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Supporting the Voluntary and Community Sector through the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Updates

    Regular and relevant updates for voluntary and community organisations on key developments in the fight against the COVID19 pandemic

  • Funding and Fundraising

    Assess and mitigate the damage and impact the COVID19 pandemic on funding and fundraising in the voluntary and community sector.

  • Employment/HR

    Distilled and relevant guidance for voluntary and community organisations managing the impact of the COVID19 pandemic

  • Governance

    Guidance for voluntary and community sector organisations to maintain good governance in the midst of the global COVID19 pandemic

Latest COVID-19 Articles and Information

Guidance on the circuit breaker coronavirus restrictions in NI

By NICVA 27 Nov 2020 COVID19 Updates, Running your Organisation (COVID19)

The guidance produced by the Northern Ireland Executive sets out the coronavirus restrictions for the current circuit breaker with effect from 27 November 2020. 


Updated Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance hub

By NICVA 20 Nov 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19)

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance has been updated to reflect the extension of the scheme until March 2021


£3.3million Voluntary, Community and Social Economy Sector Covid Recovery Fund launched

By NICVA 12 Nov 2020 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

The Voluntary, Community and Social Economy Sector (VCSE) Covid Recovery Fund has been launched today to help the sector to safely deliver essential services during the Covid-19 crisis.


LRA publishes helpful guide on home working

By NICVA 9 Nov 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19), Running your Organisation (COVID19)

The LRA (Labour Relations Agency) recently published 'A Practical Guide to Working from Home: COVID19 and beyond' to assist employers and employees who continue to work from home in uncertain times.


NICVA Meetings and Training Sessions

By NICVA 9 Nov 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19)

While we all continue to be required to work from home, NICVA continues to provide a full programme of training sessions and meetings online. 


The Code of Good Governance in a virtual world webinar recording

By NICVA 6 Nov 2020 Governance and Charity Advice, Developing Governance Group, Governance (COVID19)

If you missed the Developing Governance Group's webinar for Trustees' Week on the Code of Good Governance in a virtual world, you can watch it now below.  


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) extended to March

By NICVA 6 Nov 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19)

On 5 November, the Chancellor announced that the Job Retention Scheme (furlough scheme) will be extended to the end of March 2021. 


Civil society urges Chancellor to urgently make job scheme fit for purpose

By NICVA 5 Nov 2020 Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19), Employment and HR (COVID19)

A coalition of civil society leaders has written to Rishi Sunak to urge him to develop a Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) fit for purpose for social change organisations.


Working from home tax relief

By NICVA 5 Nov 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19)

Employees working from home due to COVID19 are eligible to apply for tax relief up to £125


Coronavirus Job Rentention Scheme (CJRS) November extension

By NICVA 2 Nov 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19)

On 31 October 2020 the government announced an extension to the CJRS scheme for furloughing workers until December 2020. 


Funding announced for culture, languages, arts and heritage sectors

By NICVA 28 Oct 2020 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19), COVID19 Updates

Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has given the green light for further financial support to be released to support the culture, language, arts and heritage sectors.


About the updated Government Job Support Scheme (POSTPONED)

By NICVA 23 Oct 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19)

The Government has introduced and announced changes to the Job Support Scheme (now postponed) which will open on 01 November 2020 following the closure of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (furlough) on 31 October 2020. 


Accelerating Public Service Transformation in Northern Ireland: Where to Next?

By NICVA 22 Oct 2020 Policy & Public Affairs, Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19)

On 13th October representatives from the public and community sectors came together to reflect on lessons learned from the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic, and what is required to continue a streamlined and effective response.


Identifying and managing risk (CFNI) webinar recording

By NICVA 8 Oct 2020 Governance (COVID19), Running your Organisation (COVID19)

If you missed our webinar on Identifying and Managing Risk on 7 October 2020 you can watch it now via the link below. 


Health Minister announces new Covid-19 surge plan for Northern Ireland

By NICVA 8 Oct 2020 COVID19 Updates

Health Minister Robin Swann has launched a new COVID-19 Surge Planning Strategic Framework for Northern Ireland.


NICVA Conference COVID-19 Taking Stock at the year end

By NICVA 5 Oct 2020 Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19)

This conference had to be postponed in October but has now been rescheduled for Wednesday 9 December at 12.00 noon


Annual general meetings

By NICVA 2 Oct 2020 Governance (COVID19)

Organisations that are due to hold an AGM in the autumn will be glad to hear that new temporary rules have come into force which allow companies, registered societies and credit unions to hold general meetings online. 


Fundraising in this new context: webinar recording and resources

By NICVA 1 Oct 2020 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19), Fundraising, Fundraising Regulation, Training and Skills Development

On 30 September NICVA facilitated a 'Fundraising in this new context' webinar as part of the CFNI Accelerator Programme funded by the Department for Communities.


Managing finances and options for sustainability in uncertain times Webinar recording

By NICVA 28 Sep 2020 Governance and Charity Advice, C19, Governance (COVID19)

NICVA facilitated a webinar on 24 September 2020 on 'Managing finances in uncertain times and the options for sustainability.'  


Support and funding needed to help Voluntary and Community Sector organisations overcome fallout from Covid-19

By NICVA 28 Sep 2020 Policy & Public Affairs, Research, Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19), Training and Skills Development, Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

The urgent need for training and investment in the voluntary and community sector has been highlighted by a recent survey carried out by the NICVA. 


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