Annual Report 2015
European Election Candidate Hustings
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.
The Charity Commission endorses Code of Good Governance
The revised Code of Good Governance was launched for consultation by the Developing Governance Group (DGG) at a seminar on Thursday, 10 April 2014.
Community Currencies and Trading Schemes – Masterclass
NICVA's second Masterclass of the year examined community-based currencies and trading schemes.
Tax Land, Not Houses
NICVA's Centre for Economic Empowerment has launched a new report into the feasibility of introducing a land value tax in Northern Ireland.
Getting the Best Out of GrantTracker Video
GrantTracker is the leading web based funding database in Northern Ireland.
Inspiring Impact: Making a Difference
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.
NICVA Calls for Full Debate on Welfare Reform Bill
NICVA is calling for the Northern Ireland Executive to agree its position on the Welfare Reform Bill and have it tabled in the Assembly for a full open debate.
Go online with NICVA training
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.
NICVA Partner With The Detail On Lottery Funded Project
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.
Volunteer Managers invest in their development
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.
Developing Your Fundraising Mix Afters
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.
Energy Markets in Northern Ireland - Masterclass
NICVA's Centre for Economic Empowerment held its fourth Masterclass of the year, delving into Northern Ireland's energy markets.
Why we are bringing Scope back to life
NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey looks back at the last print edition of Scope and explains why it is being re-launched today.
Reaching Communities NI grant holders learn and develop
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.
The sustainability of Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations in austere times
CollaborationNI hosted a one day conference to examine how partnership working may help to address the question of sustainability for voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations.
Voluntary and community sector representatives brief Employment and Learning Committee on changes to the European Social Fund
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.
Heenan Anderson Commission Consultation
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.
Supporting People saves public purse £125m per year
Research carried out for NICVA has revealed that every £1 spent on the £65m Supporting People programme saves the public purse £1.90.
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 > Access Policy Pop Ups
Influence is greater than access. Voluntary and community organisations have high levels of acess to decison makers. But do we have influence?
Seven steps to success in local government reform?
Focusing on something bigger!
Facing the challenge of Local Government Reform in Causeway Coast and Glens with Seven Steps to Success?
Consultation on Draft Equality Guidance for Charities in Northern Ireland
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is currently consulting on its draft equality guidance for charities.
Inspiring Impact NI Background - Proving the difference that you make
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.
Help with focusing on impact
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.
Training Accreditation at NICVA - meeting the change challenge
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.
Over 350 peopled joined NICVA's Honorary President Kenneth Branagh at the premier of Cinderella.
NICVA seek urgent meeting with First and deputy First Minister
In reponse to severe cuts to the voluntary and community sector NICVA has asked for an urgent meeting with First and deputy First Minister.
Engaging the Hard to Reach
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.
Northern Ireland Executive to Discuss Sector Cuts
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.
Collaboration crucial to the challenges that lie ahead - Mervyn Storey MLA
Have you ever questioned why collaboration is worth considering?
NICVA Celebrates Success
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.
Volunteering at NICVA
For Volunteers Week we asked NICVA volunteer, Niall Quigley to share his experience and motivations for volunteering with our Centre for Economic Empowerment project.
Celebrating NICVA learners
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.
Bureaucracy Project – Launch of the Code of Practice
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.
Detail Data Launch
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.
Automatic Enrolment Compliance and Enforcement
Key Points from The Pension Regulator’s Automatic Enrolment Compliance and Enforcement quarterly bulletin: 1 January – 31 March 2015.
GrantTracker users find funding success
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.
The difference development makes
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.
Preparing for the 2016 Programme for Government
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.
Belfast Activity Centre finds funding using GrantTracker
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 finds funding using GrantTracker
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
Shadow Secretary of State says the work of voluntary and community sector can accelerate positive social change.
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 staff celebrate swooping the Investors in People Gold Award for the second time!
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.
NIAMH invests in volunteer managers
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.
Improving skills and confidence through TQUK
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.
Cancer Focus gets its message across
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.
Auto Enrolment Solutions for the Voluntary and Community Sector
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).
Charity registration and regulation update - October 2014
Since its establishment in 2009, the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is now exercising most of its statutory powers after what may have appeared (in its early days) as a slow start.
Workforce Survey 2014
Every two to three years NICVA conducts a survey which aims to provide a comprehensive overview of changing salaries and employment benefit trends in the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Northern Ireland.
Innovation conference - Development, Design and Delivery
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.
Community and Voluntary Sector: Funding Cuts Debate
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.
Responding to a tough but important budget
NICVA and our members across the voluntary and community sector spent the last month of 2014 responding to the draft budget.
Policy Fora get a make over
Our 12 policy fora are being revamped to become new Departmental Monitoring Groups (DMGs).
Places apart: Exposing huge disparities in Northern Ireland’s 11 new councils
The first story from Detail Data has been published today.
Response to the Northern Ireland Executive draft Budget 2015-2016
NICVA has responded to the Northern Ireland Executive’s draft budget.
Hacking our way to better outcomes
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.