Insight and latest updates from our team

Social Innovation Decoded Workshops

By NICVA 14 Oct 2016 Susan Coffey

Do you want to learn more about social innovation? What it is and how you can use it to improve what you do and how you do it? NICVA are running 7 Social Innovation Decoded workshops throughout Northern Ireland in the last quarter of 2016

Strategic support to the voluntary and community sector consultation events

By NICVA 10 Oct 2016 Shauna O'Neill

The Department for Communities recently launched a consultation on proposals for the provision of strategic support to the voluntary and community sector in NI. A series of consultation events have been arranged to gather views.

National Minimum Wage from 1 October 2016

By NICVA 10 Oct 2016 Alex Hastings

The national minimum wage rates from 1 October 2016 are outlined below.

Assembly Oral Questions on Brexit

By NICVA 10 Oct 2016 Jenna Maghie

Since the result of the EU referendum on 24th June Assembly Question Time has featured many questions on Brexit, below we are collating those of most relevance to the sector, by Department.

UUP set out their vision for Northern Ireland outside the EU

By NICVA 10 Oct 2016 Jenna Maghie

The UUP recently published their vision for Northern Ireland outside the EU.  

NICVA meet with Minister for Exiting the EU

By NICVA 7 Oct 2016 Lisa McElherron

On Thursday 6 October 2016 UK Minister Robin Walker MP visited NICVA to discuss a broad range of issues around the UK’s exit from the EU.

Houses of Parliament Research on Brexit Issues

By NICVA 6 Oct 2016 Jenna Maghie

Following the result of the EU Referendum, the House of Commons Library has published a number of informative briefings on potential impacts across a range of policy areas. 

Major overhaul of family courts could achieve better outcomes for children

By NICVA 5 Oct 2016 Andrea Thornbury

COURTS should become the last resort for separated families, according to reforms proposed in the biggest shake-up of the family justice system in almost 20 years.

State of the Sector Profiles the VCSE Workforce

By NICVA 30 Sep 2016 Rachel Shannon

NICVA’s latest State of the Sector research sheds light on the size, scope and finances of the VCSE sector in Northern Ireland in a brand new online format. This article focuses on the Workforce section of the research. 

Cyber Essentials Guidance

By NICVA 29 Sep 2016 Ian Kelly

NICVA successfully achieved Cyber Essentials certification earlier this year and now more than ever we need to stress the importance of implementing a good Cyber Security policy in your organisation.

Communities Minister sets out priorities for sector

By NICVA 28 Sep 2016 Lisa McElherron

NICVA members from across Northern Ireland got together on 28th September for the official launch of the new State of the Sector research and a special Ministerial address from Minister for Communities Paul Givan MLA.

Cyber Security: Risk, Governance and Reputation

By NICVA 26 Sep 2016 Ian Kelly

As part of our Data Friday series, we recently discussed Data Protection and Cyber Security in the voluntary and community sector and how to manage the risks and potential impact on organisations reputations.

State of the Sector Explores Volunteering in the VCSE Sector

By NICVA 23 Sep 2016 Rachel Shannon

NICVA’s latest State of the Sector research sheds light on the size, scope and finances of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector in a brand new online format. This article focuses on the Volunteering section of the research. 

Featured member : HURT

By NICVA 21 Sep 2016 Shauna O'Neill

Have Your Tomorrows (HURT) is a drop in centre supporting those affected by addiction and is recognised as the main community based addiction treatment centre in the North West.

Feedback from roundtable discussion at Fundraising Regulator event on 9 September

By NICVA 20 Sep 2016 Sandra Bailie

The roundtable discussion followed on from presentations by NICVA, CCNI, Fundraising Regulator for England and Wales and the Scottish Working Group at the consultation event on 9 September.

Automatic re-enrolment – Update

By NICVA 19 Sep 2016 Una McKernan

Since 2012 employers have been trying to get to grips with auto enrolment and now, just when many larger employers who first auto enrolled might feel they’re comfortable with the process, along comes automatic re-enrolment.

NICVA's Alumni network inspired to Lead Change

By NICVA 19 Sep 2016 Sandra Bailie

On Friday 16 September NICVA held its first Leaders’ Alumni event  - Leading Change.  Managers and leaders from across the sector who had gained ILM accreditation from NICVA came together to learn from each other and be inspired.

£500,000 fund for Northern Ireland's historic buildings

By NICVA 16 Sep 2016 Andrea Thornbury

This week’s announcement that the Department for Communities has launched a £500,000 Historic Environment Fund that will help restore listed buildings is certainly welcome.

Good Governance and Charity reporting seminars

By NICVA 15 Sep 2016 Denise Copeland

The Developing Governance Group in association with the Charity Commission and local support networks are hosting a roadshow of seminars focusing on the new accounting and reporting regulations and the revised code of good governance. 

Feedback on NICVA's Fundraising Regulator Consultation (9th September 2016)

By NICVA 12 Sep 2016 Lynn Kennedy

On 9th September 56 trustees, CEOs & fundraisers took part in a consultation event on fundraising self-regulation for NI: this article is a brief distillation of the discussions which ensued.

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