and cheap tricks
4 Feb 2015

Older Peoples’ Commissioner Claire Keatinge had some tough messages for the health service when she spoke to Scope.

2637
Northern Ireland and the European Investment Bank
5 Feb 2015

The European Investment Bank (EIB) was established in 1958 with a remit to finance investment projects which contribute to EU policy objectives. 

2640
15 Asks for the Executive - Focus on Resettlement of people with a learning disability
9 Feb 2015

In 15 Asks for the Executive we focus on a range of issues the current Executive can either complete or significantly progress before the June 2016 Assembly elections.

2652
Stark choices, expensive healthcare and cheap politics
Broderick Crawford as Willie Stark in the 1949 film of classic novel All the King's Men
17 Feb 2015

Three weeks after the Donaldson report and it appears all is forgotten. Are local political dynamics driving our health system unstoppably to the brink and beyond? Scope investigates.

2654
New rates for 2015/16 statutory payments
18 Feb 2015

New rates for statutory payments such as maternity, paternity, adoption and sickness have been announced for use from 6 April 2015.

2655
How our MLAs fare on Twitter: North Down
North Down MLAs on Twitter
18 Feb 2015

US President Barack Obama reinvented social media as a tool for political success and his exploits have been copied across the world. Scope examines how our politicians are exploiting the new media.

2656
Consultation on Draft Equality Guidance for Charities in Northern Ireland
18 Feb 2015

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is currently consulting on its draft equality guidance for charities.

2658
What you need to know about the Work and Families (NI) Act 2015
18 Feb 2015

The Work and Families (NI) Act deals with voluntary sharing of leave and pay after the birth or adoption of a child as well as extending the right to request flexible working to all.

2659
Inspiring Impact NI Background - Proving the difference that you make
8 Sep 2014

How do you prove the difference your organisation makes? It is becoming more and more important for us to demonstrate the difference that we are making in our communities.

2662
Profanity, parody accounts and prison escapes: North Belfast MLAs
North Belfast MLAs on Twitter
18 Feb 2015

Our next port of call as we trawl Twitter to see how our politicians are faring on social media is the hotly contested constituency of North Belfast, home to several big guns (metaphorically speaking).

2663
Contagious confusion - mixing up the messages
Sam McBride interviewing Valerie Watts
19 Feb 2015

Following our look at how our politics may be set up to drive the local health system to ruin, Scope spoke with News Letter political correspondent Sam McBride about whether things can change.

2665
Is Lottery funding being undermined?
19 Feb 2015

Across the Irish Sea moves are afoot that could threaten the National Lottery and the charities in Northern Ireland that depend on its funding, Scope investigates

2666
15 Asks for the Executive - Publish a costed action plan alongside the Childcare Strategy in early 2015
20 Feb 2015

In 15 Asks for the Executive we focus on a range of issues the current Executive can either complete or significantly progress before the June 2016 Assembly election

2667
Fermanagh and S Tyrone: a silent Minister and a Twitter "bad boy"
Fermanagh and S Tyrone MLAs on Twitter
23 Feb 2015

After gritty North Belfast, our Twitter tour sees us seeking out the MLAs of the idyllic countryside of Fermanagh and South Tyrone whose steeples are far from dreary.

2668
Opinion: spare the fireworks, change some minds
Photo courtesy of National Nuclear Security Administration / Nevada Field Office
23 Feb 2015

Public discourse is peppered with bombast. It has no use and dilutes the quality of debate - if you want people to rethink their opinions then pick your words more carefully.

2672
Playing Our Part: how the BBC is redefining charity appeals
25 Feb 2015

BBC Northern Ireland has been breathing new life into its most venerable institution, the charity appeal. Scope reports.

2673
Analysis: new age discrimination laws will discriminate against children
New age discrimination laws
25 Feb 2015

Policy makers responsible for Northern Ireland’s long awaited age discrimination legislation are themselves being accused of age discrimination.

2677
Help with focusing on impact
25 Feb 2015

Almost fifty people from the voluntary and community sector have been introduced to the resources available through the Inspiring Impact programme and had the opportunity to discuss their practice at one of NICVA’s masterclasses.

2686
Phil Flanagan MLA: an apology
26 Feb 2015

In a recent article Scope described Phil Flanagan MLA as a “bad boy of Twitter."

2687
Self Harm: The Inner Scream
Self Harm illustration
27 Feb 2015
2688
15 Asks for the Executive - Support the Bill to create a Statutory Duty to Cooperate on Children's Services
27 Feb 2015

In 15 Asks for the Executive we focus on a range of issues the current Executive can either complete or significantly progress before the June 2016 Assembly elections.

2689
The future of zero-hours contracts in Northern Ireland
27 Feb 2015

The Minister for Employment and Learning has outlined his position on the future of zero-hours contracts in Northern Ireland.

2690
Community Planning Guidance Consultation Event
3 Mar 2015

Yesterday NICVA hosted a consultation event on the recently announced Community Planning Guidelines with the Department of the Environment.

2715
Departmental Restructure - What is going where?
4 Mar 2015

This week First Minister Peter Robinson announced details of the changes to Departmental structures as agreed at the talks in Stormont House before Christmas 2014.

2717
East Belfast MLAs on Twitter: the calm before the storm
East Belfast MLAs on Twitter
4 Mar 2015

Scope visits East Belfast soon to be the scene of a ferocious General Election contest to check out its MLAs online activity. 

2724
The Need for a Strategic Approach to Taxation
6 Mar 2015

In the first of three articles on taxes and their role in public policy, we consider the need for the Northern Ireland Executive to review the local system of taxation.

2725
NICVA Conversation Zone - Sinn Fein Ard Fheis 2015
6 Mar 2015

Real engagement on the issues that matter

2730
15 Asks for the Executive - Make and appointment to the Commission on Social Mobility and Child Poverty
9 Mar 2015

In 15 Asks for the Executive we focus on a range of issues the current Executive can either complete or significantly progress before the June 2016 Assembly elections.

2731
Joint Forum Meeting - 3 May 2013
3 Jun 2013

Minutes and the Communique from the Joint Forum meeting on 3 May 2013. 

 

 

2732
Joint Forum Meeting - 25 October 2013
25 Nov 2013

Minutes and Communique from the Joint Forum meeting on 25 October 2013. 

2733
Joint Forum Meeting - 4 February 2014
4 Mar 2014

Minutes and the Communique from the Joint Forum meeting on 4 February 2014. 

2734
Joint Forum Meeting - 19 May 2014
19 Jun 2014

Minutes and the Communique from the Joint Forum meeting on 19 May 2014

2735
Joint Forum Meeting - 21 October 2014
21 Nov 2014

Minutes and the Communique from the Joint Forum meeting on 21 October 2014.

2737
NICVA Response to the Consultation on Community Planning Guidelines
11 Mar 2015
2741
Sticking to the knitting: the real threat to charities
Charities Knitting Machine Cartoon
13 Mar 2015

Scope examines how government is undermining the independence of charities.

2742
Training Accreditation at NICVA - meeting the change challenge
13 Mar 2015

The only thing constant is change and this year with the new super councils forming, welfare reform, budget cuts, public procurement and charity registration, specific changes are presenting themselves to the sector.

2743
Lagan Valley MLAs on Twitter: what's the worst that could happen?
Lagan Valley MLAs on Twitter
15 Mar 2015

The Shakespearean horror of one MLA's destruction through salvation dominates our latest social media overview, as Scope turns to the greater Lisburn area (no doubt a big influence on the bard).

2744
The case for gender quotas in politics
The statue of Boudica at Hyde Park Corner in London
16 Mar 2015

In the past week female representation in politics has been at the forefront of debate. But has a new Stormont report moved anything forward - and was it wrong to rule out quotas? Scope examines the issue.

2746
NICVA respond to OFMDFM Committee re Childrens Services Cooperation Bill
18 Mar 2015

NICVA recently responded to the call for evidence on the Childrens Services Cooperation Bill from the OFMDFM Committee in Stormont.

2747
A lost opportunity: how the public sector could grow the economy by promoting innovation
19 Mar 2015

The public sector currently spends £2.7 billion a year. Scope examines how this massive spending power could be used to grow the economy and produce better services

2748
BIG new youth fund has fresh focus
Conor Largey benefitted from Big Lottery support
19 Mar 2015

Collaboration with youth at every stage is a new requirement for any groups looking to access some of the Big Lottery's new £50m pot aimed at Empowering Young People.

2749
Saving the Festival is like nailing legs to a cadaver and telling it to walk
23 Mar 2015

Tom Collins who had oversight of the Belfast Festival at Queens for 11 years explains why he believes it cannot be saved. 

2755
A new open data culture in Northern Ireland
Detail Data logo
23 Mar 2015

In the past 20 years open data has gained in popularity with citizens proclaiming their right to access data and governments around the world increasing the amount of data that they release as ‘open’.

2756
Fundraising Alternatives Part 2: A focus on Direct Marketing
23 Mar 2015

The second in a series of articles looking at different ways to fundraise. This month Deirdre Murphy, Fundraising Advice Officer at NICVA looks at Direct Marketing as an opportunity to raise funds.

2757
Gender quotas? Do me a favour - politicians are all the same anyway
Alex Kane
23 Mar 2015

Political commentator Alex Kane explains why quotas for female politicians will never get his vote.

2758
The need for new politics in NI
Peter O'Neill with Belfast Lord Mayor Nichola Mallon
23 Mar 2015

This month Belfast hosted Imagine! - a "festival of ideas and politics". Scope speaks to director Peter O'Neill about why he thinks it was important and his hopes for making it an annual event.

2760
Great GrantTracker Offer: 13 months for the price of 12
30 Mar 2015

Now more than ever charities and voluntary groups are having to look for new sources of funding.  GrantTracker can help you do this.

2761
Cinderella Premier
Seamus McAleavey and Kenneth Branagh
24 Mar 2015

Over 350 peopled joined NICVA's Honorary President Kenneth Branagh at the premier of Cinderella.

2762
Cinderella Premier
Seamus McAleavey and Kenneth Branagh
24 Mar 2015

Over 350 peopled joined NICVA's Honorary President Kenneth Branagh at the premier of Cinderella.

2763
Pity the poor children of the cuts
25 Mar 2015

We could all end up paying a very high price for cuts to Early Years services, Scope explores the implications.

2766
Innovation conference - Development, Design and Delivery
25 Mar 2015

NICVA and the Chief Executive's Forums conference on innovation in public service delivery saw speakers from the public, private and voluntary and community sectors address delegates on innovative processes and practices.

2767
The irony of calling quotas patronising
Adrianne Peltz believes in the benefits of quotas
25 Mar 2015

This month Scope has chosen to discuss gender quotas in politics. Here political activist - and feminist - Adrianne Peltz outlines why many of the standard objections are objectionable.

2768
Meeting the change challenge
26 Mar 2015

NICVA’s new training calendar April – September 2015 is now ready to view on our website.

2772
Black Thursday for Voluntary and Community Sector
27 Mar 2015

Thursday 26 March 2015 was a bad day for the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.  

2773
This latest spending cut will boost crime
This latest spending cut will boost crime
27 Mar 2015

Scope cartoonist Patrick Sanders sums up that there is to be said about the devastating cuts to NIACRO and the impact on re-settling offenders. 

2775
NICVA seek urgent meeting with First and deputy First Minister
Stormont
30 Mar 2015

In reponse to severe cuts to the voluntary and community sector NICVA has asked for an urgent meeting with First and deputy First Minister.

2776
Eat your heart out Justin Bieber you''ll never out-twitter Ó Muilleoir
30 Mar 2015

Scope stops off in South Belfast to examine politicians on social media and stumbles across the politician who out-tweets Obama.  

2777
Engaging the Hard to Reach
31 Mar 2015

Over thirty people from nineteen organisations recently attended a training session on ‘Engaging the Hard to Reach’ in NICVA as part of the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Out: Connecting Older People development and support programme.

2781
Local Government Reform - FAQs
31 Mar 2015

Ahead of the 11 Super Councils replacing the existing 26 Councils on 1st April 2015 the Department of the Environment has produced the helpful FAQs below.

2782
Over 450 job losses for the sector #CutsWatchNI
Cuts to the sector
2 Apr 2015

NICVA is warning that at least 450 jobs are likely to be lost in the next few weeks from voluntary and community organisations right across Northern Ireland as government cuts are announced.

2783
NICVA Responds to DSD Committee on Regeneration Bill
1 Apr 2015

NICVA recently responded to the Department for Social Development Committee's Call for Evidence on the Regeneration Bill.

2784
Tenant Participation Strategy Consultation Launched
1 Apr 2015

As part of its Social Housing Reform Programme the Department for Social Development has launched a consultation on a new Tenant Participation Strategy for Northern Ireland 2015-2020.

2785
Consultation launched on 'Proposals for a New Regulatory Framework for Social Housing Providers in Northern Ireland'
1 Apr 2015

As part of its Social Housing Reform Programme the Department for Social Development has launched a consultation on Proposals for a New Regulatory Framework for Social Housing Providers in Northern Ireland.

2786
#CutsWatchNI: the results are coming in
1 Apr 2015

An updated summary of the responses to our #CutsWatchNI survey.

2787
#CutsWatchNI Storify
2 Apr 2015

26th March was #BlackThursday for the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland. With savage cuts to the arts sector, DOE announcing swingeing disproportionate cuts to environment organisations and DEL announcing its ESF decisions.

2790
Northern Ireland Executive to Discuss Sector Cuts
14 Apr 2015

A NICVA delegation has held productive meetings with the First and deputy First Ministers. Both Ministers agreed to urgent meetings at NICVA’s request and carried them out separately because of diary commitments.

2793
Abortion in Northern Ireland: an overview
17 Apr 2015

Abortion is amongst the most divisive issues in our tumultuous society. In the first of a series of pieces looking at this issue as it comes to a time of great flux, Scope outlines where we are and how we got there.

2794
The Wrong Mrs Vo - do the unborn have rights?
17 Apr 2015

Scope examines the landmark European case which ruled that the unborn do not have a right to life 

2795
Strategies for engaging the hard to reach
20 Apr 2015

Many of us are aware of people or groups of people that we would like to engage more with but that currently do not come along to our events or make use of our services. These strategies will help you to be more engaging and accessible.

2798
Opinion: abortion - our laws are in urgent need of reform
Amnesty International's Grainne Teggart
20 Apr 2015

Grainne Teggart, Northern Ireland campaigner for Amnesty Interntional and head of its My Body My Rights campaign, writes for Scope to say that local abortion laws lack decency in the way they treat women in distress.

2805
Junior Ministers appointed to work with NICVA on sector cuts
23 Apr 2015

The last few weeks has seen a range of departments deliver cuts to voluntary and community groups. Many of the cuts delivered are unfair and hugely disproportionate. Many staff in organisations have now been made compulsorily redundant.

2807
Modern slavery - antiquity down your street
(l-r) Yoke Farm director Tim Keeling, Justice Minister David Ford, Júlia Tomás from Unchosen and Law Centre NI director Glenn Jordan
27 Apr 2015

For most people the word slavery will evoke the distant and disconnected past. But for some people it is a reality in the here and now.

2808
Buy a plastic bag and save the environment: how not to make cuts
27 Apr 2015

Scope analyses the bizarre recent conduct of the Department of the Environment and suggests this is a text book example of how not to implement cuts. 

2810
Abortion: the lives of others
28 Apr 2015

David Smyth of the Evangelical Alliance, writing exclusively for Scope, challenges those currently calling for changes to Northern Ireland's abortion law

2811
It's time to move on from the stale politics of peace
John McCallister
28 Apr 2015

Independent MLA John McCallister calls for a realignment of politics in Northern Ireland and has some harsh words for the Make it Work campaign. 

2812
Has the Wells affair scuppered a Westminster deal for the DUP?
28 Apr 2015

Scope analyses the fall-out from the Wells affair and concludes we should not be writing off the DUP just yet.

2813
Preserving heritage and understanding the past
Paul Mullan, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Northern Ireland
28 Apr 2015

Scope meets Paul Mullan, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Northern Ireland. 

2814
Sector needs to act on mental health of staff
28 Apr 2015

Professor Peter McBride chief executive of the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health (Niamh)  argues the Third Sector must act now to stave off a mental health crisis amongst employees following cuts. 

2815
The demolition of community education in Northern Ireland
28 Apr 2015

Just imagine the uproar if the education department withdrew a school’s funding two months before the  end of term leaving A Level and GSCE students without teachers, and the rest of the pupils scrambling for places elsewhere. 

2816
Will the courts force through abortion reform?
28 Apr 2015

In the latest in our series on abortion Scope examines the impending court case which could force the Assembly's hand on reform. 

2819
Top 30 Technologies for Northern Ireland Charities
29 Apr 2015

Consider your organisation’s digital strategy. Include your staff as to where they think your digital compass should be pointing. Align any improvements with your strategic goals and you have a path to a secure digital future.

2822
NICVA Celebrates Success
Participants receiving cetificates
30 Apr 2015

Over forty people attended NICVA’s Certificate Presentation on Friday, 24 April 2015, celebrating the work of more than a hundred participants who completed accredited qualifications over the last year.

2824
NICVA get ready to run!
Pictured left to right: Jenny McEneaney and Roisin Kelly
30 Apr 2015

NICVA staff are getting ready to run the 2015 Belfast City Marathon relay race in an effort to raise funds for the Sunshine Foundation Romania.

2825
Assembly to debate cuts to voluntary and community sector
5 May 2015

On the 18th May the NI Assembly will debate the recent cuts to the voluntary and community sector. We are encouraging all voluntary and community organisations to contact MLAs and ask them to support this important motion.

2827
How can open data benefit Northern Ireland?
6 May 2015

As technology becomes more and more a part of everyday life, people become accustomed to accessing information freely and easily.

2831
How American non profits are getting politicians to sit up and notice
13 May 2015

As cuts deepen should the sector lie down and take it, disappear into silos, with everyone fighting everyone else for scraps, or is there a better way? 

2832
Economic Inactivity Strategy
13 May 2015

Stephen Farry, Minister for Employment and Learning and Arlene Foster, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment jointly launched an economic inactivity strategy called 'Enabling Success'. 

2835
Governance of the Voluntary and Community Sector in 2015
15 May 2015

NICVA is asking all trustees, committee members and directors of voluntary and community organisations to contribute to a new piece of research which is specifically examining governance in the Sector. 

2836
CutsWatchNI: Last chance to take part in cuts survey
18 May 2015

Help us gather information for the Junior Ministers on how the cuts are affecting your voluntary and community organisation.

2837
Fundraising Alternatives Part 3: A focus on Online Fundraising
20 May 2015

The third in a series of articles looking at different ways to fundraise. This month Deirdre Murphy, Fundraising Advice Officer at NICVA looks at Online Fundraising as an opportunity to raise funds.

2838
Community and Voluntary Sector: Funding Cuts Debate
20 May 2015

On Monday 18th May, UUP MLAs Robin Swann, Roy Beggs and Sandra Overend tabled a motion calling for the Assembly to recognise the important work of the voluntary and community sector and the impact of the cuts.

2839
Winding up and closure services which help create a legacy
Sector Matters logo
20 May 2015

The sustained financial pressures on our sector have unfortunately led to more organisations having to consider winding up or closure.

2841
Joint Forum meeting on the cuts to our sector - 15 May
21 May 2015

The Joint Forum met for the second time this year on Friday 15th May.

2842
Assembly Debate in Quotes
21 May 2015

Who said what in the Assembly Debate on cuts to the community and voluntary sector? Have a look... 

2844
Truth or justice, or both?
A watchtower in Crossmaglen
26 May 2015

Dealing with the past is difficult – especially when its two common ideals work against each other. Scope looks at whether the Stormont House Agreement can untangle truth and justice and allow progress to run rather than shuffle.

2845
The Apathy Party sweeps the board again
26 May 2015

Now that the dust has settled on the General Election and the victory champagne has gone flat, Scope looks at the section of the electorate nobody is talking about: the people who did not vote. 

2846
Inside the world of the spads
26 May 2015

Earlier this month the Office of First Minister deputy First Minister released information that it was ordered to by the  Information Commissioner revealing the salaries paid to the special advisors working for the First Minister.

2847
Pulling a stroke?
26 May 2015

Scope analyses the controversy surrounding the Stroke Association’s shocking claims about stroke rates amongst people of working age and asks if great advocacy can become bad science. 

2848
Transforming Your Minister - change at the top could revitalise DHSSPS
Simon Hamilton is the new Stormont Health Minister
26 May 2015

New Health Minister Simon Hamilton is making some good noises about reform – but changes need to be rapid and neither the financial capability or political will are guaranteed.

2849
Twitter: the MLAs of South Antrim
"I've still got a job!"
26 May 2015

South Antrim - the Jewel of the Six Mile – joins Scope’s list of constituencies to receive a sober and sombre social media probe.

2850
Welfare Reform is correct in principle
27 May 2015

There is a difference between theory and practice - despite some problems, Welfare Reform is a social good. Ian James Parsley writes exclusively for Scope.

2851
Sexism, racism and periscopes: Upper Bann on twitter
27 May 2015

Upper Bann is just getting back to normal again after an election campaign that ended in acrimony with allegations of racist abuse.

2852
Marginalised, excluded, demonised?
27 May 2015

Scope examines a ground-breaking research project which aims to address the negative stereo-typing of young people by the media. 

2854
Belfast joins Open Data Institute global network
ODI Node Belfast Logo
27 May 2015

Belfast has joined 20 cities across the globe by joining the Open Data Institute’s global network. NICVA will be developing a new learning and network node at their north Belfast headquarters, offering training right across Northern Ireland.

2855
Complying with the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)
29 May 2015

Charities, along with private companies, must comply with the new Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) that has come into force.

2856
Research in to governance of the sector in 2015
29 May 2015

A couple of weeks ago, NICVA asked trustees of voluntary and community organisations to contribute to a new piece of research being carried out by Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd.  

2857
Volunteers Week 2015
Volunteers Week 2015 Logo
29 May 2015

Next week we celebrate the massive contribution volunteers make to our communities during Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June.

2861
Invitation to Tender: Economic Inequality
3 Jun 2015

The Centre for Economic Empowerment is commissioning research on economic inequality. 

2863
Places apart: Exposing huge disparities in Northern Ireland’s 11 new councils
3 Jun 2015

The first story from Detail Data has been published today.

2864
Spot the Spam, avoid the Scam
4 Jun 2015

Be aware of the details to look out for in a potentially suspect email and avoid being conned out of your personal details, computer security or your money.

2865
Volunteering at NICVA
5 Jun 2015

For Volunteers Week we asked NICVA volunteer, Niall Quigley to share his experience and motivations for volunteering with our Centre for Economic Empowerment project.

2866
Volunteers connecting older people
5 Jun 2015

In this Volunteers’ Week we want to celebrate the work of the people who volunteer in Big Lottery Funded Reaching Out Connecting Older People (ROCOP) programme. Volunteers are crucial to the delivery of many of these projects.

2878
Celebrating NICVA learners
15 Jun 2015

In this Adult Learners' Week we would like to celebrate the achievements of all those who have participated in NICVA’s 400 plus training sessions in the last year.

2879
Shaking up social policy
Amnesty's Grainne Teggart, Sarah Ewart, and Sarah's mother Jane Christie
15 Jun 2015

Scope provides an update on the recent series of articles on abortion in Northern Ireland, an area of policy that is under extreme scrutiny currently, with developments coming at pace.

2880
Bureaucracy Project – Launch of the Code of Practice
17 Jun 2015

NICVA are delighted that the Code of Practice has been launched, a code aimed at reducing the administrative burden associated with grant funding to the voluntary and community sector.

2881
Calling all Committee Members/Trustees
15 Jun 2015

The current Governance in the Sector research being carried out by Volunteer Now has been extended to 19 June 2015. 

2882
Review of HSC Commissioning Arrangements
15 Jun 2015

In January the previous Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety announced a review of the arrangements for commissioning health and social care services in Northern Ireland. The terms of reference for the review are attached.

2883
A healthy approach to asylum that will help us all
Chair of the Health Committee, Maeve McLaughlin, addresses the announcement of expanded care
16 Jun 2015

There won’t be huge political fanfare, but a recent DHSSPS decision to increase access to free healthcare amongst vulnerable groups will save money and improve everyone’s health. Scope looks at why.

2884
The shocking truth about Transforming Your Care
17 Jun 2015

Scope examines further evidence that the government's flagship Transforming Your Care programme is not just stalled but going backwards. 

2885
Closing down our open spaces
17 Jun 2015

The decision by Belfast City Council to grant planning permission for a sports ground on open land in West Belfast creates an uneasy precedent and is out of step with planning policy elsewhere, Scope reports. 

2886
Summer Offer - half price room hire at NICVA
17 Jun 2015

It's summer offer time at NICVA with a 50% discount on room hire in our conference facilities.

2888
Human Rights Commission report: Transforming Your Care
17 Jun 2015

The recent HRC inquiry into Emergency Health Care has reinforced that Transforming Your Care has stalled. Scope looks at some of the reasons why.

2989
The other flag dispute ...
24 Jun 2015

When flag protests were at their height, many observers both here and across the globe, shook their heads and despaired of Northern Ireland. 

2990
From Austerity to Inequality
24 Jun 2015

There is much talk of 'austerity'. But what does it really mean?

2991
Same sex marriage battle goes to court
24 Jun 2015

The first gay couple to celebrate a civil partnership in Northern Ireland are seeking a judicial review challenging the ban on gay couples getting married here. 

3000
New equality guidance for charities
26 Jun 2015

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has published new guidance to support charities in understanding the complexities of equality legislation as it may apply to them.

3002
Detail Data Launch
The Detail Data team pictured at the launch
30 Jun 2015

A new programme funded by Big Lottery Fund NI to support voluntary and community organisations understand and use open data effectively to create and enhance social, economic and environmental value was launched yesterday.

3003
Why planners say it is okay to enclose open spaces
1 Jul 2015

The recent Glasmullin dispute has raised questions about Northern Ireland’s planning laws, Scope dissects the issues. 

3006
NI health trusts ‘able to sideline abuse cases at will’
3 Jul 2015

Scope looks at claims that the joint protocols between health and justice officials over the management of potentially criminal abuse encourage cover ups in local trusts.

3007
Children's book scheme reaches the end of the road
7 Jul 2015

When the Department of Education announced it was to stop funding Northern Ireland’s Bookstart scheme it said it was “working around the clock” to find alternative sources of funding. 

3008
DEL Departmental Monitoring Group: Departmental restructure
9 Jul 2015

The first NICVA Employment and Learning DMG, chaired by Lorraine Boyd (Bryson Charitable Group NEETs Forum), welcomed DEL Permanent Secretary Derek Baker.

3009
Infirm foundations – underachievement must be addressed
9 Jul 2015

Last week the PUP released a report on education, focused on underachievement by working-class protestants. Scope takes a look at the points made by the paper – and identifies a further conclusion of its own.

3010
Inside the Orange Heritage Museum
9 Jul 2015

Scope visits the newly-opened Museum of Orange Heritage on Belfast’s Cregagh Road. 

3012
2015 Party Conference Season
15 Jul 2015

The Assembly has just entered its summer recess and will reconvene for plenary sessions on the 7th September when parties will start to look towards Party Conference season.

3013
It's just a ride - the economic impact of perception
Despite the reality, from the outside Northern Ireland looks like it's on fire
17 Jul 2015

Another 12th of July, more phantasmagorical news footage of screaming, hatred and violence – what now for Brand Northern Ireland?

3015
Innovation Lab: A Review of Business Rates
20 Jul 2015

NICVA was invited by the Public Sector Reform Division in DFP to participate in an innovation lab on a fundamental review of business rates.

3016
Generating our Success: The Northern Ireland Strategy for Youth Training
20 Jul 2015

In June, Minister Farry published a strategy for youth training.

3017
The other Villiers in Ireland: famine, internment, rebellion
George Villiers, the 4th Earl of Clarendon
21 Jul 2015

Theresa Villiers is not the first of her family to hold high office in Ireland. 

3019
A complex solution to a simple problem
24 Jul 2015

Analysis: Colin Harper of the Belfast Law Centre on the Mental Capacity Bill 

3070
Spooky action at an unknown distance - GCHQ and Amnesty International
Patrick Corrigan from Amnesty International
27 Jul 2015

The security services exist to protect us as citizens and allow us to live in freedom. Scope speaks with spying victims Amnesty International about whether spying on human rights organisations can fulfil that purpose.

3073
The inevitable equality - why NI will embrace same-sex marriage
As many as 20,000 people turned out in Belfast last month to support marriage equality
29 Jul 2015

A key figure in the successful marriage equality campaign in the Republic of Ireland says Northern Ireland will move into line with the rest of the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

3079
Automatic Enrolment Compliance and Enforcement
30 Jul 2015

Key Points from The Pension Regulator’s Automatic Enrolment Compliance and Enforcement quarterly bulletin: 1 January – 31 March 2015.

3084
Crisis Fund: can a little go a very long way?
Patrick Sanders' view on: the Crisis Fund
31 Jul 2015

Earlier this year OFMdFM released a small amount of funds to help vulnerable ethnic-minority migrants in crisis. Scope speaks with fund administrators the Red Cross about its success.

3146
Should we have the right to die on our own terms?
Stephen Hawking - here at a conference with renowned physicists David Gross (left) and Ed Witten - has said he would consider ending his own life if he had "nothing more to contribute"
5 Aug 2015

Debate about right to die - and the right to help our loved ones do so, if they wish - is growing in the UK. Scope looks at a deceptively simple point of principle and its complex fine details.

3149
Shifting sands: NI's political landscape on marriage equality is changing
6 Aug 2015

Last week Scope highlighted the view that marriage equality in Northern Ireland is "inevitable" - are changes in the past week a sign of this inevitability in action?

3152
How good is your governance?
7 Aug 2015

Recent media coverage of a large charity in England having to shut down because of financial issues has hopefully prompted those sitting on boards of charities to think about their own governance practice.

3163
Why we need to know the truth about Kincora
12 Aug 2015

Why is Secretary of State Theresa Villiers so determined to ensure that allegations about child abuse at Kincora Boys Home in Belfast does not form part of the UK investigation? 

3165
GrantTracker users find funding success
GrantTracker logo
13 Aug 2015

In June NICVA surveyed all GrantTracker subscribers to ask them what they thought of GrantTracker, what funding they had sourced through GrantTracker, the impact of GrantTracker and any suggestions they had for improvements.

3166
NI's rejection of marriage equality 'a breach of religious rights'
The recent marriage equality rally in Belfast
13 Aug 2015

Local failure to bring forth marriage equality legislation matching the rest of the UK is set to be challenged in the High Court this autumn, on the basis that it is an infringement of the right to freely practice religion.

3168
Two years of death and serious injury on Northern Ireland’s roads
Police areas with the most road deaths
14 Aug 2015

The second Detail Data story Two years of death and serious injury on Northern Ireland’s roads was published yesterday.

3184
Whatever happened to Heenan Anderson?
14 Aug 2015

Whatever happened to the Heenan-Anderson Commission?

3185
The difference development makes
Mid and East Antrim Agewell Partnership Ready Steady Cook event
17 Aug 2015

NICVA has been working with The Big Lottery Fund Reaching Out Connecting Older People (ROCOP) grant holders since 2011 supporting them to deliver their outcomes and effectively manage and deliver their projects.

3186
NICVA staff and Board saddened by the death of our Honorary Vice President Dr Jeremy Harbison CB
Jermey Harbison CB
17 Aug 2015

It is with great sadness that NICVA learned of the death of our Honorary Vice President Dr Jeremy Harbison on Saturday 14 August 2015. 

3192
Will the BBC get blown away by the gathering storm?
19 Aug 2015

Just how serious is the threat to the BBC posed by the Westminster government and should we be worried about it? 

3193
Shroud education: sharing and the future
Les Allamby is the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commissioner
20 Aug 2015

Shared Education is the big new thing for helping society come together and improving schooling. But what are we supposed to expect?

3195
DHSSPS Health and Social Care Revenue Grant Scheme
21 Aug 2015

An update on the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) revenue grant scheme.

3198
DOJ Departmental Monitoring Group
24 Aug 2015

The first DOJ Departmental Monitoring Group was held in NICVA on Thursday 20th August.

3203
DSD Consultation on Accounting and Reporting by Charities
26 Aug 2015

The Department for Social Development has launched its consultation on the draft Charities (Accounts and Reports) Regulations which will affect all charities registered in Northern Ireland.

3206
Time to make the most of the welfare crisis
Iain Duncan Smith in March 2010 in his role as Chairman of the Centre for Social Justice
27 Aug 2015

Even if an under-pressure Iain Duncan Smith is forced from the cabinet his recent policies are set to run and run, writes Ian James Parsley. They have popular support and this is unlikely to change.

3207
Did the IRA go away?
27 Aug 2015

Are there any politicians and commentators who seriously did not know that the IRA still existed? 

3209
The Charity Commission values your opinion
27 Aug 2015

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is currently consulting on its proposed strategic plan and will be hosting its first public meeting.

3211
Sector faces massive job losses, survey claims
28 Aug 2015

Scope reports on the latest threat to community and voluntary sector funding

3214
Review of regional support to voluntary and community organisations
1 Sep 2015

VCU is initiating a review of its arrangements for supporting the Voluntary and Community Sector through the Regional Infrastructure Support Programme (RISP) to ensure arrangements are fit for purpose for the next 5-7 years. 

3216
Every Lidl helps: helping charities can be super marketing for businesses
Paul Gibson (left) with the Lidl Community Works judges
2 Sep 2015

Following the announcement of a new Lidl scheme to fund community groups across Northern Ireland, Scope asks whether partnerships between the voluntary and private sectors are a world of untapped potential.

3217
Refugees, migrants and Ireland
4 Sep 2015

Scope editor Nick Garbutt reflects on the refugee crisis and looks back at Ireland's history of migration 

3218
Coming Soon- State of the Sector VII Online Survey
10 Sep 2015

NICVA is undertaking its next research in to the State of the Sector. This online survey, NICVA’s 7th in this area, will go live in October and we need to hear from you. 

3219
Sector Matters and NICVA HR cycle the Tour De Foyle 2015
Sector Matters HR Consultant Louise Foster and NICVA HR Manager Alex McGimpsey
3 Sep 2015

Sector Matters HR Consultant Louise Foster and NICVA HR Manager Alex McGimpsey were delighted to take part in the Tour De Foyle 2015 charity cycling event on Saturday 29th August.

3225
Top Ten Findings State of the Sector 6
4 Apr 2012

State of the Sector VI provides high level statistics on the various types of resources available to the sector and the relationship between voluntary and community organisations, government, funders and the general public.

3227
Detail Data holds first Open Data in a Day training course
Detail Data staff and David Tarrant (ODI)
4 Sep 2015

The Detail Data project hosted its first 'Open Data in a Day' training for participants from the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.

3229
Home is where the hurt is
7 Sep 2015

This weekend saw the launch of Detail Data’s third data story as part of the European Conference on Domestic Violence at Queens University, Belfast.

3232
Concordia responds to current political crisis
8 Sep 2015

Press statement issued by Concordia, representing CBI Northern Ireland, Irish Congress of Trade Unions, NICVA, and Ulster Farmers’ Union.

3234
Can slavery be defeated?
10 Sep 2015

Forced labour remains a global scourge. Scope went along to a Law Centre NI conference and spoke with Kevin Hyland, UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and former top cop at the Met, about what can be done.

3235
Behind the scenes at Sunday Sequence
11 Sep 2015

Scope meets Seamus Boyd, the driving force behind Radio Ulster’s flagship Sunday Sequence show. 

3237
Proposed new accounting regulations will affect ALL charities
14 Sep 2015

New rules for the accounting, audit and reporting of all charities are currently being consulted on. These proposed new rules will have an impact on every charity, especially small to medium sized charities.

3242
Women and dealing with the past
Some of the Legacy Gender Integration Group at Tuesday's event
17 Sep 2015

A report released this week says we need to better provide for female victims in order to address the legacy of conflict. Scope looks at its suggestions.

3243
ODI Belfast launches at CultureTECH
17 Sep 2015

Northern Ireland’s first Open Data Institute (ODI) Node has launched at CultureTECH.

3244
If Stormont falls we'll all be the worst for it
17 Sep 2015

The current political crisis is having unexpected consequences, Scope reports. 

3246
Preparing for the 2016 Programme for Government
18 Sep 2015

NICVA held a conference for the sector on Preparing for the 2016 Programme for Government which saw speakers address delegates on new ways of governance and the context for the next Programme for Government.

3248
Why Bryson should be heard in public
18 Sep 2015

Scope editor Nick Garbutt argues that the decision to hold part of the Finance Committee's Nama investigation in private is a subversion of democracy. 

3252
Fundraising Alternatives Part 4: Charity Shops
21 Sep 2015

The fourth in a series of articles looking at different ways to fundraise, focussing on Charity Shops as a fundraising model.

3256
Meet The Fundraiser Success
21 Sep 2015

Participants from ten grass root community organisations were successful in their application to meet and chat to some of Northern Ireland’s most experienced fundraisers.

3266
Regulating Fundraising For The Future
23 Sep 2015

Sir Suart Etherington Chief Executive of NICVA’s sister organisation in England (NCVO), chaired a cross party review of fundraising regulation for the Minister for Civil Society.  

3267
50% off Digital DNA event
23 Sep 2015

We are delighted to announce that NICVA will be partnering with Digital DNA to provide our members with inspirational and practical insight into the critical role of technology within organisations.

3268
Open Government Meets The Environment - Ann Allen
24 Sep 2015

"Citizens are demanding that the state should be their servant and that information that governments hold should be open for everyone to see.”

Rt. Hon Francis Maude

3269
Social economy key to economically vibrant and self-sustaining communities
24 Sep 2015

Developing economically vibrant and self-sustaining communities through social economy enterprises is at the heart of an innovative plan the Housing Executive launched today.

3270
Health reform quietly gathers pace
25 Sep 2015

Behind the headlines progress is being made in implementing the flagship Transforming Your Care programme, Scope reports. 

3271
Uncertainty and the Stormont House Agreement
The panel at last week's launch of the model bill
25 Sep 2015

Provisions for dealing with the past within the Stormont House Agreement have come in for much public criticism. Scope looks at whether confusion on the issues is related to a lack of honest dialogue with the public.

3274
Tax Credits Crunch - unpicking the July budget's effect on NI
1 Oct 2015

The importance of Welfare Reform in Northern Ireland has shrunk, grown or both - depending on your views - thanks to the Chancellor's July budget. Over 100,000 homes have projected income reductions of over £1,600. Scope takes a look.

3275
Public perceptions of charities, using open data
1 Oct 2015

One of the many benefits of Open Data is that users are free to combine and explore similarities between overlapping datasets.

3276
The sticking plaster Bill that discriminates against young people
1 Oct 2015

The Mental Capacity Bill discriminates against children and represents a missed opportunity to protect the most vulnerable, argues Eamonn McNally from the Children’s Law Centre

3279
Fourth Data Story: People seeking asylum in Northern Ireland
2 Oct 2015

Almost 500 refugees, a record number, from countries across the world are currently seeking asylum in Northern Ireland.

3281
Belfast Activity Centre finds funding using GrantTracker
2 Oct 2015

Belfast Activity Centre, a leader in providing personal and social development programmes to young people has sourced funding to deliver their new programme Challenge to Change, using www.grant-tracker.org  

3282
CAUSE finds funding using GrantTracker
19 Oct 2015

CAUSE, a unique peer-led regional charity offering services to families, partners and friends across Northern Ireland caring for a loved one who has experienced serious mental illness has sourced funding, using www.grant-tracker.org

3283
Men’s Action Network finds funding using GrantTracker
26 Oct 2015

Men’s Action Network, the local charity supporting and promoting the Health and Well-being of men in the North West of Ireland has sourced funding to support their work, using the valuable online funding resource www.grant-tracker.org

3284
YMCA North Down finds funding using GrantTracker
2 Oct 2015

YMCA North Down delivers a range of personal and social education programmes to people of all ages across North Down and Ards.  The voluntary organisation uses the valuable online funding resource www.grant-tracker.org 

3285
South Eastern Regional College finds funding using GrantTracker
2 Oct 2015

South Eastern Regional College has sourced over £183,000 to deliver a radio programme, using the valuable online funding resource www.grant-tracker.org

3307
National Minimum Wage from 1 October 2015
5 Oct 2015

The national minimum wage increased on 1 October 2015.

3313
The British Deaf Association (NI) finds funding using GrantTracker
7 Oct 2015

Regional charity The British Deaf Association (Northern Ireland) has sourced funding to provide an accredited training course for Deaf Sign Language Users, using the valuable online funding resource www.grant-tracker.org  

3314
Older people: "undervalued, unappreciated, patronised"
8 Oct 2015

Claire Keatinge has plenty to say as she reflects on her four years in office as Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland.

3317
A consultation that you really should respond to
12 Oct 2015

NICVA is urging all organisations to submit a response to DSD’s consultation on the charities accounts and reports regulations.

3319
Goodwill Gifts goes from strength to strength
12 Oct 2015

Goodwill Gifts is a voluntary group that organises events and activities to increase inclusion of Asian and ethnic minority groups in the Omagh and Enniskillen area.

3321
Twitter workshop with Nick Pickles, Head of Policy at Twitter UK
13 Oct 2015

A workshop in collaboration with the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building which covered campaigning best practices on the platform. 

3329
State of the Sector Survey Goes Live
14 Oct 2015

NICVA has launched its 7th State of the Sector survey. The survey has been circulated to nearly 4,500 voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations and we need to hear from you. 

3333
Manifesto Engagement Events
15 Oct 2015

As the 2016 Assembly Elections approach many organisations in our sector will already in engaged in the process of writing their manifestos and talking with political parties to influence the content of their manifestos 

3334
Co-design for the new DHSS&PS Innovation Fund gets underway
15 Oct 2015

DHSSPS is introducing a new Innovation Fund for voluntary and community organisations from 2016/17.

3335
Shadow Secretary of State says the work of voluntary and community sector can accelerate positive social change.
SSoS Vernon Coaker, NICVA CEO Seamus McAleavey
16 Oct 2015

Speaking at an informal meeting with NICVA members Vernon Coaker said he was delighted to be back in Northern Ireland and had made it a priority to meet with the voluntary and community sector as early as possible. 

3336
NICVA response on the Charities (Accounts and Reports) Regulations (NI) 2015
16 Oct 2015

NICVA has submitted its response to DSD on the charities accounting and reporting consultation and is urging all organisations to do the same.

3337
NICVA staff celebrate swooping the Investors in People Gold Award for the second time!
16 Oct 2015

NICVA staff and Executive Committee are delighted once again to receive the Investors in People Gold Award in September 2015 having first achieved the Gold Standard in July 2012.

3341
Fundraising Alternatives Part 5: A Focus on Corporate and Major Donor Fundraising
20 Oct 2015

The fifth in a series of articles looking at different ways to fundraise. This month Deirdre Murphy, Fundraising Advice Officer at NICVA looks at Corporate and Major Donor fundraising.

3345
NICVA Executive Elections
20 Oct 2015

All NICVA member organisations will have, by now received information relating to NICVA’s AGM and elections for 2015.  

3352
Project Funding running out March 2016? - top 5 redundancy planning questions from Sector Matters and NICVA HR
27 Oct 2015

As we approach the end of October, suddenly 2016 seems just around the corner. If like many organisations you have funding coming to an end on 31st March 2016, now is the time to start thinking about how you will manage potential redundancies.

3354
Building on the past: Is government doing enough to protect historic sites?
9 Nov 2015

Almost 500 historic buildings across NI are deemed to be at risk, according to figures obtained by Detail Data

3356
Sector Matters Supports Charity Trustees
Trustees Week 2016
30 Oct 2015

Over the past 8 years Sector Matter’s, NICVA’s social enterprise business, has worked with Trustees helping them meet their duties and responsibilities.

3357
Trustees’ Week 2015 (2-8 November)
Trustees Week 2015
30 Oct 2015

Trustees' Week 2015 is the sixth annual celebration of trusteeship, a chance to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people to get involved and make a real difference.

3359
Permanent Secretaries following the Departmental Restructure
3 Nov 2015

As contained within the Stormont House Agreement, the Northern Ireland Civil Service is reducing from twelve to nine departments following the May 2016 Assembly election.

3360
Recognising and developing your trustees
3 Nov 2015

This Trustees’ week is a great opportunity to recognise the vital work that the thousands of trustees in Northern Ireland do to lead and serve their organisations.

3368
Review of Regional Support Arrangements for the Voluntary and Community Sector: Phase 2
9 Nov 2015

VCU has initiated a review of its arrangements for supporting the Voluntary and Community Sector through the Regional Infrastructure Support Programme (RISP) to ensure arrangements are fit for purpose for the next 5-7 years. 

3371
Open Data and the Impact on Grant Funding
Robbie Best, Communications Officer - BCT
11 Nov 2015

Open Data is an increasingly large part of the funding landscape here in Northern Ireland. Building ChangesTrust's Robbie Best has been out and about to find out more...

3374
Planning for reduced funding/income in 2016? Sector Matters and NICVA HR on possible alternatives to redundancy
13 Nov 2015

If you are planning for a potential reduction in funding/income, this article might assist you in considering the alternatives to redundancy which is an important stage of the planning and consultative process.

3375
RO:COP Lobbying and Campaigning Roundtable Networking Event
MLAs meet with RO:COP organisations
13 Nov 2015

The bi-annual RO:COP roundtable event took place on Wednesday, 11 November in NICVA and was a great success.

3376
Fundraising Alternatives Part 6: A Focus on EU Funding
16 Nov 2015

The sixth in a series of articles looking at different ways to raise funds. This month Deirdre Murphy, Fundraising Advice Officer at NICVA takes a look at the potential of EU Funding.

3378
Loaf Catering at NICVA - new menu gives you more choice
17 Nov 2015

You will now have more options to choose from when considering catering for your event at NICVA with an updated menu from Loaf Catering.

3380
NICVA’s bespoke training making it easier and more cost effective to develop your staff, volunteers and board.
17 Nov 2015

The workforce survey 2014 found that the top five barriers to people participating in training were: lack of training budget, training too expensive, inability to release staff, sourcing relevant training and travel costs.

3388
NICVA welcomes a positive conclusion to the Stormont Castle talks.
18 Nov 2015

We are pleased to see a positive conclusion to the Stormont Castle talks and the publication of 'A Fresh Start'.

3389
A Fresh Start - Too Long, Didn't Read
19 Nov 2015

On Tuesday the First and deputy First Minister, together with the British and Irish Governments agreed and published “A Fresh Start – The Stormont House Agreement and Implementation Plan.”

3390
Legislative Consent Motions, Order in Council – What do they mean?
20 Nov 2015

Following the agreement and publication of “A Fresh Start” we are going to hear the terms ‘Legislative Consent Motion’ and ‘Order in Council’ a lot more, but what do they mean?

3392
BIG Lottery Funding could be slashed by Government in Comprehensive Spending Review
21 Nov 2015

There are strong indications that John Whittingdale MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sports has proposed slashing BIG Lottery funding by as much as 40%.  

3393
Up close with Veronica Gray
23 Nov 2015

The new Director of the Adult Safeguarding charity, Action on Elder Abuse, took time out of her busy schedule to tell us about the work of Action on Elder abuse here in NI.

3400
Departmental Restructure – What is going where, update
24 Nov 2015

The ‘A Fresh Start’ Agreement laid out more details on the plans for the reduction in government departments following the 2016 Assembly Election. 

3401
One fifth of Stormont Assembly members are ‘unelected’ or appointed by parties
25 Nov 2015

ONE in five MLAs who will finish the current five-year Assembly term were not elected into position by the public.

3406
Getting your policies in party manifestos
27 Nov 2015

We've hosted three of five Manifesto Engagement Meetings, with Alliance, UUP and Sinn Fein, across these events a number of top tips have emerged to assist groups in getting their messages across to political parties and into manifestos. 

3407
Spending Review 2015- What Does it Mean for Us?
27 Nov 2015

The Centre for Economic Empowerment sets out the most significant announcements from the 2015 Spending Review and Autumn Statement. 

3410
Lobbying Act and the Assembly Elections
1 Dec 2015

Moving toward the Assembly elections in May 2016, now is a good time to remind ourselves of the requirements coming out of the Lobbying Act (or Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014.)

3411
Invest NI: Three years of offers under the microscope
1 Dec 2015

INVEST NI is the government agency that controls millions of pounds to support businesses and create jobs in Northern Ireland. It is the cornerstone of Stormont’s economic strategy, but how is it performing?

3412
Christmas Food Drive – Donations needed
Christmas Food Drive image
16 Nov 2015

NICVA are participating as a collection point for a North Belfast food bank to help local people in food crisis. 

3414
Open Data NI
4 Dec 2015

The movement towards open data in Northern Ireland has taken a big leap forward in the last week with the launch of OpenDataNI.

3416
New charity accounting and reporting legislation
7 Dec 2015

The Department for Social Development (DSD) has made new legislation which will cover the accounting and reporting requirements for all registered charities in Northern Ireland.

3424
People and Communities NI funding update
9 Dec 2015

Big Lottery People and Communities funding will open in January 2016 with a budget of £60 million for communities in Northern Ireland

3425
NIAMH invests in volunteer managers
19 Jun 2015

In February and March NICVA and Volunteer Now delivered a bespoke two-day ILM level 3 Award in Leadership and management to 8 staff from NIAMH as part of the Reaching Out: Connecting Older People development and support programme. 

3427
Improving skills and confidence through TQUK
30 Jul 2015

NICVA delivered the three -day TQUK Level 3 Award in Education and Training as part of the Reaching Out: Connecting Older People (RO:COP) development and support contract. 

3428
Cancer Focus gets its message across
30 Jul 2015

Social media training was delivered to a group of Reaching Out: Connecting Older People grant holders to help build their confidence using social media and give them tips and techniques as to how to use Facebook and Twitter more effectively.

3429
Early Christmas present for COP grant holders
9 Dec 2015

May not be the best wrapped present you get this year but nevertheless a good one, we think. 

 

3430
Consultation proposes that charities pay rates
10 Dec 2015

The Department for Finance and Personnel have published a consultation paper on the future direction of non domestic rates in Northern Ireland. The consultation period will last for a period of twelve weeks closing on 25th January.

3431
Abortion exported: women travelling for terminations
10 Dec 2015

Women from Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic had almost 25,000 abortions in England and Wales over the last five years – an average of close to 100 terminations every week.

3435
Getting your policies in manifestos, Part Two…
15 Dec 2015

Halfway through our Manifesto Engagement Meetings we published a Top Five ways you can get your policies into manifestos.

3436
Invitation to tender: A Review of Financial Support for Business in Northern Ireland
15 Dec 2015

The Centre for Economic Empowerment is commissioning a review of financial support for business in Northern Ireland.

3437
Preparing for the National Living Wage in April 2016
15 Dec 2015

As part of HR and financial planning for 2016, this article from NICVA and Sector Matters HR looks at the introduction of the National Living Wage in April 2016.

3438
Launch of 2014 Workforce Survey Top Line Findings
16 Dec 2015

The 2014 Workforce Survey is NICVA's fifth such study in the series. The study explores salaries, recruitment, pensions, benefits and retention in the voluntary and community sector workforce. 

3440
CEE Revenue Generation in Northern Ireland Seminar
16 Dec 2015

On 14 December 2015 representatives from the voluntary and community sector, political parties, civil service, business and academia met to discuss the issue of revenue generation in Northern Ireland. 

3444
Infertility Network UK provides vital support locally
21 Dec 2015

Infertility Network UK provides information, support and advice to all those struggling to conceive. Sharon Davidson is the Regional Organiser for Northern Ireland.

3445
Draft accounting and reporting guidance consultation
22 Dec 2015

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has launched its draft accounting and reporting guidance for consultation which also includes Directions for independent examiners.

3447
Non-domestic rates review consultation
22 Dec 2015

The Department for Finance and Personnel have published a consultation paper on the future direction of non-domestic rates in Northern Ireland. This article is a summary of the main points that will be contained within the NICVA response. 

3448
2016-17 Budget Arrangements
22 Dec 2015

NICVA recently met with Senior DFP Finance Officials to discuss the process of the 2016/17 budget.

3449
2016-17 Department for the Communities Budget
22 Dec 2015

DSD Officials attended a meeting organised in NICVA on Friday 18th December. 

3452
Access Research Knowledge on Northern Ireland's social issues
Access Research Knowledge Northern Ireland Logo
5 Jan 2016

You can now access over 15 years of social information from ARK Northern Ireland on the Detail Data Portal.

3462
NICVA Launches 2016 Sector Forecast Survey
7 Jan 2016

NICVA has launched their 2016 Sector Forecast Survey. The Survey was sent to over 4,000 organisations and this is your opportunity to tell us about what you think 2016 holds for your organisation. 

3465
NJC pay claim 2016/17
13 Jan 2016

For those in the voluntary and community sector following NJC payscales, a cost of living increase for 2016/17 has not yet been agreed.

3468
Justice in the Community Awards 2015/16
Justice in the Community Awards Launch Photo
14 Jan 2016

Justice Minister David Ford has launched the annual “Justice in the Community” Awards and invites nominations from across Northern Ireland.

3475
Evason Report: Too Long, Didn't Read
20 Jan 2016

On 19th January the Evason Group, or the Welfare Reform Working Group, established by the 'A Fresh Start' Agreement published their recommendations for the mitigation of the impacts of welfare reform. 

3479
NICVA responds to Consultation on Non-Domestic Rating Policy
22 Jan 2016

Today NICVA submitted their response to the DFP Consultation Paper on Northern Ireland's Non-Domestic Rating Policy.

3483
Houses of Parliament Training Day
29 Jan 2016

On Friday 19th of February representatives on the UK Parliament are hosting events in NICVA to help people discover more about the work of the Parliament and how they can get involved.

3486
The Charity Commission endorses the revised Code of Good Governance
29 Jan 2016

The revised Code of Good Governance was launched today by the Developing Governance Group at a seminar hosted by NICVA.

3487
Building on the Past – What does the future hold?
1 Feb 2016

Our Building on the Past journalism project was born out of the removal of a previously available database from the Department of the Environment website – the antithesis of open data.

3489
Data Fridays
Data Fridays
4 Feb 2016

Once a month we focus on a data related topic to help organisations navigate through the opportunities and responsibilities in the age of digital transformation.

3494
NICVA staff fundraise for Sunshine Foundation Romania
Sunshine Foundation Cheque Presentation
10 Feb 2016

For the last 13 years NICVA staff and their friends have entered relay teams into the Belfast City Marathon to raise money for Sunshine Foundation Romania.

3495
Individual Giving in Northern Ireland 2015
11 Feb 2016

NICVA's latest research into charitable giving in Northern Ireland examined who donated to charity, how much they gave and the causes they supported. This year's Survey also examined participation in social media fundraising campaigns. 

3496
Planning for Sustainability
Speakers at our Planning for Sustainability Networking event
23 Feb 2016

The first roundtable networking event of 2016 took place in NICVA on 4 February. Over 40 people attended the one day event designed to help BIG Lottery funded groups to think about and plan the sustainability of their projects.

3499
Spring 2016 Party Conference Season
15 Feb 2016

As the year speeds towards spring the next round of party conferences will begin to take place.

3501
Multiple Sclerosis: the wait to be seen
15 Feb 2016

The mental and physical health of thousands of people living with Multiple Sclerosis in Northern Ireland is being put at risk by long waits for appointments with specialist doctors.

3502
Charities claim £5.5m for good causes threatened by rates row
Thirteen charities warned today that a hike in charity shop rates in Northern Ireland could mean they would have £5.5m less to spend on the most vulnerable.
16 Feb 2016

Thirteen charities warned today that a hike in charity shop rates in Northern Ireland could mean they would have £5.5m less to spend on the most vulnerable. 

3503
Voluntary and Community Sector Manifesto Library
17 Feb 2016

Many voluntary and community organisations produced manifestos for the 2016 Assembly Elections containing issues, ideas and solutions they would like to see in the new Programme for Government.

3504
How we made the 2016 NICVA manifesto
Intense discussions at the ageing policy hack
17 Feb 2016

Writing a manifesto for a representative body is no small task. For the NICVA Public Affairs Team the process towards the drafting of our 2016 Manifesto began with our Policy Reboot. 

3506
NICVA & Sector Matters HR Pre Budget Update 2016
17 Feb 2016

As the financial year draws to a close it is a good opportunity to look at recent developments in employment legislation that may need to be factored into you 2016/17 staffing budget.

3507
2016 Assembly Elections - Key Dates
17 Feb 2016

In the run up to the 2016 Assembly Elections there are a number of key dates organisations should be aware of to plan their work and ensure they are abiding by the rules set out by the Lobbying Act.

3510
Gambling review update 2016
22 Feb 2016

In 2011, the Department for Social Development launched a public consultation on the Future Regulation of Gambling in Northern Ireland.

3513
Voluntary and community sector government funding at cliffs edge.
23 Feb 2016

Once again delays in government agreeing its budget has left parts of the voluntary and community sector on unsure financial ground.  

3516
Alert for charity registration applicants
26 Feb 2016

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is developing an updated online charity registration application form, which is expected to replace the current online form towards the end of April 2016.

3525
Justice Champions 2016 announced
Justice in the Community Awards 2016
3 Mar 2016

Justice Minister David Ford has announced Paul McCartney of First Housing Aid and Support Services in Derry as Justice Champion 2016.

3527
NICVA Conversation Zone - Alliance Party Conference 2016
3 Mar 2016

Conversation Zone is a chance for voluntary and community organisations to meet with key elected members of the Alliance Party and raise the issues that are important to them and the people they work with.

3537
EU funding in NI agriculture: Should we stay or should we go?
CAP Payments Infographic
9 Mar 2016

MORE than 38,000 farmers and rural projects across Northern Ireland shared nearly £350million of European Union (EU) funding in a single year, according to the latest breakdown of figures.

3538
New Health and Social Care Innovation Fund: Too Long; Didn't Read.
10 Mar 2016

On Monday 7th March the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety launched a consultation on a new Health and Social Care Innovation Grant Scheme.

3540
NICVA's inspiring impact phase 2 takes impact practice to the next stage
11 Mar 2016

NICVA is delighted to be part of phase two of the Inspiring Impact programme funded by Building Change Trust. Through this we will support organisations to embed their impact practice and measure,assess and share the difference that they make.

3544
A rating system based on land not buildings
11 Mar 2016

In our 2016 policy manifesto we call for a rating system based on land not buildings. Here are the top 5 reasons why.

3546
Celebration of Success
11 Mar 2016

Over 40 learners attended the annual Presentation of Certificates ceremony which recognises and celebrates outstanding achievement in leadership and management, education and training, coaching and mentoring and management of volunteers.

3547
Accounting and reporting guidance for charities - NICVA response
11 Mar 2016

NICVA welcomes the Charity Commission’s guidance on the new accounting and reporting regulations. 

3639
Newry, Mourne and Down Community Planning Fora
14 Mar 2016

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council recently enlisted NICVA's Social Enterprise Sector Matters with help in administering their community planning fora application process. The DEA fora presents an exciting opportunity for the sector.

3656
Viewfinder 18 Results
18 Mar 2016

Thanks to all of our members who completed the Viewfinder survey. We were delighted to have such a great response rate of 19.3% (it was sent to 6,241 staff in member organisations and 1,209 responded).

3659
Universal early years provision for all 0-4 year olds
21 Mar 2016

In our 2016 policy manifesto we call for universal early years provision for all 0-4 year olds. Here are our top five reasons why.

3671
Sector Forecast Survey Winners Announced
Two Castles Community Development Association
23 Mar 2016

NICVA is delighted to announce Two Castles Community Development Association as the winners of our Sector Forecast Survey prize draw.

3675
Charity Commission NI Guidance on campaigning and EU Referendum
24 Mar 2016

The Charity Commission for NI has published its guidance for organisations wishing to participate in the debate on the EU referendum.

3685
Inside Northern Ireland's family courts
12 Apr 2016

OUTDATED government policy on family breakdown and child custody has resulted in Northern Ireland “sleepwalking into a culture of litigation” with courts being used to “perpetuate family conflict”, the head of a leading charity has warned.

3686
2016 NI Assembly Election Candidates
13 Apr 2016

Elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly take place on Thursday 5th May. 

The deadline for registering to stand as a candidate has now passed. In 2016 there are 276 candidates seeking election to 108 Assembly seats. 

3687
Party Manifestos 2016 Assembly Elections
13 Apr 2016

With elections taking place to the NI Assembly on 5th May 2016 each of our local political parties are pulling together their policy asks into manifestos.

3690
NICVA Conversation Zone - Sinn Fein Ard Fheis
18 Apr 2016

Real engagement on the issues that matter

3691
EU Referendum and the VCSE sector
18 Apr 2016

NICVA held a conference on the EU Referendum to inform the VCSE sector on the primary arguments for and against leaving the EU. 

3692
New charity registration application delayed
18 Apr 2016

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is developing an updated online charity registration application form.

3693
Radically Reducing Reoffending
18 Apr 2016

In our 2016 policy manifesto, we call for the Executive to make a commitment to radically reduce reoffending.

3695
And our survey says... - how we are responding to your needs
20 Apr 2016

In February and March NICVA surveyed our members to ask what their development needs were in a range of areas. We had a great response rate of 19.3% (1,209 people responded).

3700
A living wage for all workers
25 Apr 2016

In our 2016 policy manifesto we call for a living wage for all workers. The living wage is an estimate of the wage that would provide a full-time worker with a basic, but adequate, standard of living.

3701
Open data and open policy making
25 Apr 2016

In our 2016 policy manifesto we call for open data and for the process of policy making to be open.
 

3702
DIY Committee Guide rebooted
25 Apr 2016

The revised Code of Good Governance was launched earlier this year by the Developing Governance Group and as promised, the DIY committee guide website has now been launched after a complete revamp.

3703
The Budget Process and the 2016 Programme for Government
25 Apr 2016

On Monday 18th April, NICVA held an information session on the Budget Process and the 2016 Programme for Government. 

3704
NICVA get ready to relay!
25 Apr 2016

NICVA staff are getting ready to run the 2016 Belfast City Marathon relay race in an effort to raise funds for the Sunshine Foundation Romania.

3705
Department for Communities Community Cohesion briefing
25 Apr 2016

The Joint Forum Voluntary and Community Sector panel hosted Ian Maye, the new Community Cohesion Deputy Secretary within the Department for Communities to inform the sector on his vision for the sector's role. 

3706
Government challenged to take action over scale of paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland
28 Apr 2016

PARAMILITARY groups continue to have thousands of members, with organisations involved in hundreds of acts of violence and intimidation each year in Northern Ireland, according to new figures compiled by Detail Data.

3715
New Assembly Committees - Contact Details
9 May 2016

Following the Departmental Restructure the Assembly's scrutiny committees have also been reshaped.

3716
Who are the new MLAs?
9 May 2016

Now the election finished and all the votes counted attentions now switch to who the new MLAs are and how we can get in touch with them.

3718
What are your Legislative Priorities for 2016?
11 May 2016

The Northern Ireland Assembly passed 48 pieces of legislation during the 2011 - 2016 mandate on topics as wide as pensions to licensing, insolvency to food hygiene. 

3720
Who is in charge of the new departments?
11 May 2016

The new 9 departments came into effect on Monday 9th May following a departmental restructure envisaged in the Stormont House Agreement. 

3721
Promoting good financial governance
NICVA's Charity Trustee Conference delegates
12 May 2016

Yesterday’s charity trustee conference on promoting good financial governance was attended by 150 delegates ranging from charity trustees, finance personnel, charity support workers to those with an interest in charity finance. 

3727
New Payroll Service Launched
18 May 2016

Our ongoing relationship with Moore Stephens in supporting the sector access the most appropriate Automatic Enrolment pension solutions has been a great success over the last two years.  

3733
Summer offer - 50% discount on room hire at NICVA
23 May 2016

Why not book a room for your conference, event, training or meeting at NICVA this summer and make the most of our 50% discount offer? All room bookings for July and August 2016 will be half price.

3734
NICVA support remain position in EU Referendum
Results of NICVA membership poll on the EU Referendum Question
25 May 2016

The Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) has added its voice to the calls for the UK to remain in the European Union. 

3735
Why is NICVA supporting In?
Results of NICVA membership poll on the EU Referendum Question
25 May 2016

On the 27th April 2016, the NICVA Executive agreed that NICVA should support the remain campaign in the upcoming EU Referendum.

3736
Joint Forum meeting - 6th May
25 May 2016

The Joint Forum is made up of representatives from central and local Government (Public Sector Group) and the Voluntary and Community Sector (Voluntary and Community Group). 

3737
New Executive and Committee Chairpersons Named
25 May 2016

On 25th of May the new Northern Ireland Assembly ran d'Hondt for the new Executive, Committee Chair people and Deputy Chairs.

3744
Volunteers' Week 2016 (1-12 June)
Volunteers' Week 2016
1 Jun 2016

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make to our communities every day.

3746
Programme for Government: Too Long; Didn’t Read
2 Jun 2016

The draft Programme for Government Framework for 2016 – 2021 was published on 26th May 2016. The Executive Office stated that this framework “sets out the direction of travel and the specific things we want to change.”

3748
NICVA in action in Volunteers' Week
3 Jun 2016

In this Volunteers' Week we celebrated the success of NIAMH Volunteers and staff from the Living Well, Living Longer project who recently took part in NICVA's Management of Volunteers course.

3751
Who cares for our carers?
6 Jun 2016

MORE than 15,000 Northern Ireland pensioners aged 70 and over are providing a minimum of 35 hours unpaid care every week, the equivalent of a full-time job. And over 400 of them are 90 years or older, an investigation by Detail Data has revealed.

3752
Aviva Community Fund
3 Jun 2016

NICVA is extremely happy to be partnering with Aviva to help promote the Aviva Community Fund.

3753
NJC Pay - two year deal agreed for 2016 - 18
3 Jun 2016

The National Joint Council for Local Government Services has confirmed the pay deal, setting new pay rates from 1 April 2016 and 1 April 2017.

3754
"The Road Less Travelled" to Sustainability - Tackling Corporate Fundraising
6 Jun 2016

Taking the First Steps in Corporate Fundraising

3755
Could Awards play a key supporting role in your fundraising?
8 Jun 2016

In this article, Lynn Kennedy, Fundraising Advice Officer at NICVA, looks at whether Awards might have a real place in an organisation's fundraising strategy.

3757
Viewfinder 19 - Increased awareness of open data in the voluntary and community sector
8 Jun 2016

Thanks to all of our members who completed the Viewfinder 19 survey. We are delighted to have such a good response rate of 17.7%.

3763
Sector Forecast Survey Preliminary Findings Released
17 Jun 2016

Earlier this year NICVA launched their Sector Forecast Survey which explored organisations outlook for 2016. This article presents some preliminary findings from the research. 

3767
£100,000 grants scheme for community led road safety initiatives launched
NICVA Chief Executive, Seamus McAleavey and Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard launch the 2016/17 Road Safety Grant Scheme
16 Jun 2016

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has launched the 2016/17 Road Safety Grant Scheme which offers individuals and community groups an opportunity to apply for funding of up to £10,000 to develop and deliver local road safety initiatives.

3772
OpenDataNI Challenge
Open Data NI Challenge
17 Jun 2016

ODI Belfast at NICVA are delighted to support the OpenDataNI Challenge - an Open Data competition aimed at supporting local schools.

3773
Over 2,000 road crashes outside schools spark calls for 20mph speed limit
17 Jun 2016

ELEVEN people - including one child - have been killed and over 2,600 people have been injured as a result of road traffic collisions close to schools in Northern Ireland over the last decade.

3774
NICVA meets with new Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir
Peter McBride, CEO NIAMH; Minister of Finance; Seamus McAleavey, Chief Executive NICVA
17 Jun 2016

NICVA was delighted to help organise a visit by Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir to the Inspire housing community.

3775
Draft Programme for Government Framework consultation event
20 Jun 2016

NICVA held a consultation event on the Draft Programme for Government Framework which received presentations from NCB NI Director Celine McStravick and Head of the Programme for Government team Joe Reynolds. 

3781
Northern Ireland Business Groups, Trade Unions and Voluntary Sector unite to highlight benefits of remaining within the EU
22 Jun 2016

In an eve of poll joint message, organisations representing business owners, trade unions and the voluntary and community sectors across Northern Ireland have highlighted the economic evidence, which overwhelmingly favours remaining within the EU.

3799
Where does Brexit leave charities in terms of continued or future EU funding?
1 Jul 2016

Brexit, VCSE Sector and EU funding

3800
NICVA Update on EU Referendum.
1 Jul 2016

An update on Brexit for the Northern Ireland voluntary and community sector.

3801
Finance Minister comments on EU referendum meeting with NICVA, Business and Trade Unions.
1 Jul 2016

NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey joined partners from business organisations and trade unions to discuss the implications of the EU referendum result with Minister Ó Muilleoir

3802
Shortfalls revealed in disability provision at venues across Northern Ireland
4 Jul 2016

Major shortfalls have been identified in disability access at many of Northern Ireland’s most popular visitor, tourist, cultural and sporting attractions – potentially affecting the lives of over 300,000 people and their families.

3805
Voluntary community and social enterprise sector funding model consultation
5 Jul 2016

Justice Minister Claire Sugden has published proposals to modernise the system used to award funding to third sector organisations delivering justice outcomes.

3812
DAERA Departmental Monitoring Group (DMG)
8 Jul 2016

On Wednesday 6th July, NICVA and Rural Community Network hosted the DAERA DMG which focused on the Draft Programme for Government Framework. Participants received a presentation from Joe Reynolds, Head of the Programme for Government, TEO

3816
PfG 2016 - Additional Information
20 Jul 2016

The Executive Office, as part of their ongoing consultation on the draft Programme for Government Framework, have made some additional information and resources available.

3822
Do you have a Big Idea?
25 Jul 2016

NICVA's 'Big Ideas: Festival of Economics' will bring together key note speakers, panels, workshops and conversations to spark debate about the big ideas that could transform our economy. And we want you to be part of it.

3825
ESC challenging perceptions and changing lives
28 Jul 2016

ESC is a film-making charity which helps people rebuild their lives and re-integrate into society. They use drama and film to challenge perceptions, tackle social exclusion and change lives.  

3827
Suicide deaths in Northern Ireland highest on record
29 Jul 2016

THREE hundred and eighteen suicides were registered in Northern Ireland during 2015 – the highest annual death toll since records began in 1970.

3830
Accounting and reporting guidance published
29 Jul 2016

The Charity Commission has published a suite of guidance on the new accounting and reporting regulations for charities which it consulted on earlier this year following the implementation of new legislation.

3832
Big Ideas - A Festival of Economics the programme so far...
29 Jul 2016

The countdown is on to Big Ideas - A festival of Economics. With two weeks to go the list of speakers and topics is looking pretty impressive.

3835
Programme for Government 2016-2021 consultation hub
2 Aug 2016

The Programme for Government (PFG) sets the strategic context for both the Budget and the Investment Strategy for Northern Ireland.

3839
NICVA Payscales 2016 - 2018
5 Aug 2016

The NJC payscales were agreed in May 2016 following negotiations on the cost of living increase. NICVA has now updated its payscales for 2016 - 2018 using NJC points 6 - 49. 

3840
Big Ideas Economics Festival Final Agenda and Timings.
5 Aug 2016

On 12th August over 100 people from the voluntary and community sector, government officials, politicans, party staffers, academics, business people and interested individuals will get together in NICVA to discuss big economic ideas.

3842
Fundraising self-regulation in NI - Time for Change?
8 Aug 2016

This article looks at the now defunct system of fundraising self-regulation in Northern Ireland, why change is needed and why effective self-regulation is a key part of good governance.

3843
The Cross-Party (Etherington) Review on fundraising self- regulation & its implementation in England & Wales
Etherington Review
8 Aug 2016

This article looks at the Cross-Party (Etherington) Review on fundraising self-regulation and progress on the implementation of its key recommendations in England & Wales.

3844
Update on fundraising self-regulation in Scotland plus a look at setting up a new NI Fundraising Regulator
Scottish Fundraising Complaints Website
8 Aug 2016

This article looks at how Scotland partially eschewed the Fundraising Regulator in favour of its own system & looks at another NI option: setting up a NI Fundraising Regulator.

3845
NICVA Launch State of the Sector Research
9 Aug 2016

NICVA has launched its latest State of the Sector research in a brand new online format. Explore the new online resource here.

3863
NICVA’s State of the Sector Profiles the VCSE Sector
22 Aug 2016

NICVA’s latest State of the Sector research sheds light on the VCSE sector in Northern Ireland in a brand new online format. This article focuses on the Profile section of the research. 

3869
NICVA’s State of the Sector examines the Income and Expenditure of the VCSE sector
23 Aug 2016

NICVA’s latest State of the Sector research sheds light on funding to the VCSE sector in Northern Ireland through grants, contracts and public donations.

3876
NICVA Launch NI Faith Map Project
1 Sep 2016

NICVA is sending out a call to all faith-based organisations to sign up to their exciting new 'NI Faith Map' project.  

3877
Autumn governance training series
1 Sep 2016

Charity trustees are ultimately responsible for the charities which they govern and have a responsibility to run their charity in line with legal requirements and best practice. 

3881
State of the Sector Explores Organisations' Outlook for the Year Ahead
5 Sep 2016

The latest State of the Sector research sheds light on the VCSE sector in Northern Ireland in a brand new online format. This article focuses on the Future Issues section of the research. 

3892
Charity Commission NI launch research into public trust and confidence in charities
8 Sep 2016

The Department for Communities Minister, Paul Givan MLA has launched the Charity Commission NI's Public trust and confidence in charities research report 2016.

3895
Strategic support to the voluntary and community sector consultation
9 Sep 2016

On Thursday 8th September, the Department for Communities launched a public consultation on ‘proposals for the provision of strategic support to the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland 2017-2021’

3896
Feedback on NICVA's Fundraising Regulator Consultation (9th September 2016)
12 Sep 2016

On 9th September 56 trustees, CEOs & fundraisers took part in a consultation event on fundraising self-regulation for NI: this article is a brief distillation of the discussions which ensued.

3898
Good Governance and Charity reporting seminars
15 Sep 2016

The Developing Governance Group in association with the Charity Commission and local support networks are hosting a roadshow of seminars focusing on the new accounting and reporting regulations and the revised code of good governance. 

3902
£500,000 fund for Northern Ireland's historic buildings
16 Sep 2016

This week’s announcement that the Department for Communities has launched a £500,000 Historic Environment Fund that will help restore listed buildings is certainly welcome.

3904
NICVA's Alumni network inspired to Lead Change
19 Sep 2016

On Friday 16 September NICVA held its first Leaders’ Alumni event  - Leading Change.  Managers and leaders from across the sector who had gained ILM accreditation from NICVA came together to learn from each other and be inspired.

3905
Automatic re-enrolment – Update
19 Sep 2016

Since 2012 employers have been trying to get to grips with auto enrolment and now, just when many larger employers who first auto enrolled might feel they’re comfortable with the process, along comes automatic re-enrolment.

3907
Feedback from roundtable discussion at Fundraising Regulator event on 9 September
20 Sep 2016

The roundtable discussion followed on from presentations by NICVA, CCNI, Fundraising Regulator for England and Wales and the Scottish Working Group at the consultation event on 9 September.

3912
State of the Sector Explores Volunteering in the VCSE Sector
23 Sep 2016

NICVA’s latest State of the Sector research sheds light on the size, scope and finances of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector in a brand new online format. This article focuses on the Volunteering section of the research. 

3913
Cyber Security: Risk, Governance and Reputation
26 Sep 2016

As part of our Data Friday series, we recently discussed Data Protection and Cyber Security in the voluntary and community sector and how to manage the risks and potential impact on organisations reputations.

3916
Communities Minister sets out priorities for sector
Una McKernan, Paul Givan MLA and Marie Cavanagh
28 Sep 2016

NICVA members from across Northern Ireland got together on 28th September for the official launch of the new State of the Sector research and a special Ministerial address from Minister for Communities Paul Givan MLA.

3919
Cyber Essentials Guidance
29 Sep 2016

NICVA successfully achieved Cyber Essentials certification earlier this year and now more than ever we need to stress the importance of implementing a good Cyber Security policy in your organisation.

3920
State of the Sector Profiles the VCSE Workforce
30 Sep 2016

NICVA’s latest State of the Sector research sheds light on the size, scope and finances of the VCSE sector in Northern Ireland in a brand new online format. This article focuses on the Workforce section of the research. 

3921
Major overhaul of family courts could achieve better outcomes for children
5 Oct 2016

COURTS should become the last resort for separated families, according to reforms proposed in the biggest shake-up of the family justice system in almost 20 years.

3926
Houses of Parliament Research on Brexit Issues
6 Oct 2016

Following the result of the EU Referendum, the House of Commons Library has published a number of informative briefings on potential impacts across a range of policy areas. 

3930
NICVA meet with Minister for Exiting the EU
7 Oct 2016

On Thursday 6 October 2016 UK Minister Robin Walker MP visited NICVA to discuss a broad range of issues around the UK’s exit from the EU.

3931
UUP set out their vision for Northern Ireland outside the EU
10 Oct 2016

The UUP recently published their vision for Northern Ireland outside the EU.

 

3932
Assembly Oral Questions on Brexit
10 Oct 2016

Since the result of the EU referendum on 24th June Assembly Question Time has featured many questions on Brexit, below we are collating those of most relevance to the sector, by Department.

3933
National Minimum Wage from 1 October 2016
10 Oct 2016

The national minimum wage rates from 1 October 2016 are outlined below.

3934
Strategic support to the voluntary and community sector consultation events
10 Oct 2016

The Department for Communities recently launched a consultation on proposals for the provision of strategic support to the voluntary and community sector in NI. A series of consultation events have been arranged to gather views.

3946
Social Innovation Decoded Workshops
14 Oct 2016

Do you want to learn more about social innovation? What it is and how you can use it to improve what you do and how you do it? NICVA are running 7 Social Innovation Decoded workshops throughout Northern Ireland in the last quarter of 2016

3947
Impact of Brexit and Rights on NI
14 Oct 2016

CAJ, Ulster University and the Equality Coalition held a recent event discussing "Brexiting and Rights."

3948
Social Innovation Decoded workshops off to a great start
17 Oct 2016

There was a real buzz at the first of eight social innovation decoded workshops that was held as part of The Unusual Suspects festival on Friday 14 October in NICVA.

3949
Living with HIV in Northern Ireland
19 Oct 2016

NEW statistics show that 934 people are now known to be living with HIV in Northern Ireland – the highest number ever on record.

3952
NICVA Conversation Zone - UUP Conference 2016
20 Oct 2016

Following the success of previous years NICVA will once again be hosting our Conversation Zone at this Saturday's (22nd October) UUP Party Conference.

3965
Health and Wellbeing 2026 - Too Long; Didn’t Read
26 Oct 2016

On 25th of October, informed by the Bengoa Report, the Health Minister announced the publication of the document Health and Wellbeing 2026; Delivering Together.

3972
The Programme for Government signals a new departure
Stormont
28 Oct 2016

The Northern Ireland Executive have agreed and issued their draft Programme for Government for consultation on Friday 28 October 2016.  It’s the second major announcement of the week.

3974
PfG - What's Changed?
28 Oct 2016

Today (28th October) the Executive published the consultation on the Programme for Government. 

3975
Recognising the vital role trustees play
NICVA Executive Committee - October 2016
31 Oct 2016

Trustees’ week, beginning 7 November, is a great opportunity to recognise the vital work that the thousands of trustees in Northern Ireland do to lead and serve their organisations. 

3976
NICVA Viewfinder Reveals Sector's Brexit Concerns
Brexit Infographic
10 Nov 2016

NICVA recently disseminated a Viewfinder Survey to members which aimed to explore how Brexit might impact the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector. This article shares key findings from the survey. 

3977
Trustees’ Week 2016 (7 – 13 November)
Trustees' Week 2016 logo
3 Nov 2016

Trustees’ Week 2016 celebrates the UK’s 1 million trustees and promotes the benefits of volunteering to be a trustee. This year Trustees’ Week focuses on good governance and the skills needed to make trustees effective leaders. 

3979
NICVA Launches NI Faith Survey
11 Nov 2016

NICVA has launched a short online survey for all faith based organisations in Northern Ireland. If you are a faith based organisation we would love to hear from you. 

3982
Waking up to Waste: How Northern Ireland's waste problem could leave a toxic legacy
Northern Ireland's waste is leaving a "toxic legacy"
7 Nov 2016

Northern Ireland is producing more than two million tonnes of waste each year, with campaigners claiming that inadequate government policies could create a toxic legacy for future generations.

3986
Charity Trustee Conference on Understanding Charity Finance
NICVA Charity Finance Conference
10 Nov 2016

Tuesday’s charity trustee conference on understanding charity finance attracted a good number of board members and employees from a wide range of charitable organisations, both large and small.

4008
Carers Rights Day - 25th November
25 Nov 2016

There are over 220,000 carers across Northern Ireland and we estimate there are thousands more out there providing care to ill, disabled or elderly loved ones who do not yet recognise themselves as being carers

4009
Community Planning Update
28 Nov 2016

This is a report on each of the eleven council's approach to community planning and an update on the development of their community plan. 

 

4011
First update on progress of the NI Fundraising Regulation consultation
Decision-making
29 Nov 2016

Progress on the set up of the NI Fundraising Regulation Working Group and decision on how fundraising will be voluntarily regulated in NI pending the result of a full sector consultation.

4015
Stormont threat to lifeline for rural communities
2 Dec 2016

A SCHEME that has provided more than 216,000 journeys in the past year to help people living in isolated rural areas, including the elderly and those with disabilities, is under threat due to Stormont cuts and policy change.

4018
Queen's Graduates Play Key Role in NICVA's Research Team
9 Dec 2016

NICVA recently participated in an Internship Programme with Queen's University and Santander, and through the scheme employed two Research Interns to support the Research Team. This article sheds light on their contribution to the NICVA team. 

4021
Support for social innovation
6 Dec 2016

NICVA has been working with Social Innovation NI to deliver 8 workshops throughout Northern Ireland  to introduce people to social innovation and the support that is available through The Social Innovation NI Programme.

4023
Cathy Breslin (1960 - 2016)
8 Dec 2016

It is with deep sadness we announce the death of our colleague Cathy Breslin who lost her hard fought battle with cancer on 07 Dec 2016

4026
Christmas Food Drive – Donations needed
Christmas Food Drive
12 Dec 2016

NICVA are participating as a collection point for the North Belfast food bank to help local people in food crisis. 

4027
Independent examination - the alternative to an audit
12 Dec 2016

Chris Smith, Trustee of the Association of Charity Independent Examiners (ACIE) and a practicing independent examiner explains what an independent examination is and when charities may avail of this option. 

4028
Celebration of the finest achievement
12 Dec 2016

NICVA was delighted to host its 12th presentation of certificates ceremony on 1 December. 40 ILM and TQUK graduates gathered to share their learning and received their well-earned certificates. 

4031
Lord Justice Gillen's Review of Civil and Family Justice
15 Dec 2016

On Monday 28th November, Lord Justice Gillen spoke at NICVA on his family and civil justice review. 

4035
First Brexit Roundtable with Secretary of State
16 Dec 2016

On Wednesday 15th December NICVA hosted the first in a series of themed roundtable Brexit discussions with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire MP.

4038
Too small for legacy fundraising?
19 Dec 2016

This article looks at how you could add legacy fundraising into your funding mix

4039
Cyberfraudsters are targeting Northern Ireland charities
19 Dec 2016

One of NICVA’s members was recently the victim of a highly sophisticated cyberfraud. 

4042
NICVA respond to the draft Programme for Government
22 Dec 2016

Today NICVA submitted our response to the consultation on the draft Programme for Government. 

4047
Donor consent in light of the Fundraising Preference Service (FPS)
9 Jan 2017

What does the Fundraising Preference Service actually mean for NI charities and how does it fit with current and planned data protection legislation?

4048
Political Developments and the Northern Ireland Budget 2017/18
10 Jan 2017

Speaking in response to the resignation of the deputy First Minister yesterday, NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey said:

4054
Health Minister to continue VCS Core Grant Fund
Health Minister Michelle O'Neill
13 Jan 2017

Today the Health Minister has confirmed that she will continue the core grant fund to the voluntary and community sector. 

4056
Theresa May Brexit Speech – What did we learn?
18 Jan 2017

The Prime Minister Theresa May has made her long awaited statement on her position on Brexit. So what did we learn?

4057
Lobbying Act and the 2017 Assembly Elections
18 Jan 2017

Now we have a date for the 2017 Assembly Election, voluntary and community organisations should once again make themselves familiar with the provisions of the Lobbying Act and how they may affect your work in the run up to the elections. 

4058
Detail Data Conference: Open Data for Funding, Citizens and Services
18 Jan 2017

Last week’s Detail Data conference on the use of open data for funding, citizens and services attracted over 60 people from the VCSE, public and private sectors.

4064
More People Giving to Charity Compared to One Year Ago
26 Jan 2017

People in Northern Ireland are more likely to give money to charity compared to one year ago, according to NICVA's latest Individual Giving survey.

4071
Early Intervention Transformation Programme Professional Development Initiative
30 Jan 2017

The Professional Development initiative aims to improve outcomes for children and young people through building the skills and capabilities of professionals to adopt effective early intervention and prevention approaches

4078
Brexit White Paper. Too Long; Didn't Read
3 Feb 2017

Yesterday (2nd February) the UK Government published its 76-page White Paper on The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union.

4081
A rates rethink
6 Feb 2017

The Department of Finance are currently consulting on  'A Rates Rethink' that proposes that charity shops pay 10-20% rates. The consultation closes on 16th February. 

4085
Options Paper for Fundraising Self-Regulation in Northern Ireland
10 Feb 2017

This paper outlines the options for Fundraising Self-Regulation in NI. The Working Group is seeking to engage the sector and consult until 31 March, in order to make recommendations on the most suitable option for NI.

4088
Comparing VCSE sectors of NI, England & Wales, Scotland & Ireland
16 Feb 2017

This article compares VCSE sectors across the UK and in Ireland and looks at "proportionality" in choosing a new NI fundraising self-regulation system.

4089
Fundraising self-regulation systems across the UK and Ireland
16 Feb 2017

This article looks at the differences in how fundraising is currently self-regulated by the voluntary and community sectors in England and Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland.

4094
Joint Forum seeks new sector reps
20 Feb 2017

The Joint Forum is comprised of representatives from across government and the voluntary and community sector. It facilitates an open discussion about the relationship between the two sectors. 

4095
A Rates Rethink - The NICVA consultation response
20 Feb 2017

NICVA responded to the Department of Finance's Rates Rethink consultation on Thursday 16th February. The consultation paper proposed introducing a rates liability of 10-20% for charity shops. 

4098
Future Funding Watch – Calling for evidence from the sector
22 Feb 2017

Less than two years after NICVA’s 2015 Cutswatch campaign, we may be facing into yet another funding crisis for the community and voluntary sector. 

4099
Brexit – How will it affect you?
22 Feb 2017

The terms under which the UK will leave the European Union following last year’s EU referendum result will impact on a huge range of areas of public life and, by extension, on a huge range of the sector’s activities and areas of concern.

4101
Key Messages from the Fundraising and Regulatory Compliance Conference
24 Feb 2017

This conference was organised by the three regulators to set out the regulatory requirements and expectations for fundraising bodies and their boards under current and forthcoming data protection legislation. 

4104
NI Assembly Election: Business and Civic Society call for compromise and respect
28 Feb 2017

A broad range of organisations in Northern Ireland, including NICVA, have come together to articulate their views to political parties before the election. 

4108
What is crowdfunding and why could it be good for you?
2 Mar 2017

Our Guest Writer, Anne Strachan from Crowdfund UK demystifies Crowdfunding and describes how organisations can use technology to update this long-standing fundraising tool.

4111
#AE17: Who are our new MLAs?
7 Mar 2017

On Friday 3rd of March 90 MLAs were elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly, a reduction of 18 from the 108 returned at #AE16. 

4118
Government urged to call time on underage drinking
13 Mar 2017

HUNDREDS of young people are being hospitalised, are ending up in custody, or are receiving long-term care as a result of problem alcohol use each year in Northern Ireland.

4119
Funding Watch Survey shows budget uncertainty already hitting sector
13 Mar 2017

Last month we launched a ‘Funding Watch’ survey to assess how the current political uncertainty and lack of a budget for 17/18 was affecting organisations in the sector. 

4120
Results of NICVA's Funding Watch Survey
22 Mar 2017

NICVA recently ran a Funding Watch survey which assessed voluntary and community organisations current statutory funding situation and the likely impact of uncertainty and/or funding cuts. This article presents the survey findings.

4122
Would you like NICVA to deliver free research training to organisations you support?
20 Mar 2017

The NICVA research team are going on the road to deliver free research training to the voluntary and community sector. If you would like the team to deliver this training to organisations you support please get in touch.

4126
What is the Joint Forum?
20 Mar 2017

The Joint Forum is comprised of public sector and voluntary and community sector individuals. 

4134
NICVA Conversation Zone at #AP2017
23 Mar 2017

We are excited to once again be hosting our Conversation Zone at the Alliance Party Conference, tomorrow (25th March) at the Stormont Hotel.

4136
No government, no budget - Budget uncertainty and instability already hitting voluntary and community sector
27 Mar 2017

NICVA's Funding Watch survey shows consequences of political uncertainty and lack of an agreed budget is already impacting on services provided by the voluntary and community sector.

4137
Feedback from Fundraising regulation consultation meeting
27 Mar 2017

Nineteen people attended a consultation meeting in NICVA to discuss the options for fundraising regulation in NI. For those that were unable to attend, below is a summary of the main points of the discussion.

4138
PSNI urged to reconsider use of stop and search on under-18s
29 Mar 2017

THE PSNI has used stop and search powers on under-18s nearly 25,000 times in the last five years, the vast majority of which do not result in any further action.

4139
Five key messages as Brexit negotiations go live
29 Mar 2017

As the UK triggers Article 50 to begin Brexit negotiations, we still have no Northern Ireland government to represent our interests, and no clear position put forward in these negotiations. 

4140
Breakthrough in Funding Crisis
30 Mar 2017

NICVA met last night with the Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service Sir Malcolm McKibben, Permanent Secretaries David Sterling DoF, Leo O’Reilly DfC, Nick Perry DoJ, Noel Lavery DAERA and Deputy Secretaries from the other Departments.

4144
Consultation on the code of fundraising practice
3 Apr 2017

The Fundraising Regulator is carrying out a consultation on the Code of fundraising practice with responses due by 28 April.

4145
NICVA becomes 1st charity in NI to achieve Cyber Essentials Plus Certification
4 Apr 2017

NICVA recognises the importance of a secure infrastructure and data in an insecure world, therefore we are proud to announce that we are certified and fully compliant with the Cyber Essentials Plus scheme.

4148
NICVA Releases Findings from Northern Ireland Faith Survey
26 Apr 2017

NICVA recently completed research on the faith based sector in Northern Ireland, which established the community work conducted by these organisations, outside of regular worship, and identified their training/support needs.

4154
Business and civic society make urgent appeal to local politicians
Business and Civic Society Make Urgent Appeal to Local Politicians
11 Apr 2017

During the month of April nineteen years ago, people across Northern Ireland were presented with an amazing agreement which would deliver a path for peace and prosperity in the years ahead.

4155
NICVA Thanks Faith Survey Respondents
26 Apr 2017

NICVA is delighted to announce the winners of the NI Faith Survey prize draw.

4162
Consultation shows preference for joining Fundraising Regulator
25 Apr 2017

Over the last few months the Fundraising Regulation working group have been consulting with the sector on the best option for fundraising regulation in NI. This is an update of progress to date. 

4168
NICVA staff on the run!
28 Apr 2017

NICVA staff are getting ready to run the 2017 Belfast City Marathon relay race in an effort to raise funds for Sunshine Foundation Romania.

4169
Less than half of Northern Ireland babies are breastfed in hospital
2 May 2017

More than 42,000 babies have left Northern Ireland’s hospitals since April 2012 without having attempted breastfeeding, Detail Data can reveal.

4171
New development opportunities
3 May 2017

The development of our staff and volunteers is key to the success of our organisations and providing effective services. Those that participate on our programmes tell us that the skills and confidence gained make a real difference.

4177
Fresh Start Initiative - A Programme for Women Involved in Community Transformation
10 May 2017

The Department for Communities (DfC) will be facilitating a series of stakeholder engagement events to seek views on the development of a programme providing support for women wishing to be involved in community transformation.

4187
Flaws exposed in plan to remove Northern Ireland’s peace walls
17 May 2017

A GOVERNMENT commitment to “reduce, and remove, all interface barriers” by 2023 has been called into question after it emerged nearly one in five of the 116 structures are not included in the plan.

4191
Right to Rent
22 May 2017

The Right to Rent law was introduced in England on 1 February 2016. It makes it a statutory requirement that all private landlords must check new tenants have the right to be in the UK before renting out their property. 

4194
Volunteers' week 2017
24 May 2017

Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June  is a great way to celebrate the difference volunteers make to every community across the country. 

4202
Carers Week (12-18 June): Celebrate carers in your community
2 Jun 2017

220,000 people across Northern Ireland care, unpaid, for a disabled, older or ill family member or friend. Whilst caring can be rewarding, without the right support, it can also take a serious toll on a carer’s health, relationships and finances.

4204
Brexit Engagement: Justice
5 Jun 2017

On 11 April 2017, Jo Wilson (Department of Justice) and David Patterson (The Executive Office) provided the briefing in NICVA on the Department of Justice's engagement with EU Exit negotiations.

4205
2017 General Election
5 Jun 2017

People go to the polls this Thursday to vote in the General Election. Much of the focus has been on the two main national parties however each of the regional parties's manifestos are available below:

4208
The Journey of Fundraising Regulation in NI
6 Jun 2017

Since September 2016 we have been consulting with the NI sector and we are pleased to announce that the Fundraising Regulator now has responsibility for fundraising regulation in NI.

4210
UK and Irish Voluntary and Community Sector Position Statement on Brexit Negotiations
16 Jun 2017

With Brexit negotiations set to begin soon, NICVA and our sister voluntary and community sector umbrella bodies across the UK and Ireland, have developed the following common UK/Irish position statement on what needs to be prioritised. 

4217
Mother and baby homes: the case for a public inquiry
13 Jun 2017

THERE are growing calls from victims and campaigners for a public inquiry into Northern Ireland’s former mother and baby homes, with claims the findings would “shock this society to its core”.

4218
Joint Forum - Voluntary and Community Sector Group Members
13 Jun 2017

A new VCG was selected in April 2017 by a sub group of the NICVA Executive Committee and the new membership spans the sector.

4220
Food for Thought
14 Jun 2017

Every day in school more than 100,000 children from low-income families in NI have access to a nutritional lunch funded by the Department of Education. But who fills that void for struggling families during the 8 week school break? 

4221
Fundraising Regulator to oversee Charity Fundraising In Northern Ireland
16 Jun 2017

NICVA is pleased to announce it has invited the Fundraising Regulator to oversee and regulate fundraising in Northern Ireland.

4226
Joint Forum Strategy Day
16 Jun 2017

The new Voluntary and Community Sector Joint Forum panel has now been appointed and the had their inaugural meeting on 19 May in Girdwood Community Hub. 

4227
Communicating Impact
19 Jun 2017

How can you effectively communicate the difference that you make? You collect information about the impact you make and analyse it, but sometimes it is a challenge to communicate it well to all your audiences.

4231
Preparing for GDPR
Speakers at NICVA's Preparing for GDPR Conference
20 Jun 2017

With only one year to go until the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect, we joined with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to hold a conference to help charities prepare for the changes ahead.

4232
Reflecting on five and a half years of the development and support for the connecting older people programme
Networking event - ROCOP
21 Jun 2017

From October 2011 until March 2017 NICVA has had the privilege of working with the 65 BIG Lottery Fund Reaching Out - Connecting Older People programme grant holders.

4234
Street Collections – Police issue reminder regarding Regulations
22 Jun 2017

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is responsible for granting permits for charity street collections and as such, have issued the following guidance to assist charities when conducting street collections.

4235
Autumn Social Innovation Workshops
22 Jun 2017

Do you want to learn more about social innovation? What it is and how you can use it to improve what you do and how you do it? NICVA are running a further round of 11 workshops throughout Northern Ireland in the last quarter of 2017.

4244
Summer savings - 50% discount on room hire!
22 Jun 2017

Our conference facilities, training and meeting rooms are filling up as organisations make the most of NICVA’s half price room hire this summer. 

4251
NICVA and fellow Social Partners call for political deal and Brexit representation
26 Jun 2017

NICVA has joined with the CBI, the NI Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Ulster Farmers Union in a joint call to restore devolution and ensure NI representation in the Brexit negotiations under 6 key priorities

4258
Sector discusses Brexit negotiations and priorities with the Department of Communities
7 Jul 2017

On 7 June, sector representatives met with officials from The Executive Office and Department for Communities to hear how they are feeding into the Brexit negotiations and to highlight sector concerns and recommendations

4259
Serious Incident Reporting draft guidance
7 Jul 2017

The Charity Commission for NI is currently consulting on its draft guidance on serious incident reporting which will help trustees to determine what a serious incident is and when they need to report on it.  

4267
Why charities must act now to get ready for new data protection law
21 Jul 2017

Rachael Gallagher from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) highlights the importance of preparing for GDPR.

4270
NICVA Position Paper on Brexit
24 Jul 2017

Having engaged widely with voluntary and community organisations and others across Northern Ireland and beyond, NICVA has now published its Brexit Position Statement and key recommendations for the negotiations

4271
NICVA Launches Data Viewfinder
24 Jul 2017

NICVA has launched a Viewfinder survey to members in order to assess their data governance and security. The results will be used to help us ensure members are fully supported with these issues when preparing for GDPR. 

4280
Basic book-keeping for small charities
31 Jul 2017

A series of practical workshops for treasurers of small charities to help establish appropriate financial systems. 

4288
Delivering Together and Health and Social Care Transformation
7 Aug 2017

Invitation to contribute to the development of a Strategic Framework for expanding community development approaches to reducing health inequalities.

4298
New UK Government paper released on future customs arrangements with EU
15 Aug 2017

The UK Government has today published a paper entitled "Future customs arrangements: a future partnership paper," setting out its vision for future partnership arrangements with the EU on trade and customs

4301
UK publishes Brexit position paper on Northern Ireland and Ireland
16 Aug 2017

UK government has today published its position paper on addressing the unique impacts of Brexit of Northern Ireland/Ireland.  

4302
Aviva Community Fund 2017 Coming Soon
Aviva Community Fund
16 Aug 2017

The Aviva Community Fund will be open for submissions from 12th September to 10th October 2017.  Could your project be a winner this year?

 

4307
Party Conference Season, 2017-18
18 Aug 2017

As 2017 speeds into autumn, this year’s round of party conferences will begin to take place.

4317
Report recommends new era of openness for family courts
6 Sep 2017

MAJOR changes to Northern Ireland’s family court system have been recommended by a leading judge today following a two year review of the system.

4319
Cyber Security is a key issue for Charities: take action with the Charity Discount for Cyber Essentials Accreditation Programme
7 Sep 2017

During Cyber Resilience Week 2017 (11-15 September 2017) charities are being offered discounted certification to the Government’s Cyber Essentials certification scheme, which is proven to reduce the threat of data breeches by over 80%.

4327
Northern Ireland Health Transformation Process: an Update on progress from the Department for Health
Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together cover
13 Sep 2017

On 25 October 2016, the then Minister of Health, Michelle O’Neill launched “Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together”.

4328
GDPR - 10 changes your charity needs to know about
14 Sep 2017

Paula McGahey from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) highlights the changes to data protection law that charities need to be aware of.

4336
"GrantNet" Funding Conference Update
22 Sep 2017

September 14th 2017 saw over 80 participants from over 70 VCSE organisations attend NICVA & RCN’s “GrantNet” Funding Conference to get a key funding skill under their belts, i.e. – making successful grant applications.

4340
NICVA launches open data and data sharing viewfinder
19 Sep 2017

NICVA has launched a Viewfinder survey to assess members experience of open data and data sharing. The results will help us when engaging with government on open data and to get a clear picture of data sharing arrangements in the sector.

4341
Detail Data Partnership with the ADRC-NI
,
20 Sep 2017

For some time, Detail Data and the ADRC NI have worked in partnership to bring different source of research and data to the voluntary and community sector to help inform their decision making, service delivery and strategic planning.

4357
Guest Post: Introduction to The Fundraising Regulator (FR)
26 Sep 2017

This is the first in a series of blogs from The Fundraising Regulator. The first one, by Stephen Dunmore Chief Executive of the FR, is an introduction to the Fundraising Regulator, an update on what has been happening and plans for the future.

4359
New programme in East Belfast
27 Sep 2017

NICVA is pleased to be the lead partner delivering the East Belfast Community Capacity & Leadership Programme.

4360
Charities Annual Monitoring Return – consultation on proposed changes
27 Sep 2017

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is holding a seminar to consult on proposed changes to the Annual Monitoring Return for registered charities.

4364
Basic book-keeping training
Basic bookkeeping for small charities, sponsored by the Halifax Foundation
2 Oct 2017

NICVA held the first of its basic bookkeeping sessions in Belfast on Thursday 28 September.

4376
NICVA congratulates its President on Freeman honour
Sir Kenneth Branagh is a long-term supporter of NICVA
3 Oct 2017

NICVA has sent its warmest congratulations to its President, Sir Kenneth Branagh, on being made a Freeman of the City of Belfast.

4377
Postcode care lottery for people living with Huntington's Disease
5 Oct 2017

A DECADE after the urgent need for five Huntington’s Disease co-ordinators in Northern Ireland was identified in a report – at least 48 patients with the rare brain condition have no access to the specialist support because of where they live.

4378
Sector engages with the Department of Health over Brexit negotiations, priorities and implications.
5 Oct 2017

On 28 September, NICVA hosted the Department of Health and sector representatives in order to discuss Brexit concerns.

4379
NICVA's response to HSC Trusts' financial savings plans
5 Oct 2017

NICVA's response to the HSC's savings plan was submitted to each of the five Health Trusts today (5 October). The text of our response can be read below.

4381
Brexit case studies - can you help?
6 Oct 2017

NICVA is collating a series of case studies documenting how Brexit may impact upon the work of VCSE organisations.

4386
Hold your event at NICVA – and pay half the normal price
NICVA has eight Belfast meeting rooms for hire
13 Oct 2017

For a limited time, NICVA is offering first-time room hirers 50% off the usual booking fee when they book a room at our purpose built conference centre.

 

4387
Leadership in communities - why it matters
13 Oct 2017

To mark the launch of the new East Belfast Community Capacity and Leadership Programme, NICVA's Head of Organisational Development, Sandra Bailie, reflects on why effective leadership is of crucial importance. 

4389
UK Government publishes a future partnership paper on collaboration in science and innovation
16 Oct 2017

The UK Government has released its future partnership paper setting out its perspective on collaboration in science and innovation.

4390
The Department for the Economy consults sector on Brexit concerns
16 Oct 2017

On 10 October a contingent from the DfE met with sector representatives to discuss Brexit’s implications for the Voluntary and Community Sector and the issues it works on in an economic context. 

4391
Opportunities through the Social Innovation Programme
Social Innovation Programme
16 Oct 2017

The Social Innovation workshops provide a great opportunity for an overview of what is on offer through Phase 2 of the Social Innovation Programme, as well as to discuss innovation and practice the design thinking process. 

4392
NICVA's #ConversationZone tomorrow at #UUP17
17 Oct 2017

NICVA's Conversation Zone will be returning for tomorrow's (21 October) Ulster Unionist Party Conference at the Armagh City Hotel.

4400
Joint Forum Voluntary and Community Sector Panel Meeting
23 Oct 2017

The Voluntary and Community Sector panel got together last Tuesday 17 October ahead of the Joint Forum meeting between the public sector and voluntary and community taking place on Friday 27 October 2017.

4401
Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together - 12 month progress report from the Department of Health
25 Oct 2017

The Department of Health has reported on the progress to date of the Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together vision. 

4402
More of the same will not work, Head of Civil Service says
David Sterling at NICVA
26 Oct 2017

The new Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, David Sterling, has told VCSE leaders that the cost of not changing will be to make things worse.

4405
Secretary of State to introduce budget legislation for NI
1 Nov 2017

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire MP, this morning announced he would introduce legislation in the House of Commons to set a budget for NI, after the Parliamentary recess. 

4406
Housing intimidation in Northern Ireland: More than 2,000 incidents but only 32 convictions
2 Nov 2017

DESPITE nearly 2,000 validated incidents of people being forced from their homes in Northern Ireland due to housing intimidation in the past five years, just 32 convictions have been secured.

4409
More than 1,000 people now living with HIV in Northern Ireland
3 Nov 2017

New data has revealed that more than 1,000 people known to be living with HIV in Northern Ireland, with 94 people being diagnosed with the condition in 2016 alone.   

4410
Joint Forum October Meeting
6 Nov 2017

A meeting of the Joint Forum took place on 27th October 2017 in NICVA. The meeting was attended by representatives from voluntary and community organisations, local government and central government departments.

4415
Trustees Week 2017
13 Nov 2017

Trustees’ Week 2017 takes place during 13-17 November this year to celebrate trusteeship, inspire and inform existing trustees and invite people to use their skills and experience in a role that supports important causes. 

4416
NICVA #ConversationZone this Saturday at #SFAF17
13 Nov 2017

NICVA's Conversation Zone returns this Saturday 18th November at Sinn Féin's Ard Fheis in the RDS in Dublin.

4417
8,158 deaths in Northern Ireland: "We need a suicide prevention strategy as a matter of urgency"
13 Nov 2017

NEW figures have today confirmed that 297 people were officially recorded as having died from suicide in Northern Ireland in 2016.

4418
Extradition issue to become ‘toxic’ post-Brexit
16 Nov 2017

THE extradition process "could become toxic once again” if the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) is lost as a result of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, a senior civil servant has warned.

4419
Changes to the annual monitoring return for charities
16 Nov 2017

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is currently consulting on changes to the Annual Monitoring Return which all registered charities will have to complete – deadline for consultation responses is 5 pm on Tuesday 21 November 2017

4424
NICVA AGM and Conference Registration
21 Nov 2017

Theme: Projecting and Protecting the Voluntary and Community Sector and its reputation.

For the 2018 AGM, please visit http://www.nicva.org/event/80-years-of-voluntary-action-nicva-celebratio...

4425
#Budget17 at a glance...
22 Nov 2017

Chancellor Philip Hammond MP today (22 November) delivered the 2017 Autumn Budget. Here's the key points...

4452
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee launches inquiry into devolution and democracy in Northern Ireland
27 Nov 2017

The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee launched its inquiry, Devolution and Democracy: dealing with the deficit last week.

4462
90% of adults in Northern Ireland have used a charitable or voluntary service in the last year, NICVA research reveals
6 Dec 2017

1,326,722 people in Northern Ireland – 90% of the adult population – have made use of a charitable or voluntary service in the past 12 months.

4468
UK-EU Brexit Deal…. What are the details?
11 Dec 2017

Last week PM Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker confirmed that a deal was reached. This ends Phase 1 of the Brexit negotiations and means that they can now move on to Phase 2 of the talks around future trade deals.

4469
Return to GrantTracker for just £90 for 12 months…
12 Dec 2017

Find the funding you need at the touch of a button with a “welcome back” offer of £90 for a year’s subscription to GrantTracker - the only “one stop shop” for over 800+ funding schemes relevant to NI.  

4470
Annual charity reporting – getting ready for the 2018 deadline
13 Dec 2017

This New Year's Day, over 1,000 charities will be notified by the charity regulator that they have 10 months in which to submit their annual accounts.  

4502
Devolution and democracy in Northern Ireland: dealing with the deficit
8 Jan 2018

In November 2017, the NI Affairs Committee launched a consultation into the democratic deficit in Northern Ireland. NICVA have taken this opportunity to outline our concerns about the impacts the political impasse is having here.

4503
Who are the new Ministers at the Northern Ireland Office? #reshuffle
Picture of Karen Bradley MP, the new Northern Ireland Secretary
9 Jan 2018

Karen Bradley MP was on Monday appointed as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Yesterday, Shailesh Vara MP was appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State.

4505
Guest post: What’s next for fundraising regulation in Northern Ireland?
10 Jan 2018

This is the second in a series of blogs as the Fundraising Regulator develops its work with charities and the public in Northern Ireland. In this one Gerald Oppenheim, Head of Policy and Communications gives us an update on what's next. 

4521
Governance Support for East Belfast
15 Jan 2018

Groups in East Belfast are being offered free governance support as part of the East Belfast Community Capacity and Leadership programme.  

4532
Sector hears from the Department of Finance on the 2018-20 Budgetary Outlook
22 Jan 2018

On Monday 15 January, approximately 90 voluntary and community sector organisations gathered at NICVA to hear a briefing from Julie Thompson from the Department of Finance on the Northern Ireland Budgetary Outlook 2018-20.

4534
Who were the new Permanent Secretaries announced this week?
Stormont estate
25 Jan 2018

The Northern Ireland Civil Service yesterday (24 January) announced new appointments to Permanent Secretary positions in several government departments.

4548
Fewer people giving to charity compared to one year ago
31 Jan 2018

People in Northern Ireland are less likely to give money to charity and in smaller amounts compared to last year, according to NICVA research. 

4555
Malicious hoax calls to NI Ambulance Service "putting lives at risk"
5 Feb 2018

More than 9,300 potential hoax calls were made to the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) over two years, with the cost of dispatching ambulances to deal with these incidents estimated at nearly £200,000.

4557
Third sector says UK must stay in single market and customs union
7 Feb 2018

A joint statement issued by the national third sector bodies of devolved nations - Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales - details various measures they feel are essential to avoid or minimise the potential harmful impacts of Brexit.

4558
Budget Deadline Day?
8 Feb 2018

Today, 8 February, was the day that David Sterling, Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, indicated that a budget needed to be in place for Northern Ireland.

4565
Good Governance and Charity reporting
12 Feb 2018

Almost 6,000 charities are now registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland and as such, must adhere to the reporting requirements for all registered charities. 

4569
Cross-border working is rewarding – when you know how
13 Feb 2018

A sell-out conference for charities working both North and South of the border heard from several speakers who outlined the specific challenges they faced and how they met them.

4572
NICVA and TCI host seminar on improving public influence on planning issues
15 Feb 2018

People from a variety of sectors with an interest in planning last week discussed public influence on planning issues, in a seminar organised jointly by NICVA & The Consultation Institute.

4575
Update on the EU Withdrawal Bill
19 Feb 2018

After a tumultuous passage through the House of Commons, the EU Withdrawal Bill arrived at House of Lords on 18 January 2018 for the First Reading.

4583
Practical GDPR guidance from Fundraising Regulator and IOF
26 Feb 2018

NICVA welcomes the joint guidance on GDPR released by Institute of Fundraising (IoF) and the Fundraising Regulator (FR) and reviewed and co-badged by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

4591
Important Microsoft Donation Changes – 1 April 2018
2 Mar 2018

As of 1 April 2018 Microsoft will introduce changes to their non-profit donation programme which could possibly affect your IT budget, but it's not all bad news!

4607
Anniversary of Article 50 #5BrexitQs
6 Mar 2018

One year on, no clarity, no certainty and many questions... Will there be in a customs union? Where will the border be? Will the devolved governments lose powers? What will the impact on our health system be?

 

 

4622
Data Protection - guidance and support
9 Mar 2018

NICVA has been working closely with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) to help inform the sector about and prepare the sector for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) taking effect from 25 May 2018.

4624
NIO announces 2018-19 Budget
9 Mar 2018

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley MP, yesterday announced the Northern Ireland budget for the 2018-19 financial year.

4627
Data Protection Bill update
13 Mar 2018

The Data Protection Bill continues its slow journey through Parliament, edging ever closer to your ‘urgent’ list with each passing day. Today it reaches Committee stage in the House of Commons.

4631
Guest Blog - Launch of the Fundraising Preference Service (FPS) in NI
Daisy Houghton - Fundraising Regulator
14 Mar 2018

The third blog in a series by the Fundraising Regulator. In this one Daisy Houghton, Head of Secretariat & Corporate Services, gives us an update on the Fundraising Preference Service (FPS) which launches in NI on 26 March 2018.

4632
We need to talk about death in Northern Ireland
15 Mar 2018

THE cost of a burial plot in Northern Ireland ranges from £261 to £3,116, an investigation into death and dying by Detail Data has found.

4633
The Latest on Brexit
15 Mar 2018

Including the debate around the GFA and a customs union, Theresa May’s speech, the Commons Committee report on EU trade agreements, Joint Ministerial Council meeting, EU Withdrawal Bill, Joint statement from IHREC-NIHRC on Brexit.

4641
NICVA #ConversationZone at Alliance Party Conference'18
20 Mar 2018

We are excited to once again be holding our NICVA #ConversationZone at Alliance Party Conference this Saturday (24th March) at the Stormont Hotel.

4643
Securing your Social Media Privacy
22 Mar 2018

With the recent public outcry regarding how Facebook have used it’s user’s personal information, and a not so shocking nosedive in share prices as a result, it’s time to look at your own privacy and reduce your social media surface area.

4648
NICVA Partners with Legal-Island to Provide Online GDPR Training
27 Mar 2018

NICVA has partnered with leading compliance firm, Legal-Island, to offer its member organisations cost-effective online training on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

4654
NICVA's #ConversationZone this weekend at #SDLP18
5 Apr 2018

NICVA's Conversation Zone returns this Saturday (7 April) at the SDLP's annual conference at Titanic Belfast.

4658
Review of Adult Social Care – power to carers? An event summary
Panorama of attendees at event
9 Apr 2018

On Monday 12 March, the Coalition of Carers’ Organisations NI, with NICVA and DetailData, hosted an event assessing the potential impact on carers from the Review of Adult Social Care.

4659
National Minimum and Living Wage rates increase - 2018
11 Apr 2018

The national minimum wage and national living wage rates will increase on 1 April 2018

4663
Good governance and charity reporting
13 Apr 2018

The Developing Governance Group has arranged two further good governance and charity reporting seminars with the Charity Commission and local support networks in both Omagh and Newry. 

4665
Joint Forum Vacancy
16 Apr 2018

The Joint Forum voluntary and community panel seeks a new sector representative in light of a vacancy.

4681
Joint Forum Meeting March 2018
24 Apr 2018

The first Joint Forum meeting of the year took place on 26th March 2018 in NICVA. The meeting was attended by representatives from voluntary and community organisations, local and central government departments.

4693
NJC Payscales 2018 – 2020
27 Apr 2018

The National Joint Council for Local Government Services has confirmed the pay deal, setting new pay rates from 1 April 2018 and 1 April 2019.

4695
A buzz in East Belfast
30 Apr 2018

There was great excitement in the air as voluntary and community organisations in East Belfast attended the East Belfast Community Capacity and Leadership Programme’s first networking event on Tuesday 24 April.

4696
Guest blog: Investing for your charity
2 May 2018

Philip Keers, outgoing Chairman of the Northern Ireland Central Investment Fund for Charities, highlights the benefits for local charities.

4706
The Revolution is Coming: Are we ready?
10 May 2018

NICVA intern Miao Sun's report on how the new technological 'Fourth Industrial Revolution' will impact on jobs, society and the future of the sector.

4714
May 2018 Brexit Update
15 May 2018

Last week the European Union (EU) Withdrawal Bill had its final day of report stage in the House of Lords.

4731
NICVA Conversation Zone at Sinn Féin Ard Fheis '18
31 May 2018

NICVA's Conversation Zone will return to the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis on Saturday 16 June at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast.

4732
GDPR and Encryption
31 May 2018

With GDPR now in effect, appropriate technical measures including, but not limited to encryption in certain forms will be a requirement. This guide is to help reduce the confusion surrounding the different types.

4734
Spam email offering supposed Attendee List for fake NICVA event
1 Jun 2018

We've had a couple of reports about a spam email that sent from "Mina Wylie, Marketing Executive" offering attendee lists for a supposed NICVA event. 

4737
Health Transformation Update
1 Jun 2018

The Department of Health has provided an update on progress in health transformation including the Encompass Programme which will introduce a digital integrated health and care record to Northern Ireland.

4738
NICS Outcomes Delivery Plan 2018/19. Too Long; Didn't Read
6 Jun 2018

On Monday, (4 June) the NICS set out the actions that NI departments intend to take during 2018/19 to take forward the previously stated objectives of improving wellbeing for all by tackling disadvantage and promoting economic growth. 

4744
First learners complete online Coaching and Mentoring training
9 Jun 2018

We are delighted our first 20 learners have completed the online learning part of their ILM training from March to May through our partnership with Global Management Academy, with another 20 currently participating in online courses.

4761
Guest Post: Handling Fundraising Complaints
14 Jun 2018

The fourth blog in a series by the Fundraising Regulator. In this one Sarah Fox, Head of Casework, focuses on the first lesson of donor dissatisfaction: Don’t get complaints about your complaints process!

4763
Useful resources from the Fundraising Regulation Seminar
14 Jun 2018

There was a full house in NICVA for the fundraising regulation seminar on 12 June with Stephen Dunmore CEO of the Fundraising Regulator.

4765
Summary of discussions from the Fundraising Regulation Seminar (12/06/2018)
15 Jun 2018

An article detailing some of the comments, questions and answers from the Roundtable and Panel sessions at the Fundraising Regulation Seminar

4774
What does Brexit really mean for us? Case Studies from the voluntary and community sector
20 Jun 2018

Almost two years on from the referendum on the membership of the EU, many questions still remain unanswered about what impact Brexit will have here in Northern Ireland.

4776
Guide to events with NICVA
Guide to events with NICVA
20 Jun 2018

NICVA has been hosting, running and facilitating events and training at its Belfast headquarters since 2002, so you could say that we’ve picked up a few tips in that time.

4780
HSC Transformation: Community Development Work Stream reports
25 Jun 2018

Working closely with local communities to tackle health inequalities and help everyone live healthier lives is the central theme of a report published today as part of the work progressing under the Health and Social Care Transformation Programme.

4781
GrantTracker Summer Discount
GrantTracker Offer
26 Jun 2018

Throughout July and August NICVA Members can get a year's access to GrantTracker for just £90.

4783
June Brexit Update
27 Jun 2018

It has been a busy few weeks for the government in terms of Brexit developments and ongoing pressure from both inside and outside the world of politics.

4788
Implementation of recommendations from the Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-Related Deaths
3 Jul 2018

NICVA has welcomed the update on work to implement the recommendations of the public inquiry report on Hyponatraemia-related deaths, published by the Department of Health.

4790
50% off rooms at NICVA this Summer
4 Jul 2018

Are you running an event, conference, meeting or training session over the Summer? Then be sure to take a look at NICVA’s sizzling summer offer.

4793
Dominic Raab appointed Brexit Secretary
Picture of Dominic Raab MP, the new Brexit Secretary
9 Jul 2018

Dominic Raab MP has been appointed as the new Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.

4796
Department of Health Brexit update, July 2018
11 Jul 2018

On 9 July, NICVA hosted the Department of Health to give an update on how the Department has been preparing for the UK’s exit from the European Union. The following is a brief report from the event.

4826
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee launches inquiry into health and social care funding
Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee
27 Jul 2018

The Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee has launched an inquiry into 'Funding priorities for the 2018-19 Budget: Health'.

4837
July Brexit Update: White Paper, Resignations and No Deal Preparations
31 Jul 2018

As July draws to a close, it has been yet another turbulent month in the Brexit process.

4841
Northern Ireland Affairs Committee launches inquiry into education funding
Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee
2 Aug 2018

The Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee has launched its second inquiry of the summer, this time on funding priorities for Education. 

4851
Aviva Community Fund 2018
13 Aug 2018

The Aviva Community Fund is back for 2018 providing funding and support for local projects across the UK.  Could this year be your organisation's turn for funding?

4852
Belfast City Council launches consultation on its draft Developer Contributions Framework
Belfast
13 Aug 2018

Belfast City Council has today (13 August) published its draft Developer Contributions Framework, along with with a 12-week consultation into the document.

4871
Access to online training for East Belfast Participants
23 Aug 2018

Do you struggle to attend training sessions during the day due to other commitments? Would you rather learn in your own time at your own pace? Then our online training options may be for you. 

4873
The Roughest Form of Justice
24 Aug 2018

Twenty years after the Good Friday Agreement so-called punishment beatings are on the rise.

4874
#NICVAPeople - a minute with Siobhán McAlister
24 Aug 2018

The first in our #NICVAPeople series sees us interview Siobhán McAlister.

4875
The Secretary of State needs to act, today, to restore decision making in Northern Ireland 
NICVA has today warned the Secretary of State that the ‘hands off’ approach to governing Northern Ireland is failing.
24 Aug 2018

NICVA has today warned the Secretary of State that the ‘hands off’ approach to governing Northern Ireland is failing.

4882
What does a no-deal Brexit mean?
30 Aug 2018

Last week, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab published guidance setting out some of the things that a no deal Brexit could mean for people, businesses and industry in the UK. 

4888
More questions than answers - NICVA's response to the Secretary of State's statement
6 Sep 2018

Today (6 September), Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley MP, made an oral statement to the House of Commons regarding the ongoing political situation.

4898
Electoral Commission review of non-party campaigners guidance
7 Sep 2018

The Electoral Commission is seeking views on how it can improve its guidance for non-party campaigners.

4899
Code of Fundraising Practice Consultation
10 Sep 2018

This guest blog by Stephen Service, Policy Manager, Fundraising Regulator explains just why the Code of Fundraising Practice is being reviewed and how you can help to make it easier to use.

4903
Secretary of State Karen Bradley visits NICVA for discussion on issues affecting the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland
18 Sep 2018

Secretary of State Karen Bradley met with NICVA on Monday 18 September to hear about the impact of the collapse of devolution on voluntary and community organisations.

4904
Save Childcare Vouchers!
19 Sep 2018

NICVA is urging people to join in Employers for Childcare's call to #SaveChildcareVouchers.

4916
Payment in Lieu of Notice
25 Sep 2018

As of April 2018 payments made in lieu of notice are now taxable. This article briefly defines 'Payment in Lieu of Notice', outlines when they might be used and advises of the tax changes that you may need to be aware of.

4927
#NICVAPeople - a minute with Helen McLaughlin
Helen McLaughlin
26 Sep 2018

The second in our #NICVAPeople series sees us interview Helen McLaughlin.

4934
From formation to war: NICVA's first two years
NICVA 80
11 Oct 2018

The NICVA story started in the boardroom of the recently built Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast, on 5 July 1938.

4938
Latest Brexit Updates: Salzburg, Party Conferences and Mounting Challenges
2 Oct 2018

As we move into autumn, Brexit and the negotiations continue to dominate the political landscape.

4942
The Fundraising Regulator wants to hear your views
4 Oct 2018

The Fundraising Regulator (FR) held a information and consultation event in NICVA to talk about the changes to the Code of Fundraising Practice and to hear the views of voluntary and community organisations in NI.

4943
First NICVA online learner receives his ILM certificate
patrick anderson receiving his ILM certificate at NICVA
4 Oct 2018

We are delighted that Patrick Anderson, Training and Education Officer with AWARE has been awarded his well deserved ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management. Well done Patrick!

4947
Free Fundraising Advice Clinics Across NI ALL FULLY BOOKED
8 Oct 2018

Thanks to the generosity of Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, NICVA’s free fundraising advice clinics are going “on the road”.  

4953
#NICVAPeople - a minute with Bob Harper
16 Oct 2018

The third #NICVAPeople interview is with Bob Harper.

4954
Join our Public Affairs Forum!
18 Oct 2018

We are re-launching our Public Affairs forum (previously Policy and Lobbying Forum) and are inviting new members to join!

4955
NICVA Conversation Zone at UUP Conference 2018
18 Oct 2018

NICVA's Conversation Zone will be returning on Saturday 20th October for the UUP Conference at the Armagh City Hotel.

4956
#NICVAPeople - a minute with Dr Helena Mc Elhinney
27 Nov 2018

This month's #NICVAPeople interview is with Dr Helena Mc Elhinney.

4958
Is your charity annual monitoring return due?
18 Oct 2018

The Charity Commission has issued text alerts to trustees and updated its guidance on how to complete the annual monitoring return with helpful screenshots of the online return.  

4963
Share your photos on #NICVA80
23 Oct 2018

We're looking for your help to build a snapshot of voluntary action, community development and charity work in 2018.

4964
Raising funds through Legacies
will to give week 5 to 11 november 2018
5 Nov 2018

As one of our series of guest blogs we asked Eimear McCooey, chair of Will to Give, to tell us about raising funds through legacies and promoting leaving a charitable gift in your will.

4969
#Budget18 at a glance...
Chancellor Philip Hammond
29 Oct 2018

Today (Monday 29 October), the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond MP, delivered what is expected to be the last budget before the UK’s Exit from the EU in March 2019.

4973
How good is your governance?
7 Nov 2018

This is a question that trustees should be considering as part of their role on the board.  

4976
NICVA response to Charity Commission's strategic plan
9 Nov 2018

The Commission is developing a new strategic plan to guide its work from 2019-2022.  It's consultation is open until 5pm on Monday 12 November 2018.  

4977
Celebrating trusteeship
12 Nov 2018

Trustees’ Week 2018 takes place during 12-16 November to celebrate the great work that trustees contribute to charities.  It is also an opportunity for charities to think about how they could attract new people onto their Boards. 

4978
NICVA response to FR consultation on Fundraising Code
13 Nov 2018

The Fundraising Regulator is consulting on changes to The Code fo Fundraising Practice until 16 November. The intention is to make The Code more accessible, clearer and easier to use.

 

4979
EU Settlement Scheme Explainer
13 Nov 2018

In July 2018 the UK Home Office published guidance on a new EU citizen settlement scheme in which all EU citizens in the UK would need to apply for to secure the right to stay in the UK after Brexit.

4980
Compliance actions for failed accounts consultation - NICVA's response
13 Nov 2018

The Charity Commission is proposing to change the ‘up-to-date' status display information in relation to the annual reporting information on a charity’s entry on the charity register.

4982
Spammers Target NI Charities
14 Nov 2018

NI Charities and public bodies are being impersonated in order to spread Malware, along with other email extortion tactics in a recent twist to email spam.

4990
NICVA welcomes Brexit deal progress and calls on all to avoid the disaster of a No Deal
21 Nov 2018

NICVA welcomes the significant step forward made by the draft EU withdrawal agreement towards addressing many key issues of concern for Northern Ireland and avoiding the disastrous scenario of a No Deal Brexit.  
 

4991
Who is the new Minister at the Northern Ireland Office?
John Penrose, New Minister of State in the NIO
21 Nov 2018

This week John Penrose MP was appointed as Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office.

4992
The Priority for Northern Ireland must be to avoid a no deal outcome - Joint letter from Voluntary, Community, Environment and Rural sector
22 Nov 2018

NICVA joined with Rural Community Network and Nature Matters NI to issue the following joint letter welcoming the progress made in the draft UK Withdrawal Agreement.

4998
The Next Chapter Project - One Year In
28 Nov 2018

Since October 2017, NICVA has been involved as a partner of The Next Chapter Project

4999
Work Christmas Parties and steps you can take to minimize the risk of an HR Hangover
28 Nov 2018

This article provides a brief legal update and offers some practical advice to guide organisations through the festive party season.

5009
Christmas Food Drive 2018 – Donations needed
Christmas Food Drive 2018 – Donations needed
4 Dec 2018

It’s the time of year again when NICVA will be participating in a food drive to support families living in North Belfast. 

5010
Another buzz in East Belfast!
4 Dec 2018

Thursday 22 November saw yet another busy networking event take place in East Belfast as part of the SIF funded East Belfast Community Capacity and Leadership Programme.

5011
Guest Blog: Ring out the old, ring in the new…
5 Dec 2018

A guest blog reflecting on the Fundraising Regulator's work with NI charities since March 2018 and its future plans.

5018
NICVA adds signature to Letter for International Human Rights Day
11 Dec 2018

10 December marked 70 years since the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) at the UN in December 1948. 

5022
Celebrating 80 Years of Voluntary Action
Vice Chair, Peter McBride; Chair, Marie Cavanagh and NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey
14 Dec 2018

NICVA marked 80 years on 7th December, with a conference to celebrate the vital role the voluntary and community sector has played and continues to play in our society.

5023
Tips and tools to check links in emails without clicking
check links in emails
17 Dec 2018

Despite knowing all the perils of spam, phishing and malware-laden emails you will still get one that looks fairly good but you are rightfully suspicious and cautious of the content. What can you do to check for yourself?

5026
HSC Transformation Programme Update - December 2018
17 Dec 2018

The Department of Health has provided an update on progress in health transformation including updates on workforce planning, progress of the 18/19 Transformation Fund and HSC planning for Brexit. 

5027
Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 – Belfast City Hall, 24 January
17 Dec 2018

Holocaust Memorial Day is a time to remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

5031
Briefing on Winter Health and Social Care Challenges
20 Dec 2018

The following briefing has been collated by the Health and Social Care Board.

5033
Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-Related Deaths – Department publishes progress report on recommendations
20 Dec 2018

The Department of Health today (20 December) published an update report on progress with the implementation of recommendations from the Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-Related Deaths (IHRD).

5040
Big Lottery Fund announce new NI Director
Kate Beggs - Big Lottery Fund NI Director
8 Jan 2019

The Big Lottery Fund is pleased to announce the appointment of Kate Beggs as the new Northern Ireland Director to lead on awarding National Lottery funding to support people and communities in Northern Ireland to thrive.

5047
Time almost up to avoid No Deal disaster for NI society
Brexit image
14 Jan 2019

With the UK scheduled to leave the European Union in 12 weeks and less than a month left to agree a deal that the EU can ratify, society and services in NI could be on the receiving end of the worst consequences of a no deal.

5058
Northern Ireland Childcare Cost Survey: Families still spending more on childcare than food and heat
17 Jan 2019

For two thirds of families in Northern Ireland, the childcare bill is their largest or second largest monthly outgoing, exeeding groceries, heating and transport.

5070
Research on the Road - free research training to organisations you support
25 Jan 2019

NICVA are pleased to announce that they will be providing free research training to the voluntary and community sector. If you would like to avail of this opportunity for organisations you support, then please get in touch.

5075
Social prescribing workshop explores holistic and community-led approach to help tackle health issues in NI
Members of the social prescribing workshop planning group are (from left): Heather Moorehead (NICON), Jessica McGurk, Health and Social Care Board, Fiona Greene, Long Term Conditions Alliance NI, Soo Hun, Health and Social Care Board, Clare Higgins, Royal College of General Practitioners, Sinead Malone, Health and Social Care Board, Joanne Morgan, Community Development and Health Network and GP Dr Grainne Bonnar.
23 Jan 2019

A workshop looking at ways voluntary and community groups can work alongside medical professionals to help improve the physical and mental health of people was held last week (16 January) in Craigavon.

5077
BT’s MyDonate fundraising platform to close
BT MyDonate
24 Jan 2019

After eight years of supporting charities, BT has announced that it will close its online fundraising platform, MyDonate, on 30 June 2019.

5089
Northern Ireland civic society delegation visits Westminster with plea to avoid no-deal Brexit
NICVA and civic society delegation at Westminister
31 Jan 2019

NICVA, along with representatives from Northern Ireland’s business, farming, trade union sectors travelled to Westminster on Monday to urge political party leaders to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

5093
Did you know government is now measuring its activities against the UN Sustainable Development Goals? Are you?
Emma Bramble
7 Feb 2019

NICVA placement student Emma Bramble (QUB)  is undertaking an eight week project to find out how aware of the Sustainable Development Goals the voluntary & community sector in NI is. Emma tells us more about herself and the project here.

5098
‘We can all achieve more if we collaborate’ – sector hears from Department of Finance Permanent Secretary Sue Gray
Sue Gray, Permanent Secretary at the Department of Finance and Seamus McAleavey, Chief Executive of NICVA
11 Feb 2019

Eight months into her new role as Permanent Secretary at the Department of Finance, Sue Gray visited NICVA to hear from NICVA members and brief attendees on the Department’s preparations for the upcoming financial year.

5099
MediaConnect launches at BBC Northern Ireland
NICVA and BBC NI staff pictured at the MediaConnect launch
11 Feb 2019

Partnering with BBC NI, we officially launched our MediaConnect programme on 5 February in Broadcasting House, Belfast.

5100
Community Planning in Belfast: Workshops for the VCSE Sector
The Belfast Agenda
12 Feb 2019

Belfast has a vibrant and active voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, playing a valuable role in the social, economic and environmental fabric of city life.

5109
Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-related Deaths – Duty of Candour update
Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-related Deaths
19 Feb 2019

The Department of Health last week published specially-commissioned research on the introduction of a duty of candor in health and social care.

5122
NICVA Conversation Zone at the 2019 Alliance Party Conference
NICVA's Conversation Zone
21 Feb 2019

The local party conferences have resumed and so too have our now-traditional Conversation Zones!

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Workshops: Developing cyber resilience in the voluntary and community sector
Woman holding virtual cloud
22 Feb 2019

As our ability to harness technology and digital services for voluntary and community activity grows so too does the challenge of keeping our organisations safe from cyber fraud and data breaches.

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Updates from the Policy and Public Affairs Team
25 Feb 2019

Some updates from the NICVA Policy and Public Affairs team on what we've been working on over the past few months.

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Could your charity benefit from an intern?
DEVELOPMENT WEEKS 2019
11 Mar 2019

We have teamed up with Queen’s University Belfast to launch a specific call to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in a position to offer short internships to QUB students over the summer.

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HSC Transformation Projects
11 Mar 2019

The Department of Health has made available a list of ongoing transformation projects, complete with the names of relevant project owners.

5144
Department of Health publishes dedicated EU Exit webpage
13 Mar 2019

The Department of Health has recently published a dedicated page on its website relating to the UK's Exit from the European Union.

5147
Basic Income in Northern Ireland: What can't it do? (Imagine Festival event)
Basic Income NI logo
14 Mar 2019

On 26 March, an event on introducing Basic Income in Northern Ireland will be held as part of the Imagine Festival.

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National Minimum and Living Wage rates increase - 2019
15 Mar 2019

The national minimum wage and national living wage rates will increase on 1 April 2019.

5151
So, what actually happened in the Brexit process this week?
15 Mar 2019

The phrase ‘crunch time’ has been vastly overused during the Brexit process, but with two weeks to go until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, this week was a particularly significant one.

330
Making Employability Work
2 May 2014
With unemployment high on the political agenda, it's time to scrutinise the effectiveness of employability schemes.
331
Budget 2014
28 Mar 2014
A short analysis of the impact of Budget 2014 on Northern Ireland.
332
Making Work Pay?
8 Nov 2013
Are people in work really better off?
372
A Land Value Tax for Northern Ireland: Research Launch
4 Jun 2014

Northern Ireland has recently experienced one of the most severe property crashes in the developed world. Could Land Value Tax (LVT) prevent another bubble from emerging?

373
Punk Economics planned for Fermanagh
3 Jun 2014

Well known economist David McWilliams will host a fringe meeting of the new XChange NI Summer School in Enniskillen at the end of June.

374
The Voluntary and Community Sector’s Code of Good Governance
2 Jun 2014

The code of good governance has been revised to streamline it to five overarching principles instead of the current seven principles. The Developing Governance Group is currently consulting on the revised Code and would welcome your comments.

375
Racism, Sectarianism and Intolerance Diminishes Everyone
30 May 2014

The Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action’s Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey today issued the following statement on behalf of the organisation:

376
Creating the Good Economy For Life - Working Poverty
L-R: William Crawley, Jack Monroe, Tom MacInnes (NPI) and Lisa McElherron (NICVA)
28 May 2014

NICVA's Centre for Economic Empowerment (CEE) held a major conference on Wednesday 28 May 2014, on Working Poverty looking at the extent and causes of in-work poverty in Northern Ireland and potential solutions.

377
Building a Manifesto for Adult Learning
28 May 2014

FALNI (Forum for Adult Learning NI) is calling on anyone concerned about the future of adult learning in NI to help contribute to a new Manifesto.

378
Basic Income Masterclass
23 May 2014

NICVA's first Masterclass of 2014 examined the idea of a Basic Income. This would replace the current system of social security with a standard, regular payment for all citizens.

379
Charity Pay In Northern Ireland FAQ
21 May 2014

Information on salary levels in the community, voluntary and charity sector.

380
European Election Candidate Hustings
15 May 2014

Friday, 9 May 2014 was Europe Day and NICVA organised a hustings event to provide the voluntary and community sector with the opportunity to question European candidates on the issues that matter to them.

381
NICVA staff get ready to relay!
1 May 2014

NICVA staff are getting ready to run the 2014 Belfast City Marathon relay race in an effort to raise funds for the Sunshine Foundation Romania.

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Assembly Extra gives insight to the work of the NI Assembly
20 Apr 2012

Go behind the scenes with this new web-based programme produced by the NI Assembly and find out, among other things, how a Bill becomes law.

385
Charity regulation and good governance seminars
19 Apr 2012

Now that the Charity Commission has its powers of investigation and enforcement, what does this mean in practice for charities on the ground? The Developing Governance Group, in association with the Charity Commission and loc

386
Shaping the Peace Programme: round table discussions
19 Apr 2012

NICVA would like to invite you to participate in a round table discussion on Shaping the Peace Programme and Role of the voluntary and community sector.

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Summer savings on conference facilities
22 Jun 2011

NICVA is offering a 50% reduction on room hire rates for July and August, so if you're organising a meeting or event over the summer, see if one of our half price rooms is available.

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Support for voluntary and community sector highlighted in Assembly Budget debate
22 Jun 2011

Monday 20 June saw a NI Assembly debate on budget allocations. The Bill is passing through the Assembly with accelerated passage in order to ensure departments receive their allocations before the summer recess. Alliance MLA Anna Lo used some of her ti

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Community Development Strategy for health and wellbeing consultation launched
22 Jun 2011

The Community Development Strategy issued by the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and Public Health Agency (PHA) offers a real opportunity for the voluntary and community sector to contribute to the debate on health and wellbeing in our communities.

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CSR briefing with OFMdFM
26 Aug 2010

As part of the Smart Solutions in Tough Times series, NICVA hosted officials from the Office of the First and deputy First Minister, who presented a briefing on the Comprehensive Spending Review.

391
Employment Equality FAQs #1 - Should I advertise all job vacancies in newspapers?
24 Aug 2010

This is the first in a series of frequently asked questions & answers prepared by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. If you have an equality related query please contact Brian Drury on 028 9050 0638.

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Real savings on electricity costs
24 Aug 2010

NICVA is delighted to announce a new energy supply deal for our members. In the current economic environment, finding ways to reduce costs is essential in order to remain efficient and therefore competitive. Many groups are struggling to cope with redu

393
Changes to Flexible Working 18 July 2010
20 Aug 2010

From 18th July 2010, the right to request flexible working extends to parents of children aged 16 and under.

394
Giro d'Italia - Belfast road closures
28 Apr 2014

Belfast is hosting the Giro d’Italia and for organisations based in and around Belfast it is worth keeping up to date with planned road closures on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 May 2014.

395
New plans announced for parental leave and flexible working rights
17 Apr 2014

This week the Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry announced plans to introduce new rights for shared parental leave for working parents as well as an extension to the right to request flexible working.

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The Charity Commission endorses Code of Good Governance
14 Apr 2014

The revised Code of Good Governance was launched for consultation by the Developing Governance Group (DGG) at a seminar on Thursday, 10 April 2014.

397
Are Your Passwords Secure?
10 Apr 2014

With internet security vulnerabilities, malicious software and hacking on the increase, the security of our personal information and exactly what information is being held on us, is being thrown into the spotlight once again.

399
Loaf appointed catering supplier to NICVA
4 Apr 2014

A catering social enterprise that provides training and employment opportunities for people with learning difficulties has been announced as the new supplier of catering services to the organisation representing Northern Ireland’s voluntary sector.

400
A Commentary on Economic Data in Northern Ireland
27 Mar 2014

This report considers the quality of the data available on the Northern Ireland economy and proposes ways in which existing datasets could be enhanced.

401
Charity Regulation and Good Governance Roadshow
20 Mar 2014

Now that the Charity Commission has established the register of charities, and has its powers of investigation and enforcement, what does this mean in practice for charities on the ground?

402
Public Sector Reform: Payment by Results
13 Mar 2014

This briefing gives an overview of the key issues relating to Payment by Results. It is part of the Public Sector Reform series of papers.

403
Grants, grant-in-aid and procurement - a summary of official guidance
13 Mar 2014

There are three main types of funding for voluntary and community organisations; grants, grant in aid, and procurement. This paper looks at them and outlines when it is appropriate to use them and the differences between them.

404
Survey Finds Local People More Interested in the Economy Than Politics
4 Mar 2014

Local people are more interested in economic issues than political issues, according to new research commissioned by NICVA.

405
Speedmatching Event
28 Feb 2014

The annual speedmatching event run by NICVA, The Law Centre NI and ViewDigital and supported by the National Union of Journalists took place on 27 February with eight community organisations taking part to look for media matches.

406
Open Data for Public Good Seminar
21 Feb 2014

NICVA held its first session looking at Open Data on Friday, 21 February 2014.  The session brought a range of speakers to look at the concept of open data and how it can be used for public good.

410
New rates set for 2014 – 2015 statutory payments
7 Feb 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions has set new rates for statutory sick pay (SSP) and statutory maternity pay (SMP) for 2014 – 2015.

411
Generation Y
5 Feb 2014

Ed Howker, one of the keynote speakers at our Creating the Good Economy - For Life conference in January wrote this article for us to highlight some of the issues faced by Generation Y.

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NICVA offer 'Education and Training' Qualification
TQUK Logo
4 Feb 2014

NICVA is now an officially approved Training Qualifications UK (TQUK) centre.

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NICVA Recruit for ILM Diploma in Leadership and Management
28 Jan 2014

Senior managers in our sector are under pressure to be all things to all people; good with staff, great at listening, brilliant negotiators, emotionally intelligent, resilient, innovative, and finance professionals as well.

417
Lobby Bill - some good wins but a final push now crucial
9 Jan 2014

Voluntary and community organisations have gained some important concessions on the controversial Transparency of Lobbying Bill.

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JustGiving drops platform fees for UK charities
JustGiving logo
26 Mar 2019

JustGiving, the online giving platform, is removing fees from all fundraising campaigns and charitable donations in the UK from today (26 March 2019).

5159
Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-Related Deaths – Progress Report
27 Mar 2019

The Department of Health has published an update on the ongoing work to implement the recommendations of the Inquiry into Hypnoatraemia-related Deaths (IHRD).

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Department of Health launches consultation on Reshaping Stroke Services
Reshaping Stroke Care
27 Mar 2019

The Department of Health has this week published its long-awaited consultation on reshaping stroke services in Northern Ireland.

 

5156
NICVA celebrates its learners
26 Mar 2019

On Friday 22 March we recognised and celebrated the achievement of our learners who gained ILM and TQUK qualifications. It was also a great chance to hear how their learning had impacted on their work. 

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NICVA's online training options
3 Jan 2018

NICVA's partnership with Global Management Academy offers online courses in a range of topics and is going from strength to strength. In the first year from March 2018 to March 2019 we had 86 online learners.

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Data Protection Animation Series: What is personal data?
25 Jan 2019

The first in our series of five GDPR animation videos introduces the concept of personal data, helping you to recognise where you have obligations under data protection laws.

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Data Protection Animation Series: Subject Access Requests
22 Feb 2019

The second of our five GDPR animation videos looks at how the right of access applies, and how you should respond to a Subject Access Request.

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Data Protection Animation Series: Personal Data Breaches
28 Mar 2019

The third of our five GDPR animation videos covers personal data breaches. It's important to be able to recognise, react to and report data breaches.

5172
Health summit planned on the review of urgent and emergency care
Emergency Department immage
5 Apr 2019

A Health service summit is to be held on the future shape of urgent and emergency care in N Ireland.

5174
Information on a no deal Brexit for voluntary & community organisations
5 Apr 2019

We are now into April 2019 and the UK has not yet left the EU. The 29th March has come and gone, and we are no closer to knowing how and when the UK will leave the EU. 

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Gift Aid and Making tax digital
28 Mar 2019

From 6 April there will be an increase in the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme and 1 April sees the introduction of Making Tax Digital (MTD) reporting requirements.

5175
The Next Chapter: Women making the difference
Belfast/Lisburn/Castlereagh Chapter participants
8 Apr 2019

As a partner in The Next Chapter Project, which supports and empowers women to engage in politics and public life, NICVA is celebrating the achievements of the women participating in the 3 Chapter Hubs it leads.

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Celebrating success in East Belfast
Graduates celebrate at the East Belfast Networking event
8 Apr 2019

On 2 April NICVA joined with over 40 participants from the East Belfast Community Capacity and Leadership Programme to celebrate all that had been achieved and look to the future.

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Joint Forum Meeting June 2018
9 Aug 2018

The second Joint Forum meeting of the year took place on 19th June in the East Belfast Network Centre. The meeting was attended by representatives from voluntary and community organisations and the public sector.

413
Creating the Good Economy for Generation Y
31 Jan 2014

NICVA's Centre for Economic Empowerment (CEE) held a major conference in Belfast on Friday 31 January, looking at issues faced by Generation Y – people born after 1979.

5184
Lyra McKee Journalist killed doing her job
Lyra McKee
19 Apr 2019

NICVA is appalled to learn of the senseless murder of Lyra McKee.  Lyra was a great journalist interested in people and was making a positive contribution to society unlike her killers.

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NICVA Annual Report 2018
3 Dec 2018

Trustees' report and consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2018

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Payscales 2018 - 2020
30 Apr 2019

The payscales for 2018 - 2020 have been updated to reflect the changes to the NJC pay spine for 2019/20.

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Department of Health extends deadlines for consultations to 19 July 2019
DoH extends deadlines for consultations
1 May 2019

The Department of Health has extended the public consultation process on proposals to reshape stroke services and breast assessment.

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Marathon fever hits NICVA
NICVA Marathon Team (L-R)Denise, Louise, Siobhan, Bob, Laura, Sandra, Roisin
2 May 2019

This Sunday, two relay teams from NICVA (and friends) will be pounding the streets of Belfast in an effort to raise funds for Sunshine Foundation Romania.  

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Policing and Community Safety Partnerships Online Project Databank survey
Policing and Community Safety Partnerships logo
3 May 2019

The Department of Justice is taking forward a proposal for an online Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) project databank and garnering information from stakeholders.

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Department of Health publishes Consultation Report on the Criteria for Reconfiguring HSC Services
9 May 2019

The Department of Health recently published its consultation analysis report on the reconfiguration of health and social care services in Northern Ireland. 

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Double Check Your Annual Reporting Documents, Warns Charity Regulator
22 May 2019

Charity bank statements, instructions on how to play Bridge and a grant application are just some of the unexpected information submitted to Northern Ireland’s charity regulator under the annual reporting programme, it has been revealed.

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Police Urge Public to be Vigilant of Scammers after more than £40,000 lost to scams this week
24 May 2019

Police are urging members of the public to be vigilant after more than £40,000 was fraudulently taken from four people across Northern Ireland in the past week.

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Data Protection Animation Series: Data Sharing
23 May 2019

Our fifth and final Data Protection Animation Series video looks at what should be considered when sharing data with others or using the services of a data processor.

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Data Protection Animation Series: Consent and Legitimate Interests
30 Apr 2019

The fourth of our Data Protection Animation Series videos explains two of the six important lawful bases—consent and legitimate interests—in more detail.

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9 tips for engaging with the media
MediaConnect tips for dealing with the media
15 Aug 2018

MediaConnect exists to help you tell your stories in the media.

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Upcoming Joint Forum Meeting 6 June 2019
3 May 2019

The next meeting of the Joint Forum is due to take place on 6 June 2019 at the Colin Healthy Living Centre in Belfast.

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50% off room hire at NICVA this Summer!
NICVA Summer Sale
30 May 2019

Are you running an event, conference, meeting or training session over the Summer? Then be sure to take a look at NICVA’s sizzling summer offer.

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Mayors, Deputy Mayors and Chairs in 2019-20
23 May 2019

Following the election on 2 May, Councils across Northern Ireland have been holding annual general meetings to elect positions of responsibility for 2019/20.

5185
Update from the Fundraising Regulator (Spring 2019)
24 Apr 2019

A Guest blog from Gerald Oppenheim, Chief Executive, Fundraising Regulator, catching us up on their latest work, along with what's coming up in the future now that Spring has finally sprung.

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Failure to Brexit as we head towards European Elections
17 May 2019

It has been a number of weeks now since Brexit has solely dominated the news headlines. It seems to have gone relatively quiet with other issues such as elections, legacy issues and the resumption of all-party talks taking centre stage.

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Who is the new Chair of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee?
Simon Hoare MP, new Chair of the NI Affairs Committee
13 Jun 2019

Simon Hoare MP has been confirmed as the new chair of the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee.

5254
NIUSE Policy Group publishes paper on the future funding for disability employment services
NIUSE
17 Jun 2019

The Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment recently published a briefing paper on future funding for disability employment services.

5282
Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-Related Deaths – latest update
1 Jul 2019

The Department of Health recently published its latest update on the ongoing work to implement the recommendations of the Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-Related Deaths (IHRD).

5283
Impact of East Belfast Community Capacity and Leadership Programme
2 Jul 2019

NICVA was delighted to complete delivery of the East Belfast Community Capacity and Leadership Programme on 30 April 2019 with targets exceeded and excellent feedback from the East Belfast groups and organisations who took part. 

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Take time to celebrate your volunteers
volunteers week 1-7 June 2019
2 Jun 2019

In this Volunteers’ Week 2019 we want to recognise, celebrate and thank all of the volunteers in Northern Ireland.

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NICVA invites new associates to join the team
7 Jun 2019

NICVA works to help to build the capacity of organisations in the voluntary and community sector to be resilient and robust to respond to the challenge of change. We do this through practical support, information, advice and training.

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NICVA receives NI Diversity and Inclusion Charter Mark
1 Jul 2019

NICVA is delighted to be the first charity in NI to receive the NI Diversity and Inclusion Charter Mark. This demonstrates that we are committed to diversity and inclusion and have developed and implemented practices to support this.

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Featured member - Specialisterne NI, an Autism at Work Consultancy
Specialisterne NI logo
15 Dec 2016

Specialisterne NI is a not for private profit community interest company that opened in 2014 as the local expression of the Specialisterne Foundation. 

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Featured Member - RNIB Northern Ireland
26 Jan 2017

We’re the Royal National Institute of Blind People in Northern Ireland (RNIB NI) and we’re here for everyone affected by sight loss.

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Featured member - Caring Breaks
Caring Breaks logo
22 Mar 2017

Short Respite Breaks for Family Carers of Adults with a Learning Disability.

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Featured member - Rosie’s Trust
Rosie's Trust
21 Sep 2017

Rosie’s Trust’s mission is to maintain and support the special relationship and bond between owners and their companion pets.

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Featured Member: NI Rare Disease Partnership
NI Rare Disease Partnership
27 Feb 2018

28 February is Rare Disease Day, a global event which aims to raise awareness about rare diseases and their impact on the lives of those who suffer from them.

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Featured Member: Autism NI
Autism NI
6 Apr 2018

26 March - 2 April is World Autism Awareness Week. To mark the week, NICVA Member Autism NI is launching their new ‘Making Sense of Autism’ campaign.

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Featured Member: The Stroke Association
26 Apr 2018

Each May, NICVA member. the Stroke Association runs their annual stroke awareness month, Make May Purple, where friends, families, businesses and communities are invited to show their support for people affected by stroke. 

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Featured Member: Refugee Rescue
22 May 2018

20 June marks International Day of the Refugee. Headquartered in Belfast and a member of NICVA, one charity has helped thousands of people fleeing war.

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Featured Member - Ulster Angling Federation
16 Jul 2018

National Fishing Month starts in July. One NICVA member organisation represents over 7,000 anglers across Northern Ireland and campaignins on environmental issues as well.

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Featured member - Trans Pride NI
Trans Pride NI
23 May 2019

On the 31st of May and 1st of June 2019 history will be made, when the first multi-event Trans Pride NI Festival takes place, celebrating gender diversity and transgender people at events in Belfast city centre.

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Featured Member - Rathcoole Churches Community Group (RCCG)
Rathcoole Churches Community Group Logo
18 Feb 2015

Rathcoole Churches Community Group (RCCG) is a long established charity, working to develop and promote Rathcoole since 1983.

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Featured Member - Advice NI
Advice NI Logo
14 Apr 2015

Advice NI champions the need for Advice Services, representing and giving voice to its members’ aspirations to deliver effective and holistic, community or issue-based advice.

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Featured Member - Niamh
Niamh logo
16 Jun 2015

Niamh, (the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health) is Northern Ireland’s leading and longest established mental health and learning disability charity. 

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Featured Member - Start360
Start360 logo
29 Jul 2015

Start360 puts YOU - their clients and stakeholders - at the centre of everything they do. They are Northern Ireland’s leading provider of support services to young people, adult offenders and their families.

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Featured Member - Rural Community Network (NI)
Rural Community Network NI logo
23 Sep 2015

Rural Community Network is a membership based, voluntary organisation established in 1991 by community groups from rural areas to articulate the voice of rural communities on issues relating to poverty, disadvantage and community development.

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Featured Member - Colin Community Counselling
21 Oct 2015

Colin Community Counselling is based in the Colin Area.  Established in 2003, they are a BACP Accredited Counselling Service providing individual counselling to enable people to manage their emotional health and well being needs. 

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Featured Member - Fermanagh Community Transport
Fermanagh Community Transport logo
20 Jan 2016

Fermanagh Community Transport (FCT) is a Charity formed as a result of a merger between Rural Lift for South West Fermanagh and FAST Rural transport, both of who had previously been delivering successful community transport since 2000.

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Featured Member - Friends of the Cancer Centre
Friends of the Cancer Centre Logo
20 Apr 2016

Friends of the Cancer Centre, based at the heart of the Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital, is Northern Ireland’s leading cancer charity working to support patients and their families.

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Featured member: Will to Give
23 Jun 2016

Will to Give is a membership charity open to all charities operating in Northern Ireland. Their aim is to work together to promote gifts in Wills for the benefit of all charities in NI.

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Featured member : HURT
HURT logo
21 Sep 2016

Have Your Tomorrows (HURT) is a drop in centre supporting those affected by addiction and is recognised as the main community based addiction treatment centre in the North West.

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Featured Member - Volunteer Now
4 Jun 2014

Volunteer Now is the lead organisation for the promotion, development and support of volunteering across Northern Ireland. Their vision is ‘individuals connecting with others and their community to build a better society’.

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Featured Member - Charis Integrated Cancer Care
30 Apr 2014

Charis Integrated Cancer Care was formed in 2008 when its founder member Valerie Beattie brought together 11 Trustees to share their thoughts and perspectives on cancer and how they could contribute to helping cancer clients.

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Featured Member - Arthritis Care NI
14 Feb 2014

Arthritis Care is the UK’s largest charity working with and for all people who have arthritis.

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Featured Member - Guide Dogs NI
7 Jan 2014

If you want to be able to live a full life and contribute to your community, you need to be able to get out and about.

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Featured Member - Carers NI
Carers NI
6 Aug 2014

Nearly 214,000 people in Northern Ireland are looking after a friend or family member who needs their support. Carers NI is there to make life better for carers.

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Featured Member - Armagh Travellers Support Group (ATSG)
Armagh Travellers Support Group Logo
7 Sep 2014

Armagh Travellers Support Group (ATSG) aims to improve the quality of life for Travellers living in or visiting the Armagh area. 

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Featured Member - Pretty 'n' Pink
Pretty 'n' Pink Logo
9 Oct 2014

Each year in Northern Ireland over 1200 people are diagnosed with breast cancer. Pretty ‘n’ Pink is the breast cancer charity for Northern Ireland and has been providing practical help and support to these women and their families since 2006.

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Featured Member - Centre for Independent Living NI (CILNI)
Centre for Independent Living NI logo
12 Nov 2014

The Centre for Independent Living NI (CILNI) is a regional organisation run by disabled people for disabled people, with offices in Omagh, Magherafelt, Armagh and Belfast.

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Featured Member - WOMEN'STEC
WOMEN'STEC Logo
11 Dec 2014

WOMEN'STEC is the largest quality provider of training for women in non-traditional skills in Northern Ireland. 

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Featured Member - Community Development and Health Network (CDHN)
Community Development and Health Network logo
20 Jan 2015

CDHN is a regional network of individuals and organisations which works to promote understanding of community development as an effective way to end health inequalities. They do this by building capacity and influencing policy.

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Featured Member - Ocean Youth Trust Ireland
3 Dec 2013
Ocean Youth Trust Ireland is a charity dedicated to giving young people from all walks of life a chance to experience sail training.
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Featured Member - The Woodland Trust
29 Oct 2013

Established in 1972, the Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity. We care for 1,200 woods and have planted nearly 22 million trees across the UK.

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Support for NICVA members applying for Road Safety Grants
27 Jun 2016

Interested in applying to the grants scheme for community led road safety initiatives launched? Detail Data can provide NICVA members with information that could support their application. 

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Great discount for NICVA members on NICVA training
25 Jul 2018

All NICVA members benefit from 30% discount on all training -this includes our new online ILM courses, TQUK and ILM courses, full day and half day training sessions. In some cases this is a saving of £400 per person.

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September member visits
26 Sep 2018

Each month we plan to meet some of our members to find out more about what they do, what challenges they are facing and how NICVA can support them.

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Learning from the members' day- building resilience and managing risk
27 Nov 2018

It was great to see over 80 members at the Building resilience and managing risk members' event on 12 November in NICVA. It gave us the opportunity to network and learn from the experts to improve our organisations.

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NICVA Chief Executive urges members to vote to REMAIN in the EU
16 Jun 2016

The Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) has written to its members urging them to vote Remain in the upcoming EU referendum.

398
NJC payscales – trade unions consult members on employer’s side pay offer
4 Apr 2014

On 20 March 2014, the employer’s side of the National Joint Council announced their pay offer from 1 April 2014.

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Free NICVA membership for small organisations
7 Oct 2015

Did you know that you can join NICVA for free if you are voluntary, community or social enterprise organisation in Northern Ireland with an income of under £20,000 per year? We would love to welcome you aboard!

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Members learn to manage their information
31 Oct 2011

On Thursday 27 October, NICVA held their bi-annual members’ session at the Navan Centre, Armagh.  The day was on the subject of managing information, covering the topics of data protection, measuring impact with Social Return on Investments (SRO

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Fundraising Standards Board discount for NICVA members
27 Jul 2011

The Fundraising Standards Board is now offering NICVA members a 50% discount on their first year's annual FRSB membership fee.

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NICVA achieves membership of Employers for Disability NI
EFDNI Membership Certificate presentation
23 Aug 2016

Gabrielle Fitzpatrick, Training and Advice Director at Employers for Disability NI, presents EFDNI membership certificate to NICVA.

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NJC Payscales - trade union members vote for industrial action
3 Jul 2014

With no agreement in the current pay dispute between the employers' and trade union sides of the NJC (National Joint Council), over 1.2 million local government employees in NI, England and Wales will go on strike on 10 July 2014.

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Welfare Reform: overseeing the inevitable
Scottish Welfare Reform Committee
20 Apr 2015

Presuming the near-inevitable happens and Welfare Reform (eventually) passes the Assembly, does Stormont need a dedicated committee for oversight? Scope speaks exclusively with Michael McMahon MSP, who convenes just such a group in Holyrood.

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Welfare Reform: the view from Scotland
Economist William Beveridge's 1942 report Social Insurance and Allied Services was a key moment in UK welfare history, and envisioned a welfare system that both dealt with penury and encouraged work
14 May 2015

The general election result means Welfare Reform will come to Northern Ireland, one way or another. Scope looks at two reports examining its impact in Scotland - both on the public and the third sector.

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Up the sanction - Welfare Reform's teeth could bite itself
20 May 2015

DWP says sanctions are a "last resort" and encouragement to work - but some reported examples make that description look laughable, and could make them the biggest danger to Welfare Reform. Scope takes a look.

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How to survive the cuts
Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO
16 Sep 2014

Northern Ireland is yet to feel the full force of austerity cuts and Welfare Reform is still not implemented. We spoke to the leader of England's charities to find out exactly what we can expect.

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Welfare Reform Debate Focuses on People Affected by Cuts
29 Oct 2014

At NICVA's recent conference the debate around welfare reform focused on the people here who will be most affected by the reforms and the plans that need to be made to ensure they do not fall further into poverty.

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Welfare Reform Bill Amendments (Too Long; Didn't Read)
13 Feb 2015

The Consideration Stage of the Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Bill (2012) took place at the Assembly on Tuesday and Wednesday 10 & 11 Feb. Some 78 amendments and opposition to 17 clauses were debated over the course of 19 hours.

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Welfare Reform: the priorities for the next stage.
13 Feb 2015

NICVA and the Northern Ireland Advice Services Consortium have two priorites for the further consideration stage of the Welfare Reform Bill. They are - to create the right to independant advice and a change to how sanctions are implementated.

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15 Asks for the Executive - Guarantee a Statutory Right to Advice as part of Welfare Reform
16 Feb 2015

In 15 Asks for the Executive we focus on a range of issues the current Executive can either complete or significantly progress before the June 2016 Assembly elections. 

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Welfare Reform Bill: Amendments (Part 2)
25 Feb 2015

Previously, we summarised the amendments made to the Welfare Reform Bill at Consideration Stage. This time, we look at the 27 amendments debated at Further Consideration Stage (on 24 Feb) – the last opportunity for the Assembly to change the Bill.

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Welfare Reform Bill: Final Stage (Too Long; Didn't Read)
Welfare Reform
27 May 2015

On Tuesday 27th of May the Assembly debated the Final Stage of the Welfare Reform Bill.

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Welfare Reform Events - Learning from Scotland
5 Jun 2015

With the Welfare Reform Bill now fallen in Stormont and the Assembly entering “unchartered waters” everyone is still unsure of what will happ