About

About

NICVA, the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, is a membership and representative umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.

With around a thousand members - that range from household name charities to grass roots community groups - we lobby and campaign to advance the interests of the people and communities that our members support. We offer a wide range of practical services, products and support to our members to help them do what they do best - find innovative solutions for social challenges.

What we do

A summary of our strategic plan sets out our key strategic objectives

Who runs NICVA

We are a membership organisation. Our members elect representatives to the NICVA Executive Committee who are responsible for the governance and strategic direction of the organisation. Our Chief Executive, Seamus McAleavey, is accountable to the NICVA Executive Committee.

What we work on

We develop practical resources, and provide support and training for our members, alongside influencing the big policy issues.

Our Strategic Goals

  • Goal 1:  We will support the VCSE to be resilient and robust to respond to the challenge of change.
  • Goal 2:  We will support the VCSE in harnessing digital technologies for public good.
  • Goal 3:  We will act as the influential leader on behalf of the VCSE in NI.
  • Goal 4:  We will be a resilient and robust organisation equipped to respond to the challenge of change.

Get involved

We're working for a good society - join us.

Our Funding & Finances

We aim to have a diverse funding mix, broadly in thirds:

  • one third core grant funding 
  • one third contracts and projects
  • one third direct service delivery, sales and subscriptions

Our latest Annual Report and Audited Accounts can be found here

Chief Executive Pay
NICVA's Chief Executive salary is in the band £70,001 - £80,000
Further details on staff costs are available in section 15 of the latest NICVA Annual Audited Accounts

 

NICVA is supported by the Regional Infrastructure Programme (RISP) through:

 
 

Corporate Information

Our History

NICVA began its life in 1938 as the Northern Ireland Council for Social Services (NICSS) in response to high levels of unemployment in Northern Ireland.

In 1986 we changed our name from NICSS to the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) in recognition of the expansion of the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.

Today NICVA represents the interests of its members and over 5,000 voluntary and community groups.

We are linked to our sister organistions in England, Scotland and Wales, as well as The Wheel in the Republic of Ireland.