Co-design for the new DHSS&PS Innovation Fund gets underway

15 Oct 2015 Lisa McElherronPolicy, Centre for Economic Empowerment, Detail DataFunding

DHSSPS is introducing a new Innovation Fund for voluntary and community organisations from 2016/17.

Manifesto Engagement Events

15 Oct 2015 Jenna MaghiePolicyPolicy, Policy Manifesto

As the 2016 Assembly Elections approach many organisations in our sector will already in engaged in the process of writing their manifestos and talking with political parties to influence the content of their manifestos 

State of the Sector Survey Goes Live

14 Oct 2015 Rachel ShannonState of the Sector, Charitable giving, Employment, Funding, Fundraising, Sector Issues

NICVA has launched its 7th State of the Sector survey. The survey has been circulated to nearly 4,500 voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations and we need to hear from you. 

Signing up to put the consumer first

12 Oct 2015 Leeann KellyCollaborationNIcollaboration; partnership; alliance

CollaborationNI are delighted to have supported the development of new the ‘Consumer Rights Initiative Northern Ireland’.

Older people: "undervalued, unappreciated, patronised"

8 Oct 2015 Nick GarbuttSector Issues, Health

Claire Keatinge has plenty to say as she reflects on her four years in office as Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland.

Beware culture eats strategy for breakfast

5 Oct 2015 Leeann KellyCollaborationNICollaboration, strategy, culture

It takes a smart and heart approach to make collaboration work

New NICVA training calendar online

1 Oct 2015 Roisin KellyReaching Out: Connecting Older People, Training and skillsTraining, skills development

Our training calendar for October 2015 - March 2016 is now available.

The sticking plaster Bill that discriminates against young people

1 Oct 2015 Nick GarbuttMental Health

The Mental Capacity Bill discriminates against children and represents a missed opportunity to protect the most vulnerable, argues Eamonn McNally from the Children’s Law Centre

Tax Credits Crunch - unpicking the July budget's effect on NI

1 Oct 2015 Ryan MillerWelfare Reform, Social Policy

The importance of Welfare Reform in Northern Ireland has shrunk, grown or both - depending on your views - thanks to the Chancellor's July budget. Over 100,000 homes have projected income reductions of over £1,600. Scope takes a look.

Health reform quietly gathers pace

25 Sep 2015 Nick GarbuttHealth, Sector Issues

Behind the headlines progress is being made in implementing the flagship Transforming Your Care programme, Scope reports. 

Social economy key to economically vibrant and self-sustaining communities

24 Sep 2015 Una McKernanHR, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)Funding, Social Enterprise

Developing economically vibrant and self-sustaining communities through social economy enterprises is at the heart of an innovative plan the Housing Executive launched today.

50% off Digital DNA event

23 Sep 2015 Shauna O'NeillCommunicationsSocial Media

We are delighted to announce that NICVA will be partnering with Digital DNA to provide our members with inspirational and practical insight into the critical role of technology within organisations.

Regulating Fundraising For The Future

23 Sep 2015 Deirdre MurphyFundraisingFundraising, Governance

Sir Suart Etherington Chief Executive of NICVA’s sister organisation in England (NCVO), chaired a cross party review of fundraising regulation for the Minister for Civil Society.  

Preparing for the 2016 Programme for Government

18 Sep 2015 Jenny McEneaneyPolicy, Joint ForumPolicy Manifesto, Policy Hack

NICVA held a conference for the sector on Preparing for the 2016 Programme for Government which saw speakers address delegates on new ways of governance and the context for the next Programme for Government.

If Stormont falls we'll all be the worst for it

17 Sep 2015 Nick GarbuttPolitics

The current political crisis is having unexpected consequences, Scope reports. 

ODI Belfast launches at CultureTECH

17 Sep 2015 Andrea ThornburyDetail Data, Research, PolicyOpen Data

Northern Ireland’s first Open Data Institute (ODI) Node has launched at CultureTECH.

Proposed new accounting regulations will affect ALL charities

14 Sep 2015 Denise CopelandGovernance and Charity Advice, Developing Governance Group, Charity RegulationCharity Regulation, Policy

New rules for the accounting, audit and reporting of all charities are currently being consulted on. These proposed new rules will have an impact on every charity, especially small to medium sized charities.

Behind the scenes at Sunday Sequence

11 Sep 2015 Nick GarbuttMedia

Scope meets Seamus Boyd, the driving force behind Radio Ulster’s flagship Sunday Sequence show. 

Can slavery be defeated?

10 Sep 2015 Ryan MillerSocial Policy

Forced labour remains a global scourge. Scope went along to a Law Centre NI conference and spoke with Kevin Hyland, UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner and former top cop at the Met, about what can be done.

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