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eNews 23 April 2012

  1. Shaping Peace IV
  2. CEE Bursary for Schumacher Ireland Summer School
  3. Gift Aid small donations scheme
  4. Congratulations to Sector Matters
  5. Cookstown Fundraising Advice Clinic
  6. Leading beyond authority: using influence to make collaboration work
  7. Switch on to Volunteering
  8. Volunteer with Children in Crossfire
  9. ARK Young Life and Times Survey
  10. Launch of A Model of Participatory Youth Arts
  11. Sported small grants scheme opens
  12. Trading Standards - here to help
  13. Help Changing Faces end appearance related discrimination
  14. IoF Awards celebrate excellence
  15. The Post Office in Northern Ireland
  16. New Craigavon Changing Places Facility
  17. Join Aware Defeat Depression at the Celtic Chrono and Big Bike
  18. BBC Appeals Broadcast


1 Shaping Peace IV

NICVA would like to invite you to participate in a round table discussion on 'Shaping Peace - the Peace Programme and role of the voluntary and community sector'

Starting in May, NICVA will be facilitating a series of roundtable events with the main aim of encouraging discussion on the experiences of the voluntary and community sector in relation to the Peace programmes. This will be framed in the context of a post conflict environment, with particular attention being given to the people and groups who have not experienced the peace dividend.  It is hoped that through the discussion, the challenges for building peace in Northern Ireland will be highlighted whilst identifying examples of successes and good practice.  

NICVA is delighted that Tony Macaulay will also be participating to set the context of Peace in Northern Ireland. 

Events will take place in:

  • Derry - 9 May
  • Enniskillen - 16 May
  • Cookstown - 24 May
  • Portadown - 12 June
  • Belfast - 3 July

Venue details, along with the full agenda, are available on  To register to attend contact Cathy Breslin at

This event is part of NICVA’s European Union PEACE III funded Vital Links project.

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2 CEE Bursary for Schumacher Ireland Summer School

NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment is pleased to announce bursaries of up to 95% for attendance at the Schumacher Ireland Summer School at Glencraig, Co Down from 11-15 June 2012. The theme of the event is From Crisis to Resilience: rethinking Ireland’s economic future and explores how we can make the transition to a sustainable society on the island of Ireland.

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3 Gift Aid small donations scheme

HMRC has launched a consultation to seek responses on the proposed ‘Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme’. The consultation document states that “the aim of the new scheme is to allow charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) to claim a Gift Aid style payment on donations received in circumstances where it is difficult to collect donors’ details, or where donors may be reluctant to give them.”

Full details of the proposed new scheme can be found in the consultation document

Please note that closing date for comments to HMRC is 25 May 2012.    

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4 Congratulations to Sector Matters

As NICVA’s social enterprise reaches the end of its second year in operation it is very excited to announce that it has ‘broken even’ and created a small profit in that year.

However what is more important is that it has worked with over 130 organisations throughout Northern Ireland providing high quality HR, finance and planning services and support. Feedback across the board has been excellent and customer satisfaction is extremely high!

For more information about how Sector Matters can help your organisation please contact: Paula Reynolds, 028 9087 5018 or email:

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5 Cookstown Fundraising Advice Clinic 

Cookstown Fundraising Advice Clinic
RCN, working in partnership with NICVA, is holding a funding advice clinic on Wednesday 2 May at its Cookstown office offering one to one support to charities, community groups and other not for profits. This is a great opportunity to get support if you have a project idea and want to identify potential funders, have plans to submit a funding application or have recently been unsuccessful and want to resubmit in the future.

To book your session contact Sarah at

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6 Leading beyond authority: using influence to make collaboration work

Leading Beyond Authority: using influence to make collaboration work - 23 May, 7 June and 14 June 2012 at NICVA,  9.30am- 4.00pm.
Cost: £75

This programme is for managers and board members who may be asked to lead and coordinate a collaboration project. You will be taken through a journey of learning that aims to develop specific aspects of leadership necessary for collaborative working across separately constituted organisations. 

Our aim is to raise issues, offer advice and develop your skills to enable you to exercise influence, motivate partners, recognise and work with people with different mindsets and crucially, get people who are beyond your organisational authority to work together as a team.

This three-day, high-powered leadership development programme is based on practical experience in the field. It is delivered by Richard O'Rawe and his associates at Stellar Leadership. His team of leadership specialists deliver the programme on behalf of CollaborationNI

ILM Level 5 accreditation is available on request.

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7 Switch on to Volunteering

Volunteer Now is currently recruiting ‘Community Volunteers’ to get involved in the Digital Switchover that is happening in October 2012. TV is going digital in Northern Ireland and in October the traditional TV signal will be switched off in your area. If you don’t have digital TV by the time of the switchover, your screen will go blank.

We wish to recruit people with good local knowledge of their own area who can identify key and trusted people within communities to pass information on how to switchover and how to access the Help Scheme to those who need it most.

This role is ideal for those who may already be volunteering or working in their local communities.  Volunteers should attend one of the following training sessions: 

  • Wednesday 2 May 4pm - 8pm, Volunteer Now, 34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast
  • Thursday 3 May 9.30am - 2pm, Volunteer Now, 34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast 

If you would like to register to volunteer or would like more information on how to get involved please email  

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8 Volunteer with Children in Crossfire

Volunteering opportunities with Children in Crossfire – help locally to make a difference to children living in poverty overseas!

Children in Crossfire supports local organisations in Ethiopia, Tanzania and The Gambia to help improve access to education and healthcare services for young children living in some of the poorest communities in the world. It has a particular focus on helping children with disabilities. For further information, please visit

Children in Crossfire is currently looking to recruit volunteers across Northern Ireland for some upcoming fundraising events over the spring and summer months, particularly in the Belfast area. By giving an hour or two of your time to help with collections in our local community you can make a difference to the lives of young children living in poverty overseas. Upcoming events include:

  • Church collection, Ardoyne: 28/29 April
  • Church collection, Newtownabbey: 12/13 May
  • Flag day, Belfast City Centre: Saturday 23 June
  • Bag pack, Tesco, Connswater: Saturday 11 August

For further information, please contact Mark McMahon on 028 7126 9898, or email

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9 ARK Young Life and Times Survey

The initial findings of the 2011 Young Life and Times (YLT) Survey will be the focus of an event on Tuesday 15 May 2012.  This seminar will be held in Room OG074, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University, from 12.30pm - 14.15pm.

The Young Life and Times survey is an annual survey that records the views of 16-year olds living in Northern Ireland about the issues that directly concern them.  The main topics included in the 2011 survey were:

  • Community relations
  • Attitudes to, and experiences of contact with, minority ethnic groups
  • Mental health and loneliness
  • Sexual attitudes and experiences.

Everyone is welcome, but places must be booked in advance, by email or phone 028 7167 5513.  Places are limited, so please book by 4 May 2012.

As with all ARK surveys, the dataset and key tables of results from the 2011 YLT will be made publicly available at on 16 May 2012.

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10 Launch of A Model of Participatory Youth Arts

Youth Arts @YouthAction invites you to participate in the launch of A Model of Participatory Youth Arts (The performing and allied arts underpinned by youth work principles).

  • Wednesday 23 May 2012
  • 9.00am-1.30pm 
  • Rainbow Factory Studio Theatre, YouthAction NI, 14 College Square, North Belfast, BT1 6AS

The aim of the launch is to inspire a dialogue between youth workers, youth arts facilitators and arts practitioners. The event will demonstrate how A Model of Participatory Youth Arts impacts on young people’s knowledge skills, attitudes and behaviours.

To attend the launch please contact Diane (spaces are Limited) on 028 9024 0551 or email

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11 Sported small grants scheme opens

Sported is the UK’s leading sport for development charity, helping to transform the lives of disadvantaged young people between 11 – 25 years old. It supports voluntary and community groups delivering sport development; helping them grow and run their organisations to the best of their ability. Sported is a free membership organisation, providing the business support and funding these groups need. This helps them to not only become sustainable, but also allows them to focus on what they do best – inspiring young people through sport.

The sported small grants programme is now open for applications across Northern Ireland but to be eligible to apply groups must be members of sported. 

  • Sported small grants of up to £2,000
  • They will usually be spent in one year from being awarded
  • It must be used to deliver sport for development with young people aged 11-25 years old.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a member or the small grants programme then visit: or contact Brenda Kelly, Northern Ireland Manager on or 07917 086 209. 

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12 Trading Standards - here to help

The Trading Standards Service in Northern Ireland run a telephone advice line which offers clear, practical consumer advice. The advice line is known as Consumerline. There are many reasons why you might want to give Consumerline a call :- 

  • You are dissatisfied with something you have bought, ie the quality of the product or the way it was represented to you. 
  • You are dissatisfied with the standard of customer service you have received.  
  • You are dissatisfied with work which you have had done. 

Should you contact Consumerline, advisers will advise you on your legal rights and give you guidance on your next step. They may, if appropriate, pass your complaint onto the Trading Standards Service for investigation, if it is considered to be a criminal matter.

Whatever your query – Consumerline may be able to help you.
Telephone Consumerline on: 0300 123 62 62
Email your enquiry to:

Alternatively, visit  (where you can view information on consumer rights, model complaint letters, scam alerts, links to other useful website and guidance on buying goods and services). 

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13 Help Changing Faces end appearance related discrimination 

Film makers frequently use prosthetic facial scars, burns and distorted features to indicate that a character is villainous or morally depraved. Such portrayals leave people with facial disfigurements in the real world vulnerable to being ridiculed, bullied, stigmatised and excluded at school, work and in public. This is unfair, perpetuates prejudice and excuses discrimination. Please take a moment to read and sign the Changing Faces petition at

You can also watch Changing Faces' new cinema ad at

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14 IoF Awards celebrate excellence

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) Northern Ireland Awards winners 2012 were announced at the recent ‘Celebrating excellence in fundraising’ ceremony. Attendees also heard from special guest speaker Gill Raikes, Director of Fundraising at the National Trust, on her 26 years with the charity and the challenges of raising £84m each year.
Winners included:
  • Fundraising Event of the Year - NSPCC’s Banbridge District Committee 
  • Fundraising Partnership of the Year - PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Children’s Heartbeat Trust
  • Bryan Walliker Fundraising Volunteer of the Year - Kathy Loughridge for her outstanding contribution to Marie Curie Cancer Care
  • Institute of Fundraising Professional Fundraising Team of the Year 2010 - Concern Worldwide Northern Ireland.
Marcus Cooper, Chair of IoF said “The Institute of Fundraising Awards are a key component of our ongoing commitment to champion best practice in fundraising and celebrate fundraisers and we applaud all those who were nominated for an award”. To read more about the Awards and the winners visit


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15 The Post Office in Northern Ireland

Chris Lyttle MLA, on behalf of Consumer Focus Post, would like to invite you to the launch of a significant new report: ‘The Post Office in Northern Ireland – A front office for government services’.  

This important new report will highlight what is currently being delivered and the potential for future development of using Post Offices as a way to improve access to services, support consumers and indeed enhance the sustainability of the Post Office network, thereby helping to ensure that consumers continue to enjoy the wide range of benefits that the network offers.   To launch the report, we will be bringing together politicians, officials and post office operators to discuss the important ideas it presents.  

The event will be held in:  

  • The Long Gallery Parliament Buildings, Stormont
  • Monday 30 April 2012
  • 9.30am - 11.30am

If you are able to attend, please contact Claire-Anne Irvine on 028 9087 2800 or by Wednesday 25 April 2012. If you are intending to drive to Parliament Buildings, please also confirm your car registration details.

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16 New Criagavon Changing Places Facility

Craigavon Borough Council recently received confirmation that their Changing Places facility within the new Brownlow Community Hub has been registered and approved for use by the Changing Places Consortium. 

The Changing Places Facility is a first for the Craigavon area.  Craigavon Borough Council invested £3 million in the creation of the new Brownlow Community Hub. The need for a changing places facility was one of the key issues that came from consultation between the Council and local residents and users.  Craigavon Borough Council have responded to the issues and are delighted that the new facility is now fully functional.

Groups who may need to use the Changing Places facility include people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and older people.

For more information visit:

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17 Join Aware Defeat Depression at Celtic Chrono

Join Aware Defeat Depression at the Celtic Chrono and Big Bike, a 22 mile cycling event on Sunday 13th May. The Celtic Chrono is a pre-Olympic qualifier for Elite women; for the non-Olympians amongst us, the Big Bike is taking place on the same day. Both sets of cyclists will follow the same route, and you could be cycling behind Olympians like Wendy Houvenaghel!

Would you be interested in being a marshal on the course, to participate in the cycle and fundraise for us?

The cycle is an achievable distance through scenic North Down. Suitable for all ages and abilities the Big Bike is the perfect opportunity to get on your bike and raise some money for Aware.

If you are able to help Aware in any way for this event, it would be greatly appreciated. To volunteer as a marshal or the recruitment day in Ards Shopping Centre, contact Lorraine on 9032 1734 or email To sign up for the Big Bike, visit

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18 BBC Appeals Broadcast

These short programmes are broadcast throughout the year on BBC Northern Ireland television and radio. All Broadcast Appeals are produced with technical and editorial support from the BBC.

They reach a large and diverse audience and contribute to wider community awareness of issues and developments within the charitable sector.  

Applications for Broadcast Appeal slots are generally accepted twice a year. If you would like further information, please contact the Appeals Office on 028 9033 8210.

For further information, or to see the charities reflected in this months Lifeline programme, which include VOYPIC, Volunteer Now and NICVA, visit CommunityNI.


Pick of the Websites

Ortus is calling all community, voluntary and social economy sector organisations to put in applications for the Social Franchising Programme, which aims to help organisations generate unrestricted income and secure their future sustainability using by partnering with an existing successful enterprise. The deadline for applications is Monday 30 April.

Bryson Energy's new advice number for local energy advice is now available for householders across Northern Ireland. The new number is free phone 0800 1422 865.

The Patient and Client Council is working with the Consumer Council to find out how transport availability affects access to all types of Health and Social Care. This could include outpatient appointments at the local hospital, specialist appointments at a regional centre, day care centres or a visit to the GP. The closing date for completing the questionnaire is 30 June 2012.


CEE Economic Insight

Economic Insight - 20 April 2012 This weekly roundup and review of economic news from home and abroad is an invaluable tool for keeping up to date with all the latest developments. You can find CEE's Economic Insight on our website at along with other news and information on the project.

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All of a Twitter

@SeamusMcAleavey - Congratulations BBC News - Bryson Charitable Group wins Queen's award

@BelfastBookFest - Happy everyone! Spread the book love.

@nicva_ian - Dead tech we can't forget. R.I.P Ceefax and Teletext

@neilirwin - Just off with BBC Radio Folye's Mark Patterson pushing last couple of spaces at Limavady fundraising clinics tomorrow

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 A feast of funding opportunities 

Keep up to date with all the latest funding news and advice with fundraisingNI!

The Pfizer UK Foundation

The Pfizer UK Foundation aims to support projects providing tailored, innovative, modest and local solutions to needs defined by local healthcare and social care experts, community groups and charities and has a deadline in late May 2012.

European Integration Fund

Applications are welcomed from non-governmental organisations, charities, academic institutions, local government, inter-governmental organisations, limited companies and any partnership made up of these organisations. Deadline 16 May 2012

NICVA’s GrantTracker is the only must-have funding resource for the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland. GrantTracker is a dedicated funding database that covers all grant-making sectors and funds available to not-for-profit groups and charities in Northern Ireland. 

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Make Your Move - new jobs from CommunityNI

A random selection of jobs posted on communityni. For full listings visit

Charitable Trust Fundraiser at NI Hospice

Administration Officer (Finance) at Housing Rights Service

Team Administrator at Macmillan Cancer Support

Project Worker (sessional) at Enable

Project Secretary at Positive Futures

Outreach Advice Worker at North Belfast Senior Citizens Forum

Early Childhood Teacher (Turkey) at Early Years

Early Childhood Manager (Turkey) at Early Years

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