Of 20 ODI nodes across the globe
Major research reports on the Northern Ireland Economy
Conferences focusing on key issues affecting the sector
Informing, challenging and debating
Data Stories launched by our Detail Data project
Resulting in over 30 questions asked in the NI Assembly
Read the stories here
Member organisations involved in our first Meet the Fundraiser event
Recommendations in our Policy Manifesto
Meetings with Government on cuts to the sector
Collaborations supported by our team
Member organisations signed up to one or more of our Departmental Monitoring Groups
Governing documents drafted for organisations
New free memberships for grassroots organisations
Combined years of service
Margaret & Cathy keeping NICVA running smoothly!
Organisations supported by our social enterprise Sector Matters
Of participants rated our training and events as ‘excellent’ or ‘very good’
Thanks for the great feedback!
Articles written for Scope magazine
People at our Policy Hacks
Hacking our way to better outcomes
People helped to achieve accredited qualifications
Training sessions delivered
Responses to our Workforce survey
Schemes listed on our GrantTracker website
Respondents to our Individual Giving survey
Support requests held with members and the sector
Raised for Sunshine Foundation by running the relay marathon
Articles published on CommunityNI
Visitors to the NICVA building
Phone calls in to our team
Downloads of the revised Code of Good Governance
eBulletins sent to subscribers
Page views on CommunityNI
Thanks from all the team!
to our members and our funders:
Department For Communities, Big Lottery Fund, Building Change Trust, Atlantic Philanthropies, International Fund for Ireland, and Halifax Foundation
The year past has been another busy one for NICVA. I am delighted to introduce our Annual Report to you this year on behalf of NICVA’s Executive Committee.
Within the pages of the report you will see the detail, the breadth and depth of NICVA’s activity in support of the members and voluntary action in Northern Ireland.
Our day-to-day work provides training support to organisations, regular information updates, governance and funding advice, to mention just a few of the services.
In terms of communications NICVA’s monthly Member Bulletin goes to 6619 subscribers and our weekly E-News to 2485.
SCOPE, our on-line magazine under Editor Nick Garbutt pushes independent, informed debate on key issues in Northern Ireland to over 600 subscribers.
We also add in Assembly Insider 20 times a year and have started Grant Tracker webinars with six in all during the year. Something for everyone in our membership.
On top of the regular support we have also done a lot in policy, research and development. Indeed NICVA became the Belfast Hub of ODI, the Open Data Institute, established by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web. In collaboration with the Detail we also established DetailData another new and innovative project.
During the year we were awarded Investors in People Gold for the second time, demonstrating high quality standards by the investment in our staff and our systems in NICVA to produce the best we can for our members and our sector.
I would encourage you to take a few minutes to read through the report, see what’s happening and how it can work for you in the future.
Marie Cavanagh, Chair of NICVA Executive Committee.
NICVA Review (April 2015 - March 2016)
NICVA’s work is grouped under three themes; lead, develop and connect. Within the themes are a number of strategic objectives which shape our work.
Continue to develop relationships with government leading to a more robust challenge at all levels.
Influence (Strategic Objective)
- Throughout the year NICVA’s Chief Executive participated in key meetings with the sector and government officials including OFMDFM, Departmental Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and the main political parties.
- NICVA hosted roundtable discussions with a range of voluntary and community groups and the Shadow Secretary of State, Vernon Coaker MP, the NIO Minister Ben Wallace MP, the Bank of England, Civil Services Policy writers, and the NIO.
- NICVA supported the Child Poverty Alliance and Welfare Reform Group
- Much work was undertaken regarding the pending Budget, with Budget Stakeholder Engagement seminars hosted for the sector with each government department.
- Other areas of work throughout the year included the National Living Wage, Rate Review and EU referendum.
- Developing a VCSE policy manifesto was a key area of work for this year. The NICVA policy team and CEO meet with each of the main political parties to discuss the NICVA Policy Manifesto ahead of the May election.
- 8 policy responses were submitted over the year.
- Within the Impact of Alcohol programme NICVA staff undertook independent work and research to develop the manifesto on behalf of the NI Drugs and Alcohol Alliance.
- The Detail Data project released a range of stories of which over 30 questions were asked at the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Listen to and gather evidence on behalf of the voluntary and community sector.
Research (Strategic Objective)
- A Workforce Survey and Individual Giving Survey were completed and published.
- A State of the Sector survey was sent to over 4,000 recipients – results are currently being analysed.
- The Centre for Economic Empowerment (CEE) in NICVA commissioned its final reports and a further two were published; The Fiscal Implications of an Older Population in Northern Ireland and Fostering Innovation through Public Procurement.
- CEE presented its Childcare research to the All Party Group on Children and Young People.
- Other events held included; a Policy Hack on Fiscal Implications on an Ageing Population research, a Workshop on “Costing Policy Asks- the next stage in developing a Policy Toolkit for the Sector” and a workshop on Revenue Generation in Northern Ireland.
- A Political Representatives contacts database was developed for the Impact of Alcohol programme to give the grantees access to lobbying information and contact details of those political representatives with an interest and influence in the field.
Provide strategic leadership for change and innovation and for building solidarity within the sector and to bring forward solutions to societal challenges
Innovate (Strategic Objective)
- In partnership with The Detail, our new project DetailData was launched, a collaboration that brings open data, journalism and the community and voluntary sector together.
- An open data portal was launched to act as a central resource for accessing and using data sources.
- NICVA launched Open Data Institute (ODI) Belfast in September to increase the awareness and use of open data across all sectors for public good.
- NICVA began work on the “Community API”, an Open Data community resource directory of voluntary and charitable organisations and the services they provide.
- A workshop was held with Nick Pickles, UK Policy Lead at Twitter.
- NICVA hosted an Innovation Conference: Development, Design and Delivery in the Public Sector with speakers from the public, private and voluntary and community sectors addressing delegates on innovative processes and practices.
To enable voluntary and community sector organisations to access high quality and diverse learning opportunities.
Skill (Strategic Objective)
- NICVA staff continued to deliver training to the sector through our calendar of training courses and through bespoke training sessions.
- Contracted training included providing development and support to groups funded by Big Lottery Fund under their Reaching Out Connecting Older People Programme (ROCOP).
- Further training was provided by CollaborationNI delivered on behalf of the Building Change Trust and the Centre for Economic Empowerment funded through Atlantic Philanthropies and the NI Development Fund.
- Earned income for NICVA training exceeded our original budget estimate - £93k (£17k over budget).
- This year we piloted webinars (free to members) which proved very successful and will be continued monthly.
- NICVA also launched monthly ‘Data Friday’s session in partnership with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) to help the sector better understand their responsibilities in an age of digital transformation.
- Detail Data hosted 4 training sessions, 4 lunchtime seminars and 3 masterclasses.
Enable voluntary and community organisations to access relevant information, guidance, advice and resources
Inform (Strategic Objective)
A major area of work for NICVA is ongoing work around our communication channels - websites, eNews, NICVA News for members and social media.
- CommunityNI.org - 690,357 visits, 4,129,822 page views
- NICVA.org - 226,626 visits, 492,715 page views
- 49 e-news to 2,485 plus subscribers
- 12 NICVA Member Bulletin to 6619 subscribers
- 20 Assembly Insiders to 668 plus subscribers
- 33 SCOPE issues to 600 plus subscribers
- 5 blogs on ODI Belfast site
- NICVA’s advice service also primarily sits within this objective where we respond to requests for advice on a range of topics including HR, finance, governance, fundraising and pension issues. Governance related support cases accounted for almost 50% of the 1500 advice enquiries.
- At the end of the financial year there were over 1,000 NICVA members with 134 new members during the year.
To support voluntary and community sector organisations to build their organisational capacity and development potential
Support (Strategic Objective)
- We held a seminar on the Department for Social Development (DSD) consultation on accounting and reporting by charities.
- 46 governing documents were drafted and 39 organisations supported with their charity registration process.
- A key area of work during the period was to establish and provide access to an approved auto enrolment pension scheme for the VCS in NI and support the sector through this new statutory requirement. NICVA held two seminars and launched a service to provide access to Auto Enrolment Solutions for the sector via Moore Stephens Financial Services.
- We reviewed our membership structure and introduced free NICVA membership to groups with an income of less than £20k. At the end of the year we had 134 new members with 62 from this category.
- NICVA was awarded a grant under the Building Change Trust Inspiring Impact programme and delivered one masterclasses and three follow up sessions to support organisations to measure their impact.
- CollaborationNI held over 140 sessions with over 400 participants. Over 60 legal documents have been drafted and over 40 collaborations supported.
- Under the Reaching Out Connecting Older People Development and Support contract, the 60 funded groups were supported through over 40 sessions attended by over 400 participants.
To promote and facilitate joint working to support more effective delivery of services.
Collaborate (Strategic Objective)
- NICVA continued to provide the secretariat for the Developing Governance group which met 4 times during the period with a focus this year on revising the Code of Good Governance and developing the DIY Committee Guide website.
- CollaborationNI supported 7 collaborations with a focus on influencing policy in their field of work. Over 30 additional collaborations were supported in a range of areas including delivering better outcomes to beneficiaries and to compete collaboratively for contracts or funding.
- NICVA provides secretariat to FALNI and hosted a conference as part of Adult Learners Week in June 2015. A key piece of work during the year was development of the FALNI policy manifesto for the May 2016 elections.
- Within the Impact of Alcohol programme, NICVA policy staff supported the groups to develop a policy manifesto. CollaborationNI staff supported the groups to establish the NI Drugs and Alcohol Alliance to facilitate and strengthen their ability to influence.
To create, identify and provide opportunities for networking to share information, learning and effective practice
Network (Strategic Objective)
- NICVA continued to provide opportunities for organisations to network including via our Departmental Monitoring Groups (DMGs) and budget engagement meetings with each government department.
- CollaborationNI hosted 3 events within 3 council areas providing networking opportunities for the sector and council personnel.
- CollaborationNI, Sector Matters and NICVA’s Policy team worked with Newry Mourne and Down Council to help implement their community planning process.
- ODI Belfast hosted the first international Open Data Day across NI (and Ireland) in March 2016.
- The Detail Data & ODI Belfast team met with Belfast City Council several times over the year to discuss open data.
- NICVA hosted its first Meet the Fundraiser event in September designed to give smaller organisations the opportunity to meet “Professional Fundraisers” from larger organisations to discuss ideas and how to improve fundraising within their organisation.
- During the year we hosted two certificate presentation events for all those who had been awarded ILM/TQUK/OCN accreditation through NICVA courses.
- Two roundtable networking events were hosted for ROCOP funded groups; one focusing on sustainability and the other on lobbying and campaigning.
Our Annual Report for 2015-2016 was disseminated to members at the 78th NICVA AGM on 12th January 2017.
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