Insight and latest updates from our team

Street Collections – Police issue reminder regarding Regulations

By NICVA 22 Jun 2017 Denise Copeland

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.

Reflecting on five and a half years of the development and support for the connecting older people programme

By NICVA 21 Jun 2017 Sandra Bailie

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.

Preparing for GDPR

By NICVA 20 Jun 2017 Shauna O'Neill

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.

Communicating Impact

By NICVA 19 Jun 2017 Sandra Bailie

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.

UK and Irish Voluntary and Community Sector Position Statement on Brexit Negotiations

By NICVA 16 Jun 2017 Geoff Nuttall

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. 

Joint Forum Strategy Day

By NICVA 16 Jun 2017 Jenny McEneaney

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. 

Government Financial Support to Business in Northern Ireland - An Analysis

By NICVA 16 Jun 2017 Geoff Nuttall

Government support for the private sector in Northern Ireland is an important part of its economic strategy. This report considers how this support impacts on people on low incomes.

Fundraising Regulator to oversee Charity Fundraising In Northern Ireland

By NICVA 16 Jun 2017 Sandra Bailie

NICVA is pleased to announce it has invited the Fundraising Regulator to oversee and regulate fundraising in Northern Ireland.

Food for Thought

By NICVA 14 Jun 2017 Andrea Thornbury

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? 

Joint Forum - Voluntary and Community Sector Group Members

By NICVA 13 Jun 2017 Jenny McEneaney

A new VCG was selected in April 2017 by a sub group of the NICVA Executive Committee and the new membership spans the sector.

Mother and baby homes: the case for a public inquiry

By NICVA 13 Jun 2017 Andrea Thornbury

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”.

The Journey of Fundraising Regulation in NI

By NICVA 6 Jun 2017 Sandra Bailie

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.

2017 General Election

By NICVA 5 Jun 2017 Jenny McEneaney

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:

Brexit Engagement: Justice

By NICVA 5 Jun 2017 Jenny McEneaney

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.

Carers Week (12-18 June): Celebrate carers in your community

By NICVA 2 Jun 2017 Jenny McEneaney

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.

Volunteers' week 2017

By NICVA 24 May 2017 Sandra Bailie

Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June  is a great way to celebrate the difference volunteers make to every community across the country. 

Recognising your volunteers

By NICVA 24 May 2017 Sandra Bailie

It is vitally important that we recognise all the work that volunteers do – they are often the “life-blood” in our organisations. In the same way as donors give of their money, volunteers give of their time and we want to thank them for all that they do.

Right to Rent

By NICVA 22 May 2017 Jenny McEneaney

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. 

Flaws exposed in plan to remove Northern Ireland’s peace walls

By NICVA 17 May 2017 Andrea Thornbury

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.

Fresh Start Initiative - A Programme for Women Involved in Community Transformation

By NICVA 10 May 2017 Shauna O'Neill

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.

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