Annual Report 2015
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.
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.
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.
NICVA has become one of the first registered charities in Northern Ireland.
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.
The Charity Commission established the Register of Charities in December 2013 and has now begun the formal process of registering charities in Northern Ireland.
Simon Hamilton, Minister for Finance and Personnel met with representatives of the voluntary and community sector at NICVA on Thursday, 21 November.
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.
On 29 November NICVA held an event to highlight the availability of free and low cost technology to our members.
Marie Cavanagh, Chair of NICVA, welcomed members to NICVA's 75th AGM on 15 November 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.
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.
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.
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.
Charities in Northern Ireland have called on Peers in the House of Lords to radically change or vote down the controversial lobbying bill.
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.
For those who missed our seminar on auto enrolment, see below some key facts and some contact information to get you started.
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.
DU Dance (NI) is a professional dance development company based in Belfast and working across the island of Ireland, the UK and internationally.
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.
Northern Ireland MPs united in their opposition to the controversial Transparency of Lobbying Bill when it was debated in Westminster on 2 September.
NICVA is concerned that the UK Government is pushing through a Bill with undue haste, which if passed could curtail essential and longstanding freedoms.
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.
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).
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.
SEUPB are co-ordinating a recently announced consultation on European Territorial Co-operation Programmes (PEACE and INTERREG) 2014-2020.
Deirdre Murphy, NICVA's Fundraising Advice Officer offers some advice on fundraising.
Following a public consultation earlier this year on its draft guidance, the Charity Commission has published statutory guidance on the public benefit requirement.
NICVA is very concerned about how the Northern Ireland Housing Executive has treated Shankill Lurgan Community Projects.
Agreement has now been reached on rates of pay applicable from 1 April 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has been given the necessary legislative powers to begin registration of all charities in Northern Ireland.
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.
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.
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.
Back in December 2012 we surveyed NICVA members on their access to broadband.
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.
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.
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.
The new look GrantTracker website has been rebuilt from scratch and is back better than ever, streamlined and full of exciting new features.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The first Viewfinder survey of 2013 continues to demonstrate the uneven impact of the current economic conditions in the voluntary and community sector.
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.
The Joint Government/Voluntary and Community Sector Forum, commonly known as the Joint Forum, was established in October 1998.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
In recent days the voluntary and community sector has experienced the shocking loss of two high profile organisations.
NICVA staff and Executive Committee were delighted to receive the formal presentation of an Investors in People Gold Award in early March.
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 ...
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.
It is with great sadness that NICVA has learned of the death of its former Honorary President, Sir George Quigley (1994 to 1997).
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.
It is critical that organisations correctly determine whether the individuals providing services are employees, self-employed or volunteers.
To improve the operation of Pay As You Earn (PAYE), HMRC have introduced a new system called Real Time Information, or RTI.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Sector Matters is offering free financial health checks for organisations working with older people.
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.
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.
Politicians must get away from their 'separate, but equal' carve-up and spell out the Northern Ireland they want to see, says Seamus McAleavey.
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.
Organisations may be eliglible for discounted software.
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.
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.
It’s been a very exciting day in NICVA's policy and research team following the release of the 2011 Census data.
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.
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.
Thirty groups from Northern Ireland and the six southern border counties have started the Community Leadership Programme.
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.
Recessions may be measured by a fall in GDP but it is the loss of jobs that matters most.
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.
The launch of the Digital Age Project brings the benefits of the internet to those most digitally excluded: older people living in sheltered housing.
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?
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.
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
The new Regional Infrastructure Support Programme for Northern Ireland started on 1 October 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.
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
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
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
Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland, has addressed the Joint Government Voluntary and Community Sector Forum at NICVA this morning.
The Building Change Trust has launched a Collaboration Enabling Fund to support organisations in the voluntary and community sector involved in collaborative working.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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
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
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.
From 1 October 2013 the minimum wage will increase.
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.
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.
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.
NICVA has given oral evidence and submitted its written response on the Charities Bill to the Committee for Social Development.
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
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
New session – new members!
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
NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment second masterclass series begins this September. The series offers a unique opportunity to exchange ideas with s
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
In a new series of articles published in NICVA's weekly eNews Colm Burns, Policy Officer with NICVA’s
The sector has clear views on the future of the economy and NICVA is making sure that its voice is heard. Peter Hutchinson explains.
NICVA is currently seeking nominations for voluntary and community sector representatives on the Department of Justice’s Regional Steering Group on Community Safety.
Workplace pensions law is changing and every employer will have to act to fulfill their new legal duties.
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
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
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.
NICVA will be closed this afternoon (Wednesday 11 July), reopening as usual on Monday 16 July.
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.
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
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
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.
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).
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).
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
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
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).
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.
Sir Kenneth Branagh speaks to NICVA about his recent Knighthood for services to drama and his community work in Northern Ireland.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
A government scheme to top-up small donations through Gift Aid misses the mark, according to NICVA's response.
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
NICVA is offering a 50% discount on its conference room hire for bookings in July and August.
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.
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
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.
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.
NICVA is celebrating Adult Learners' Week this year - beginning 12 May - with various training events.
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
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.
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
Springfield Charitable Association launched its Tri-Age west Belfast project on Friday 20 April 2012 in the Farset International.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
HMRC has launched a consultation to seek responses on the proposed ‘Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme’.
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
The Local Government Association confirmed a pay freeze for 1.6 million local government employees for 2012/13.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
Welfare Reform: Q & A with Northern Ireland politicians, Neil Couling DWP, and Professor Ruth Lister.
Welfare Reform: Baroness Ruth Lister in conversation with Paul Clark
Welfare Reform: Q & A with Neil Couling and Les Allamby
Welfare Reform: Neil Couling DWP on reforming welfare in the UK
Welfare Reform: welcome address from NICVA Chairman Bob Stronge
Welfare Reform: Paul Clark welcomes delegates to the conference
Panel discussion and workshop feedback from the Welfare Reform Conference held in NICVA on Tuesday 6 March 2012
Will Haire, Permanent Secretary DSD addresses the conference
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
From 2012 changes to the pensions law will affect all employers, including charitable and voluntary organisations, in Northern Ireland.
Internationally renowned social policy expert Professor Ruth Lister (now Baroness Lister) will join a range of high level officials and politicians includin
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Statutory redundancy payments increase from 1 February 2013 Statutory Maternity, Paternity, Adoption and Sick payments increase from 6 April 2013
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Taking a look at 2011 and how NICVA has been working to support and promote voluntary and community organisations in a challenging year.
2011 saw the launch of the Government and Voluntary and Community Sector Concordat, which aims to strengthen the relationship between the sector and government.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Macmillan Cancer has launched an excellent Work and Cancer Toolkit.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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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
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
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
The Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland, has still not disclosed his preferred course of action to sort out the public benefit test problem.
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
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
The Social Investment Fund aims to reduce poverty, unemployment and physical deterioration through area based interventions of s
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.&
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
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
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
Members of the voluntary and community sector recently marked the publication of the Concordat — the social partnership agreement between government and the sector.
The relationship between government and the voluntary and community sector was the focus of debate in the Assembly on the 27 September.
Consultation on the long awaited and much talked about Social Investment Fund was launched in Parliament Buildings on 27 September.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Karamjit Singh CBE Social Fund Commissioner for Northern Ireland visited NICVA to discuss upcoming changes to the Social Fund.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) has launched new guidance for charitable organisations engaged in political activities and campaigning.
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.
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
NICVA has designed a web page with interactive map to allow you to view MLAs via their constituencies.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
Please note that the member event, Managing Change, which was planned for Thursday 19 May, has been cancelled.
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
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
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
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
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
A partnership, developed by NICVA, of 19 Northern Ireland charities recently launched an appeal with a difference.
Local Government employers confirm there will be no pay offer for 2011 - 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
OFMdFM have written to key stakeholders seeking their thoughts on the £80million Social Investment Fund.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
The Budget has been agreed but now the real work must begin to protect the most vulnerable in our society.
In an announcement welcomed by NICVA, the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) has publicised the introduction of charity regulation to Northern Ireland.
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
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.
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.
Many voluntary and community sector organisations have submitted responses to the draft budget consultation. Read some of their responses below.
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.
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
Many voluntary and community sector organisations have submitted responses to the draft budget consultation. Read some of their responses below.
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.
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.
From 15 November 2010 all non-domestic premises must hold a valid Fire Safety Risk Assessment.
Many organisations may be facing the ending of fixed term contracts or redundancies at the end of March 2011.
Ed Miliband has asked his shadow Cabinet Office team to carry out a policy review into civil society.
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
The only comprehensive, independent review of the NI Executive's draft Budget, currently out for consultation, highlights gaps in departmental spending plans.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Award winning journalist Julia Paul presented a package on cuts to the voluntary and community sector on the BBC programme Hearts and Minds
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.
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.
The Department for Social Development was the third government department to present at NICVA's series of budget consultation meetings.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
NICVA hosted the first in a series of consultation meetings on the Budget with the Department of Justice on Wednesday 12 January.
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
Download each department's spending plan as it becomes available.
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
A new piece of legislation has been implemented which will affect parents of children born on or after 3rd April 2011.
The Government has agreed to mark Tuesday 5 June 2012 as a new public holiday date in the 2012 calendar.
NICVA is arranging dates for consultation meetings on the budget with each government department.
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
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.
"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."
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
Sources for standards, guidance and training on child protection and safeguarding vulnerable adults in Northern Ireland.
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
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.
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
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
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
NICVA's 72nd AGM took place on Friday 19 November, at NICVA's offices in Belfast, and was attended by over 50 members.
Are you or your organisation interested in trying to influence decision-makers?
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
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.
NICVA Chief Executive, Seamus McAleavey, attended yesterday's Stormont launch of the Green New Deal Group's Housing Fund Business Plan.
Justice Minister David Ford was in NICVA on 28 October to meet with voluntary and community organisations to discuss issues of common concern
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.
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
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.
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.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies has called the budget "regressive".
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
A further seven organisations have been awarded a Reaching Communities NI grant from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG).
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.
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
The Labour Relations Agency has published, for consultation, a Draft Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures
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
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.
The ROCOP programme recently held training on how to create a key message for their Big Lottery, Reaching Out: Connecting Older People project,
To help with your projects we have compiled a list of useful sites and information for you.
A new VCG was selected in August 2012 by a sub group of the NICVA Executive Committee and the new membership spans the sector.
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.
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)
NICVA is offering a 50% discount on its conference room hire for bookings in July and August.
NICVA's second Masterclass of the year examined community-based currencies and trading schemes.
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.
NICVA's Centre for Economic Empowerment has launched a new report into the feasibility of introducing a land value tax in Northern Ireland.
“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.
Justice Minister David Ford has launched the 2014 Justice in the Community Awards and invites nominations from across Northern Ireland.
The Department for Employment and Learning has released a consultation on Zero Hours Contracts in Northern Ireland.
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.
Voluntary and community organisations face increasing challenges to raise money to allow them to do their work.
In recent years various research papers, strategies and inquiries have examined the potential of Northern Ireland's 'creative industries'
Following the recent attack on the Dunanney Centre in Rathcoole, NICVA issued the following statement.
The Consumer Council and NICVA have welcomed the proposals from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to cap the fees on payday loans.
The concept of ‘personal responsibility’ is commonly invoked in discussions of social, moral and economic matters.
Last week the Department for Social Development published its new housing strategy, Facing the Future, for consultation.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Public procurement has again attracted controversy with the publication of a report last week by the Audit Office.
WIll politics in Northern Ireland always be dominated by orange and green?
In the wake of Margaret Thatcher’s death much of the commentary has focused on the impact of her economic policies.
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).
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%).
Carney's Unemployment Target Based on Dubious Data
Long accused of lacking a clear policy agenda, Ed Miliband this week attempted to set out his stall with his conference speech.
It has been revealed that in order to meet performance targets, staff at a hospital in Colchester were pressurised into falsifying waiting list data.
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.
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.
GrantTracker is the leading web based funding database in Northern Ireland.
The Electoral Commission has recently published their guidance on the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act, or Lobbying Act.
NICVA analysis on public expenditure trends is for the squeeze to get tighter in Northern Ireland over the next 5 years
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.
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.
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.
The Charity Commission has launched its interim reporting requirements for those charities that have registered with the Commission.
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has published a new, online registration tutorial to assist organisations applying to register as a Northern Ireland charity.
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is currently consulting on its interim reporting proposals for charities.
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.
The proposed amendment will not affect the requirement in the Act that no particular purpose should be presumed to be for the public benefit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Charity Commission has announced that the Register of Charities for Northern Ireland will be operational by the end of June.
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.
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.
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.
The long awaited new charities legislation for Northern Ireland received Royal Assent on 9 September 2008.
The Charities Bill for Northern Ireland was introduced to the Assembly on 10 December 2007.
The Charities (NI) Order 2007 which was laid before parliament in January will not continue its passage through Westminster as planned.
The Charities Bill will not be enacted in the first part of 2008 as had been anticipated.
The Charities Bill (as amended at consideration stage) reached its final stage in the Assembly on 30 June and is now waiting Royal Assent.
NICVA's response to the Department for Social Development’s (DSD) consultation paper on Draft Primary Legislation for the Charities (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.
This briefing highlights the key areas of both the statutory guidance on public benefit and the charity registration guidance.
This is NICVA's response to the Charity Commission’s 2013 consultation on the 'public benefit statutory guidance'.
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.
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.
This is NICVA's response to the Charity Commission's Interim Reporting Requirements consultation.
This is NICVA's written response to the Committee for Social Development on the Charities Bill.
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).
Fundraising tips for organisations working with older people
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.
This article explains some of the issues involved in apportioning public spending and revenue to Northern Ireland.
The national minimum wage will increase on 1 October 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.
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.
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.
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.
Leaving a gift in your will is essentially the last and perhaps most meaningful donation you will give to charity in your lifetime.
The Mental Health Policy Forum met on 9th September to discuss maternal mental health and the 'Everyone's Business' campaign.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Electoral Commission is hosting a seminar to explain changes to rules for non-party campaigners as a result of the Lobbying Act.
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.
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.
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.
The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Education has launched an Inquiry into Shared and Integrated Education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The influence of open data is increasingly driving policy - and improving enterprise. So, what is it, and how can it help the third sector?
The Lobby Bill was changed but not halted. We asked NICVA's Lisa McElherron about what this means for the future.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NICVA hosted an event to discuss the Department for Employment and Learning's public consultation on zero-hours contracts.
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.
It is nearly that time of year again, Party Conference season is almost upon us.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
‘Measuring your impact’
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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.
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.
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.
NICVA, CO3 and Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd are pleased to announce their new calendar of events for the Inspiring Impact project.
Real engagement on the issues that matter
NICVA's Centre for Economic Empowerment held its fourth Masterclass of the year, delving into Northern Ireland's energy markets.
NICVA is part of the Make It Work campaign launched today.
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.
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.
Ali FitzGibbon, director at Young at Art re-frames the debate about arts funding.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
In the first of this series of articles where we meet new senior managers in the sector, Scope interviews Kevin Doherty from Disability Action.
NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey looks back at the last print edition of Scope and explains why it is being re-launched today.
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.
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.
Scope's picks of the month - we read the news so you don't have to.
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.
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.
The Big Lottery Fund has appointed three new Northern Ireland committee members to make decisions on how National Lottery funding is invested.
CollaborationNI have been involved in supporting the Homelessness Prevention over the past year.
Justice Minister David Ford has crowned three ‘Justice Champions’ for services to their community at an Awards ceremony in Parliament Buildings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kevin Hines jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco – and lived.
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.
Do you believe that public procurement in Northern Ireland encourages innovation? Share your views by filling out a short survey.
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?
Doing good work is not always the same as doing work that has widespread popular support.
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.
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.
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.
A look at the consequences for the third sector, and beyond, stemming from Stormont's Draft Budget for 2015/16
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scope talks with Andrew McCracken, recently appointed chief executive at funding organisers CFNI, about the importance of empowerment and economic trouble on the horizon.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Paul Braithwaite, Development and Implementation Officer, Building Change Trust, looks at whether an Open Government could be the step change that Northern Ireland needs.
NICVA currently offers development and support opportunities to all of the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Out Connecting Older People (ROCOP) grant holders.
In April 2015 the pension system will undergo radical reform. This article sets out these changes and looks at the possible consequences.
NICVA are participating as a collection point for a North Belfast food bank to help local people in food crisis.
Following the publication of the draft budget for 2015-16, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has published their spending plans.
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.
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.
Over 150 members attended our recent Fundraising Expo event at NICVA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In conjunction with DSD we are asking volunteers to complete a short survey to ensure that volunteering opportunities are open to everyone.
Scope has had access to a secret 1971 government document that helped set segregation in stone and made Belfast’s peace walls permanent.
The war may be over but the battle scarred front line is still there. Scope asks what the future holds for interface communities.
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.
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.
Following a consultation meeting with officials from the Department of Education we have collated the key asks expressed at the meeting.
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.
Following a consultation meeting with Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety officials we have collated the key asks expressed at the meeting.
NICVA has responded to the Northern Ireland Executive’s draft budget.
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
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.
NICVA and our members across the voluntary and community sector spent the last month of 2014 responding to the draft budget.
Charity Commission Chief Executive Frances McCandless talks to Scope about CEO pay, governance and registration.
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?
Exclusive: Scope has unearthed new evidence about secret security force oversight over planning decisions during the Troubles and the lasting division this has caused.
The Stormont House Agreement – what does it mean for the community and voluntary sector?
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.
Is it a scandal that Atlantic Philanthropies are paying for the training of our MLAs? Scope examines the issue.
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.
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?
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has published its first statutory inquiry report into its investigation into Lough Neagh Rescue Ltd.
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.
Research carried out for NICVA has revealed that every £1 spent on the £65m Supporting People programme saves the public purse £1.90.
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.
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.
Is the Stormont House Agreement a Tory austerity project or a breakthrough for Northern Ireland? Scope asks Shadow Secretary of State Ivan Lewis.
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.
Scope editor Nick Garbutt on why Labour should stand in Northern Ireland.
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.
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.
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.
“Sharing Works: A Policy for Shared Education” – proposals on the Department of Education’s Shared Education Policy and accompanying Shared Education Bill.
Scope delves behind the headlines to examine some disturbing implications of the Donaldson Report into health care in Northern Ireland.
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.
The Department of the Environment has launched a consultation on its Draft Statutory Guidance for the Operation of Community Planning Local Government Act
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.
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.
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.
Our 12 policy fora are being revamped to become new Departmental Monitoring Groups (DMGs).
NICVA wants to reinvigorate how the voluntary and community sector engages in policy work and how we interact with our members on policy issues.
Influence is greater than access. Voluntary and community organisations have high levels of acess to decison makers. But do we have influence?
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.
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?
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.
Older Peoples’ Commissioner Claire Keatinge had some tough messages for the health service when she spoke to Scope.
The European Investment Bank (EIB) was established in 1958 with a remit to finance investment projects which contribute to EU policy objectives.
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.
New rates for statutory payments such as maternity, paternity, adoption and sickness have been announced for use from 6 April 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.
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is currently consulting on its draft equality guidance for charities.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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
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.
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.
BBC Northern Ireland has been breathing new life into its most venerable institution, the charity appeal. Scope reports.
Policy makers responsible for Northern Ireland’s long awaited age discrimination legislation are themselves being accused of age discrimination.
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.
In a recent article Scope described Phil Flanagan MLA as a “bad boy of Twitter."
An alarming report about the extent of self harm in Northern Ireland has just been published. Scope looks at the facts.
The Minister for Employment and Learning has outlined his position on the future of zero-hours contracts in Northern Ireland.
Yesterday NICVA hosted a consultation event on the recently announced Community Planning Guidelines with the Department of the Environment.
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.
Scope visits East Belfast soon to be the scene of a ferocious General Election contest to check out its MLAs online activity.
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.
Real engagement on the issues that matter
Minutes and the Communique from the Joint Forum meeting on 3 May 2013.
Minutes and Communique from the Joint Forum meeting on 25 October 2013.
Minutes and the Communique from the Joint Forum meeting on 4 February 2014.
Minutes and the Communique from the Joint Forum meeting on 19 May 2014
Minutes and the Communique from the Joint Forum meeting on 21 October 2014.
Scope examines how government is undermining the independence of charities.
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.
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).
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.
NICVA recently responded to the call for evidence on the Childrens Services Cooperation Bill from the OFMDFM Committee in Stormont.
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
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.
Tom Collins who had oversight of the Belfast Festival at Queens for 11 years explains why he believes it cannot be saved.
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’.
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.
Political commentator Alex Kane explains why quotas for female politicians will never get his vote.
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.
Now more than ever charities and voluntary groups are having to look for new sources of funding. GrantTracker can help you do this.
Over 350 peopled joined NICVA's Honorary President Kenneth Branagh at the premier of Cinderella.
Over 350 peopled joined NICVA's Honorary President Kenneth Branagh at the premier of Cinderella.
We could all end up paying a very high price for cuts to Early Years services, Scope explores the implications.
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.
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.
NICVA’s new training calendar April – September 2015 is now ready to view on our website.
Thursday 26 March 2015 was a bad day for the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.
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.
In reponse to severe cuts to the voluntary and community sector NICVA has asked for an urgent meeting with First and deputy First Minister.
Scope stops off in South Belfast to examine politicians on social media and stumbles across the politician who out-tweets Obama.
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.
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.
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.
NICVA recently responded to the Department for Social Development Committee's Call for Evidence on the Regeneration Bill.
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.
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.
An updated summary of the responses to our #CutsWatchNI survey.
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.
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.
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.
Scope examines the landmark European case which ruled that the unborn do not have a right to life
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
David Smyth of the Evangelical Alliance, writing exclusively for Scope, challenges those currently calling for changes to Northern Ireland's abortion law
Independent MLA John McCallister calls for a realignment of politics in Northern Ireland and has some harsh words for the Make it Work campaign.
Scope analyses the fall-out from the Wells affair and concludes we should not be writing off the DUP just yet.
Scope meets Paul Mullan, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Northern Ireland.
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.
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.
In the latest in our series on abortion Scope examines the impending court case which could force the Assembly's hand on reform.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As technology becomes more and more a part of everyday life, people become accustomed to accessing information freely and easily.
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?
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'.
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.
Help us gather information for the Junior Ministers on how the cuts are affecting your voluntary and community organisation.
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.
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.
The sustained financial pressures on our sector have unfortunately led to more organisations having to consider winding up or closure.
The Joint Forum met for the second time this year on Friday 15th May.
Who said what in the Assembly Debate on cuts to the community and voluntary sector? Have a look...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
South Antrim - the Jewel of the Six Mile – joins Scope’s list of constituencies to receive a sober and sombre social media probe.
There is a difference between theory and practice - despite some problems, Welfare Reform is a social good. Ian James Parsley writes exclusively for Scope.
Upper Bann is just getting back to normal again after an election campaign that ended in acrimony with allegations of racist abuse.
Scope examines a ground-breaking research project which aims to address the negative stereo-typing of young people by the media.
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.
Charities, along with private companies, must comply with the new Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) that has come into force.
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.
Next week we celebrate the massive contribution volunteers make to our communities during Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June.
The Centre for Economic Empowerment is commissioning research on economic inequality.
The first story from Detail Data has been published today.
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.
For Volunteers Week we asked NICVA volunteer, Niall Quigley to share his experience and motivations for volunteering with our Centre for Economic Empowerment project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The current Governance in the Sector research being carried out by Volunteer Now has been extended to 19 June 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.
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.
Scope examines further evidence that the government's flagship Transforming Your Care programme is not just stalled but going backwards.
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.
It's summer offer time at NICVA with a 50% discount on room hire in our conference facilities.
The recent HRC inquiry into Emergency Health Care has reinforced that Transforming Your Care has stalled. Scope looks at some of the reasons why.
When flag protests were at their height, many observers both here and across the globe, shook their heads and despaired of Northern Ireland.
There is much talk of 'austerity'. But what does it really mean?
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.
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.
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.
The recent Glasmullin dispute has raised questions about Northern Ireland’s planning laws, Scope dissects the issues.
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.
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.
The first NICVA Employment and Learning DMG, chaired by Lorraine Boyd (Bryson Charitable Group NEETs Forum), welcomed DEL Permanent Secretary Derek Baker.
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.
Scope visits the newly-opened Museum of Orange Heritage on Belfast’s Cregagh Road.
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.
Another 12th of July, more phantasmagorical news footage of screaming, hatred and violence – what now for Brand Northern Ireland?
NICVA was invited by the Public Sector Reform Division in DFP to participate in an innovation lab on a fundamental review of business rates.
In June, Minister Farry published a strategy for youth training.
Theresa Villiers is not the first of her family to hold high office in Ireland.
Analysis: Colin Harper of the Belfast Law Centre on the Mental Capacity Bill
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.
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.
Key Points from The Pension Regulator’s Automatic Enrolment Compliance and Enforcement quarterly bulletin: 1 January – 31 March 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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
The second Detail Data story Two years of death and serious injury on Northern Ireland’s roads was published yesterday.
Whatever happened to the Heenan-Anderson Commission?
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.
It is with great sadness that NICVA learned of the death of our Honorary Vice President Dr Jeremy Harbison on Saturday 14 August 2015.
Just how serious is the threat to the BBC posed by the Westminster government and should we be worried about it?
Shared Education is the big new thing for helping society come together and improving schooling. But what are we supposed to expect?
An update on the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) revenue grant scheme.
The first DOJ Departmental Monitoring Group was held in NICVA on Thursday 20th August.
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.
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.
Are there any politicians and commentators who seriously did not know that the IRA still existed?
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is currently consulting on its proposed strategic plan and will be hosting its first public meeting.
Scope reports on the latest threat to community and voluntary sector funding
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.
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.
Scope editor Nick Garbutt reflects on the refugee crisis and looks back at Ireland's history of migration
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.
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.
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.
The Detail Data project hosted its first 'Open Data in a Day' training for participants from the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.
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.
Press statement issued by Concordia, representing CBI Northern Ireland, Irish Congress of Trade Unions, NICVA, and Ulster Farmers’ Union.
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.
Scope meets Seamus Boyd, the driving force behind Radio Ulster’s flagship Sunday Sequence show.
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.
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.
Northern Ireland’s first Open Data Institute (ODI) Node has launched at CultureTECH.
The current political crisis is having unexpected consequences, Scope reports.
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.
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.
The fourth in a series of articles looking at different ways to fundraise, focussing on Charity Shops as a fundraising model.
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.
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.
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.
"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
Developing economically vibrant and self-sustaining communities through social economy enterprises is at the heart of an innovative plan the Housing Executive launched today.
Behind the headlines progress is being made in implementing the flagship Transforming Your Care programme, Scope reports.
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.
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.
One of the many benefits of Open Data is that users are free to combine and explore similarities between overlapping datasets.
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
Almost 500 refugees, a record number, from countries across the world are currently seeking asylum in Northern Ireland.
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
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
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
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
South Eastern Regional College has sourced over £183,000 to deliver a radio programme, using the valuable online funding resource www.grant-tracker.org
The national minimum wage increased on 1 October 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
Claire Keatinge has plenty to say as she reflects on her four years in office as Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland.
NICVA is urging all organisations to submit a response to DSD’s consultation on the charities accounts and reports regulations.
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.
A workshop in collaboration with the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building which covered campaigning best practices on the platform.
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.
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
DHSSPS is introducing a new Innovation Fund for voluntary and community organisations from 2016/17.
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.
NICVA has submitted its response to DSD on the charities accounting and reporting consultation and is urging all organisations to do the same.
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.
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.
All NICVA member organisations will have, by now received information relating to NICVA’s AGM and elections for 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.
Almost 500 historic buildings across NI are deemed to be at risk, according to figures obtained by Detail Data
Over the past 8 years Sector Matter’s, NICVA’s social enterprise business, has worked with Trustees helping them meet their duties and responsibilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
The bi-annual RO:COP roundtable event took place on Wednesday, 11 November in NICVA and was a great success.
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.
You will now have more options to choose from when considering catering for your event at NICVA with an updated menu from Loaf Catering.
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.
We are pleased to see a positive conclusion to the Stormont Castle talks and the publication of 'A Fresh Start'.
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.”
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?
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%.
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.
The ‘A Fresh Start’ Agreement laid out more details on the plans for the reduction in government departments following the 2016 Assembly Election.
ONE in five MLAs who will finish the current five-year Assembly term were not elected into position by the public.
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.
The Centre for Economic Empowerment sets out the most significant announcements from the 2015 Spending Review and Autumn Statement.
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.)
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?
NICVA are participating as a collection point for a North Belfast food bank to help local people in food crisis.
The movement towards open data in Northern Ireland has taken a big leap forward in the last week with the launch of OpenDataNI.
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.
Big Lottery People and Communities funding will open in January 2016 with a budget of £60 million for communities in Northern Ireland
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.
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.
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.
May not be the best wrapped present you get this year but nevertheless a good one, we think.
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.
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.
Halfway through our Manifesto Engagement Meetings we published a Top Five ways you can get your policies into manifestos.
The Centre for Economic Empowerment is commissioning a review of financial support for business in Northern Ireland.
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.
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.
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.
Infertility Network UK provides information, support and advice to all those struggling to conceive. Sharon Davidson is the Regional Organiser for Northern Ireland.
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has launched its draft accounting and reporting guidance for consultation which also includes Directions for independent examiners.
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.
NICVA recently met with Senior DFP Finance Officials to discuss the process of the 2016/17 budget.
DSD Officials attended a meeting organised in NICVA on Friday 18th December.
You can now access over 15 years of social information from ARK Northern Ireland on the Detail Data Portal.
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.
For those in the voluntary and community sector following NJC payscales, a cost of living increase for 2016/17 has not yet been agreed.
Justice Minister David Ford has launched the annual “Justice in the Community” Awards and invites nominations from across Northern Ireland.
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.
Today NICVA submitted their response to the DFP Consultation Paper on Northern Ireland's Non-Domestic Rating Policy.
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.
The revised Code of Good Governance was launched today by the Developing Governance Group at a seminar hosted by NICVA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the year speeds towards spring the next round of party conferences will begin to take place.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 2011, the Department for Social Development launched a public consultation on the Future Regulation of Gambling in Northern Ireland.
Once again delays in government agreeing its budget has left parts of the voluntary and community sector on unsure financial ground.
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.
Justice Minister David Ford has announced Paul McCartney of First Housing Aid and Support Services in Derry as Justice Champion 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.
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.
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.
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.
In our 2016 policy manifesto we call for a rating system based on land not buildings. Here are the top 5 reasons why.
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.
NICVA welcomes the Charity Commission’s guidance on the new accounting and reporting regulations.
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.
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).
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.
NICVA is delighted to announce Two Castles Community Development Association as the winners of our Sector Forecast Survey prize draw.
The Charity Commission for NI has published its guidance for organisations wishing to participate in the debate on the EU referendum.
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.
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.
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.
Real engagement on the issues that matter
NICVA held a conference on the EU Referendum to inform the VCSE sector on the primary arguments for and against leaving the EU.
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is developing an updated online charity registration application form.
In our 2016 policy manifesto, we call for the Executive to make a commitment to radically reduce reoffending.
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).
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.
In our 2016 policy manifesto we call for open data and for the process of policy making to be open.
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.
On Monday 18th April, NICVA held an information session on the Budget Process and the 2016 Programme for Government.
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.
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.
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.
Following the Departmental Restructure the Assembly's scrutiny committees have also been reshaped.
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.
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.
The new 9 departments came into effect on Monday 9th May following a departmental restructure envisaged in the Stormont House Agreement.
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.
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.
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.
The Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) has added its voice to the calls for the UK to remain in the European Union.
On the 27th April 2016, the NICVA Executive agreed that NICVA should support the remain campaign in the upcoming EU Referendum.
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).
On 25th of May the new Northern Ireland Assembly ran d'Hondt for the new Executive, Committee Chair people and Deputy Chairs.
Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make to our communities every day.
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.”
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.
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.
NICVA is extremely happy to be partnering with Aviva to help promote the Aviva Community Fund.
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.
Taking the First Steps in Corporate Fundraising
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.
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%.
Earlier this year NICVA launched their Sector Forecast Survey which explored organisations outlook for 2016. This article presents some preliminary findings from the research.
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.
ODI Belfast at NICVA are delighted to support the OpenDataNI Challenge - an Open Data competition aimed at supporting local schools.
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.
NICVA was delighted to help organise a visit by Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir to the Inspire housing community.
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.
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.
Brexit, VCSE Sector and EU funding
An update on Brexit for the Northern Ireland voluntary and community sector.
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
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.
Justice Minister Claire Sugden has published proposals to modernise the system used to award funding to third sector organisations delivering justice outcomes.
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
The Executive Office, as part of their ongoing consultation on the draft Programme for Government Framework, have made some additional information and resources available.
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.
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.
THREE hundred and eighteen suicides were registered in Northern Ireland during 2015 – the highest annual death toll since records began in 1970.
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.
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.
The Programme for Government (PFG) sets the strategic context for both the Budget and the Investment Strategy for Northern Ireland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NICVA has launched its latest State of the Sector research in a brand new online format. Explore the new online resource here.
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.
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.
NICVA is sending out a call to all faith-based organisations to sign up to their exciting new 'NI Faith Map' project.
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.
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.
The Department for Communities Minister, Paul Givan MLA has launched the Charity Commission NI's Public trust and confidence in charities research report 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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The UUP recently published their vision for Northern Ireland outside the EU.
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.
The national minimum wage rates from 1 October 2016 are outlined below.
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.
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
CAJ, Ulster University and the Equality Coalition held a recent event discussing "Brexiting and Rights."
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.
NEW statistics show that 934 people are now known to be living with HIV in Northern Ireland – the highest number ever on record.
Following the success of previous years NICVA will once again be hosting our Conversation Zone at this Saturday's (22nd October) UUP Party Conference.
On 25th of October, informed by the Bengoa Report, the Health Minister announced the publication of the document Health and Wellbeing 2026; Delivering Together.
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.
Today (28th October) the Executive published the consultation on the Programme for Government.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
NICVA are participating as a collection point for the North Belfast food bank to help local people in food crisis.
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.
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.
On Monday 28th November, Lord Justice Gillen spoke at NICVA on his family and civil justice review.
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.
This article looks at how you could add legacy fundraising into your funding mix
One of NICVA’s members was recently the victim of a highly sophisticated cyberfraud.
Today NICVA submitted our response to the consultation on the draft Programme for Government.
What does the Fundraising Preference Service actually mean for NI charities and how does it fit with current and planned data protection legislation?
Speaking in response to the resignation of the deputy First Minister yesterday, NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey said:
Today the Health Minister has confirmed that she will continue the core grant fund to the voluntary and community sector.
The Prime Minister Theresa May has made her long awaited statement on her position on Brexit. So what did we learn?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
This article compares VCSE sectors across the UK and in Ireland and looks at "proportionality" in choosing a new NI fundraising self-regulation system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A broad range of organisations in Northern Ireland, including NICVA, have come together to articulate their views to political parties before the election.
Our Guest Writer, Anne Strachan from Crowdfund UK demystifies Crowdfunding and describes how organisations can use technology to update this long-standing fundraising tool.
On Friday 3rd of March 90 MLAs were elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly, a reduction of 18 from the 108 returned at #AE16.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Joint Forum is comprised of public sector and voluntary and community sector individuals.
We are excited to once again be hosting our Conversation Zone at the Alliance Party Conference, tomorrow (25th March) at the Stormont Hotel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Fundraising Regulator is carrying out a consultation on the Code of fundraising practice with responses due by 28 April.
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.
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.
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.
NICVA is delighted to announce the winners of the NI Faith Survey prize draw.
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.
NICVA staff are getting ready to run the 2017 Belfast City Marathon relay race in an effort to raise funds for Sunshine Foundation Romania.
More than 42,000 babies have left Northern Ireland’s hospitals since April 2012 without having attempted breastfeeding, Detail Data can reveal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June is a great way to celebrate the difference volunteers make to every community across the country.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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”.
A new VCG was selected in April 2017 by a sub group of the NICVA Executive Committee and the new membership spans the sector.
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?
NICVA is pleased to announce it has invited the Fundraising Regulator to oversee and regulate fundraising in Northern Ireland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our conference facilities, training and meeting rooms are filling up as organisations make the most of NICVA’s half price room hire this summer.
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
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
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.
Rachael Gallagher from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) highlights the importance of preparing for GDPR.
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
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.
A series of practical workshops for treasurers of small charities to help establish appropriate financial systems.
Invitation to contribute to the development of a Strategic Framework for expanding community development approaches to reducing health inequalities.
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
UK government has today published its position paper on addressing the unique impacts of Brexit of Northern Ireland/Ireland.
The Aviva Community Fund will be open for submissions from 12th September to 10th October 2017. Could your project be a winner this year?
As 2017 speeds into autumn, this year’s round of party conferences will begin to take place.
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.
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%.
On 25 October 2016, the then Minister of Health, Michelle O’Neill launched “Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together”.
Paula McGahey from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) highlights the changes to data protection law that charities need to be aware of.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NICVA is pleased to be the lead partner delivering the East Belfast Community Capacity & Leadership Programme.
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is holding a seminar to consult on proposed changes to the Annual Monitoring Return for registered charities.
NICVA held the first of its basic bookkeeping sessions in Belfast on Thursday 28 September.
NICVA has sent its warmest congratulations to its President, Sir Kenneth Branagh, on being made a Freeman of the City of Belfast.
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.
On 28 September, NICVA hosted the Department of Health and sector representatives in order to discuss Brexit concerns.
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.
NICVA is collating a series of case studies documenting how Brexit may impact upon the work of VCSE organisations.
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.
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.
The UK Government has released its future partnership paper setting out its perspective on collaboration in science and innovation.
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.
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.
NICVA's Conversation Zone will be returning for tomorrow's (21 October) Ulster Unionist Party Conference at the Armagh City Hotel.
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.
The Department of Health has reported on the progress to date of the Health and Wellbeing 2026: Delivering Together vision.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NICVA's Conversation Zone returns this Saturday 18th November at Sinn Féin's Ard Fheis in the RDS in Dublin.
NEW figures have today confirmed that 297 people were officially recorded as having died from suicide in Northern Ireland in 2016.
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.
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
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...
Chancellor Philip Hammond MP today (22 November) delivered the 2017 Autumn Budget. Here's the key points...
The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee launched its inquiry, Devolution and Democracy: dealing with the deficit last week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Groups in East Belfast are being offered free governance support as part of the East Belfast Community Capacity and Leadership programme.
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.
The Northern Ireland Civil Service yesterday (24 January) announced new appointments to Permanent Secretary positions in several government departments.
People in Northern Ireland are less likely to give money to charity and in smaller amounts compared to last year, according to NICVA research.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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!
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?
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.
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Karen Bradley MP, yesterday announced the Northern Ireland budget for the 2018-19 financial year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We are excited to once again be holding our NICVA #ConversationZone at Alliance Party Conference this Saturday (24th March) at the Stormont Hotel.
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.
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).
NICVA's Conversation Zone returns this Saturday (7 April) at the SDLP's annual conference at Titanic Belfast.
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.
The national minimum wage and national living wage rates will increase on 1 April 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.
The Joint Forum voluntary and community panel seeks a new sector representative in light of a vacancy.
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.
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.
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.
Philip Keers, outgoing Chairman of the Northern Ireland Central Investment Fund for Charities, highlights the benefits for local charities.
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.
Last week the European Union (EU) Withdrawal Bill had its final day of report stage in the House of Lords.
NICVA's Conversation Zone will return to the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis on Saturday 16 June at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
There was a full house in NICVA for the fundraising regulation seminar on 12 June with Stephen Dunmore CEO of the Fundraising Regulator.
An article detailing some of the comments, questions and answers from the Roundtable and Panel sessions at the Fundraising Regulation Seminar
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.
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.
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.
Throughout July and August NICVA Members can get a year's access to GrantTracker for just £90.
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.
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.
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.
Dominic Raab MP has been appointed as the new Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union.
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.
The Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee has launched an inquiry into 'Funding priorities for the 2018-19 Budget: Health'.
As July draws to a close, it has been yet another turbulent month in the Brexit process.
The Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee has launched its second inquiry of the summer, this time on funding priorities for Education.
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?
Belfast City Council has today (13 August) published its draft Developer Contributions Framework, along with with a 12-week consultation into the document.
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.
Twenty years after the Good Friday Agreement so-called punishment beatings are on the rise.
The first in our #NICVAPeople series sees us interview Siobhán McAlister.
NICVA has today warned the Secretary of State that the ‘hands off’ approach to governing Northern Ireland is failing.
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.
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.
The Electoral Commission is seeking views on how it can improve its guidance for non-party campaigners.
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.
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.
NICVA is urging people to join in Employers for Childcare's call to #SaveChildcareVouchers.
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.
The second in our #NICVAPeople series sees us interview Helen McLaughlin.
The NICVA story started in the boardroom of the recently built Royal Courts of Justice in Belfast, on 5 July 1938.
As we move into autumn, Brexit and the negotiations continue to dominate the political landscape.
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.
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!
Thanks to the generosity of Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, NICVA’s free fundraising advice clinics are going “on the road”.
The third #NICVAPeople interview is with Bob Harper.
We are re-launching our Public Affairs forum (previously Policy and Lobbying Forum) and are inviting new members to join!
NICVA's Conversation Zone will be returning on Saturday 20th October for the UUP Conference at the Armagh City Hotel.
This month's #NICVAPeople interview is with Dr Helena Mc Elhinney.
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.
We're looking for your help to build a snapshot of voluntary action, community development and charity work in 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.
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.
This is a question that trustees should be considering as part of their role on the board.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This week John Penrose MP was appointed as Minister of State at the Northern Ireland Office.
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.
Since October 2017, NICVA has been involved as a partner of The Next Chapter Project.
This article provides a brief legal update and offers some practical advice to guide organisations through the festive party season.
It’s the time of year again when NICVA will be participating in a food drive to support families living in North Belfast.
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.
A guest blog reflecting on the Fundraising Regulator's work with NI charities since March 2018 and its future plans.
10 December marked 70 years since the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) at the UN in December 1948.
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.
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?
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.
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.
The following briefing has been collated by the Health and Social Care Board.
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).
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.
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.
For two thirds of families in Northern Ireland, the childcare bill is their largest or second largest monthly outgoing, exeeding groceries, heating and transport.
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.
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.
After eight years of supporting charities, BT has announced that it will close its online fundraising platform, MyDonate, on 30 June 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.
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.
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.
Partnering with BBC NI, we officially launched our MediaConnect programme on 5 February in Broadcasting House, Belfast.
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.
The Department of Health last week published specially-commissioned research on the introduction of a duty of candor in health and social care.
The local party conferences have resumed and so too have our now-traditional Conversation Zones!
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.
Some updates from the NICVA Policy and Public Affairs team on what we've been working on over the past few months.
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.
The Department of Health has made available a list of ongoing transformation projects, complete with the names of relevant project owners.
The Department of Health has recently published a dedicated page on its website relating to the UK's Exit from the European Union.
On 26 March, an event on introducing Basic Income in Northern Ireland will be held as part of the Imagine Festival.
The national minimum wage and national living wage rates will increase on 1 April 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.
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?
Well known economist David McWilliams will host a fringe meeting of the new XChange NI Summer School in Enniskillen at the end of June.
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.
The Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action’s Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey today issued the following statement on behalf of the organisation:
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.
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.
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.
Information on salary levels in the community, voluntary and charity sector.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
From 18th July 2010, the right to request flexible working extends to parents of children aged 16 and under.
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.
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.
The revised Code of Good Governance was launched for consultation by the Developing Governance Group (DGG) at a seminar on Thursday, 10 April 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.
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.
This report considers the quality of the data available on the Northern Ireland economy and proposes ways in which existing datasets could be enhanced.
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?
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.
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.
Local people are more interested in economic issues than political issues, according to new research commissioned by NICVA.
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.
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.
The Department for Work and Pensions has set new rates for statutory sick pay (SSP) and statutory maternity pay (SMP) for 2014 – 2015.
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.
NICVA is now an officially approved Training Qualifications UK (TQUK) centre.
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.
Voluntary and community organisations have gained some important concessions on the controversial Transparency of Lobbying Bill.
JustGiving, the online giving platform, is removing fees from all fundraising campaigns and charitable donations in the UK from today (26 March 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).
The Department of Health has this week published its long-awaited consultation on reshaping stroke services in Northern Ireland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Health service summit is to be held on the future shape of urgent and emergency care in N Ireland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trustees' report and consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended 31 March 2018
The payscales for 2018 - 2020 have been updated to reflect the changes to the NJC pay spine for 2019/20.
The Department of Health has extended the public consultation process on proposals to reshape stroke services and breast assessment.
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.
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.
The Department of Health recently published its consultation analysis report on the reconfiguration of health and social care services in Northern Ireland.
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.
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.
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.
The fourth of our Data Protection Animation Series videos explains two of the six important lawful bases—consent and legitimate interests—in more detail.
MediaConnect exists to help you tell your stories in the media.
The next meeting of the Joint Forum is due to take place on 6 June 2019 at the Colin Healthy Living Centre in Belfast.
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.
Following the election on 2 May, Councils across Northern Ireland have been holding annual general meetings to elect positions of responsibility for 2019/20.
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.
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.
Simon Hoare MP has been confirmed as the new chair of the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee.
The Northern Ireland Union of Supported Employment recently published a briefing paper on future funding for disability employment services.
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).
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.
In this Volunteers’ Week 2019 we want to recognise, celebrate and thank all of the volunteers in Northern Ireland.
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.
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.
Specialisterne NI is a not for private profit community interest company that opened in 2014 as the local expression of the Specialisterne Foundation.
We’re the Royal National Institute of Blind People in Northern Ireland (RNIB NI) and we’re here for everyone affected by sight loss.
Short Respite Breaks for Family Carers of Adults with a Learning Disability.
Rosie’s Trust’s mission is to maintain and support the special relationship and bond between owners and their companion pets.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rathcoole Churches Community Group (RCCG) is a long established charity, working to develop and promote Rathcoole since 1983.
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.
Niamh, (the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health) is Northern Ireland’s leading and longest established mental health and learning disability charity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
Arthritis Care is the UK’s largest charity working with and for all people who have arthritis.
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.
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.
Armagh Travellers Support Group (ATSG) aims to improve the quality of life for Travellers living in or visiting the Armagh area.
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.
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.
WOMEN'STEC is the largest quality provider of training for women in non-traditional skills in Northern Ireland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On 20 March 2014, the employer’s side of the National Joint Council announced their pay offer from 1 April 2014.
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!
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
The Fundraising Standards Board is now offering NICVA members a 50% discount on their first year's annual FRSB membership fee.
Gabrielle Fitzpatrick, Training and Advice Director at Employers for Disability NI, presents EFDNI membership certificate to NICVA.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Tuesday 27th of May the Assembly debated the Final Stage of the Welfare Reform Bill.
With the Welfare Reform Bill now fallen in Stormont and the Assembly entering “unchartered waters” everyone is still unsure of what will happ