Groups

Arts Policy Forum

The voluntary and community arts policy forum was formed in Spring 2006 and is jointly chaired by Kevin Murphy from Voluntary Arts Ireland and Conor Shields from New Belfast Community Arts Initiative .

Community Relations Policy Forum

The community relations policy forum was formed in May 2008 is chaired by Charmain Jones from the Rural Community Network. 

Criminal Justice Policy Forum

This policy forum brings together criminal justice based groups and workers for idea sharing and to develop responses to government policy announcements and documents.

Department for Communities Departmental Monitoring Group

The Department for Communities (DfC) DMG is Chaired by Jonnie Currie from East Belfast Community Development Agency (EBCDA).

Department for Infrastructure Departmental Monitoring Group

The Department for Infrastructure DMG will elect a Chairperson during its meetings this year.

Department for the Economy Departmental Monitoring Group

The Department for the Economy (DfE) DMG will elect a Chairperson during its meetings this year.

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Departmental Monitoring Group

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) DMG is Chaired by Aidan Campbell from Rural Community Network.

Department of Education Departmental Monitoring Group

The Department of Education DMG is Chaired by Ellen Finlay from Women's Resource and Development Agency (WRDA).

Department of Health Departmental Monitoring Group

The Department of Health DMG is Chaired by Siobhan Doherty from Action Mental Health.

Department of Justice Departmental Monitoring Group

The Department for Justice (DoJ) DMG is Chaired by Ronan McGinley from Start 360.

Departmental Monitoring Groups (DMGs)

Departmental Monitoring Groups (DMGs) have been born out of our previous Policy Fora. They mirror the structures of government allowing groups to come together to work on issues across relevant departmental areas. 

Developing Governance Group
The Developing Governance Group is a collaborative partnership of infrastructure support organisations which have a keen interest in working to improve governance practice in the voluntary and community sector.
Environment Policy Forum

The Environmental Policy Forum was formed in May 2005.

Joint Forum

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). 

Men's Policy Forum

Many organisations within the men's sector find themselves isolated and working on the margins without supportive resources or a supportive policy context for their endeavours.

Mental Health Policy Forum

The Mental Health Policy Forum was formed in November 2013 is co-chaired by Iris Elliott of NIAMH and Siobhan Doherty from Aware Defeat Depression.

Older Peoples' Policy Forum

The Older Peoples' Policy Forum bring together older peoples based groups and workers for idea sharing and to develop responses to goverment policy announcements and documents.

Policy and Lobbying Forum

Chaired by Zoe Anderson from Start 360, the Policy and Lobbying Forum brings together community and voluntary sector staff who work in policy and lobbying for ideas sharing and to develop responses to government policy announcements and documents.

Poverty Policy Forum

The aim of this forum is to enhance the capacity of organisations active on the issues of local and/or global poverty to build links with each other, make policy responses and participate in policy development.

Social Economy Policy Forum

NICVA has established a social economy policy network with the objective of influencing policy development in this area.

The Executive Office Departmental Monitoring Group

The Executive Office DMG is Chaired by Charmain Jones from Rural Community Network.

Unemployment Policy Forum

The unemployment policy forum will aim to enhance the capacity of organisations active on the issue of unemployment to build links with each other, make policy responses and participate in policy development.

Volunteering Policy Forum

The volunteering policy forum is chaired by Denise Hayward from Volunteer Now.

Women's Policy Forum

The women's policy forum was formed in December 2004.