Charity registration – have you met the December deadline?

10 Dec 2014 Denise CopelandGovernance and Charity Advice, Developing Governance GroupGovernance, Charity Regulation

All voluntary and community organisations in Northern Ireland must consider if they are eligible to register as a charity and if so, they are legally required to make themselves known to the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.

Voluntary and community sector representatives brief Employment and Learning Committee on changes to the European Social Fund

10 Dec 2014 Seamus McAleaveyBudget, Funding

Representatives from the voluntary and community sector today met with the Assembly Committee for Employment and Learning in an informal session to address issues with the European Social Fund and the DEL Draft Budget proposals.

DEL Minister confirms voluntary and community organisations’ worst fears as he plans unfair, disproportionate cuts to the sector

3 Dec 2014 Seamus McAleaveyBudget, Funding

DEL Minister Stephen Farry spoke to the Employment and Learning Committee on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 about his need to cut over 10% from his department’s budget next year. 

Food Bank Donations Needed

1 Dec 2014 No Topics

NICVA are participating as a collection point for a North Belfast food bank to help local people in food crisis.  

Sector meets Finance Directors on Budget

21 Nov 2014 Lisa McElherronPolicy, Centre for Economic EmpowermentNo Topics

Voluntary and community sector delegation who met with departmental Finance Directors.
A delegation of voluntary and community organisations met with Finance Directors from all government departments to explain the voluntary and community sector should not bear the brunt of unfair or disproportion cuts in the 2015 budget round.

Workforce Survey 2014

21 Nov 2014 Andrea ThornburyResearch, PolicySalary Survey, Salaries

Every two to three years NICVA conducts a survey which aims to provide a comprehensive overview of changing salaries and employment benefit trends in the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Northern Ireland.

Public Procurement and Innovation Survey

13 Nov 2014 Eoin RooneyCentre for Economic Empowerment, PolicyNo Topics

Do you believe that public procurement in Northern Ireland encourages innovation? Share your views by filling out a short survey.

Consumer Council and NICVA welcome the Financial Conduct Authority’s price cap on payday loans

11 Nov 2014 Expensive lending

The Consumer Council and NICVA have welcomed the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) announcement on price cap measures to be introduced on payday loans from 2nd January 2015.

Justice in the Community Award Winners Announced

7 Nov 2014 Una McKernanHRNo Topics

Justice in the Community Awards Panel
Justice Minister David Ford has crowned three ‘Justice Champions’ for services to their community at an Awards ceremony in Parliament Buildings. 

Budget 2015 raises serious concerns for voluntary and community sector

4 Nov 2014 Lisa McElherronPolicy, Centre for Economic EmpowermentPublic Expenditure, Public Service Delivery, Budget

When the Finance and Personnel Minister Simon Hamilton presented the draft 2015/16 budget to the NI Assembly he said it was based on hope not fear.

Charity registration and regulation update - October 2014

31 Oct 2014 Denise CopelandGovernance and Charity Advice, Developing Governance GroupCharity Regulation

Since its establishment in 2009, the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is now exercising most of its statutory powers after what may have appeared (in its early days) as a slow start.

Protecting the voluntary and community sector from disproportate cuts

31 Oct 2014 Budget

Voluntary and community organisations with funding relationships with government are asked to feedback to NICVA, as soon as possible, any information on funding cuts they are advised about.

Welfare Reform Debate Focuses on People Affected by Cuts

29 Oct 2014 Elizabeth HendronCentre for Economic Empowerment, Policy, CommunicationsWelfare Reform

At NICVA's recent conference the debate around welfare reform focused on the people here who will be most affected by the reforms and the plans that need to be made to ensure they do not fall further into poverty.

Make It Work

20 Oct 2014 Peace Process

NICVA is part of the Make It Work campaign launched today.

Planning How to Evidence Your Impact Masterclass Events

15 Oct 2014 Sandra BailieTraining and skills, Reaching Out: Connecting Older PeopleNo Topics

Inspiring Impact NI
NICVA, CO3 and Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd are pleased to announce their new calendar of events for the Inspiring Impact project.

Developing Your Fundraising Mix Afters

8 Oct 2014 Deirdre MurphyFundraisingFunding, Fundraising, Members

A special thanks to everyone who came to our members’ event on Tuesday, 7 October at NICVA. The event was attended by almost 100 people and provided a unique opportunity to consider diversifying income streams. 

Welfare Reform Explained

7 Oct 2014 Welfare Reform

Our welfare reform report has once again been in the headlines, below we clarify some of the main points.

NICVA Partner With The Detail On Lottery Funded Project

29 Sep 2014 Elizabeth HendronCentre for Economic Empowerment, Policy, CommunicationsOpen data

Kathryn Torney (The Detail), Joanne McDowell (Big Lottery Fund NI), Stephen McCaffery (The Detail) and Lisa McEleherron (NICVA)
A project that will use the power of information to allow the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland to better support people most in need has been awarded a grant of £500,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

Welfare Reform and Avoiding the Worst Case Scenario

26 Sep 2014 Seamus McAleaveyWelfare Reform

Earlier this week NICVA issued a statement on Welfare Reform. 

NICVA Calls for Full Debate on Welfare Reform Bill

24 Sep 2014 Welfare Reform

NICVA is calling for the Northern Ireland Executive to agree its position on the Welfare Reform Bill and have it tabled in the Assembly for a full open debate.

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