Annual Report 2015
Charities Reliant on More Than One Signatory for Payments, Offered More Choice
From the New Year, thanks to a collaborative project led by the Payments Council, businesses, small clubs and societies that authorise their payments using more than one signatory will have greater choice.
Masterclass on moving Northern Ireland towards a low carbon economy
This masterclass provided an introduction to the policy, legal, practical and societal issues associated with developing a low carbon economy in Northern Ireland. Professor Sam Fankhauser's presentation can be downloaded on this page.
Final CLP Participants Graduate from University of Ulster
Participants from the final year of the Community Leadership Programme graduated with a Certificate in Management Practice from the University of Ulster on 19 December 2013.
NICVA becomes one of first registered charities
NICVA has become one of the first registered charities in Northern Ireland.
Celebrating Accreditation Success
NICVA’s Skills Development Unit held its biannual Presentation of Certificates Ceremony on Thursday, 28 November to recognise the achievement of participants on its accredited courses.
Register of Charities Established
The Charity Commission established the Register of Charities in December 2013 and has now begun the formal process of registering charities in Northern Ireland.
Sector Groups Meet with Finance Minister
Simon Hamilton, Minister for Finance and Personnel met with representatives of the voluntary and community sector at NICVA on Thursday, 21 November.
Fundraising Standards Need to be Maintained
In the lead up to Christmas, charity fundraising is at its height. Direct mail, telephone asks, cash collections, face-to-face and other campaigns are all highly visible and it is very important to maintain high fundraising standards.
Free and Low Cost Technology Event
On 29 November NICVA held an event to highlight the availability of free and low cost technology to our members.
NICVA's 75th Annual General Meeting
Marie Cavanagh, Chair of NICVA, welcomed members to NICVA's 75th AGM on 15 November 2013.
Young People Giving More to Charity
Donations to charity from 16-24 year olds have more than doubled from 2011, up by over £5.00 per year, according to NICVA’s 2013 survey into individual giving in Northern Ireland.
NICVA Annual Report Available Online
Our Annual Report for 2012-2013 was presented to members at the 75th NICVA AGM today. The report highlights achievments over the past year for our core themes; lead, develop and connect.
Charity Commission’s Interim Reporting Requirements Consultation
The Charity Commission’s Interim Reporting Requirements seminar, on 5 November, gave participants the opportunity to discuss the proposed annual monitoring form that registered charities will have to complete in the near future.
Sector Matters Celebrate Four Years in Business
November 2013 marks Sector Matters fourth year as Northern Ireland’s first social economy business providing high quality human resources, finance and strategic planning services and support.
Northern Ireland’s Peers “must act” to defeat lobby bill
Charities in Northern Ireland have called on Peers in the House of Lords to radically change or vote down the controversial lobbying bill.
Live Policy Issues Seminar Series
NICVA will host a series of policy seminars over the coming months to enable members to engage with government on current policy issues that will affect the voluntary and community sector and the people we work with across Northern Ireland.
Auto Enrolment Pensions Update
For those who missed our seminar on auto enrolment, see below some key facts and some contact information to get you started.
DFP Rate Rebate Consultation
NICVA recently ran a consultation event on rating. Changes happening to the rates support element of Housing Benefit, known as the rate rebate element of Housing Benefit.
DU Dance (NI) is a professional dance development company based in Belfast and working across the island of Ireland, the UK and internationally.
These are a selection of funders with a forthcoming deadline or closing date. To access the full listing please click on the link and log into GrantTracker. If you don't already subscribe to GrantTracker, remember to use your NICVA £45 discount.
NI MPs vote against the lobbying Bill and House of Commons Committee calls for it to be withdrawn
Northern Ireland MPs united in their opposition to the controversial Transparency of Lobbying Bill when it was debated in Westminster on 2 September.
NICVA Urges Organisations to Contact MPs on Lobbying Bill Proposals
NICVA is concerned that the UK Government is pushing through a Bill with undue haste, which if passed could curtail essential and longstanding freedoms.
Transparency of Lobbying Bill - a threat the sector's independent voice
Seamus McAleavey has written to all NI Members of Parliament to express concerns at proposals contained in the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill.
Computer Security - The Basics
What you need to know about GameoverZeus, Cryptolocker and the mysterious two week deadline to protect yourself from a major cyber-threat, issued by the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA).
Consumer Council and NICVA welcome provisional findings of the CMA payday lending market investigation
The Consumer Council and NICVA have welcomed the release of the provisional findings of the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA) payday lending market investigation.
PEACE and INTERREG Cooperation Programmes 2014-2020 Consultation Notice
SEUPB are co-ordinating a recently announced consultation on European Territorial Co-operation Programmes (PEACE and INTERREG) 2014-2020.
Fundraising: Find What’s Right For You
Deirdre Murphy, NICVA's Fundraising Advice Officer offers some advice on fundraising.
The Charity Commission Publishes Statutory Guidance
Following a public consultation earlier this year on its draft guidance, the Charity Commission has published statutory guidance on the public benefit requirement.
NICVA Statement on Shankill Lurgan Community Projects - Lurgan Foyer
NICVA is very concerned about how the Northern Ireland Housing Executive has treated Shankill Lurgan Community Projects.
NJC Payscales – Agreement now reached for 2013
Agreement has now been reached on rates of pay applicable from 1 April 2013.
NICVA launches guide to data protection
Following on from NICVA's recent seminars on data protection, we have produced a new guide to data protection with the aim of helping voluntary and community organisations get to grips with this aspect of their information management strategy.
Charitable tax status - important notice
In preparation for the beginning of compulsory registration, the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is advising all organisations granted charitable tax status by HMRC that they need to check if they are on the Commission’s “deemed list.
Alert - new charity SORP published for comment
Nigel Davies, Technical Secretary to the charity SORP Committee, and Fiona Muldoon, Monitoring and Compliance Manager at the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland, outline how you can comment on the new SORP.
2013 Annual Report on the Concordat
The Minister for Social Development recently launched the second annual report on the Concordat between the Voluntary and Community Sector and the Northern Ireland Government.
Criminal Justice Issues Forum meets with Justice Minister
As part of their commitment to high level engagement and advocacy NICVA members active in the area of criminal justice met with David Ford and his officials.
Shedload of spare time to help older people?
Men’s Sheds are a place for men to meet and discuss issues, share skills and explore new interests, with the aim of promoting their own health and development and putting something back into the community.
Charity Commission has Legislative Powers to Begin Registration
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has been given the necessary legislative powers to begin registration of all charities in Northern Ireland.
Time is right for a debate on fiscal powers
The first independent review of the scope for devolving additional tax, spending and borrowing powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly, has been launched by NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment.
Cutting red tape and bureaucracy – another step forward
Another major milestone in the drive to cut excessive bureaucracy in government funding to the voluntary and community sector has been reached with the publication of a new report, Addressing Bureaucracy.
Men's policy forum event highlights major issues for the men's sector
NICVA’s Men’s Policy Forum held an event on Friday 7 June which gave an opportunity for a number of projects to showcase ongoing work related specifically to men and their health and well-being.
Broadband: availability and speed survey results
Back in December 2012 we surveyed NICVA members on their access to broadband.
Privacy by design: using data protection for better information sharing
A recent seminar (Friday 14 June) held by NICVA in conjunction with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) highlighted the benefits of good information sharing practices for voluntary and community organisations.
More work to be done on implementing social clauses in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland has made considerable progress in implementing social clauses, however to really maximise their impact, there needs to be a focus on actual outcomes for people rather than the level of activity being generated.
Reflections on G8
NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey contributed an article to the official publication distributed to delegates and members of the international press attending the G8 meeting in Co Fermanagh.
Community Leadership Programme impacts local communities
The external evaluation for the IFI Community Leadership Programme, delivered by NICVA, UU and Stellar Leadership from 2009, highlights the impact that the programme has had on community groups and their local communities.
Joint Forum meeting update
A meeting of the Joint Government/Voluntary and Community Sector Forum was held in NICVA on 3 May 2013. The meeting was attended by representatives from voluntary and community organisations, government departments and councils.
Where now for adult learning in Northern Ireland?
The Forum for Adult Learning NI, as part of Adult Learners' Week 2013, hosted a conference to look at the current health of adult learning in Northern Ireland and draw comparisons with the situation in neighbouring regions and countries.
Ashton Centre launches FabLab: making (almost) anything
The first FabLabs in Ireland were officially launched on 22 May at the Ashton Centre in Belfast. FabLabs are community based workshops that give people access to the latest digital fabrication technologies.
Executive must do more to tackle the epidemic of payday and illegal lending
The Executive must do more to tackle the damaging and dangerous levels of payday and illegal lending in Northern Ireland, according to a report produced by NICVA and Advice NI.
The first Viewfinder survey of 2013 continues to demonstrate the uneven impact of the current economic conditions in the voluntary and community sector.
Crowdfunding - a financial lifeline for charities?
The hottest topic in fundraising in Belfast this week is the potential of crowdfunding. Over 30 people from a wide range of charities attended NICVA’s workshop on Wednesday 1 May 2013 to hear from a number of experts in the field.
Joint Government/Voluntary and Community Sector Forum
The Joint Government/Voluntary and Community Sector Forum, commonly known as the Joint Forum, was established in October 1998.
Coffee, Donuts and Cats at NICVA's Second Annual Tweetup Event
The chairs were barely stacked away after last year's successful Tweetup before people started asking when we could have another one, so on 10 April, over seventy people gathered at NICVA to share their experiences and advice on using social media.
First ILM social enterprise programme in Northern Ireland
NICVA started delivery of the first ILM social enterprise programme in Northern Ireland this month, when 14 people from a range of organisations joined the ILM Level 5 Certificate in Social Enterprise Support.
Assembly Insider: Weekly roundup of what's happening at the NI Assembly
Assembly Monitor is changing!
Social Enterprise Training
Have you thought about setting up a social enterprise? Have you heard people talking about the social economy and wondered ‘what is that?’ If you have, then NICVA’s training in social enterprise support might be for you.
Essentials of data protection seminar series
NICVA and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have joined forces to provide a short series of free seminars on data protection for the voluntary and community sector.
Charity Commission guidance on registration and public benefit
NICVA and the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland came together on Monday 25 March to discuss the new charity registration and public benefit guidance with representatives from across the voluntary and community sector.
Cold comfort for adult learners and young people as organisations close their doors
In recent days the voluntary and community sector has experienced the shocking loss of two high profile organisations.
Investing in People
NICVA staff and Executive Committee were delighted to receive the formal presentation of an Investors in People Gold Award in early March.
NICVA Raises £950 for Comic Relief
NICVA staff baked a treasure trove of tasty treats for the Great Comic Relief Bake Off and raised £950 for the charity. Watch some of the action ...
No Women please - we're economists!
In this paper Professor Alisa McKay proposes that the discipline of economics has a gender bias towards men; examines the impact this has on current policy agendas and explores the potential and need for change.
Death of Sir George Quigley, CB, former Honorary President of NICVA
It is with great sadness that NICVA has learned of the death of its former Honorary President, Sir George Quigley (1994 to 1997).
'Towards a Childcare Strategy' consultation events follow up
NICVA has been involved in a number of voluntary and community sector consultation events across Northern Ireland on the development of a Childcare Strategy for Northern Ireland.
Frequently Asked Questions: Definitions of employee, self-employed, volunteer
It is critical that organisations correctly determine whether the individuals providing services are employees, self-employed or volunteers.
Important changes to Payroll Legislation 6 April 2013
To improve the operation of Pay As You Earn (PAYE), HMRC have introduced a new system called Real Time Information, or RTI.
Steps 2 Success (NI) employment programme
In preparation for the forthcoming commissioning of the Steps 2 Success employment programme by the Northern Ireland Government, NICVA is exploring the possibility of tendering for this new programme and assessing interested organisations.
Reaching Communities social enterprise programme proves pilot for success
Experts in the field of social enterprise joined a number of organisations interested in the potential of social enterprise to discuss the opportunities for success and the challenges involved at a recent training session delivered by NICVA.
Making banks work
Banks are businesses; their purpose is to make profits for shareholders. But banks also play a vital role in the functioning of the wider economy, enabling funds to be saved and transferred, offering financial services, and providing credit.
Register of Charities - one step closer
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has launched a consultation into its statutory guidance on Public Benefit, following royal assent for the Charities Act (2013).
What can the Census offer the sector?
NICVA brought together the statisticians and the sector to see what the Census has to offer, what information can be mined from it and how it might help form evidence based policy positions.
Age related training courses with Advice NI
As part of our Reaching Out: Connecting Older People programme delivery, NICVA is pleased to let you know that Advice NI have recently expanded and improved their age related training courses to benefit those new to the training among others.
Financial support from Sector Matters
Sector Matters is offering free financial health checks for organisations working with older people.
High cost lending survey
SMR Research, in partnership with NICVA, Advice NI and the Social Research Centre, is undertaking independent research into High Cost Legal and Illegal Money Lending on behalf of the Northern Ireland Executive.
What price a living wage?
As inequality grows and downward pressure on real wages continues to affect households across the UK, the idea of a living wage has gained momentum in recent months.
Unionist Forum could be first step to shared vision
Politicians must get away from their 'separate, but equal' carve-up and spell out the Northern Ireland they want to see, says Seamus McAleavey.
Opportunities for Older People
O4O Cookstown Ltd is taking to the road, hosting six rural roadshows to provide information, advice and support to ensure older people throughout the district are better informed about current and new services.
Microsoft charity pricing – Is your organisation still eligible?
Organisations may be eliglible for discounted software.
Transforming Your Care round table event
Transforming Your Care (TYC) has been described as the biggest change in health and social care delivery in a generation and will have a massive impact on the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland Register of charities to be established in 2013
An amendment to the Charities Act (NI) 2008, which clarifies the wording of the public benefit test, paves the way for a Register of charities to be established for Northern Ireland.
It’s been a very exciting day in NICVA's policy and research team following the release of the 2011 Census data.
The impact of debt on individuals and households across Northern Ireland
Advice NI is facilitating an online discussion to find out how debt is affecting people across Northern Ireland. Everyone is invited to log on to www.voiceni.net and have their say.
Economic conference - a new stage for free thinking and debate
NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment (CEE) hosted its second annual economic conference in Belfast yesterday focusing on the issue of job creation in Northern Ireland.
Viewfinder 13: voluntary and community sector fighting hard to provide services despite financial crisis
In the final Viewfinder survey of 2012 the uneven impact of the current financial situation in the voluntary and community sector over the last year continued to be apparent.
Thirty new groups start the Community Leadership Programme
Thirty groups from Northern Ireland and the six southern border counties have started the Community Leadership Programme.
NICVA Congratulates The National Lottery on 18 Years of Supporting the Sector
Seamus McAleavey, Chief Executive of NICVA, the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action has congratulated the BIG Lottery on its 18 years of work in Northern Ireland.
A jobless recovery is no recovery
Recessions may be measured by a fall in GDP but it is the loss of jobs that matters most.
Beyond Words to launch at the MAC
Cruse Bereavement Care, one of the groups NICVA is working with as part of Reaching Out: Connecting Older People, is launching Beyond Words - a Big Lottery funded partnership between Cruse Bereavement Care and the Stroke Association.
Keeping up with the digital age
The launch of the Digital Age Project brings the benefits of the internet to those most digitally excluded: older people living in sheltered housing.
Fundraising - how to survive and thrive in 2013 and beyond
How positive are you about fundraising in 2013 and beyond? Do you have all the information, knowledge and skills you need to face the challenges of fundraising for your cause, organisation, programmes and projects?
NICVA welcomes new good practice code for fundraisers
NICVA's Chief Executive, Seamus McAleavey, has welcomed the introduction by the Institute of Fundraising of a new single code of fundraising good practice, which is underpinned by four key principles - legal, open, honest and respectful.
Will to Give launch new service for Northern Ireland
Will to Give, the organisation that promotes legacy giving in Northern Ireland, has launched a will notification service at their conference in Belfast. The WillGiftsNI service will for the first time inform charities who have been named in wills proba
Update on the Regional Infrastructure Support Programme
The new Regional Infrastructure Support Programme for Northern Ireland started on 1 October 2012.
Broadband Survey: availability and speed
At NICVA we believe that access to broadband is essential for voluntary and community organisations. We want to assess the availability of broadband for NICVA members.
Go behind the scenes at the Assembly
In Assembly Extra, programme 5, find out about all the work that’s been happening in Parliament Buildings during the summer months; how and why it’s important for Committees to take evidence from stakeholders; and a range of ways youn
Department of Justice Consultative Forum seeks sector representatives
NICVA is currently seeking nominations for voluntary and community sector representatives on the Department of Justice’s Criminal Justice Consultative Forum, linked to the Criminal Justice Board. The Board’s membership consists of Chief Executive l
NICVA's 74th Annual General Meeting
Bob Stronge welcomed members to NICVA's 74th AGM on 26 October 2012 and reflected on his two terms (six years) as Chair of the organisation and on his total 13 year membership of NICVA's Executive Committee, as Marie Cavanagh steps into the role o
Social Development Minister addresses governmental voluntary and community sector forum
Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland, has addressed the Joint Government Voluntary and Community Sector Forum at NICVA this morning.
Collaboration Enabling Fund
The Building Change Trust has launched a Collaboration Enabling Fund to support organisations in the voluntary and community sector involved in collaborative working.
Speakers confirmed for CEE's economic conference
The Northern Ireland economy is currently facing both a reduction in demand in our main markets and a real-term reduction in public spending. Both challenges have arisen as a result of the global financial crisis.
New government employment programme a 'test of devolution'
Over the past few months, the Department of Employment and Learning has been consulting on its new employment programme, Steps 2 Success. NICVA Chief Executive, Seamus McAleavey, thinks it will be a "test of devolution".
Social Enterprise Awards Northern Ireland
Chocolatiers, childcare supporters, churches and carers were among the winners of the Social Enterprise Awards (NI) announced at a gala ceremony in Belfast Castle on 11 October.
Debating welfare reform
Tuesday 9 October saw the debate about welfare reform carry on late into the night as members deliberated over the proposed amendment to the Welfare Reform Bill by Sinn Féin.
'Silver' networkers discuss the contributions of older people
There was a great atmosphere at NICVA's first round table event for the BIG Lottery Reaching Out: Connecting Older People development and support programme. Thirty people from 16 different organisations attended the event and talked about engaging with
Sector encouraged to work together for change
A conference held on 2 October, co-hosted by the Building Change Trust and CollaborationNI, explored how the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland can work collaboratively to better help the communities they serve and a new Enabling Fund w
Frequently Asked Questions About Redundancy and Ending Fixed Term and Temporary Contracts
Because of the way many projects are funded in the voluntary and community sector, a question that can arise for employers in this sector is one that relates to fixed term contracts and redundancy.
Knowledge, value and influence of the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland (2012)
A second report from NICVA explores the links that have been forged between MLAs and voluntary and community organisations to see how they've changed in recent years.
Building local influence in a global economy
The Centre for Economic Empowerment (CEE) held the first of its second series of masterclasses on Friday 21 September 2012. The event examined civil society’s role in influencing the global economy.
Will to Give to launch named charity notification service for Northern Ireland
Will to Give, the organisation aiming to promote legacy giving in Northern Ireland is to launch a Will Notification Service in November at their Conference on the 9th November in Belfast.
NICVA responds to Charities Bill
NICVA has given oral evidence and submitted its written response on the Charities Bill to the Committee for Social Development.
Unoccupied premises: don’t lose your rates relief
Up and down the high street we can see the impact of the economic downturn in the number of vacant premises. But, as many of you will be aware, this is also a growing problem for some charities who are left with unoccupied properties. In this article E
Unoccupied premises: don’t lose your rates relief
Up and down the high street we can see the impact of the economic downturn in the number of vacant premises. But as many of you will be aware this is also a growing problem for some charities who are left with unoccupied premises. In this article Ed Co
A review of PEACE III and considerations for PEACE IV
Key stakeholders, including voluntary and community groups, programme delivery bodies and the Special EU Programmes Support Body, had their say on how the PEACE programme is working to date and what they would like to see in the upcoming Peace IV progr
New economic masterclass series provides unique platform
NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment second masterclass series begins this September. The series offers a unique opportunity to exchange ideas with s
Economic Masterclasses - second series launched
NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment’s second masterclass series for voluntary and community organisations begins this September. The series will examine some of the key economic issues we face today with the aim of ensuring the sector is
Voluntary and community sector wants focus on job creation
The sector has clear views on the future of the economy and NICVA is making sure that its voice is heard. Peter Hutchinson explains.
Community Safety Regional Steering Group seeks sector representatives
NICVA is currently seeking nominations for voluntary and community sector representatives on the Department of Justice’s Regional Steering Group on Community Safety.
Pension Reform: New Duties and Safeguards for Employers July 2012
Workplace pensions law is changing and every employer will have to act to fulfill their new legal duties.
Third Sector Mapping
SURVEY EXTENDED UNTIL 21 SEPTEMBER. How big is the Northern Ireland social enterprise economy and the voluntary and community sector? What contribution does the third sector make to Northern Ireland's economy? How many voluntary a
Assembly Insider - real time data at your fingertips
The Northern Ireland Assembly recently began to provide open data as part of a commitment by government to share information in a format others can make use of. NICVA's Assembly Insider hopes to begin by using some of this data to provide useful new fe
Social Enterprise Awards Northern Ireland 2012
Charity Regulation and Good Governance Seminars
The Developing Governance Group, in association with the Charity Commission and local support networks, held a series of information seminars in May and June to highlight the new charity rules and regulations that have come and are coming into being.
Office closure dates
NICVA will be closed this afternoon (Wednesday 11 July), reopening as usual on Monday 16 July.
Top marks for local community workers
On Friday 6 July, more than 50 people from voluntary and community organisations across Northern Ireland and the six southern Border counties graduated from the University of Ulster with a Certificate in Management Practice.
Interrupted telephone service
We have been made aware of a fault with our telephone service which means we are temporarily unable to make or accept outgoing calls. Please use email to contact staff. If you urgently need to reach
Interrupted telephone service
We have been made aware of a fault with our telephone service which means we are temporarily unable to make or accept outgoing calls. Please use email to contact staff. If you urgently need to reach
Charities Bill Introduced
NICVA welcomes the introduction of the Charities Bill into the Assembly on 2 July 2012 the second stage of which will hopefully take place when the Assembly returns in September.
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT OFFICER (REF: SDO ’12)
NICVA is recruiting a Skills Development Officer. This is a full-time, fixed term post, funded until March 2014. Salary equivalent to NJC points 29-31 (£24,646-26,276).
ECONOMIC RESEARCH OFFICER (REF: ERO’12)
NICVA is recruiting an Economic Research Officer. This is a full-time, fixed term 3 year post. Salary equivalent to NJC scale point 29-34 (£24,646 - £28,636).
Social Enterprise Awards Northern Ireland 2012
The Social Enterprise Awards Northern Ireland 2012 gala awards ceremony will take place at Belfast Castle on Thursday 11 October 2012.
The Awards highlight and promote excellence in the social economy sector acro
Joint Forum seeks new sector reps
NICVA is currently seeking nominations from the voluntary and community sector to represent the sector at the Joint Government Voluntary and Community Sector Forum (Joint Forum).
The Joint Forum Voluntary and Com
NICVA shortlisted for Irish News Awards
NICVA is delighted to have been shortlisted under two categories for the 6th annual Irish News Workplace and Employment Awards: Work, Life & Wellbeing (Small/Medium Organisation) & Best Place to Work (Small Organisation).
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
Volunteer Now and NICVA have participated in assessing applications for these prestigious awards since the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service was established in 2002 and would like you to nominate your local volunteer groups now.
Sir Kenneth Branagh speaks to NICVA on his Knighthood
Sir Kenneth Branagh speaks to NICVA about his recent Knighthood for services to drama and his community work in Northern Ireland.
Voluntary and community nominations sought for Social Investment Fund steering groups
Applications are currently being sought for voluntary and community sector representatives to sit on the Social Investment Fund Steering Groups. The closing date is 29 June 2012.
The Social Investment Fund (SIF) has been set up t
Sector rallies to mitigate worsening financial picture
Almost half of NICVA member organisations report that their financial situation has worsened over the last 12 months. However, the latest Viewfinder results show that the sector has rallied to mitigate the worst of these problems.
NICVA has a Hearty Lunch
As part of Northern Ireland Chest, Heart and Stroke (NICHS) Hearty Lunch fundraiser, NICVA staff tucked into an array of health treats today, Thursday 14 June.
Coca-Cola £103,000 fund deadline extended
Coca-Cola has said the high level of interest in the 'Coca-Cola Thank You Fund' means they will now be accepting entries until midnight on 20 July. £103k/€125k is available to voluntary and community groups promoting active lifestyles throughout Ire
U turn on tax cap a major success for charities
Chancellor George Osborne has today announced the dropping of plans to introduce a cap on tax relief on charitable giving, having listened to the views and strong objections from Charities.
‘Living Spaces’, Urban Stewardship and Design Manual for Northern Ireland consultation
NICVA would like to invite members - and the wider voluntary and community sector - to submit an initial consultation response to inform the early stage of this design manual.
Five Nations representatives fight against fuel poverty at Stormont
The Northern Ireland Fuel Poverty Coalition, of which NICVA is a member, met Alex Maskey MLA at a Stormont event this week. It was attended by MLAs, MPs, local government, public bodies, health sector representatives and voluntary and community organis
A volunteer's experience at NICVA
My name is Michael Cromie and I was assigned a voluntary post in the IT department at NICVA to learn how to use drupal - a content management system used by NICVA to manage their websites. The Cedar Foundation helped obtain this job
Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme is a missed opportunity
A government scheme to top-up small donations through Gift Aid misses the mark, according to NICVA's response.
NI Assembly Open Data Service launched
NICVA welcomes the Northern Ireland Assembly launch of the Open Data Project on 21 May 2012. This first phase offers developers access to information about MLAs, Assembly questions and answers, names of Departments, Committees, Political Parties
Half price on NICVA's conference facilities
NICVA is offering a 50% discount on its conference room hire for bookings in July and August.
Getting your finances in order
Sector Matters is about to begin its second year of delivering the Building Financial Capability in the Age Sector project with Charity Bank. This project offers financial health checks for organisations who work with older people.
Cookies – it’s complicated!
From 26 May new regulations on website cookies began to be enforced. To help organisations understand the regulations and get started on compliance we have provided some background information on the new rules, what this means for organisations and lin
Adult Learners' Week: being the best that we can be
Guest speakers at NICVA’s certificate presentation ceremony - held as part of Adult Learners' Week - spoke of their confidence after taking part in training to deliver more effectively in their organisations.
Training for groups working with older people
NICVA is delighted to promote training opportunities available from other voluntary and community sector groups for those working with and on behalf of older people.
Celebrating Adult Learners' Week
NICVA is celebrating Adult Learners' Week this year - beginning 12 May - with various training events.
Fundraising advice staff coming to a town near you - Book now for an appointment
NICVA's fundraising advice team is coming to a town near you. If you are in Ballycastle, Antrim, Banbridge, Castlereagh/East Belfast or Enniskillen you could benefit from direct one-to-one advice on a funding application or fundraising proposal. Early
Giving more to communities in difficult times
New research shines a light on Northern Ireland as a giving nation and highlights the appetite many people have to respond to increased need in their community by giving more money, time or energy to the causes they care about.
Consultation on Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme opened
Could what started as a great idea to simplify the claiming of Gift Aid on small cash collections become the latest Gift Aid headache for small charities, local groups and "newbies" to Gift Aid? NICVA has prepared a briefing paper on the Small Donation
Springfield Charitable Association Tri-age West Belfast launch
Springfield Charitable Association launched its Tri-Age west Belfast project on Friday 20 April 2012 in the Farset International.
Breaking eNews! Newsletter reaches new milestone
Over the years eNews has become something of a ‘must read’ for those working within the voluntary and community sector and, indeed, for others working in the public and private sectors. Published every Monday, you are guaranteed to come across some
Community bridge builder – a project offering hope to thousands of older people with mental health problems
A new outreach project designed to help the tens of thousands of older people across Northern Ireland who are actively engaged with mental health services launched at the Long Gallery, Stormont on 26 April.
NI Assembly asks the Chancellor to Give it Back George
On Monday 30 April the NI Assembly unanimously passed a resolution from the DUP which “expresses concern at the proposals by the Chancellor of th
Data Protection training for COP groups
Recently, NICVA's Information Officer Seana McAuley designed and delivered a data protection training session to groups funded by The BIG Lottery Reaching Out: Connecting Older People programme.
Launch of Crossroads ‘In Your Prime’ Project
Tuesday 27 March 2012 saw the official launch of Crossroads ‘In Your Prime’ Project in their state of the art premises at 432 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast. TV Presenter and journalist Lynda Bryans officially launched the project and highlig
Inspire, engage and celebrate: Adult Learners' Week
The launch of Adult Learners' Week takes place on Tuesday 15 May in the Long Gallery at Stormont. The designated week is the UK's largest annual festival of learning, inspiring thousands of people every year to find out how learning can change their li
State of the Sector VI
NICVA is very pleased to announce that State of the Sector VI, the only comprehensive picture of the scale and scope of the economic activities of the Northern Ireland voluntary and community sector, is now available.
NICVA staff get set for Sunshine
What are you doing on May Day? The Belfast City Marathon is one of the biggest fundraising events in Northern Ireland, attracting runners of all abilities to raise money for their chosen charities. NICVA staff have entered relay teams to the
NICVA Acts Up
On 24 April NICVA held ‘ActUpNI: Campaigning Lobbying and Dissent’ bringing the voluntary and community sector together to discuss the effectiveness of its campaigning and lobbying strategies, investigate what has worked, where improvements could b
NICVA hosts voluntary and community sector tweetup
The pizza crumbs are barely hoovered up and already people are talking about the 'next Tweetup', after the success of the meeting hosted by NICVA on Wednesday for over 95 representatives of the voluntary and community sector on aspects of using social
Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme consultation
HMRC has launched a consultation to seek responses on the proposed ‘Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme’.
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
NJC Pay Freeze Likely to Continue for 2012/13
The Local Government Association confirmed a pay freeze for 1.6 million local government employees for 2012/13.
Accountability of government under scrutiny at special seminar
NICVA held a special fringe event today (Thursday 5 April) as part of the prestigious Political Studies Association conference, which was addressed by The Speaker of the House of Commons, Mr John Bercow and The Lord Speaker, Baroness D’Souza.
NICVA backs the 'Give it back George' campaign
NICVA has recently added its name to the Give it back George campaign, which is calling on the Chancellor to reverse his decision and exempt charitable donations from the plans to cap personal tax reliefs.
Sector Matters - Redundancy and ‘Winding up’ advice
In the current climate organisations may be in the unfortunate position of having to make staff redundant or even go so far as closing down the organisation itself, known as ‘winding-up’. Sector Matters has drafted some overview advice for th
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Red tape and bureaucracy on agenda in Assembly
Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland, referred to work to cut bureaucracy and red tape in government funding during a report on his involvement in the British Irish Council meeting on social inclusion.
[email protected] 2.0 project seeking participants
As part of NICVA's involvement with Reaching Out: Connecting Older People, we're glad to share news from EGSA, who are looking for participants for the pilot programme of [email protected] 2.0.
A look at the 2012 Budget
Taking a step back from the detail of the budget it is perhaps worth looking at what it affirmed or changed in the bigger picture of the UK economy and public finances.
Welfare Reform: Q & A with Northern Ireland politicians, Neil Couling DWP, and Professor Ruth Lister
Welfare Reform: Q & A with Northern Ireland politicians, Neil Couling DWP, and Professor Ruth Lister.
Welfare Reform: Baroness Ruth Lister in conversation with Paul Clark
Welfare Reform: Baroness Ruth Lister in conversation with Paul Clark
Welfare Reform: Q & A with Neil Couling and Les Allamby
Welfare Reform: Q & A with Neil Couling and Les Allamby
Welfare Reform: Neil Couling DWP on reforming welfare in the UK
Welfare Reform: Neil Couling DWP on reforming welfare in the UK
Welfare Reform: welcome address from NICVA Chairman Bob Stronge
Welfare Reform: welcome address from NICVA Chairman Bob Stronge
Welfare Reform: Paul Clark welcomes delegates to the conference
Welfare Reform: Paul Clark welcomes delegates to the conference
Welfare Reform: Panel Discussion and Workshop Feedback
Panel discussion and workshop feedback from the Welfare Reform Conference held in NICVA on Tuesday 6 March 2012
Welfare Reform: Will Haire, Permanent Secretary DSD addresses the conference
Will Haire, Permanent Secretary DSD addresses the conference
Credibility, experience and legitimacy add up to powerful sector
The Shadow Secretary of State, Vernon Coaker MP, has told NICVA members that the power of the sector lies in its credibility, experience and legitimacy.
Welfare Reform event to stream live
Tomorrow's Welfare Reform event, hosted by NICVA and the Law Centre (NI), was very quickly booked to capacity. To allow as many people as possible to see, hear and contribute to this important event, we plan to stream it live, so that anybody who was u
New ILM Diploma in Leadership and Management begins
Leading by discussion was the hot topic at NICVA's first training session with 18 new participants from 9 different organisations taking part in the new ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management.
Destined - you're a STAR
In recognition of recent successes, members of Destined - a support organisation for people with learning difficulties - attended a civic reception hosted by the Mayor of Derry, Mr Maurice Devenney on Tuesday 28 February.
CLP's Year Three a resounding success
The end of year three of The International Fund for Ireland's £2.1million Community Leadership Programme, in conjunction with NICVA, was celebrated at a roundtable meeting and certificate presentation in the Slieve Russell Hotel, Co Cavan on Frid
NICVA responds to Economic Strategy
NICVA’s submission to the draft Economic Strategy urges the Executive to do as much as possible to boost job creation and help people from socially deprived backgrounds into work.
Poverty, employment, housing, shared future and education prominent in NICVA response to the draft Programme for Government.
NICVA’s submission to the draft Programme for Government reflects the culmination of a series of six consultation sessions with just under 200 people over the last four months and provides a comprehensive overview of the key issues effecting the volu
Another fine day for NICVA Training
NICVA’s Skills Development Unit held its annual Presentation of Certificates Ceremony on Tuesday 21 February to recognise the achievement of over 30 participants on its ILM accredited courses. These courses ranged from Level 3 Diploma in First
STAR quality training at NICVA
NICVA’s training team gained a great boost today when its Big Lottery funded learning programme for Destined was awarded the winner of a STAR award at a ceremony in Dublin. The AONTAS STAR Awards showcase teamwork and give recognition to adult
From 2012 changes to the pensions law will affect all employers, including charitable and voluntary organisations, in Northern Ireland.
Social security experts and high level politicians confirmed for Welfare Reform Conference.
Internationally renowned social policy expert Professor Ruth Lister (now Baroness Lister) will join a range of high level officials and politicians includin
Charities advised to learn from new report
A new report published by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) has revealed that charities could learn valuable lessons from the concerns raised by members of the public with the Commission.
Minister makes decision for a Charities (Amendment) Bill
NICVA welcomes the Minister for Social Development's decision that all charities in Northern Ireland will be required to demonstrate that they are established for the benefit of the public.
Masterclass examines the creative class theory
The Centre for Economic Empowerment held its fourth masterclass in the series on Friday 27 January. The seminar examined the Creative Class theory developed by Richard Florida and its potential implications for economic policy development in Northern I
First Line Managers kick off the January blues
The blues were well and truly kicked off at An Creagán on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 January, when 13 participants from 9 different organisations funded under the Reaching Communities NI Big Lottery Scheme came together.
Participative training a hit with Reaching Out: Connecting Older People groups
Participants from three organisations across Northern Ireland attended the first scheduled training event as part of the Reaching Out: Connecting Older People development and support programme funded by The Big Lottery Fund.
Increase to Statutory Redundancy, Maternity, Paternity, Adoption and Sick Payments
Statutory redundancy payments increase from 1 February 2013 Statutory Maternity, Paternity, Adoption and Sick payments increase from 6 April 2013
Economic Strategy consultation resources
NICVA's Centre for Economic Empowerment held a consultation event on the draft Northern Ireland Economic Strategy on 23 January 2012 in Belfast. David Sterling, DETI Permanent Secretary addressed the event, together with representatives from the social
New employment rights for agency workers
From 5 December 2011, after 12 weeks in the same job with the same hirer, agency workers will be entitled to the same basic terms and conditions as if they had been recruited directly.
Public Accounts Committee report is a big win for the voluntary and community sector
NICVA’s campaign for more proportionate and appropriate administration requirements in the sector’s relationship with government took a massive leap forward with the publication of the report on Creating Effective Partnerships between Governmen
Economic Analyst Centre for Economic Empowerment (REF: EA2’12)
NICVA is recruiting an ECONOMIC ANALYST Full-time, fixed term 3 years post. Salary equivalent to NJC points 29-31 (£24,646 - £26,276). APPLICATIONS FOR SECONDMENT ARE ALSO WELCOME.
Programme for Government Consultations Resources
NICVA kicked off its series of consultations on the draft Programme for Government with a meeting in Belfast on 11 January. The event, attended by 65 people from a wide ran
First Public Health Annual Scientific Conference
The Public Health Agency and partners, including NICVA, will be hosting the first Public Health Annual Scientific Conference, focusing on the theme of Children and Young People.
Important PAYE information
HMRC appears to be becoming more stringent in the application penalty charges for employers who haven't ensured that payments are made in time to clear on due dates.
Your free Vital Links to getting to know the Assembly
If you want to benefit from a better understanding of how the NI Assembly works, as well as more, positive, engagement with key institutions, sign up for the next Get to know the Assembly session.
NICVA Christmas closing dates
The Executive Committee and staff of NICVA would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We have been proud to support and learn from you all throughout 2011 and look forward to continuing to do so in 2012.
Review of the year 2011
Taking a look at 2011 and how NICVA has been working to support and promote voluntary and community organisations in a challenging year.
Review 2011: Supporting a changing sector
2011 saw the launch of the Government and Voluntary and Community Sector Concordat, which aims to strengthen the relationship between the sector and government.
Review 2011: Developing and informing the sector
The NICVA Charity Advice team and our partners in the Developing Governance Group joined the NI Charity Commission to host six Good Governance road shows across NI.
Review 2011: Influence, advocacy and political engagement
NICVA's policy fora and other leading organisations were mobilised in late February to produce the 2011 Policy Manifesto which was launched at a pre-election hustings event. A comparative analysis of the manifesto with political parties' manifestos sho
Review 2011: Leading the big debates
2011 began with a series of consultation meetings on the budget as hundreds of people from across the sector gathered to learn more about departmental priorities and explore what they meant for people in Northern Ireland.
The difference support from CollaborationNI can make to your organisation
Maeve Monaghan, CEO of NOW, spoke to CollaborationNI Co-ordinator Leeann Kelly about her involvement in the programme and her wider thoughts on collaboration. NOW, along with partners Stepping Stones and The Orchardville Society, registered an interest
Fuel allowance payment announcement welcomed, warmly
NICVA welcomes today’s announcement of a one-off Executive funded fuel allowance payment. The initiative will support older people, cancer sufferers and individuals receiving a number of income based benefits.
New video highlights: 'Creating the good economy'
If you missed NICVA's Centre for Economic Empowerment conference, 'Creating the good economy', or if you were there and want to revisit some of the day's speeches, we've made a new video available.
FALNI presents case to Assembly Committee
At First Steps Women's Centre in Dungannon today, FALNI, the voluntary forum representing the interests of adult learners in Northern Ireland, met the Assembly's Committee for Employment and Learning.
Celebrating Sporting Volunteers
As part of the European Year of Volunteering NICVA, the Northern Ireland Sports Forum and Volunteer Now hosted a half day conference to celebrate the impact of volunteering in sport. The event showcased the economic and tourism benefits as well as high
Economic Strategy: priorities for sustainable growth and prosperity
The Minister for Enterprise Trade and Investment has published the Northern Ireland Executive’s draft Economic Strategy, which sets out the Executive’s plan to grow a prosperous local economy over the short, medium and longer term to 2030. The Exec
All Party Group on Voluntary and Community Sector discusses tackling unemployment
The All Party Group met on Tuesday 22 November and heard from Springboard Opportunities, The Prince’s Trust and NOW Project on what each organisation is doing to help the people they work with to gain employment.
Masterclass studies gender budget analysis
On Friday 18 November the Centre for Economic Empowerment’s third masterclass examined the important and emerging field of gender budget analysis. The seminar was addressed by Professor Ailsa McKay of Glasgow Caledonian University, a leading authorit
Reaching Out: Connecting Older People grant holders
NICVA held its second grant holders information session on Monday 21 November, for another five groups who have awarded grants from the Big Lottery fund’s Reaching Out: Connecting Older People programme.
'Prevention is better than cure' - linking our wellbeing with our environment
The Sustainability and Environmental policy forum, facilitated by NICVA's Vital Links project, is this month aiming to raise awareness of the inextricable link between the environment and sustainability and our physical and mental wellbeing.
Programme for Government: consultation dates
The First Minister and deputy First Minister have published the draft Programme for Government, laying out the Executive's commitments and priorities for 2011-2015. The Executive is now seeking views on this draft document and the consultation period w
NICVA HR updates: new policies and the latest pay claim
NICVA has updated its paternity, retirement and maternity policies to reflect recent legislative changes. The advice note attached below is to provide a brief overview of what the changes are and to inform organisations of where further advice and
NJC Payscales pay claim 2012/13
The Trade Union side of the National Joint Council for Local Government Services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland submitted a pay claim for 2012/13 on 28 October 2011.
NICVA's updated policies - November 2011
NICVA’s updated policies on retirement and paternity leave have now been published in the Staff handbook section of the website: http://www.nicva.org/publications/nicva-staff-handbook
Audio, tweets and pictures from the 'Creating the good economy' conference
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'Creating the good economy' conference has challenged us all
NICVA held its first annual economic conference yesterday in the Stormont Hotel. The event was addressed by keynote speakers Will Hutton, David McWilliams and the Minister for Enterprise Trade and Investment, Arlene Foster MLA. The conference sought to
Gambling review update
The Department for Social Development consulted on reforming gambling legislation earlier this year. While the consultation document, Future Regulation of Gambling in Northern Ireland, considered most aspects of gambling, from lottery tic
Masterclass tackles financial crisis
The Centre for Economic Empowerment’s second masterclass tackled the complex and wide-ranging topic of what caused the global financial crisis and examined the policies that resulted from it. The event was addressed by Dr Esmond Birnie, PwC Chie
Charities (Amendment) Bill - no progress expected until next year
The Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland, has still not disclosed his preferred course of action to sort out the public benefit test problem.
Welfare reform to pose significant challenges for Northern Ireland
The incoming welfare reforms have been widely described as the most radical shake up of the social security system in over 40 years. The proposed aim of the reform and subsequent Bill is to simplify the benefits system, improve work incentives to encou
Video Comment: NICVA Chief Executive on the future of Northern Ireland's economy
In advance of NICVA's Centre for Economic Empowerment conference in Belfast on 8 November 2011 - Creating the good economy - Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey talks about why the voluntary
Consultation dates for Social Investment Fund Announced
The Social Investment Fund aims to reduce poverty, unemployment and physical deterioration through area based interventions of s
NICVA releases latest Viewfinder research
NICVA has released their latest research on the voluntary and community sector. Viewfinder, the tenth in the series, provides an overview of a number of issues which are currently affecting the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.&
NICVA's 73rd Annual General Meeting
Bob Stronge, Chair of NICVA, welcomed members to NICVA's 73rd AGM on 14 October and reflected on a year which saw the impact of economic downturn, cuts to public expenditure and the reshaping of public services creating many difficulties for families a
NICVA meets Connecting Older People grantholders
In June 2011 NICVA was awarded the development and support contract from the BIG Lottery fund to work with Reaching Out: Connecting Older People grant holders. NICVA has agreed to work in partnership with Stratagem and Stellar Leadership to deliv
NICVA asks Public Accounts Committee to keep the pressure on bureaucracy changes
At its meeting on 12 October, NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey asked the powerful Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Northern Ireland Assembly, to monitor how govern
Sector representatives mark the publication of the Concordat
Members of the voluntary and community sector recently marked the publication of the Concordat — the social partnership agreement between government and the sector.
Strong cross party support for voluntary and community sector expressed in Assembly Debate
The relationship between government and the voluntary and community sector was the focus of debate in the Assembly on the 27 September.
First and deputy First Minister announce consultation on £80million Social Investment Fund
Consultation on the long awaited and much talked about Social Investment Fund was launched in Parliament Buildings on 27 September.
Charities (Amendment) Bill Rescheduled
The Committee for Social Development was due to consider the Charities (Amendment) Bill at the end of September, but this has now been rescheduled to 20 October 2011.
Community activists and education policy
Following the Call to Action report produced by a working group led by Dawn Purvis, NICVA hosted an event to explore the issue of educational disadvantage and discuss how the voluntary and community sector can help increase educational eq
Masterclass explores government's economic levers
NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment held its first masterclass this morning on Understanding Government’s Economic Levers. The inaugural seminar was addressed by Kate Barker, Chairperson of Northern Ireland’s Economic Advisory Group and Dr Gr
Public Accounts Committee to hold meeting in NICVA
On Wednesday 12 October at 2.00pm the influential Public Accounts Committee of the NI Assembly will hold its meeting in NICVA’s Duncairn Gardens offices.
Cuts to services in the voluntary and community sector hit £2million
Children, families and people with disabilities are amongst the groups that have seen cuts to the services delivered to them by voluntary and community organisations according to recent case studies on NICVA's CutsWatchNI.
Minister McCausland outlines his priorities to the sector
120 people from voluntary and community organisations across Northern Ireland gathered in NICVA today to hear DSD Minister Nelson McCausland outline his priorities for his term in office.
CollaborationNI launches new website
CollaborationNI has announced the launch of its new website www.collaborationni.org. The website will provide information on and valuable resources relating to the work of th
Stepping Stones path to success after completing ILM Award
Eight Stepping Stones staff confidently say that they are now more effective managers after completing the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 3 Award in Effective Management with NICVA.
Communication is the key
Communication is at the heart of everything we do and is one of the key tools we need to run an effective and successful organisation. If we don't get it right we run the risk, at the very least, of not being heard amongst the thousands of other charit
Guardian Live Q&A on how charities can plan for austerity
NICVA Chief Executive, Seamus McAleavey, is part of an expert panel discussing how charities can plan for austerity in a live question and answer session hosted by the Guardian Professional online. The discussion takes place from 1-3pm on Tuesday 23 Au
NICVA responds to Homelessness Strategy
The Northern Ireland Housing Executive's Homelessness Strategy 2011-16 details proposals to tackle the issue of homelessness in Northern Ireland. Given the current economic situation, NICVA was keen to contribute to this timely debate.
Funding and policy issues both on agenda for meeting with DHSSPS Minister Poots
NICVA Executive Committee members Liz Cuddy, Extern; Marie Cavanagh, Gingerbread; Eddie Magowan, NI Hospice and NICVA Chair Bob Stronge held a briefing meeting with Edwin Poots, Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety.
NICVA joins business and trades union leaders for emergency meeting with Finance Minister Sammy Wilson
As the economic crisis took a turn for the worse in world markets, with renewed problems in the US and Europe, Finance Minister Sammy Wilson convened an emergency meeting of key organisations from business and trades unions with NICVA representing the
Reform of Social Fund discussed at meeting with Commissioner and voluntary and community organistions
Karamjit Singh CBE Social Fund Commissioner for Northern Ireland visited NICVA to discuss upcoming changes to the Social Fund.
New economic masterclass series for voluntary and community organisations
NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment first masterclass series begins this September. The series will examine some of the major economic issues we face today wi
An update from NICVA on the progress of the Charities Act (NI) 2008
In September 2008 the Charities Bill became the Charities Act (NI) 2008. NICVA has prepared a paper to explain the progress in the implementation of the Act's main provisions.
Sector Matters - Building Financial Foundations
The Building Financial Foundations project is a new initiative from Sector Matters, funded by Lloyds TSB Foundation. Working with groups with an income up to £100,000 Sector Matters will deliver support and guidance on good financial practice.
Hats off to community leaders
Hats off to a number of community leaders who recently graduated from the University of Ulster with a Certificate in Management Practice, which was funded by the International Fund for Ireland's Community Leadership Programme managed by NICVA.
All Party Group on the Voluntary and Community Sector
The All Party Group on the Voluntary and Community Sector provides a forum for MLAs from different parties to meet in order to consider and discuss shared interests in particular subjects.
Joint forum discusses next steps for Concordat
A recent meeting of the Joint Government Voluntary and Community Sector Forum highlighted the Executive's agreement to the Concordat in March and outlined the crucial steps necessary for accomplishing the commitments contained within the document.
£250k Innovation Fund now open for applications from sector
Voluntary and community organisations from across Northern Ireland will have the opportunity to bid for funding as part of the Innovation Fund aimed at increasing the uptake of benefits.
Destined for success
Beginning with Duties of Directors training in 2010, now eight members of Destined - a support organisation for people with learning disabilities - have completed an ILM Level 3 Award in Effective Management.
Benefits of corporation tax reduction must be shared by all through job creation
NICVA has responded to the Government's consultation paper 'Rebalancing the Northern Ireland Economy'. The consultation paper details proposals to devolve the power to vary corporation tax to the Northern Ireland Assembly. In its response NICVA has sen
Lord Mayor helps to forge Vital Links
NICVA has officially launched its Vital Links ‘Get to know the sector’ programme in Belfast City Hall, which aims to enable participants to explore policy issues, build new relationships and engage meaningfully with the voluntary and community sect
Collaborators sent to the Tower
Nineteen potential collaborators from a range of voluntary and community groups in the North-West were confined to the Tower Museum, Derry, on 29 June to share and develop their experiences of working across organisational boundaries.
Starter Job Pilot Study
Representatives from a wide range of voluntary and community organisations attended an OFMdFM open information session at NICVA in April to discuss a study on the impact of supporting parents into employment.
Charitable organisations and campaigning: new guidance clarifies position
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) has launched new guidance for charitable organisations engaged in political activities and campaigning.
Lively discussion on the future of education
As part of its manifesto call for public debate on key issues such as education, NICVA joined with IEF to host a Civic Discussion on Education.
NICVA response on the Future Regulation of Gambling in Northern Ireland
NICVA has submitted its response to the Department for Social Development’s consultation on the ‘Future Regulation of Gambling in Northern Ireland’. The response provides general comments on the relevant policy areas which affect the sector
The Northern Ireland Assembly
NICVA has designed a web page with interactive map to allow you to view MLAs via their constituencies.
NICVA hosts Secretary of State and Treasury for Corporation Tax debate
NICVA welcomed Secretary of State Owen Paterson MP and Richard Williams from HM Treasury to Belfast today, to a special seminar on the Government's proposals for Rebalancing the Northern Ireland Economy.
Community Leadership Programme celebrates Year Two
NICVA, in conjunction with the International Fund for Ireland (IFI), recently celebrated the end of year two of the £2.1 million Community Leadership Programme (CLP) with a final roundtable, including a reflection and evaluation of learning and presen
New First Line Managers in the making
13 participants from 8 organisations across Northern Ireland have begun the 2011 spring session of Institute of Management and Leadership (ILM) level 3 in First Line Management (FLM) as part of the Reaching Communities NI Support and Development Progra
CutsWatchNI: report your cuts
CutsWatchNI maps the impact of public sector spending cuts on voluntary and community groups in Northern Ireland. It is designed to highlight the impact of cuts on both organisations and communities.
Your input needed for State of the Sector VI
Over the next few days, the State of the Sector VI survey will be arriving at every voluntary and community organisation in Northern Ireland. We would be grateful if you would take a few moments to complete the survey and return it along with
NICVA welcomes new NI Executive
Speaking following the announcement of the new Northern Ireland Executive, NICVA CEO Seamus McAleavey congratulated Ministers and looked forward to working with them on smart solutions for the tough times ahead.
Managing Change event cancelled
Please note that the member event, Managing Change, which was planned for Thursday 19 May, has been cancelled.
NICVA's Individual Giving Survey 2010 reveals sustained and committed charitable giving
NICVA’s latest research into charitable giving in Northern Ireland suggests that the number of individuals giving to charity, and the amounts donors are giving, have remained steady despite the recession. However, there still remains a number of chal
Consultation on changes to lotteries and raffles rules
The Department for Social Development is currently consulting on reforming the gambling legislation in Northern Ireland. The consultation document ‘Future Regulation of Gambling in Northern Ireland’ considers most aspects of gambling, from
Coca-Cola celebrates 125 years and says 'Thank You'
Coca-Cola celebrated its 125th anniversary on 8 May 2011. On that day, 125 years ago, the first Coca-Cola was sold in Atlanta, Georgia. As part of the celebratory events to mark this milestone the company has launched the Coca-Cola 125 Years Thank You
The value of investing in your managers
By investing in training, organisations will find that skilling their managers and developing their existing expertise delivers long term efficiency savings, helps achieve outcomes and bridges the gaps created by job cuts and downsizing. Despite
Collaborate more effectively
NICVA is set to deliver the first session under the new CollaborationNI service - a practical guide to collaborative working. Additionally, a three day, high powered development programme - Leading Beyond Authority: using influence to make collaboratio
Do you have the Will to Give?
A partnership, developed by NICVA, of 19 Northern Ireland charities recently launched an appeal with a difference.
Update on Payscales 2011
Local Government employers confirm there will be no pay offer for 2011 - 2012
NICVA launches manifesto challenge to parties
An election hustings event held at NICVA this morning offered an opportunity for representatives from the voluntary and community sector to question MLA candidates on their priorities for the future.
AMBIT US study visit 2011
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is set to lead a high level Trade Delegation to Northern Ireland. He was elected Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association on the back of his decisive re-election in November as Governor of Maryland.
NICVA condemns murder of PSNI Officer Ronan Kerr
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is the police service of the community and an attack on the police service is an attack on the community.
Northern Ireland social enterprise businesses win top UK awards
Two Northern Ireland social enterprise businesses have won the top prizes at the Social Enterprise Awards held on 30 March 2011 at the Indigo O2 Arena in London.
Pre-consultation on Social Investment Fund
OFMdFM have written to key stakeholders seeking their thoughts on the £80million Social Investment Fund.
Celebrating success, impacting performance
NICVA celebrated the success of those who completed the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) qualifications at a presentation of certificates event on Tuesday 22 March.
Better Together conference launches new £1million CollaborationNI project
A new service to support charities to collaborate more effectively has been launched today at a conference attended by over 100 third sector leaders. CollaborationNI will serve the Northern Ireland voluntary and community sector on behalf of the Buildi
Northern Ireland Child Poverty Strategy Update
As the Child Poverty Strategy is laid before the Northern Ireland Assembly, we take a look at some of the issues related to child poverty and the struggle to eradicate it in Northern Ireland.
Men's Policy Forum raises awareness of hidden problem
The Men's Policy Forum, as part of the Vital Links Programme, heard evidence in January from the Men's Advisory Project on the often silent and under resourced problem of men who are victims of domestic abuse.
NICVA responds to DSD Concordat consultation
Friday 3 March 2011 saw the closing date for responses to the Department for Social Development's consultation on proposals for the Joint Government/Voluntary and Community Sector Forum
Local Government Reform Update
Community Places hosted a workshop in NICVA on Friday 4 March 2011 to facilitate discussion within the voluntary and community sector on the proposals for local government reform.
Life after the budget
In an article written at the end of February, Seamus McAleavey highlighted how the McKinsey report could help to reconfigure public services as the final Budget approached.
Not All Charities to be Treated Equally
NICVA has written to the Minister for Social Development seeking clarification on plans by the Northern Ireland Executive to reintroduce the presumption of public benefit for certain types of organisation via a Draft Charities (Amendment) Bill.
Budget passed: protecting the vulnerable must now be a priority
The Budget has been agreed but now the real work must begin to protect the most vulnerable in our society.
Charity Commission Announces Introduction of Charity Regulation to Northern Ireland
In an announcement welcomed by NICVA, the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) has publicised the introduction of charity regulation to Northern Ireland.
Salary Survey 2010 highlights value of voluntary and community sector employment
NICVA’S Salary Survey 2010, the third such study carried out in Northern Ireland, has highlighted changing trends in the voluntary and community sector. The research exposes not just the challenges facing the sector in the current economic climate, b
Pickles warns councils over disproportionate cuts
Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in England, has outlined his expectations that local authorities embrace the contribution of the voluntary and community sector.
Tracking the cuts
If you've already been notified that you will suffer a reduction in funding as a result of the public sector cuts, NICVA would like to hear about it, in order to build a picture of the impact cuts will have.
Sector responses to the draft budget consultation
Many voluntary and community sector organisations have submitted responses to the draft budget consultation. Read some of their responses below.
Charity Commission Launches Pre-registration Process
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) has been contacting groups in order to verify the details passed on to them by HM Revenue and Customs.
Intelligent Procurement Conference, 8 March 2011
The NI Executive spends £2.3 billion annually procuring goods and services and increasingly more and more voluntary and community organisations are entering this process. This conference will be a big help to those who want to understand these p
Sector responses to the draft budget consultation
Many voluntary and community sector organisations have submitted responses to the draft budget consultation. Read some of their responses below.
NICVA response to Draft Budget consultation
NICVA has made a comprehensive response to the draft Budget as part of the Executive's consultation. A number of critical issues are raised and some frank and realistic questions asked.
NICVA calls for nothing less than a BIG 100%
NICVA Chief Executive, Seamus McAleavey, has called on the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure to fully protect funding to the voluntary and community sector from the Big Lottery Fund.
New Fire Regulations for Employers
From 15 November 2010 all non-domestic premises must hold a valid Fire Safety Risk Assessment.
Carrying Out a Redundancy
Many organisations may be facing the ending of fixed term contracts or redundancies at the end of March 2011.
Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband writes to NICVA about a new initiative on civil society
Ed Miliband has asked his shadow Cabinet Office team to carry out a policy review into civil society.
Management training reaching out to voluntary and community sector groups
Twelve participants from another nine organisations across Northern Ireland have commenced the Institute of Management and Leadership (ILM) level 3 in First Line Management (FLM) as part of the Reaching Communities NI Support and Development
First independent analysis of draft Budget released
The only comprehensive, independent review of the NI Executive's draft Budget, currently out for consultation, highlights gaps in departmental spending plans.
Ministers and civil society leaders meet in NICVA to discuss economy
The First and deputy First Ministers and their Executive colleagues, Ministers Gildernew, Murphy, Poots, Wilson and Junior Minister Newton joined representatives from the voluntary and community sector, trade unions and business for the fifth meeting o
DHSSPS acknowledges the essential role of the voluntary and community sector
NICVA’s departmental Budget Consultations are now well underway and the eighth meeting in the series was held on Wednesday 26 January. The Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety gave an overview of the Department's budget to a full
Voluntary and community sector leads the way with family friendly benefits and a motivated workforce
Recent research carried out by the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action has found that although workers in the voluntary and community sector earn slightly less than the NI average, organisations attract employees with their favourable terms a
Seminar offers low cost Smart Solutions
The recent Smart Solutions seminar “Big efficiencies and low cost solutions” offered voluntary and community organisations the opportunity to consider how leading edge technologies could transform their business.
Some DOE programmes facing suspension after budget
The sixth government department to discuss the proposed budget cuts as part of NICVA’s series of consultation meetings was the Department of the Environment. Cynthia Smith, Deputy Secretary of Corporate Services and Road Safety.
Mark of Excellence for NICVA
NICVA is delighted to be awarded a Mark of Excellence for its commitment to quality at a Gala Evening and Awards Ceremony on Thursday 28 January 2011 at the Ramada Hotel, Belfast.
Funding cuts to sector feature on Hearts and Minds
Award winning journalist Julia Paul presented a package on cuts to the voluntary and community sector on the BBC programme Hearts and Minds
Youth charities join forces
In the current economic climate, the sector is under increasing pressure to consider alternative ways of working, including working collaboratively with other organisations in the delivery of their key services.
DCAL anticipates cuts across the board
Continuing NICVA’s series of consultation meetings with central government departments, the Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure presented to a crowded room to discuss the potential impact of the draft budget.
DSD outlines Minister's spending priorities
The Department for Social Development was the third government department to present at NICVA's series of budget consultation meetings.
Minister seeks views on DSD draft Budget and Concordat
Alex Attwood MLA, Minister for Social Development, has organised a series of meetings designed to discuss the impact of the draft DSD Budget with voluntary and community organisations.
DFP explains that many challenges lie ahead
In our continuing budget consultation meetings with individual Government departments, Mike Brennan and Jeff McGuinness attended on behalf of the Department of Finance and Personnel.
For everything that matters ...
Are you preparing for the new financial year or considering the impact of potential cuts in funding? Do you need support in specific areas of your organisation such as Finance or HR? Have you considered external support and help?
Nineteen NI charities have the Will to Give
Northern Ireland charities joined forces today at NICVA to form a new organisation called Will to Give. The new organisation aims to raise awareness with the general public about leaving charitable donations in a will.
CollaborationNI: a new programme to support partnerships, collaboration and mergers
NICVA is delighted to announce the launch of a partnership between NICVA, CO3 and Stellar Leadership to deliver a partnerships, collaboration and mergers support programme. CollaborationNI will serve the Northern Ireland voluntary and community sect
New Charity Regulations and Working Towards Good Governance
The Developing Governance Group, in association with the Charity Commission and local support networks, is holding a series of free seminars focusing on the new rules and regulations that come into being from the Charities Act.
Public consultation on Regional Development Strategy's 10 Year Review
The Department for Regional Development is hosting a number of public consultation meetings to give information on the 10 year review of the revised Regional Development Strategy (Shaping Our Future) and take your views.
Department of Justice reiterates Minister's Budget priorities in the first of our consultation meetings
NICVA hosted the first in a series of consultation meetings on the Budget with the Department of Justice on Wednesday 12 January.
Deputy First Minister tells NICVA the "Executive has unity of purpose to deliver an economy that works for all"
Speaking at the Live Issues on the Economy Conference organised by NICVA the deputy First Minister said that the NI Executive believed that investment was the best way out of recession. He added that now was the time for the Executive to focus on deliv
All twelve departments make spending plans available. Download here.
Download each department's spending plan as it becomes available.
NICVA calls for the publication of Departmental Spending Plans
NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey has called on NI Executive Ministers to publish their Spending Plans as part of the Budget process. “It is three weeks now since Finance Minister Sammy Wilson published a draft budget for consultation
New ‘Additional Paternity Leave and Pay’ April 2011
A new piece of legislation has been implemented which will affect parents of children born on or after 3rd April 2011.
Jubilee– leave or not to leave?
The Government has agreed to mark Tuesday 5 June 2012 as a new public holiday date in the 2012 calendar.
Consultation on draft budget gets underway
NICVA is arranging dates for consultation meetings on the budget with each government department.
Green New Budget?
The Green New Deal, the NI coalition group of which NICVA is a member, is an amibitious investment programme, aiming to leverage significant funding to deliver energy efficiency measures and create several thousand jobs over a three year period. The Ex
Draft Budget 2011-2015 released for consultation
Finance Minister Sammy Wilson introduced a draft budget to the Assembly. Consultation on its content will be held over the next eight weeks and end on 9 February.
Plan ahead to get ahead
"No one can be sure of continued secured employment. Many employers have been reducing working hours and / or introducing pay cuts. The future is uncertain. Be in control of your destiny. Plan ahead to get ahead."
New research confirms sectors worst fears on Welfare Reform
One of the key elements of NICVA's Smart Solutions in Tough Times campaign has been protecting vulnerable people and communities from the worst impacts of the recession and outcomes of the Comprehensive Spending Review. The changes to social secu
Child Protection and Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults - Guidance and Training
Sources for standards, guidance and training on child protection and safeguarding vulnerable adults in Northern Ireland.
First Minister expects budget by Christmas
First Minister Peter Robinson told the Chief Executives Forum conference on the 3 December, that he fully expected a budget to be agreed by Christmas. He added that he was confident that the agreed budget would be for four years. Minister Ro
Minister Kennedy calls for authentic partnership with sector at UUP party conference.
In his address to the UUP Annual Conference Employment and Learning Minister Danny Kennedy spoke of the role voluntary and community organisations play as ‘valued partners’ in addressing disadvantage and educational under attainment.
Children's Services Planning Nominations 2010
Children in Northern Ireland (CiNI) has been requested by the Director of Social Care and Children, Health and Social Care Board to co-ordinate, in liaison with NICVA and NICEM, the recruitment process for community, voluntary and BME sector representa
Role of the voluntary and community sector debated at DUP party conference
NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey participated in a panel discussion on Reforming Government and Financing Public Services, as part of the DUP annual party conference
Politicians hear concerns over welfare reform and cuts to services
Members of the Assembly Social Development Committee stepped out of Stormont and held a special evidence gathering session in the offices of the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA). The Committee wanted to question the voluntary and c
NICVA 72nd Annual General Meeting
NICVA's 72nd AGM took place on Friday 19 November, at NICVA's offices in Belfast, and was attended by over 50 members.
Upcoming Policy Forum dates
Are you or your organisation interested in trying to influence decision-makers?
Ever asked yourself - why is politics still done like this?
The popular blog Slugger O'Toole has a series of Political Innovation events planned throughout the UK and Ireland. NICVA is pleased to host the Belfast event on Saturday 20th Nove
Strong showing from voluntary and community organisations at SDLP party conference
Representatives from the voluntary and community sector mingled with Ministers, MPs, MLAs, Councillors and party members as the SDLP kicked off the Northern Ireland party conference season in the Ramada Hotel.
Green New Deal Housing Plan launched
NICVA Chief Executive, Seamus McAleavey, attended yesterday's Stormont launch of the Green New Deal Group's Housing Fund Business Plan.
No salami slicing in the Department of Justice
Justice Minister David Ford was in NICVA on 28 October to meet with voluntary and community organisations to discuss issues of common concern
NICVA meets again with First and deputy First Ministers Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness on Spending Review
NICVA representatives have met the FM and dFM for the second time this month to discuss the outcome of the Spending Review and the implications for public expenditure in Northern Ireland.
DSD Minister reports back on Spectrum Centre event
A conversational session at the Spectrum Centre on 26 October focused on actions to ensure an "effective, enterprising and sustainable sector" playing a role in the design, development and delivery of policy and services in Northern Ireland. M
Timely, informative conference ...
NICVA’s Charity Financial Reporting Conference, held on 21 October 2010, was attended by over 120 participants. Participants’ feedback was very positive, with all saying they enjoyed the day which they thought was informative and timely.
Your reactions to the Spending Review announcement
As part of our Smart Solutions in Tough Times campaign, we're eager to gather the responses of our member organisations and of the wider voluntary and community sector to the Spending Review.
The poorest and families with children will be hit the hardest
The Institute for Fiscal Studies has called the budget "regressive".
Simply managing cuts is not acceptable for the people of Northern Ireland
Speaking after the Spending Review announcement NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey said “Today’s announcement confirms our worst fears. The real term reduction in the block grant will be felt in every home
Finance Minister Sammy Wilson talked about smart solutions and budget plans
Finance Minister Sammy Wilson told a packed audience in NICVA that the voluntary and community sector is "well placed to offer attractive and innovative solutions that will not only save money, but also provide better services for the peopl
CSR briefing with DETI
The latest in the series of NICVA’s Comprehensive Spending Review events with officials from the Department for Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) saw the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Mr David Sterli
CSR briefing with DCAL
The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) was the latest department to take part in NICVA’s Smart Solutions in Tough Times series of events. The meetings are a part of Vital Links, a project funded by PEACE III.
Report from CSR event with the Department of the Environment
NICVA hosted another of its Comprehensive Spending Review events with officials from the Department of the Environment (DOE). The events are part of Vital Links, a project funded by PEACE III.
All Party Group impressed by sector’s contribution
The All Party Group on the Voluntary and Community Sector held its Annual General Meeting at Stormont on 28 September. The group agreed to propose a motion calling the Executive to ensure that the voluntary and community sector is not subject to dispro
NICVA delegation met with First Minister and deputy First Minister at Stormont
NICVA Executive Committee members, Bob Stronge Chair, Marie Cavanagh vice Chair, Liz Cuddy Executive Committee and Seamus McAleavey Chief Executive met with Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness on Thursday 30 September at Stormont Castle.
Equality Champion Programme
In partnership with NICVA, the Equality Commission is delivering a modular programme of five seminars aimed at assisting voluntary sector employers to meet their responsibilities under employment equality legislation.
Draft Programme for Cohesion, Sharing and Integration issued for consultation
The long anticipated draft Programme for Cohesion, Sharing and Integration has been issued for consultation. As part of the consultation, sectoral meetings are in the process of being arranged under the following categories: Academics, Victims and Surv
Voluntary and community sector receives positive report from NI Audit Office
The Comptroller and Auditor General, Mr Kieran Donnelly, has today issued a report to the Assembly on Creating Effective Partnerships between Government and the Voluntary and Community Sector. The report, which draws on NICVA research findings
Big Lottery Fund grant holders to benefit from development and support programme
A further seven organisations have been awarded a Reaching Communities NI grant from the Big Lottery Fund (BIG).
CSR briefing with DARD
As part of the Smart Solutions in Tough Times series, NICVA hosted officials from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) who presented a briefing on the Comprehensive Spending Review.
Minister speaks to the sector on spending pressures
At a packed meeting in NICVA over 150 people from the voluntary and community sector heard DSD Minister Alex Attwood say that "the community and voluntary sector is frontline activity in areas where communities are in stress." The Minister sai
Draft Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures
The Labour Relations Agency has published, for consultation, a Draft Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures
Smart Solutions campaign to hear from Minister
The voluntary and community sector continues its Smart Solutions in Tough Times campaign with a seminar in which the Social Development Minister, Alex Attwood MLA, will be invited to lay out his plans to protect vital services for vulnerable people. Th
CSR briefing with DRD
Over 50 people attended the latest meeting in NICVA’s CSR briefing series. On this occasion it was DRD’s turn to outline their priorities in roads, public utilities and public transport.
Reaching Out: Connecting Older People – Getting your message across
The ROCOP programme recently held training on how to create a key message for their Big Lottery, Reaching Out: Connecting Older People project,
Resources for RO:COP
To help with your projects we have compiled a list of useful sites and information for you.
Members of the Joint Goverment / Voluntary and Community Sector Forum
A new VCG was selected in August 2012 by a sub group of the NICVA Executive Committee and the new membership spans the sector.
Policy Manifesto 2011
NICVA, the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, is the umbrella body and development agency for the 4,500 strong voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.
NJC payscales – trade unions reject 1% increase
Trade unions are balloting members on industrial action having rejected the 1% pay increase offered in March 2014 by the employers’ side of the NJC (National Joint Council)
NICVA's Conference Facilities Half Price for Summer
NICVA is offering a 50% discount on its conference room hire for bookings in July and August.
Community Currencies and Trading Schemes – Masterclass
NICVA's second Masterclass of the year examined community-based currencies and trading schemes.
Help us find the right direction - have your say about NICVA’s future plans. We want to hear what your priorities are for the next few years, what are the key issues your organisation is facing, and what help you will need from NICVA.
Tax Land, Not Houses
NICVA's Centre for Economic Empowerment has launched a new report into the feasibility of introducing a land value tax in Northern Ireland.
Racial Equality Strategy Published for Consultation
“A Sense of Belonging: Delivering Social Change through a Racial Equality Strategy for Northern Ireland 2014-2024” the new Racial Equality Strategy has been launched for consultation by OFMDFM.
Justice in the Community Awards 2014
Justice Minister David Ford has launched the 2014 Justice in the Community Awards and invites nominations from across Northern Ireland.
Zero Hours Contracts Consultation
The Department for Employment and Learning has released a consultation on Zero Hours Contracts in Northern Ireland.
Progress Needs a Political Accommodation Between the Main Parties
As the leaders of the political parties begin their next round of meetings community organisations have come together to call on them to finish the job and deliver a working agreement on parades, flags and the past.
Developing Your Fundraising Mix
Voluntary and community organisations face increasing challenges to raise money to allow them to do their work.
The Creative Economy
In recent years various research papers, strategies and inquiries have examined the potential of Northern Ireland's 'creative industries'
Attack on Dunanney Centre is an Attack on Entire Community
Following the recent attack on the Dunanney Centre in Rathcoole, NICVA issued the following statement.
Consumer Council and NICVA welcome the FCA’s proposals to cap fees on payday loans
The Consumer Council and NICVA have welcomed the proposals from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to cap the fees on payday loans.
The Return of Social Responsibility
The concept of ‘personal responsibility’ is commonly invoked in discussions of social, moral and economic matters.
Is the Housing Strategy Facing the Future?
Last week the Department for Social Development published its new housing strategy, Facing the Future, for consultation.
Over the last three decades most societies have experienced a marked rise in economic inequality. In the UK, the top one per cent’s share of net income increased from 4% in 1978 to 10% in 2000.
The Assembly's Economic Powers
In her Ministerial Foreword, Arlene Foster writes approvingly that the Northern Ireland Economic Strategy “has been developed by locally elected politicians to meet the particular needs of our economy”.
Sinn Féin’s call for a border poll has reintroduced the once familiar debate over the ‘subvention’ – the annual gap between public revenue and expenditure in Northern Ireland.
Although the controversy over the flying of the Union flag seems to centre on issues of identity, it is the economics of the situation that have come to the fore.
Public Procurement - Outsourcing Accountability?
Public procurement has again attracted controversy with the publication of a report last week by the Audit Office.
Politics Without Economics
WIll politics in Northern Ireland always be dominated by orange and green?
Lessons From Thatcher
In the wake of Margaret Thatcher’s death much of the commentary has focused on the impact of her economic policies.
A Double Tranistion to Peace and Neo-liberalism?
Earlier this week I attended the launch of a booklet on Northern Ireland’s alleged ‘double transition’ to peace and neoliberalism (the ideology that society should be modelled on the market).
Since the economic downturn began in 2007 there has been a significant growth in ‘payday’ lending – short-term loans with exorbitant rates of interest (APRs are typically around 1,750%).
Putting On A Performance
It has been revealed that in order to meet performance targets, staff at a hospital in Colchester were pressurised into falsifying waiting list data.
Volunteer for Inspirational Dementia Project
Volunteers are needed for My Life, My Way, an inspirational project, delivered by Age NI, to support older people with dementia, and their carers, in the Belfast and Northern Trust areas.
NICVA gets Superconnected
NICVA have recently taken advantage of the Belfast City Council ‘Superconnected Cities’ scheme along with Atlas Communications, allowing for a £3000 grant towards the installation of a new high speed data connection.
Getting the Best Out of GrantTracker Video
GrantTracker is the leading web based funding database in Northern Ireland.
Electoral Commission Webinars
The Electoral Commission has recently published their guidance on the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act, or Lobbying Act.
June Monitoring Round: The financial squeeze is on in public expenditure
NICVA analysis on public expenditure trends is for the squeeze to get tighter in Northern Ireland over the next 5 years
2014-15 June Monitoring Round Summary
On 31 July the Minister for Finance and Personnel published a Written Statement to the Assembly on the outcome of the Northern Ireland Executive’s 2014-15 June monitoring round.
NJC Pay dispute – further industrial action
Following the strike on 10 July 2014 by local government workers in Northern Ireland, England and Wales over NJC pay, another one day strike is planned for 14 October 2014.
Mental Capacity Legislation
Over 80 people from across the voluntary and community sector met in NICVA on 5 August to learn more about the mental capacity bill and share their thinking on how it will affect the people and families they work with.
Charity Commission Publishes Online Registration Tutorial
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has published a new, online registration tutorial to assist organisations applying to register as a Northern Ireland charity.
Charity Commission Interim Reporting Requirements Consultation
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is currently consulting on its interim reporting proposals for charities.
Charities Bill Consideration
The proposed amendment will not affect the requirement in the Act that no particular purpose should be presumed to be for the public benefit.
Public Benefit Issue Soon to be Resolved
There is still no date for the establishment of the Register of Charities as the issue with the public benefit test has still not been resolved.
New Accounting Regulations for all Charities
Despite the delay over the establishment of the Register of Charities, the DSD is currently working on preparing further secondary legislation and hopes to launch draft accounting regulations for consultation in September/October this year.
Charities Act (NI) 2008 to be Amended
Alex Attwood, the new Minister for Social Development, has directed that the Charities Act (NI) 2008 be amended to clarify the law on the public benefit test.
Establishment of Register of Charities Delayed
The Charity Commission has identified a potential technical hitch with some of the wording in the Charities Act and has asked the Department for Social Development to investigate.
Register of Charities Timescale Announced
The Charity Commission has announced that the Register of Charities for Northern Ireland will be operational by the end of June.
Latest news from the Charity Commission
NICVA has got the latest update on the implementation timetable for various provisions of the Charities Act following a recent meeting with the Secretariat of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.
Public Benefit Test Guidance Consultation Launched
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has embarked on its first major piece of work with the launch of the public benefit test guidance for consultation on 3 September in NICVA.
DSD advertises Charity Commissioners' Positions
The Department for Social Development is seeking to appoint a Chief Commissioner to lead the Commission, as well as a Deputy Chief Commissioner and up to five Charity Commissioners, including a legally qualified Commissioner.
Royal Assent for Charities Act (NI) 2008
The long awaited new charities legislation for Northern Ireland received Royal Assent on 9 September 2008.
Charities Bill: Extension of Committee Stage
The Charities Bill will not be enacted in the first part of 2008 as had been anticipated.
NICVA Response to the Draft Charities (NI) Order 2006
NICVA's response to the Department for Social Development’s (DSD) consultation paper on Draft Primary Legislation for the Charities (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.
Charity Registration and the Public Benefit Statutory Guidance: Briefing
This briefing highlights the key areas of both the statutory guidance on public benefit and the charity registration guidance.
NICVA's Response to Charity Registration and the Public Benefit Statutory Guidance
This is NICVA's response to the Charity Commission’s 2013 consultation on the 'public benefit statutory guidance'.
Update and Briefing on the Charities Act (NI) 2008
In September 2008, further to receipt of Royal Assent, the Charities Act (NI) 2008 came into being. This article offers a brief explanation of the progress of the implementation of the main provisions of the Act.
The Charity Commission for NI’s Consultation on Interim Reporting Requirements Briefing
The Charity Commission is currently consulting on the interim reporting arrangements for charities. This briefing outlines the objectives, reporting arrangements and content of the annual monitoring return.
Response on The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland’s Interim Reporting Requirements Consultation
This is NICVA's response to the Charity Commission's Interim Reporting Requirements consultation.
NICVA Responds to Charities Bill
This is NICVA's written response to the Committee for Social Development on the Charities Bill.
Auto Enrolment Solutions for the Voluntary and Community Sector
NICVA is pleased to provide access to Auto Enrolment Solutions for the voluntary and community sector in NI through Moore Stephens Financial Services (NI) LTD (MSFS).
Turkington Fund Deadline Extended
The Turkington Fund was established in recognition and celebration of the contribution of older people to our society. It offers funding for locally based community projects that are planned and run by and for older people.
Calculating Public Spending and Revenue in Northern Ireland
This article explains some of the issues involved in apportioning public spending and revenue to Northern Ireland.
National Minimum Wage from 1 October 2014
The national minimum wage will increase on 1 October 2014.
Lobbying Act - 10 Things to Know
With the Lobbying Bill receiving Royal Assent on 30 January 2014, find out the key things you need to know about this new legislation and the impact it may have on your organisation.
NICVA Fundraising Expo
NICVA is hosting a Fundraising Expo. Tuesday 7th October, 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The Expo will be a key opportunity for fundraisers and volunteers to meet funders face to face such as Big Lottery Fund and Lloyds Bank Foundation NI.
Tenant Empowerment Event
In conjunction with Housing Rights Service NICVA recently hosted the first in a series of events looking at the Social Housing Reform Programme being undertaken by the Department for Social Development.
Inspiring Impact: Making a Difference
How do you prove the difference your organisation makes? The Inspiring Impact NI project is aiming to support organisations to apply an approach that will help them better demonstrate the difference that they are making in their communities.
Legacy income - is it worth pursuing?
Leaving a gift in your will is essentially the last and perhaps most meaningful donation you will give to charity in your lifetime.
Mental Health Policy Forum Meeting - Maternal Mental Health
The Mental Health Policy Forum met on 9th September to discuss maternal mental health and the 'Everyone's Business' campaign.
Abbeyfield UK (NI) Ltd. - a successful merger
Before merging 16 separate societies were operating under the Abbeyfield brand, all providing similar services. It was decided that by merging these organisations could run more effectively. A case study of their merger is presented here.
Mental Health Policy Forum - February Meeting Minutes
The first substantive meeting of the Mental Health Policy Forum took place on 5th of February discussing the 'Enabling Success' strategy to tackle economic inactivity which was consulted on by the Department for Employment and Learning.
Alpha Housing - example of a VCSE merger
For a merger to succeed in the VCSE sector, finding a partner with a similar ethos and having a strong board leading and supporting the process are enormous assets. This case study presents the successful merger of two housing associations.
Autism NI, Mencap and SELB - joint working for young people with learning disabilities
Joint working can provide a more holistic service to beneficiaries. This case study provides an example of the process of planning and carrying out a project across organisational boundaries and some of the resulting challenges and benefits.
Better Together - a partnership between Cancer Focus and Lilac
The most successful collaborations are based around sound strategic reasons for working together. This case study shows how two organisations of different sizes can bring their assets together to improve services for shared beneficiaries.
Breakfast at Madison’s - VIM sharing back office services
MACS, Include Youth and VOYPIC have all embraced the spirit of collaborative working. This case study presents an example of the investment of time and relationship building that may be required to form a collaborative project in the early stages.
Cara-Friend - sharing premises and knowledge; delivering joint services
By sharing premises organisations can begin to share knowledge, deliver joint services and decrease duplication. Cara-Friend, The Rainbow Project and LASI (now HERE NI) tell their story of improving services by sharing premises.
Confederation of Community Groups – Ballybot House and An Storás - shared premises
This case study outlines the process undertaken by the Confederation of Community Groups in the development and establishment of shared premises, Ballybot House and An Storás, which it leases to 19 voluntary and community organisations in Newry.
Fermanagh House - shared premises
Fermanagh House is a social enterprise owned by the Fermanagh Trust. It provides an example of one way that VCSE organisations can come together to share space and by doing so access greater resources than any one organisation could on its own.
The Bytes Project - working in collaboration with Tides Training
This case study examines how collaboration grew from a simple enquiry to address staff training needs. A shared ethos and strong relationship between CEOs resulted in innovative training for staff and service users and new business opportunities.
The Skainos Project - shared premises
The Skainos Centre is a regeneration project providing shared space for community transformation and renewal. This case study examines the process, challenges and benefits of developing a large collaborative project for shared premises.
Education Committee Inquiry Into Shared and Integrated Education
The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Education has launched an Inquiry into Shared and Integrated Education.
Walled City Partnership - a journey to sharing premises and services
This case study examines the formation of the Walled City Community Partnership. Organisations with a shared ethos, all facing financial challenges worked together to create shared premises, develop shared services and ensure their survival.
PIPS Newry & Mourne - embracing a culture of collaborative working
More VCSE organisations are strengthening their offer to beneficiaries by working in partnership. This example highlights one organisation working with multiple partners to provide a broader range of services to beneficiaries than it could alone.
Cultúrlann - sharing premises
Shared space can be the catalyst for community building. The formation of Cultúrlann as a second Irish language school in Belfast grew into a space to promote Irish arts and culture and attracted the many organisations that now reside there.
Racial Equality Consultation Event
NICVA held a consultation event on the new Racial Equality Strategy on the 11th September. Over 30 people from across the voluntary and community sector attended.
Open Data - an ongoing revolution
The influence of open data is increasingly driving policy - and improving enterprise. So, what is it, and how can it help the third sector?
The fight to block the Transparency of Lobbying Bill
The Lobby Bill was changed but not halted. We asked NICVA's Lisa McElherron about what this means for the future.
Step by step guide to creating a social media strategy
Organisations no longer see social media as an optional extra, it's now and integral part of any communications strategy. This guide will give you a few tips to get started.
Start360: the re-branding journey
What do you do to mark your 21st birthday? Opportunity Youth celebrated the event by changing its identity. Scope asked communications manager Zoe Anderson to share the inside story.
Why Northern Ireland needs a Living Wage
The Centre for Economic Empowerment has recently published some important research into the benefits of introducing a minimum wage in Northern Ireland. NICVA’s Head of Public Affairs, Lisa McElherron makes the case for its introduction.
Yea or Nay - Opportunity Awaits
With the Scottish referendum only one day away, NICVA Chief Executive, Seamus McAleavey looks at the bigger picture, whatever the result turns out to be.
Spotlight on Contact: suicide prevention - what works?
In the first of our series on events organised by the community and voluntary sector in NI, Scope takes a look at the issues on the table at Contact’s 2014 conference.
Analysis: the Mental Capacity Bill's balancing act
Proposed new mental capacity laws for the Assembly are being celebrated as progress for equality – but is a one-size-fits-all approach best for anyone? Scope explores the issues.
Party Conference Season
It is nearly that time of year again, Party Conference season is almost upon us.
Go online with NICVA training
Do you want to save time and money and still deliver a high quality service? One of the ways that you can do this is to go online with meetings and training sessions. It makes it easier for people to join no matter where they are.
Collaboration, Cooperation and Communication
The first policy roundtable in Phase Two of CollaborationNI was held recently at The Long Gallery in Stormont. The event provided a platform to consider the potential of supply chains as a model of collaboration.
NICVA Partner With The Detail On Lottery Funded Project
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.
Volunteer Managers invest in their development
NICVA is delighted to have 15 volunteer managers working towards completion of the first ILM Level 5 Award in Management of Volunteers in Northern Ireland.
News You Can Use: October
Scope's pick of the month, for those who want to know what is happening but don't have the time to trawl through all the papers themselves: we read the news so that you don't have to ...
Roundtable Event: Measuring your impact, 17 Oct, Black Box
‘Measuring your impact’
Friday 17th October
9.15 am – 2.00 pm
Black Box, Hill Street, Belfast
BT1 2LA (028 90244400)
Developing Your Fundraising Mix Afters
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.
Political Party Conference Season gets a little more interesting…
As political party conference season begins again NICVA has developed a new way for voluntary and community organisations to engage with key political party members during their conferences.
NJC Pay - Strike called off over new pay proposal
Further industrial action by local government workers for 14 October 2014 has been called off following an announcement that the trade unions and employers will consult members on new pay proposals.
Energy Markets in Northern Ireland - Masterclass
NICVA's Centre for Economic Empowerment held its fourth Masterclass of the year, delving into Northern Ireland's energy markets.
Scope: reborn, refreshed and renewed
The true purpose of the media is to inform and to interpret, to help us better understand our society and the opportunities and challenges that we face.
Sadly that brief is no longer adequately met.
Charity CEOs' pay: what did we learn?
The media storm that erupted earlier this year around the issue of the pay packages of chief executive salaries may have subsided for now, but the issue has not gone away.
Funding the Arts in the "real world"
Ali FitzGibbon, director at Young at Art re-frames the debate about arts funding.
Food banks: A good or bad sign of the times?
The biggest growth area for the charitable sector over the past few years has been that of food banks. Bob Stronge chief executive of Advice NI says there will be many more once Welfare “Reform” kicks in.
Charities: how the public rate us
People in Northern Ireland do not understand how charities are funded nor how they are run, according to a new survey carried out by MORI on behalf of NICVA in the wake of the chief executive pay controversy.
ROCOP Grant Holders Attend Networking Event on Measuring Impact
Seventy-one people attended the fourth ROCOP development and support programme roundtable event on 17 October 2014 in The Black Box, Belfast hosted by NICVA. The theme for this event was “Measuring your impact”.
Les Allamby: why human rights matter
Les Allamby had been in post a few days when David Cameron set his party on a course that could plunge Northern Ireland into a constitutional crisis with Allamby's office at its centre.
The Funders Viewpoint
It is a mystery to some organisations what a funder is actually looking for in an application. To help you, we put this question to three prestigious funders at our recent Fundraising Expo.
Meet the new boss: Kevin Doherty from Disability Action
In the first of this series of articles where we meet new senior managers in the sector, Scope interviews Kevin Doherty from Disability Action.
Why we are bringing Scope back to life
NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey looks back at the last print edition of Scope and explains why it is being re-launched today.
Protecting the voluntary and community sector from disproportate cuts
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.
Charity registration and regulation update - October 2014
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.
Budget 2015 raises serious concerns for voluntary and community sector
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.
Tips for Tablet Security
Mobile computing use and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is becoming more popular in the workplace, here are some basic tips to secure and protect your data at minimal cost.
Big Lottery makes major new appointments
The Big Lottery Fund has appointed three new Northern Ireland committee members to make decisions on how National Lottery funding is invested.
CollaborationNI supporting the Homeless Prevention Floating Support Forum
CollaborationNI have been involved in supporting the Homelessness Prevention over the past year.
Justice in the Community Award Winners Announced
Justice Minister David Ford has crowned three ‘Justice Champions’ for services to their community at an Awards ceremony in Parliament Buildings.
Health boss goes to war over negative media coverage
The tension between the media and health authorities has exploded into open warfare and the dispute goes to the heart of the function of the Press. Scope investigates.
Tips for winning contracts
We need to keep learning how to earn – making sure that our staff, board and other volunteers understand the potential of earned income and invest in essential skills such as preparing tenders and market research.
NICVA Conversation Zone - SDLP Conference 2014
Following the success of the NICVA 'Conversation Zone' at the recent UUP Conference we will be running a similar engagement opportunity at the upcoming SDLP Conference on Saturday 15th November at Ramada Shaw's Bridge.
Suicide survivor’s moving story of hope
Kevin Hines jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco – and lived.
Consumer Council and NICVA welcome the Financial Conduct Authority’s price cap on payday loans
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.
Public Procurement and Innovation Survey
Do you believe that public procurement in Northern Ireland encourages innovation? Share your views by filling out a short survey.
Financial Transactions Capital (Budget 2015-16)
The Northern Ireland Executive’s Budget 2015-16 includes a relatively new category of spending called Financial Transactions Capital (FTC). So what is it and how does it work?
Two brave women campaigners should learn from
Doing good work is not always the same as doing work that has widespread popular support.
NJC Pay - agreement reached on pay increase
A cost of living pay increase has been agreed by the NJC trade unions and local government employers which will see most workers on NJC pay getting a 2.2% increase from January 2015.
Demystifying Social Media Security
How much personal information are you sharing unknowingly on Social Media? And to what sort of people? Arm yourself with the knowledge to be able to protect you and your family from potential harm.
Draft Budget Consultation Launched
The draft budget consultation for 2015-16 was launched by the Minister for Finance and Personnel on 3rd November with the deadline for responses the 29th December.
Budget analysis: half baked and two speed
A look at the consequences for the third sector, and beyond, stemming from Stormont's Draft Budget for 2015/16
Public service pension reform and the Draft Budget 2014-15
The Draft Budget 2015-16 sets aside £133.2m to deal with public service pensions but gives little detail on what these are and why the additional money is needed. This article provides an explanation.
Why is integrated education getting nowhere?
The founders of Northern Ireland realised that having segregated education would make division worse. They wanted kids to be taught together. Almost 100 years later this prospect looks as distant as ever. Scope asks why.
Workforce Survey 2014
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.
Sector meets Finance Directors on Budget
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.
'Fundraising Strategies and Income Streams' Workshops
NICVA will be delivering a series of training workshops for the Heritage Sector focussed on ‘Fundraising Strategies and Income Streams’ from January to June 2015.
Meet the new boss: Andrew McCracken from CFNI
Scope talks with Andrew McCracken, recently appointed chief executive at funding organisers CFNI, about the importance of empowerment and economic trouble on the horizon.
Stumbling backwards into the future
Quintin Oliver ran the Yes campaign in the referendum that followed the Good Friday Agreement. Here he analyses what has been achieved to date and the challenges that remain
Analysis: religion, equality and the clash of rights
The “gay cake” controversy has degenerated into a row between those who support gay marriage and those who do not. Scope probes further into a clash of human rights.
Life in the garret - art work in NI
Young at Art's Claire Kelly talks to Scope about poor pay and conditions in the arts sector, and how she thinks collective bargaining can help.
Where the Big Lottery millions will go
Early next year the Big Lottery Fund will unveil its spending priorities for the next six years with more than £100 million at stake, Scope caught up with Northern Ireland director Joanne McDowell to read the runes.
The Change Fund (Draft Budget 2015-16)
The Draft Budget 2015-16 announced the creation of a “Change Fund” which will “finance upfront investment in cross-cutting reform initiatives and preventative measures that are expected to generate savings in the longer term.”
Open Government: is necessity the mother of invention?
Paul Braithwaite, Development and Implementation Officer, Building Change Trust, looks at whether an Open Government could be the step change that Northern Ireland needs.
ROCOP grant holders applying their learning
NICVA currently offers development and support opportunities to all of the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Out Connecting Older People (ROCOP) grant holders.
Private Pension Reforms 2015
In April 2015 the pension system will undergo radical reform. This article sets out these changes and looks at the possible consequences.
Food Bank Donations Needed
NICVA are participating as a collection point for a North Belfast food bank to help local people in food crisis.
DARD Draft Budget Consultation Workshop
Following the publication of the draft budget for 2015-16, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has published their spending plans.
Reaching Communities NI grant holders learn and develop
The development and support programme for the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities NI (RCNI) grant holders delivered by NICVA is now in its seventh year.
DEL Minister confirms voluntary and community organisations’ worst fears as he plans unfair, disproportionate cuts to the sector
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.
NJC Payscales - December 2014
A cost of living increase for NJC pay has now been agreed and a copy of NICVA's updated payscales is attached with this article.
Fantastic Mr Tax – is devolution of corporation rates wily economics or a fairytale?
Chancellor George Osborne has paved the way for devolved corporation tax in Stormont. In the coming weeks Scope will examine the pros and cons of lowering the rate - here we look at some of the arguments against a reduction.
Fundraising at Christmas
Come the end of the calendar year, we fundraisers are tired. We have been pro-active all year round raising funds for our causes, planned our Christmas fundraising event and campaigns calendar.
Inside the Nolan Show
The “Biggest Show in the Country” is broadcast from a tiny studio at the end of a corridor which dog legs deep into the disorientating innards of Broadcasting House. It’s not easy to find.
DCAL Budget Meeting - Key Asks
Following a consultation meeting with officials from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure we have collated the six key asks expressed at the meeting, alongside tips from the Department on what to include in consultation responses.
Voluntary and community sector representatives brief Employment and Learning Committee on changes to the European Social Fund
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.
Charity registration – have you met the December deadline?
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.
DFP Budget Meeting - Key Asks
Following a consultation meeting with Department of Finance and Personnel officials we have collated the five key asks expressed at the meeting, alongside tips from the Department on what to include in consultation responses.
DE Draft Budget 2015-16 Consultation Event
The Department of Education has organised a draft budget consultation event at which officials will brief on the details of the Departments draft budget for 2015-16 and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions on it.
OFMDFM draft budget 2015-16 Consultation Meeting
The Office of FM and dFM has organised a draft budget consultation event at which officials will brief on the details of the Departments 2015/16 draft budget and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions.
DEL Budget Meeting - Key Asks
Following a consultation meeting with Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) officials we have collated six key asks expressed at the meeting, alongside pointers from the Department on what to include in consultation responses.
Diversity in Volunteering Survey
In conjunction with DSD we are asking volunteers to complete a short survey to ensure that volunteering opportunities are open to everyone.
The secret government report that helped make peace walls permanent
Scope has had access to a secret 1971 government document that helped set segregation in stone and made Belfast’s peace walls permanent.
The Interface: will the walls ever come down?
The war may be over but the battle scarred front line is still there. Scope asks what the future holds for interface communities.
DSD Consultation Meeting - 7 Key Asks
Following a consultation meeting with Department for Social Development officials on 15 December, we have collated seven key asks expressed at the meeting, alongside tips from the Department on what to include in consultation responses.
Who Plans Belfast?
Our revelations about the 1971 secret report into peacelines finally vindicates Scope, which was derided by the NIO when we published Derek Alcorn’s piece in 1982. The orginal article is reproduced below.
DE Budget Meeting - Key Asks
Following a consultation meeting with officials from the Department of Education we have collated the key asks expressed at the meeting.
DoJ Budget Meeting - Key Asks
Following a consultation meeting with the Department of Justice (DOJ) officials we have collated key asks expressed at the meeting, alongside tips from the Department on what to include in consultation responses.
DHSSPS Budget Meeting - Key Asks
Following a consultation meeting with Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety officials we have collated the key asks expressed at the meeting.
Response to the Northern Ireland Executive draft Budget 2015-2016
NICVA has responded to the Northern Ireland Executive’s draft budget.
Corporation Tax: change nothing and nothing changes
In our second article on corporation tax - this time analysing the case for lowering rates - Scope asks whether its advocates are keeping a sane head in difficult times
Oral histories and dealing with the past
Dealing with the past is our toughest local issue. The Stormont House Agreement included a commitment to using oral histories to conserve and promote the experiences of local people - here UU's Dr Adrian Grant explores their potential.
Responding to a tough but important budget
NICVA and our members across the voluntary and community sector spent the last month of 2014 responding to the draft budget.
Charity Commission verdict on sector
Charity Commission Chief Executive Frances McCandless talks to Scope about CEO pay, governance and registration.
Analysis: healthcare's potentially fatal paradox
Local health and social care reform is based on moving provision closer to home - but are cuts to both emergency and domiciliary care causing a spiralling crisis?
Defensive Planning - how the military shaped Belfast
Exclusive: Scope has unearthed new evidence about secret security force oversight over planning decisions during the Troubles and the lasting division this has caused.
What does the Stormont House Agreement say for the sector?
The Stormont House Agreement – what does it mean for the community and voluntary sector?
15 Asks for the Northern Ireland Executive
The current Northern Ireland Executive is entering its final year and a half – more than enough time for it to take action and make a tangible difference to people in Northern Ireland.
Why we should train politicians
Is it a scandal that Atlantic Philanthropies are paying for the training of our MLAs? Scope examines the issue.
What ASHE tells us about real wages in Northern Ireland
The findings of the 2014 Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) give an indication of wage levels and annual salaries across the UK and in Northern Ireland.
The scandal of sending fine defaulters to jail
At a time when public services are on their knees and when mass redundancies are planned for public sector workers, how can the Department of Justice justify spending around £24 million a year jailing people for failing to pay fines?
Charity Commission publishes first statutory inquiry report
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has published its first statutory inquiry report into its investigation into Lough Neagh Rescue Ltd.
Heenan Anderson Commission Consultation
The Heenan-Anderson Commission has been set up to look at the causes of the current levels of economic marginalization and deprivation in Northern Ireland.
Supporting People saves public purse £125m per year
Research carried out for NICVA has revealed that every £1 spent on the £65m Supporting People programme saves the public purse £1.90.
Off The Record - should minor youth offences be a life sentence?
NIACRO is campaigning for a change in law to allow minor offences committed as a youth to be removed from people's records in order to help them find work. Scope examines the proposal.
Charity registration – not everyone has got the message
The Charity Commission issued a December deadline for all charitable organisations to make themselves known to the Commission however there are still organisations which have not already done so.
Ivan Lewis on the Stormont House Agreement
Is the Stormont House Agreement a Tory austerity project or a breakthrough for Northern Ireland? Scope asks Shadow Secretary of State Ivan Lewis.
15 Asks for the Executive - Focus on Age Discrimination Legislation
In 15 Asks for the Executive we focus on a range of issues the current Executive can either complete or significantly progress before the June 2016 Assembly elections.
Rate Rebate Replacement Scheme Consultation
The Department of Finance and Personnel is consulting on options to replace the current rate rebates scheme in the long-term. NICVA hosted an event on 19 January 2015 for representatives from the voluntary and community sector.
No taxation without representation: Labour should stand
Scope editor Nick Garbutt on why Labour should stand in Northern Ireland.
Money Mili-bank: who will pay for a skills revolution?
If Ed Miliband becomes PM he wants to overhaul our skills base to drive future prosperity - but training budgets are being slashed, so how will this be possible? Scope examines the issue.
Respect our culture! Can the arts help craft a modern economy?
Total annual funding for the arts in Northern Ireland is the same as the cost of policing Twaddell Avenue. Scope asks whether we should treat it as an investment in creativity and afford the sector more respect.
Drive to zero: suicide in Northern Ireland
Nick Clegg has made suicide a general election issue. Scope looks at the current political climate for this troubling issue which disproportionately affects Northern Ireland.
Shared Education Policy and Legislation Consultation
“Sharing Works: A Policy for Shared Education” – proposals on the Department of Education’s Shared Education Policy and accompanying Shared Education Bill.
Donaldson: how the media and politicians act against the public interest
Scope delves behind the headlines to examine some disturbing implications of the Donaldson Report into health care in Northern Ireland.
Too Cool for school: the unique new scheme to help young people succeed
Cool FM’s training partnership with Start360 is the first whereby a private sector company receives funding from the Big Lottery, Scope checks on how it is shaping up.
Consultation on Draft Statutory Guidance for the Operation of Community Planning Launched
The Department of the Environment has launched a consultation on its Draft Statutory Guidance for the Operation of Community Planning Local Government Act
Consultation on A Tenant Participation Strategy for Northern Ireland 2015 - 2020
As part of it's Social Housing Reform Programme (SHRP) the Department for Social Development has launched a consultation on a Tenant Participation Strategy for Northern Ireland for 2015-2020.
Hacking our way to better outcomes
Policy hacks are new way of bringing people together to share ideas and develop solutions to some of Northern Irelands most pressing social, economic and environmental problems.
Revised Code of Good Governance update
The revised Code of Good Governance was launched for consultation on 10 April 2014 by the Developing Governance Group, funding is currently being sought to officially launch the revised Code and revamp its associated resources.
Policy Fora get a make over
Our 12 policy fora are being revamped to become new Departmental Monitoring Groups (DMGs).
NICVA wants to reinvigorate how the voluntary and community sector engages in policy work and how we interact with our members on policy issues.
Influence > Access Policy Pop Ups
Influence is greater than access. Voluntary and community organisations have high levels of acess to decison makers. But do we have influence?
15 Asks for the Executive - Focus on Implementation of the Youth Justice Review
In 15 Asks for the Executive we focus on a range of issues the current Executive can either complete or significantly progress before the June 2016 Assembly elections.
HSC - a private public service
The Donaldson report makes for uneasy reading. Amongst its barrage of criticisms comes disbelief that Ombudsman findings into HSC failings are held back from public view. Scope looks at the issue.
Fundraising Alternatives Part 1: A Focus on Community Shares
Do you have a great idea to make a positive impact in your local community but have no idea how to start raising funds? Or do you have a long-established community project but are striving to keep it going?
DARD Consultation on proposals for Rural Proofing Bill
DARD is seeking views on proposals to counter inequitable treatment in the development and delivery of policy and public services between rural and urban dwellers.
Older people, health managers and cheap tricks
Older Peoples’ Commissioner Claire Keatinge had some tough messages for the health service when she spoke to Scope.
Northern Ireland and the European Investment Bank
The European Investment Bank (EIB) was established in 1958 with a remit to finance investment projects which contribute to EU policy objectives.
15 Asks for the Executive - Focus on Resettlement of people with a learning disability
In 15 Asks for the Executive we focus on a range of issues the current Executive can either complete or significantly progress before the June 2016 Assembly elections.
Stark choices, expensive healthcare and cheap politics
Three weeks after the Donaldson report and it appears all is forgotten. Are local political dynamics driving our health system unstoppably to the brink and beyond? Scope investigates.
New rates for 2015/16 statutory payments
New rates for statutory payments such as maternity, paternity, adoption and sickness have been announced for use from 6 April 2015.
How our MLAs fare on Twitter: North Down
US President Barack Obama reinvented social media as a tool for political success and his exploits have been copied across the world. Scope examines how our politicians are exploiting the new media.
Consultation on Draft Equality Guidance for Charities in Northern Ireland
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is currently consulting on its draft equality guidance for charities.
What you need to know about the Work and Families (NI) Act 2015
The Work and Families (NI) Act deals with voluntary sharing of leave and pay after the birth or adoption of a child as well as extending the right to request flexible working to all.
Inspiring Impact NI Background - Proving the difference that you make
How do you prove the difference your organisation makes? It is becoming more and more important for us to demonstrate the difference that we are making in our communities.
Profanity, parody accounts and prison escapes: North Belfast MLAs
Our next port of call as we trawl Twitter to see how our politicians are faring on social media is the hotly contested constituency of North Belfast, home to several big guns (metaphorically speaking).
Contagious confusion - mixing up the messages
Following our look at how our politics may be set up to drive the local health system to ruin, Scope spoke with News Letter political correspondent Sam McBride about whether things can change.
Is Lottery funding being undermined?
Across the Irish Sea moves are afoot that could threaten the National Lottery and the charities in Northern Ireland that depend on its funding, Scope investigates
15 Asks for the Executive - Publish a costed action plan alongside the Childcare Strategy in early 2015
In 15 Asks for the Executive we focus on a range of issues the current Executive can either complete or significantly progress before the June 2016 Assembly election
Fermanagh and S Tyrone: a silent Minister and a Twitter "bad boy"
After gritty North Belfast, our Twitter tour sees us seeking out the MLAs of the idyllic countryside of Fermanagh and South Tyrone whose steeples are far from dreary.
Opinion: spare the fireworks, change some minds
Public discourse is peppered with bombast. It has no use and dilutes the quality of debate - if you want people to rethink their opinions then pick your words more carefully.
Playing Our Part: how the BBC is redefining charity appeals
BBC Northern Ireland has been breathing new life into its most venerable institution, the charity appeal. Scope reports.
Analysis: new age discrimination laws will discriminate against children
Policy makers responsible for Northern Ireland’s long awaited age discrimination legislation are themselves being accused of age discrimination.
Help with focusing on impact
Almost fifty people from the voluntary and community sector have been introduced to the resources available through the Inspiring Impact programme and had the opportunity to discuss their practice at one of NICVA’s masterclasses.
15 Asks for the Executive - Support the Bill to create a Statutory Duty to Cooperate on Children's Services
The future of zero-hours contracts in Northern Ireland
The Minister for Employment and Learning has outlined his position on the future of zero-hours contracts in Northern Ireland.
Community Planning Guidance Consultation Event
Yesterday NICVA hosted a consultation event on the recently announced Community Planning Guidelines with the Department of the Environment.
Departmental Restructure - What is going where?
This week First Minister Peter Robinson announced details of the changes to Departmental structures as agreed at the talks in Stormont House before Christmas 2014.
East Belfast MLAs on Twitter: the calm before the storm
Scope visits East Belfast soon to be the scene of a ferocious General Election contest to check out its MLAs online activity.
The Need for a Strategic Approach to Taxation
In the first of three articles on taxes and their role in public policy, we consider the need for the Northern Ireland Executive to review the local system of taxation.
15 Asks for the Executive - Make and appointment to the Commission on Social Mobility and Child Poverty
Joint Forum Meeting - 3 May 2013
Minutes and the Communique from the Joint Forum meeting on 3 May 2013.
Joint Forum Meeting - 25 October 2013
Minutes and Communique from the Joint Forum meeting on 25 October 2013.
Joint Forum Meeting - 4 February 2014
Minutes and the Communique from the Joint Forum meeting on 4 February 2014.
Joint Forum Meeting - 19 May 2014
Minutes and the Communique from the Joint Forum meeting on 19 May 2014
Joint Forum Meeting - 21 October 2014
Minutes and the Communique from the Joint Forum meeting on 21 October 2014.
Sticking to the knitting: the real threat to charities
Scope examines how government is undermining the independence of charities.
Training Accreditation at NICVA - meeting the change challenge
The only thing constant is change and this year with the new super councils forming, welfare reform, budget cuts, public procurement and charity registration, specific changes are presenting themselves to the sector.
Lagan Valley MLAs on Twitter: what's the worst that could happen?
The Shakespearean horror of one MLA's destruction through salvation dominates our latest social media overview, as Scope turns to the greater Lisburn area (no doubt a big influence on the bard).
The case for gender quotas in politics
In the past week female representation in politics has been at the forefront of debate. But has a new Stormont report moved anything forward - and was it wrong to rule out quotas? Scope examines the issue.
NICVA respond to OFMDFM Committee re Childrens Services Cooperation Bill
NICVA recently responded to the call for evidence on the Childrens Services Cooperation Bill from the OFMDFM Committee in Stormont.
A lost opportunity: how the public sector could grow the economy by promoting innovation
The public sector currently spends £2.7 billion a year. Scope examines how this massive spending power could be used to grow the economy and produce better services
BIG new youth fund has fresh focus
Collaboration with youth at every stage is a new requirement for any groups looking to access some of the Big Lottery's new £50m pot aimed at Empowering Young People.
Saving the Festival is like nailing legs to a cadaver and telling it to walk
Tom Collins who had oversight of the Belfast Festival at Queens for 11 years explains why he believes it cannot be saved.
A new open data culture in Northern Ireland
In the past 20 years open data has gained in popularity with citizens proclaiming their right to access data and governments around the world increasing the amount of data that they release as ‘open’.
Fundraising Alternatives Part 2: A focus on Direct Marketing
The second in a series of articles looking at different ways to fundraise. This month Deirdre Murphy, Fundraising Advice Officer at NICVA looks at Direct Marketing as an opportunity to raise funds.
Gender quotas? Do me a favour - politicians are all the same anyway
Political commentator Alex Kane explains why quotas for female politicians will never get his vote.
The need for new politics in NI
This month Belfast hosted Imagine! - a "festival of ideas and politics". Scope speaks to director Peter O'Neill about why he thinks it was important and his hopes for making it an annual event.
Great GrantTracker Offer: 13 months for the price of 12
Now more than ever charities and voluntary groups are having to look for new sources of funding. GrantTracker can help you do this.
Over 350 peopled joined NICVA's Honorary President Kenneth Branagh at the premier of Cinderella.
Over 350 peopled joined NICVA's Honorary President Kenneth Branagh at the premier of Cinderella.
Pity the poor children of the cuts
We could all end up paying a very high price for cuts to Early Years services, Scope explores the implications.
Innovation conference - Development, Design and Delivery
NICVA and the Chief Executive's Forums conference on innovation in public service delivery saw speakers from the public, private and voluntary and community sectors address delegates on innovative processes and practices.
The irony of calling quotas patronising
This month Scope has chosen to discuss gender quotas in politics. Here political activist - and feminist - Adrianne Peltz outlines why many of the standard objections are objectionable.
Black Thursday for Voluntary and Community Sector
Thursday 26 March 2015 was a bad day for the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.
This latest spending cut will boost crime
Scope cartoonist Patrick Sanders sums up that there is to be said about the devastating cuts to NIACRO and the impact on re-settling offenders.
NICVA seek urgent meeting with First and deputy First Minister
In reponse to severe cuts to the voluntary and community sector NICVA has asked for an urgent meeting with First and deputy First Minister.
Eat your heart out Justin Bieber you''ll never out-twitter Ó Muilleoir
Scope stops off in South Belfast to examine politicians on social media and stumbles across the politician who out-tweets Obama.
Engaging the Hard to Reach
Over thirty people from nineteen organisations recently attended a training session on ‘Engaging the Hard to Reach’ in NICVA as part of the Big Lottery Fund Reaching Out: Connecting Older People development and support programme.
Local Government Reform - FAQs
Ahead of the 11 Super Councils replacing the existing 26 Councils on 1st April 2015 the Department of the Environment has produced the helpful FAQs below.
Over 450 job losses for the sector #CutsWatchNI
NICVA is warning that at least 450 jobs are likely to be lost in the next few weeks from voluntary and community organisations right across Northern Ireland as government cuts are announced.
NICVA Responds to DSD Committee on Regeneration Bill
NICVA recently responded to the Department for Social Development Committee's Call for Evidence on the Regeneration Bill.
Tenant Participation Strategy Consultation Launched
As part of its Social Housing Reform Programme the Department for Social Development has launched a consultation on a new Tenant Participation Strategy for Northern Ireland 2015-2020.
Consultation launched on 'Proposals for a New Regulatory Framework for Social Housing Providers in Northern Ireland'
As part of its Social Housing Reform Programme the Department for Social Development has launched a consultation on Proposals for a New Regulatory Framework for Social Housing Providers in Northern Ireland.
#CutsWatchNI: the results are coming in
An updated summary of the responses to our #CutsWatchNI survey.
26th March was #BlackThursday for the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland. With savage cuts to the arts sector, DOE announcing swingeing disproportionate cuts to environment organisations and DEL announcing its ESF decisions.
Northern Ireland Executive to Discuss Sector Cuts
A NICVA delegation has held productive meetings with the First and deputy First Ministers. Both Ministers agreed to urgent meetings at NICVA’s request and carried them out separately because of diary commitments.
Abortion in Northern Ireland: an overview
Abortion is amongst the most divisive issues in our tumultuous society. In the first of a series of pieces looking at this issue as it comes to a time of great flux, Scope outlines where we are and how we got there.
The Wrong Mrs Vo - do the unborn have rights?
Scope examines the landmark European case which ruled that the unborn do not have a right to life
Strategies for engaging the hard to reach
Many of us are aware of people or groups of people that we would like to engage more with but that currently do not come along to our events or make use of our services. These strategies will help you to be more engaging and accessible.
Opinion: abortion - our laws are in urgent need of reform
Grainne Teggart, Northern Ireland campaigner for Amnesty Interntional and head of its My Body My Rights campaign, writes for Scope to say that local abortion laws lack decency in the way they treat women in distress.
Junior Ministers appointed to work with NICVA on sector cuts
The last few weeks has seen a range of departments deliver cuts to voluntary and community groups. Many of the cuts delivered are unfair and hugely disproportionate. Many staff in organisations have now been made compulsorily redundant.
Modern slavery - antiquity down your street
For most people the word slavery will evoke the distant and disconnected past. But for some people it is a reality in the here and now.
Buy a plastic bag and save the environment: how not to make cuts
Scope analyses the bizarre recent conduct of the Department of the Environment and suggests this is a text book example of how not to implement cuts.
Abortion: the lives of others
David Smyth of the Evangelical Alliance, writing exclusively for Scope, challenges those currently calling for changes to Northern Ireland's abortion law
It's time to move on from the stale politics of peace
Independent MLA John McCallister calls for a realignment of politics in Northern Ireland and has some harsh words for the Make it Work campaign.
Has the Wells affair scuppered a Westminster deal for the DUP?
Scope analyses the fall-out from the Wells affair and concludes we should not be writing off the DUP just yet.
Preserving heritage and understanding the past
Scope meets Paul Mullan, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Northern Ireland.
Sector needs to act on mental health of staff
Professor Peter McBride chief executive of the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health (Niamh) argues the Third Sector must act now to stave off a mental health crisis amongst employees following cuts.
The demolition of community education in Northern Ireland
Just imagine the uproar if the education department withdrew a school’s funding two months before the end of term leaving A Level and GSCE students without teachers, and the rest of the pupils scrambling for places elsewhere.
Will the courts force through abortion reform?
In the latest in our series on abortion Scope examines the impending court case which could force the Assembly's hand on reform.
Top 30 Technologies for Northern Ireland Charities
Consider your organisation’s digital strategy. Include your staff as to where they think your digital compass should be pointing. Align any improvements with your strategic goals and you have a path to a secure digital future.
NICVA Celebrates Success
Over forty people attended NICVA’s Certificate Presentation on Friday, 24 April 2015, celebrating the work of more than a hundred participants who completed accredited qualifications over the last year.
Assembly to debate cuts to voluntary and community sector
On the 18th May the NI Assembly will debate the recent cuts to the voluntary and community sector. We are encouraging all voluntary and community organisations to contact MLAs and ask them to support this important motion.
How can open data benefit Northern Ireland?
As technology becomes more and more a part of everyday life, people become accustomed to accessing information freely and easily.
How American non profits are getting politicians to sit up and notice
As cuts deepen should the sector lie down and take it, disappear into silos, with everyone fighting everyone else for scraps, or is there a better way?
Economic Inactivity Strategy
Stephen Farry, Minister for Employment and Learning and Arlene Foster, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment jointly launched an economic inactivity strategy called 'Enabling Success'.
Governance of the Voluntary and Community Sector in 2015
NICVA is asking all trustees, committee members and directors of voluntary and community organisations to contribute to a new piece of research which is specifically examining governance in the Sector.
CutsWatchNI: Last chance to take part in cuts survey
Help us gather information for the Junior Ministers on how the cuts are affecting your voluntary and community organisation.
Fundraising Alternatives Part 3: A focus on Online Fundraising
The third in a series of articles looking at different ways to fundraise. This month Deirdre Murphy, Fundraising Advice Officer at NICVA looks at Online Fundraising as an opportunity to raise funds.
Community and Voluntary Sector: Funding Cuts Debate
On Monday 18th May, UUP MLAs Robin Swann, Roy Beggs and Sandra Overend tabled a motion calling for the Assembly to recognise the important work of the voluntary and community sector and the impact of the cuts.
Winding up and closure services which help create a legacy
The sustained financial pressures on our sector have unfortunately led to more organisations having to consider winding up or closure.
Joint Forum meeting on the cuts to our sector - 15 May
The Joint Forum met for the second time this year on Friday 15th May.
Assembly Debate in Quotes
Who said what in the Assembly Debate on cuts to the community and voluntary sector? Have a look...
Truth or justice, or both?
Dealing with the past is difficult – especially when its two common ideals work against each other. Scope looks at whether the Stormont House Agreement can untangle truth and justice and allow progress to run rather than shuffle.
The Apathy Party sweeps the board again
Now that the dust has settled on the General Election and the victory champagne has gone flat, Scope looks at the section of the electorate nobody is talking about: the people who did not vote.
Inside the world of the spads
Earlier this month the Office of First Minister deputy First Minister released information that it was ordered to by the Information Commissioner revealing the salaries paid to the special advisors working for the First Minister.
Pulling a stroke?
Scope analyses the controversy surrounding the Stroke Association’s shocking claims about stroke rates amongst people of working age and asks if great advocacy can become bad science.
Transforming Your Minister - change at the top could revitalise DHSSPS
New Health Minister Simon Hamilton is making some good noises about reform – but changes need to be rapid and neither the financial capability or political will are guaranteed.
Twitter: the MLAs of South Antrim
South Antrim - the Jewel of the Six Mile – joins Scope’s list of constituencies to receive a sober and sombre social media probe.
Welfare Reform is correct in principle
There is a difference between theory and practice - despite some problems, Welfare Reform is a social good. Ian James Parsley writes exclusively for Scope.
Sexism, racism and periscopes: Upper Bann on twitter
Upper Bann is just getting back to normal again after an election campaign that ended in acrimony with allegations of racist abuse.
Marginalised, excluded, demonised?
Scope examines a ground-breaking research project which aims to address the negative stereo-typing of young people by the media.
Belfast joins Open Data Institute global network
Belfast has joined 20 cities across the globe by joining the Open Data Institute’s global network. NICVA will be developing a new learning and network node at their north Belfast headquarters, offering training right across Northern Ireland.
Complying with the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)
Charities, along with private companies, must comply with the new Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) that has come into force.
Research in to governance of the sector in 2015
A couple of weeks ago, NICVA asked trustees of voluntary and community organisations to contribute to a new piece of research being carried out by Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd.
Volunteers Week 2015
Next week we celebrate the massive contribution volunteers make to our communities during Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June.
Invitation to Tender: Economic Inequality
The Centre for Economic Empowerment is commissioning research on economic inequality.
Places apart: Exposing huge disparities in Northern Ireland’s 11 new councils
The first story from Detail Data has been published today.
Spot the Spam, avoid the Scam
Be aware of the details to look out for in a potentially suspect email and avoid being conned out of your personal details, computer security or your money.
Volunteering at NICVA
For Volunteers Week we asked NICVA volunteer, Niall Quigley to share his experience and motivations for volunteering with our Centre for Economic Empowerment project.
Volunteers connecting older people
In this Volunteers’ Week we want to celebrate the work of the people who volunteer in Big Lottery Funded Reaching Out Connecting Older People (ROCOP) programme. Volunteers are crucial to the delivery of many of these projects.
Celebrating NICVA learners
In this Adult Learners' Week we would like to celebrate the achievements of all those who have participated in NICVA’s 400 plus training sessions in the last year.
Shaking up social policy
Scope provides an update on the recent series of articles on abortion in Northern Ireland, an area of policy that is under extreme scrutiny currently, with developments coming at pace.
Bureaucracy Project – Launch of the Code of Practice
NICVA are delighted that the Code of Practice has been launched, a code aimed at reducing the administrative burden associated with grant funding to the voluntary and community sector.
Calling all Committee Members/Trustees
The current Governance in the Sector research being carried out by Volunteer Now has been extended to 19 June 2015.
Review of HSC Commissioning Arrangements
In January the previous Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety announced a review of the arrangements for commissioning health and social care services in Northern Ireland. The terms of reference for the review are attached.
A healthy approach to asylum that will help us all
There won’t be huge political fanfare, but a recent DHSSPS decision to increase access to free healthcare amongst vulnerable groups will save money and improve everyone’s health. Scope looks at why.
The shocking truth about Transforming Your Care
Scope examines further evidence that the government's flagship Transforming Your Care programme is not just stalled but going backwards.
Closing down our open spaces
The decision by Belfast City Council to grant planning permission for a sports ground on open land in West Belfast creates an uneasy precedent and is out of step with planning policy elsewhere, Scope reports.
Summer Offer - half price room hire at NICVA
It's summer offer time at NICVA with a 50% discount on room hire in our conference facilities.
Human Rights Commission report: Transforming Your Care
The recent HRC inquiry into Emergency Health Care has reinforced that Transforming Your Care has stalled. Scope looks at some of the reasons why.
The other flag dispute ...
When flag protests were at their height, many observers both here and across the globe, shook their heads and despaired of Northern Ireland.
Same sex marriage battle goes to court
The first gay couple to celebrate a civil partnership in Northern Ireland are seeking a judicial review challenging the ban on gay couples getting married here.
New equality guidance for charities
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has published new guidance to support charities in understanding the complexities of equality legislation as it may apply to them.
Detail Data Launch
A new programme funded by Big Lottery Fund NI to support voluntary and community organisations understand and use open data effectively to create and enhance social, economic and environmental value was launched yesterday.
Why planners say it is okay to enclose open spaces
The recent Glasmullin dispute has raised questions about Northern Ireland’s planning laws, Scope dissects the issues.
NI health trusts ‘able to sideline abuse cases at will’
Scope looks at claims that the joint protocols between health and justice officials over the management of potentially criminal abuse encourage cover ups in local trusts.
Children's book scheme reaches the end of the road
When the Department of Education announced it was to stop funding Northern Ireland’s Bookstart scheme it said it was “working around the clock” to find alternative sources of funding.
DEL Departmental Monitoring Group: Departmental restructure
The first NICVA Employment and Learning DMG, chaired by Lorraine Boyd (Bryson Charitable Group NEETs Forum), welcomed DEL Permanent Secretary Derek Baker.
Infirm foundations – underachievement must be addressed
Last week the PUP released a report on education, focused on underachievement by working-class protestants. Scope takes a look at the points made by the paper – and identifies a further conclusion of its own.
Inside the Orange Heritage Museum
Scope visits the newly-opened Museum of Orange Heritage on Belfast’s Cregagh Road.
2015 Party Conference Season
The Assembly has just entered its summer recess and will reconvene for plenary sessions on the 7th September when parties will start to look towards Party Conference season.
It's just a ride - the economic impact of perception
Another 12th of July, more phantasmagorical news footage of screaming, hatred and violence – what now for Brand Northern Ireland?
Innovation Lab: A Review of Business Rates
NICVA was invited by the Public Sector Reform Division in DFP to participate in an innovation lab on a fundamental review of business rates.
Generating our Success: The Northern Ireland Strategy for Youth Training
In June, Minister Farry published a strategy for youth training.
The other Villiers in Ireland: famine, internment, rebellion
Theresa Villiers is not the first of her family to hold high office in Ireland.
A complex solution to a simple problem
Analysis: Colin Harper of the Belfast Law Centre on the Mental Capacity Bill
Spooky action at an unknown distance - GCHQ and Amnesty International
The security services exist to protect us as citizens and allow us to live in freedom. Scope speaks with spying victims Amnesty International about whether spying on human rights organisations can fulfil that purpose.
The inevitable equality - why NI will embrace same-sex marriage
A key figure in the successful marriage equality campaign in the Republic of Ireland says Northern Ireland will move into line with the rest of the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
Automatic Enrolment Compliance and Enforcement
Key Points from The Pension Regulator’s Automatic Enrolment Compliance and Enforcement quarterly bulletin: 1 January – 31 March 2015.
Crisis Fund: can a little go a very long way?
Earlier this year OFMdFM released a small amount of funds to help vulnerable ethnic-minority migrants in crisis. Scope speaks with fund administrators the Red Cross about its success.
Should we have the right to die on our own terms?
Debate about right to die - and the right to help our loved ones do so, if they wish - is growing in the UK. Scope looks at a deceptively simple point of principle and its complex fine details.
Shifting sands: NI's political landscape on marriage equality is changing
Last week Scope highlighted the view that marriage equality in Northern Ireland is "inevitable" - are changes in the past week a sign of this inevitability in action?
How good is your governance?
Recent media coverage of a large charity in England having to shut down because of financial issues has hopefully prompted those sitting on boards of charities to think about their own governance practice.
Why we need to know the truth about Kincora
Why is Secretary of State Theresa Villiers so determined to ensure that allegations about child abuse at Kincora Boys Home in Belfast does not form part of the UK investigation?
GrantTracker users find funding success
In June NICVA surveyed all GrantTracker subscribers to ask them what they thought of GrantTracker, what funding they had sourced through GrantTracker, the impact of GrantTracker and any suggestions they had for improvements.
NI's rejection of marriage equality 'a breach of religious rights'
Local failure to bring forth marriage equality legislation matching the rest of the UK is set to be challenged in the High Court this autumn, on the basis that it is an infringement of the right to freely practice religion.
The difference development makes
NICVA has been working with The Big Lottery Fund Reaching Out Connecting Older People (ROCOP) grant holders since 2011 supporting them to deliver their outcomes and effectively manage and deliver their projects.
NICVA staff and Board saddened by the death of our Honorary Vice President Dr Jeremy Harbison CB
It is with great sadness that NICVA learned of the death of our Honorary Vice President Dr Jeremy Harbison on Saturday 14 August 2015.
Will the BBC get blown away by the gathering storm?
Just how serious is the threat to the BBC posed by the Westminster government and should we be worried about it?
Shroud education: sharing and the future
Shared Education is the big new thing for helping society come together and improving schooling. But what are we supposed to expect?
DHSSPS Health and Social Care Revenue Grant Scheme
An update on the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) revenue grant scheme.
DOJ Departmental Monitoring Group
The first DOJ Departmental Monitoring Group was held in NICVA on Thursday 20th August.
DSD Consultation on Accounting and Reporting by Charities
The Department for Social Development has launched its consultation on the draft Charities (Accounts and Reports) Regulations which will affect all charities registered in Northern Ireland.
Time to make the most of the welfare crisis
Even if an under-pressure Iain Duncan Smith is forced from the cabinet his recent policies are set to run and run, writes Ian James Parsley. They have popular support and this is unlikely to change.
Did the IRA go away?
Are there any politicians and commentators who seriously did not know that the IRA still existed?
The Charity Commission values your opinion
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is currently consulting on its proposed strategic plan and will be hosting its first public meeting.
Sector faces massive job losses, survey claims
Scope reports on the latest threat to community and voluntary sector funding
Review of regional support to voluntary and community organisations
VCU is initiating a review of its arrangements for supporting the Voluntary and Community Sector through the Regional Infrastructure Support Programme (RISP) to ensure arrangements are fit for purpose for the next 5-7 years.
Every Lidl helps: helping charities can be super marketing for businesses
Following the announcement of a new Lidl scheme to fund community groups across Northern Ireland, Scope asks whether partnerships between the voluntary and private sectors are a world of untapped potential.
Refugees, migrants and Ireland
Scope editor Nick Garbutt reflects on the refugee crisis and looks back at Ireland's history of migration
Coming Soon- State of the Sector VII Online Survey
NICVA is undertaking its next research in to the State of the Sector. This online survey, NICVA’s 7th in this area, will go live in October and we need to hear from you.
Sector Matters and NICVA HR cycle the Tour De Foyle 2015
Sector Matters HR Consultant Louise Foster and NICVA HR Manager Alex McGimpsey were delighted to take part in the Tour De Foyle 2015 charity cycling event on Saturday 29th August.
Top Ten Findings State of the Sector 6
State of the Sector VI provides high level statistics on the various types of resources available to the sector and the relationship between voluntary and community organisations, government, funders and the general public.
Detail Data holds first Open Data in a Day training course
The Detail Data project hosted its first 'Open Data in a Day' training for participants from the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.
Home is where the hurt is
This weekend saw the launch of Detail Data’s third data story as part of the European Conference on Domestic Violence at Queens University, Belfast.
Concordia responds to current political crisis
Press statement issued by Concordia, representing CBI Northern Ireland, Irish Congress of Trade Unions, NICVA, and Ulster Farmers’ Union.
Can slavery be defeated?
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.
Behind the scenes at Sunday Sequence
Scope meets Seamus Boyd, the driving force behind Radio Ulster’s flagship Sunday Sequence show.
Proposed new accounting regulations will affect ALL charities
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.
Women and dealing with the past
A report released this week says we need to better provide for female victims in order to address the legacy of conflict. Scope looks at its suggestions.
If Stormont falls we'll all be the worst for it
The current political crisis is having unexpected consequences, Scope reports.
Preparing for the 2016 Programme for Government
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.
Why Bryson should be heard in public
Scope editor Nick Garbutt argues that the decision to hold part of the Finance Committee's Nama investigation in private is a subversion of democracy.
Fundraising Alternatives Part 4: Charity Shops
The fourth in a series of articles looking at different ways to fundraise, focussing on Charity Shops as a fundraising model.
Meet The Fundraiser Success
Participants from ten grass root community organisations were successful in their application to meet and chat to some of Northern Ireland’s most experienced fundraisers.
Regulating Fundraising For The Future
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.
50% off Digital DNA event
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.
Open Government Meets The Environment - Ann Allen
"Citizens are demanding that the state should be their servant and that information that governments hold should be open for everyone to see.”
Rt. Hon Francis Maude
Social economy key to economically vibrant and self-sustaining communities
Developing economically vibrant and self-sustaining communities through social economy enterprises is at the heart of an innovative plan the Housing Executive launched today.
Health reform quietly gathers pace
Behind the headlines progress is being made in implementing the flagship Transforming Your Care programme, Scope reports.
Uncertainty and the Stormont House Agreement
Provisions for dealing with the past within the Stormont House Agreement have come in for much public criticism. Scope looks at whether confusion on the issues is related to a lack of honest dialogue with the public.
Tax Credits Crunch - unpicking the July budget's effect on NI
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.
Public perceptions of charities, using open data
One of the many benefits of Open Data is that users are free to combine and explore similarities between overlapping datasets.
The sticking plaster Bill that discriminates against young people
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
Fourth Data Story: People seeking asylum in Northern Ireland
Almost 500 refugees, a record number, from countries across the world are currently seeking asylum in Northern Ireland.
Belfast Activity Centre finds funding using GrantTracker
Belfast Activity Centre, a leader in providing personal and social development programmes to young people has sourced funding to deliver their new programme Challenge to Change, using www.grant-tracker.org
CAUSE finds funding using GrantTracker
CAUSE, a unique peer-led regional charity offering services to families, partners and friends across Northern Ireland caring for a loved one who has experienced serious mental illness has sourced funding, using www.grant-tracker.org
Men’s Action Network finds funding using GrantTracker
Men’s Action Network, the local charity supporting and promoting the Health and Well-being of men in the North West of Ireland has sourced funding to support their work, using the valuable online funding resource www.grant-tracker.org
YMCA North Down finds funding using GrantTracker
YMCA North Down delivers a range of personal and social education programmes to people of all ages across North Down and Ards. The voluntary organisation uses the valuable online funding resource www.grant-tracker.org
South Eastern Regional College finds funding using GrantTracker
South Eastern Regional College has sourced over £183,000 to deliver a radio programme, using the valuable online funding resource www.grant-tracker.org
The British Deaf Association (NI) finds funding using GrantTracker
Regional charity The British Deaf Association (Northern Ireland) has sourced funding to provide an accredited training course for Deaf Sign Language Users, using the valuable online funding resource www.grant-tracker.org
Older people: "undervalued, unappreciated, patronised"
Claire Keatinge has plenty to say as she reflects on her four years in office as Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland.
A consultation that you really should respond to
NICVA is urging all organisations to submit a response to DSD’s consultation on the charities accounts and reports regulations.
Goodwill Gifts goes from strength to strength
Goodwill Gifts is a voluntary group that organises events and activities to increase inclusion of Asian and ethnic minority groups in the Omagh and Enniskillen area.
State of the Sector Survey Goes Live
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.
Manifesto Engagement Events
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
Co-design for the new DHSS&PS Innovation Fund gets underway
DHSSPS is introducing a new Innovation Fund for voluntary and community organisations from 2016/17.
Shadow Secretary of State says the work of voluntary and community sector can accelerate positive social change.
Speaking at an informal meeting with NICVA members Vernon Coaker said he was delighted to be back in Northern Ireland and had made it a priority to meet with the voluntary and community sector as early as possible.
NICVA response on the Charities (Accounts and Reports) Regulations (NI) 2015
NICVA has submitted its response to DSD on the charities accounting and reporting consultation and is urging all organisations to do the same.
NICVA staff celebrate swooping the Investors in People Gold Award for the second time!
NICVA staff and Executive Committee are delighted once again to receive the Investors in People Gold Award in September 2015 having first achieved the Gold Standard in July 2012.
Fundraising Alternatives Part 5: A Focus on Corporate and Major Donor Fundraising
The fifth in a series of articles looking at different ways to fundraise. This month Deirdre Murphy, Fundraising Advice Officer at NICVA looks at Corporate and Major Donor fundraising.
NICVA Executive Elections
All NICVA member organisations will have, by now received information relating to NICVA’s AGM and elections for 2015.
Project Funding running out March 2016? - top 5 redundancy planning questions from Sector Matters and NICVA HR
As we approach the end of October, suddenly 2016 seems just around the corner. If like many organisations you have funding coming to an end on 31st March 2016, now is the time to start thinking about how you will manage potential redundancies.
Building on the past: Is government doing enough to protect historic sites?
Almost 500 historic buildings across NI are deemed to be at risk, according to figures obtained by Detail Data
Sector Matters Supports Charity Trustees
Over the past 8 years Sector Matter’s, NICVA’s social enterprise business, has worked with Trustees helping them meet their duties and responsibilities.
Trustees’ Week 2015 (2-8 November)
Trustees' Week 2015 is the sixth annual celebration of trusteeship, a chance to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people to get involved and make a real difference.
Permanent Secretaries following the Departmental Restructure
As contained within the Stormont House Agreement, the Northern Ireland Civil Service is reducing from twelve to nine departments following the May 2016 Assembly election.
Recognising and developing your trustees
This Trustees’ week is a great opportunity to recognise the vital work that the thousands of trustees in Northern Ireland do to lead and serve their organisations.
Review of Regional Support Arrangements for the Voluntary and Community Sector: Phase 2
VCU has initiated a review of its arrangements for supporting the Voluntary and Community Sector through the Regional Infrastructure Support Programme (RISP) to ensure arrangements are fit for purpose for the next 5-7 years.
Open Data and the Impact on Grant Funding
Open Data is an increasingly large part of the funding landscape here in Northern Ireland. Building ChangesTrust's Robbie Best has been out and about to find out more...
Planning for reduced funding/income in 2016? Sector Matters and NICVA HR on possible alternatives to redundancy
If you are planning for a potential reduction in funding/income, this article might assist you in considering the alternatives to redundancy which is an important stage of the planning and consultative process.
RO:COP Lobbying and Campaigning Roundtable Networking Event
The bi-annual RO:COP roundtable event took place on Wednesday, 11 November in NICVA and was a great success.
Fundraising Alternatives Part 6: A Focus on EU Funding
The sixth in a series of articles looking at different ways to raise funds. This month Deirdre Murphy, Fundraising Advice Officer at NICVA takes a look at the potential of EU Funding.
Loaf Catering at NICVA - new menu gives you more choice
You will now have more options to choose from when considering catering for your event at NICVA with an updated menu from Loaf Catering.
NICVA’s bespoke training making it easier and more cost effective to develop your staff, volunteers and board.
The workforce survey 2014 found that the top five barriers to people participating in training were: lack of training budget, training too expensive, inability to release staff, sourcing relevant training and travel costs.
NICVA welcomes a positive conclusion to the Stormont Castle talks.
We are pleased to see a positive conclusion to the Stormont Castle talks and the publication of 'A Fresh Start'.
A Fresh Start - Too Long, Didn't Read
On Tuesday the First and deputy First Minister, together with the British and Irish Governments agreed and published “A Fresh Start – The Stormont House Agreement and Implementation Plan.”
Legislative Consent Motions, Order in Council – What do they mean?
Following the agreement and publication of “A Fresh Start” we are going to hear the terms ‘Legislative Consent Motion’ and ‘Order in Council’ a lot more, but what do they mean?
BIG Lottery Funding could be slashed by Government in Comprehensive Spending Review
There are strong indications that John Whittingdale MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sports has proposed slashing BIG Lottery funding by as much as 40%.
Up close with Veronica Gray
The new Director of the Adult Safeguarding charity, Action on Elder Abuse, took time out of her busy schedule to tell us about the work of Action on Elder abuse here in NI.
Departmental Restructure – What is going where, update
The ‘A Fresh Start’ Agreement laid out more details on the plans for the reduction in government departments following the 2016 Assembly Election.
One fifth of Stormont Assembly members are ‘unelected’ or appointed by parties
ONE in five MLAs who will finish the current five-year Assembly term were not elected into position by the public.
Getting your policies in party manifestos
We've hosted three of five Manifesto Engagement Meetings, with Alliance, UUP and Sinn Fein, across these events a number of top tips have emerged to assist groups in getting their messages across to political parties and into manifestos.
Spending Review 2015- What Does it Mean for Us?
The Centre for Economic Empowerment sets out the most significant announcements from the 2015 Spending Review and Autumn Statement.
Lobbying Act and the Assembly Elections
Moving toward the Assembly elections in May 2016, now is a good time to remind ourselves of the requirements coming out of the Lobbying Act (or Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014.)
Invest NI: Three years of offers under the microscope
INVEST NI is the government agency that controls millions of pounds to support businesses and create jobs in Northern Ireland. It is the cornerstone of Stormont’s economic strategy, but how is it performing?
Christmas Food Drive – Donations needed
NICVA are participating as a collection point for a North Belfast food bank to help local people in food crisis.
New charity accounting and reporting legislation
The Department for Social Development (DSD) has made new legislation which will cover the accounting and reporting requirements for all registered charities in Northern Ireland.
People and Communities NI funding update
Big Lottery People and Communities funding will open in January 2016 with a budget of £60 million for communities in Northern Ireland
NIAMH invests in volunteer managers
In February and March NICVA and Volunteer Now delivered a bespoke two-day ILM level 3 Award in Leadership and management to 8 staff from NIAMH as part of the Reaching Out: Connecting Older People development and support programme.
Improving skills and confidence through TQUK
NICVA delivered the three -day TQUK Level 3 Award in Education and Training as part of the Reaching Out: Connecting Older People (RO:COP) development and support contract.
Cancer Focus gets its message across
Social media training was delivered to a group of Reaching Out: Connecting Older People grant holders to help build their confidence using social media and give them tips and techniques as to how to use Facebook and Twitter more effectively.
Early Christmas present for COP grant holders
May not be the best wrapped present you get this year but nevertheless a good one, we think.
Consultation proposes that charities pay rates
The Department for Finance and Personnel have published a consultation paper on the future direction of non domestic rates in Northern Ireland. The consultation period will last for a period of twelve weeks closing on 25th January.
Abortion exported: women travelling for terminations
Women from Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic had almost 25,000 abortions in England and Wales over the last five years – an average of close to 100 terminations every week.
Getting your policies in manifestos, Part Two…
Halfway through our Manifesto Engagement Meetings we published a Top Five ways you can get your policies into manifestos.
Invitation to tender: A Review of Financial Support for Business in Northern Ireland
The Centre for Economic Empowerment is commissioning a review of financial support for business in Northern Ireland.
Preparing for the National Living Wage in April 2016
As part of HR and financial planning for 2016, this article from NICVA and Sector Matters HR looks at the introduction of the National Living Wage in April 2016.
Launch of 2014 Workforce Survey Top Line Findings
The 2014 Workforce Survey is NICVA's fifth such study in the series. The study explores salaries, recruitment, pensions, benefits and retention in the voluntary and community sector workforce.
CEE Revenue Generation in Northern Ireland Seminar
On 14 December 2015 representatives from the voluntary and community sector, political parties, civil service, business and academia met to discuss the issue of revenue generation in Northern Ireland.
Infertility Network UK provides vital support locally
Infertility Network UK provides information, support and advice to all those struggling to conceive. Sharon Davidson is the Regional Organiser for Northern Ireland.
Draft accounting and reporting guidance consultation
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has launched its draft accounting and reporting guidance for consultation which also includes Directions for independent examiners.
Non-domestic rates review consultation
The Department for Finance and Personnel have published a consultation paper on the future direction of non-domestic rates in Northern Ireland. This article is a summary of the main points that will be contained within the NICVA response.
2016-17 Budget Arrangements
NICVA recently met with Senior DFP Finance Officials to discuss the process of the 2016/17 budget.
2016-17 Department for the Communities Budget
DSD Officials attended a meeting organised in NICVA on Friday 18th December.
Access Research Knowledge on Northern Ireland's social issues
You can now access over 15 years of social information from ARK Northern Ireland on the Detail Data Portal.
NICVA Launches 2016 Sector Forecast Survey
NICVA has launched their 2016 Sector Forecast Survey. The Survey was sent to over 4,000 organisations and this is your opportunity to tell us about what you think 2016 holds for your organisation.
NJC pay claim 2016/17
For those in the voluntary and community sector following NJC payscales, a cost of living increase for 2016/17 has not yet been agreed.
Justice in the Community Awards 2015/16
Justice Minister David Ford has launched the annual “Justice in the Community” Awards and invites nominations from across Northern Ireland.
Evason Report: Too Long, Didn't Read
On 19th January the Evason Group, or the Welfare Reform Working Group, established by the 'A Fresh Start' Agreement published their recommendations for the mitigation of the impacts of welfare reform.
NICVA responds to Consultation on Non-Domestic Rating Policy
Today NICVA submitted their response to the DFP Consultation Paper on Northern Ireland's Non-Domestic Rating Policy.
Houses of Parliament Training Day
On Friday 19th of February representatives on the UK Parliament are hosting events in NICVA to help people discover more about the work of the Parliament and how they can get involved.
The Charity Commission endorses the revised Code of Good Governance
The revised Code of Good Governance was launched today by the Developing Governance Group at a seminar hosted by NICVA.
Building on the Past – What does the future hold?
Our Building on the Past journalism project was born out of the removal of a previously available database from the Department of the Environment website – the antithesis of open data.
Once a month we focus on a data related topic to help organisations navigate through the opportunities and responsibilities in the age of digital transformation.
NICVA staff fundraise for Sunshine Foundation Romania
For the last 13 years NICVA staff and their friends have entered relay teams into the Belfast City Marathon to raise money for Sunshine Foundation Romania.
Individual Giving in Northern Ireland 2015
NICVA's latest research into charitable giving in Northern Ireland examined who donated to charity, how much they gave and the causes they supported. This year's Survey also examined participation in social media fundraising campaigns.
Planning for Sustainability
The first roundtable networking event of 2016 took place in NICVA on 4 February. Over 40 people attended the one day event designed to help BIG Lottery funded groups to think about and plan the sustainability of their projects.
Spring 2016 Party Conference Season
As the year speeds towards spring the next round of party conferences will begin to take place.
Multiple Sclerosis: the wait to be seen
The mental and physical health of thousands of people living with Multiple Sclerosis in Northern Ireland is being put at risk by long waits for appointments with specialist doctors.
Charities claim £5.5m for good causes threatened by rates row
Thirteen charities warned today that a hike in charity shop rates in Northern Ireland could mean they would have £5.5m less to spend on the most vulnerable.
Voluntary and Community Sector Manifesto Library
Many voluntary and community organisations produced manifestos for the 2016 Assembly Elections containing issues, ideas and solutions they would like to see in the new Programme for Government.
How we made the 2016 NICVA manifesto
Writing a manifesto for a representative body is no small task. For the NICVA Public Affairs Team the process towards the drafting of our 2016 Manifesto began with our Policy Reboot.
NICVA & Sector Matters HR Pre Budget Update 2016
As the financial year draws to a close it is a good opportunity to look at recent developments in employment legislation that may need to be factored into you 2016/17 staffing budget.
2016 Assembly Elections - Key Dates
In the run up to the 2016 Assembly Elections there are a number of key dates organisations should be aware of to plan their work and ensure they are abiding by the rules set out by the Lobbying Act.
Gambling review update 2016
In 2011, the Department for Social Development launched a public consultation on the Future Regulation of Gambling in Northern Ireland.
Voluntary and community sector government funding at cliffs edge.
Once again delays in government agreeing its budget has left parts of the voluntary and community sector on unsure financial ground.
Alert for charity registration applicants
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is developing an updated online charity registration application form, which is expected to replace the current online form towards the end of April 2016.
Justice Champions 2016 announced
Justice Minister David Ford has announced Paul McCartney of First Housing Aid and Support Services in Derry as Justice Champion 2016.
NICVA Conversation Zone - Alliance Party Conference 2016
Conversation Zone is a chance for voluntary and community organisations to meet with key elected members of the Alliance Party and raise the issues that are important to them and the people they work with.
EU funding in NI agriculture: Should we stay or should we go?
MORE than 38,000 farmers and rural projects across Northern Ireland shared nearly £350million of European Union (EU) funding in a single year, according to the latest breakdown of figures.
New Health and Social Care Innovation Fund: Too Long; Didn't Read.
On Monday 7th March the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety launched a consultation on a new Health and Social Care Innovation Grant Scheme.
NICVA's inspiring impact phase 2 takes impact practice to the next stage
NICVA is delighted to be part of phase two of the Inspiring Impact programme funded by Building Change Trust. Through this we will support organisations to embed their impact practice and measure,assess and share the difference that they make.
Celebration of Success
Over 40 learners attended the annual Presentation of Certificates ceremony which recognises and celebrates outstanding achievement in leadership and management, education and training, coaching and mentoring and management of volunteers.
Accounting and reporting guidance for charities - NICVA response
NICVA welcomes the Charity Commission’s guidance on the new accounting and reporting regulations.
Newry, Mourne and Down Community Planning Fora
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council recently enlisted NICVA's Social Enterprise Sector Matters with help in administering their community planning fora application process. The DEA fora presents an exciting opportunity for the sector.
Viewfinder 18 Results
Thanks to all of our members who completed the Viewfinder survey. We were delighted to have such a great response rate of 19.3% (it was sent to 6,241 staff in member organisations and 1,209 responded).
Universal early years provision for all 0-4 year olds
In our 2016 policy manifesto we call for universal early years provision for all 0-4 year olds. Here are our top five reasons why.
Sector Forecast Survey Winners Announced
NICVA is delighted to announce Two Castles Community Development Association as the winners of our Sector Forecast Survey prize draw.
Charity Commission NI Guidance on campaigning and EU Referendum
The Charity Commission for NI has published its guidance for organisations wishing to participate in the debate on the EU referendum.
Inside Northern Ireland's family courts
OUTDATED government policy on family breakdown and child custody has resulted in Northern Ireland “sleepwalking into a culture of litigation” with courts being used to “perpetuate family conflict”, the head of a leading charity has warned.
2016 NI Assembly Election Candidates
Elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly take place on Thursday 5th May.
The deadline for registering to stand as a candidate has now passed. In 2016 there are 276 candidates seeking election to 108 Assembly seats.
Party Manifestos 2016 Assembly Elections
With elections taking place to the NI Assembly on 5th May 2016 each of our local political parties are pulling together their policy asks into manifestos.
EU Referendum and the VCSE sector
NICVA held a conference on the EU Referendum to inform the VCSE sector on the primary arguments for and against leaving the EU.
New charity registration application delayed
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is developing an updated online charity registration application form.
Radically Reducing Reoffending
In our 2016 policy manifesto, we call for the Executive to make a commitment to radically reduce reoffending.
And our survey says... - how we are responding to your needs
In February and March NICVA surveyed our members to ask what their development needs were in a range of areas. We had a great response rate of 19.3% (1,209 people responded).
A living wage for all workers
In our 2016 policy manifesto we call for a living wage for all workers. The living wage is an estimate of the wage that would provide a full-time worker with a basic, but adequate, standard of living.
DIY Committee Guide rebooted
The revised Code of Good Governance was launched earlier this year by the Developing Governance Group and as promised, the DIY committee guide website has now been launched after a complete revamp.
The Budget Process and the 2016 Programme for Government
On Monday 18th April, NICVA held an information session on the Budget Process and the 2016 Programme for Government.
NICVA get ready to relay!
NICVA staff are getting ready to run the 2016 Belfast City Marathon relay race in an effort to raise funds for the Sunshine Foundation Romania.
Department for Communities Community Cohesion briefing
The Joint Forum Voluntary and Community Sector panel hosted Ian Maye, the new Community Cohesion Deputy Secretary within the Department for Communities to inform the sector on his vision for the sector's role.
Government challenged to take action over scale of paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland
PARAMILITARY groups continue to have thousands of members, with organisations involved in hundreds of acts of violence and intimidation each year in Northern Ireland, according to new figures compiled by Detail Data.
New Assembly Committees - Contact Details
Following the Departmental Restructure the Assembly's scrutiny committees have also been reshaped.
Who are the new MLAs?
Now the election finished and all the votes counted attentions now switch to who the new MLAs are and how we can get in touch with them.
What are your Legislative Priorities for 2016?
The Northern Ireland Assembly passed 48 pieces of legislation during the 2011 - 2016 mandate on topics as wide as pensions to licensing, insolvency to food hygiene.
Who is in charge of the new departments?
The new 9 departments came into effect on Monday 9th May following a departmental restructure envisaged in the Stormont House Agreement.
Promoting good financial governance
Yesterday’s charity trustee conference on promoting good financial governance was attended by 150 delegates ranging from charity trustees, finance personnel, charity support workers to those with an interest in charity finance.
New Payroll Service Launched
Our ongoing relationship with Moore Stephens in supporting the sector access the most appropriate Automatic Enrolment pension solutions has been a great success over the last two years.
Summer offer - 50% discount on room hire at NICVA
Why not book a room for your conference, event, training or meeting at NICVA this summer and make the most of our 50% discount offer? All room bookings for July and August 2016 will be half price.
NICVA support remain position in EU Referendum
The Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) has added its voice to the calls for the UK to remain in the European Union.
Why is NICVA supporting In?
On the 27th April 2016, the NICVA Executive agreed that NICVA should support the remain campaign in the upcoming EU Referendum.
Joint Forum meeting - 6th May
The Joint Forum is made up of representatives from central and local Government (Public Sector Group) and the Voluntary and Community Sector (Voluntary and Community Group).
New Executive and Committee Chairpersons Named
On 25th of May the new Northern Ireland Assembly ran d'Hondt for the new Executive, Committee Chair people and Deputy Chairs.
Volunteers' Week 2016 (1-12 June)
Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make to our communities every day.
Programme for Government: Too Long; Didn’t Read
The draft Programme for Government Framework for 2016 – 2021 was published on 26th May 2016. The Executive Office stated that this framework “sets out the direction of travel and the specific things we want to change.”
NICVA in action in Volunteers' Week
In this Volunteers' Week we celebrated the success of NIAMH Volunteers and staff from the Living Well, Living Longer project who recently took part in NICVA's Management of Volunteers course.
Who cares for our carers?
MORE than 15,000 Northern Ireland pensioners aged 70 and over are providing a minimum of 35 hours unpaid care every week, the equivalent of a full-time job. And over 400 of them are 90 years or older, an investigation by Detail Data has revealed.
Aviva Community Fund
NICVA is extremely happy to be partnering with Aviva to help promote the Aviva Community Fund.
NJC Pay - two year deal agreed for 2016 - 18
The National Joint Council for Local Government Services has confirmed the pay deal, setting new pay rates from 1 April 2016 and 1 April 2017.
"The Road Less Travelled" to Sustainability - Tackling Corporate Fundraising
Taking the First Steps in Corporate Fundraising
Could Awards play a key supporting role in your fundraising?
In this article, Lynn Kennedy, Fundraising Advice Officer at NICVA, looks at whether Awards might have a real place in an organisation's fundraising strategy.
Viewfinder 19 - Increased awareness of open data in the voluntary and community sector
Thanks to all of our members who completed the Viewfinder 19 survey. We are delighted to have such a good response rate of 17.7%.
Sector Forecast Survey Preliminary Findings Released
Earlier this year NICVA launched their Sector Forecast Survey which explored organisations outlook for 2016. This article presents some preliminary findings from the research.
£100,000 grants scheme for community led road safety initiatives launched
Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has launched the 2016/17 Road Safety Grant Scheme which offers individuals and community groups an opportunity to apply for funding of up to £10,000 to develop and deliver local road safety initiatives.
ODI Belfast at NICVA are delighted to support the OpenDataNI Challenge - an Open Data competition aimed at supporting local schools.
Over 2,000 road crashes outside schools spark calls for 20mph speed limit
ELEVEN people - including one child - have been killed and over 2,600 people have been injured as a result of road traffic collisions close to schools in Northern Ireland over the last decade.
NICVA meets with new Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir
NICVA was delighted to help organise a visit by Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir to the Inspire housing community.
Draft Programme for Government Framework consultation event
NICVA held a consultation event on the Draft Programme for Government Framework which received presentations from NCB NI Director Celine McStravick and Head of the Programme for Government team Joe Reynolds.
Northern Ireland Business Groups, Trade Unions and Voluntary Sector unite to highlight benefits of remaining within the EU
In an eve of poll joint message, organisations representing business owners, trade unions and the voluntary and community sectors across Northern Ireland have highlighted the economic evidence, which overwhelmingly favours remaining within the EU.
Where does Brexit leave charities in terms of continued or future EU funding?
Brexit, VCSE Sector and EU funding
NICVA Update on EU Referendum.
An update on Brexit for the Northern Ireland voluntary and community sector.
Finance Minister comments on EU referendum meeting with NICVA, Business and Trade Unions.
NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey joined partners from business organisations and trade unions to discuss the implications of the EU referendum result with Minister Ó Muilleoir
Shortfalls revealed in disability provision at venues across Northern Ireland
Major shortfalls have been identified in disability access at many of Northern Ireland’s most popular visitor, tourist, cultural and sporting attractions – potentially affecting the lives of over 300,000 people and their families.
Voluntary community and social enterprise sector funding model consultation
Justice Minister Claire Sugden has published proposals to modernise the system used to award funding to third sector organisations delivering justice outcomes.
DAERA Departmental Monitoring Group (DMG)
On Wednesday 6th July, NICVA and Rural Community Network hosted the DAERA DMG which focused on the Draft Programme for Government Framework. Participants received a presentation from Joe Reynolds, Head of the Programme for Government, TEO
PfG 2016 - Additional Information
The Executive Office, as part of their ongoing consultation on the draft Programme for Government Framework, have made some additional information and resources available.
Do you have a Big Idea?
NICVA's 'Big Ideas: Festival of Economics' will bring together key note speakers, panels, workshops and conversations to spark debate about the big ideas that could transform our economy. And we want you to be part of it.
ESC challenging perceptions and changing lives
ESC is a film-making charity which helps people rebuild their lives and re-integrate into society. They use drama and film to challenge perceptions, tackle social exclusion and change lives.
Suicide deaths in Northern Ireland highest on record
THREE hundred and eighteen suicides were registered in Northern Ireland during 2015 – the highest annual death toll since records began in 1970.
Accounting and reporting guidance published
The Charity Commission has published a suite of guidance on the new accounting and reporting regulations for charities which it consulted on earlier this year following the implementation of new legislation.
Big Ideas - A Festival of Economics the programme so far...
The countdown is on to Big Ideas - A festival of Economics. With two weeks to go the list of speakers and topics is looking pretty impressive.
Programme for Government 2016-2021 consultation hub
The Programme for Government (PFG) sets the strategic context for both the Budget and the Investment Strategy for Northern Ireland.
NICVA Payscales 2016 - 2018
The NJC payscales were agreed in May 2016 following negotiations on the cost of living increase. NICVA has now updated its payscales for 2016 - 2018 using NJC points 6 - 49.
Big Ideas Economics Festival Final Agenda and Timings.
On 12th August over 100 people from the voluntary and community sector, government officials, politicans, party staffers, academics, business people and interested individuals will get together in NICVA to discuss big economic ideas.
Fundraising self-regulation in NI - Time for Change?
This article looks at the now defunct system of fundraising self-regulation in Northern Ireland, why change is needed and why effective self-regulation is a key part of good governance.
The Cross-Party (Etherington) Review on fundraising self- regulation & its implementation in England & Wales
This article looks at the Cross-Party (Etherington) Review on fundraising self-regulation and progress on the implementation of its key recommendations in England & Wales.
Update on fundraising self-regulation in Scotland plus a look at setting up a new NI Fundraising Regulator
This article looks at how Scotland partially eschewed the Fundraising Regulator in favour of its own system & looks at another NI option: setting up a NI Fundraising Regulator.
NICVA’s State of the Sector Profiles the VCSE Sector
NICVA’s latest State of the Sector research sheds light on the VCSE sector in Northern Ireland in a brand new online format. This article focuses on the Profile section of the research.
NICVA’s State of the Sector examines the Income and Expenditure of the VCSE sector
NICVA’s latest State of the Sector research sheds light on funding to the VCSE sector in Northern Ireland through grants, contracts and public donations.
Autumn governance training series
Charity trustees are ultimately responsible for the charities which they govern and have a responsibility to run their charity in line with legal requirements and best practice.
State of the Sector Explores Organisations' Outlook for the Year Ahead
The latest State of the Sector research sheds light on the VCSE sector in Northern Ireland in a brand new online format. This article focuses on the Future Issues section of the research.
Charity Commission NI launch research into public trust and confidence in charities
The Department for Communities Minister, Paul Givan MLA has launched the Charity Commission NI's Public trust and confidence in charities research report 2016.
Strategic support to the voluntary and community sector consultation
On Thursday 8th September, the Department for Communities launched a public consultation on ‘proposals for the provision of strategic support to the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland 2017-2021’.
Feedback on NICVA's Fundraising Regulator Consultation (9th September 2016)
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.
Good Governance and Charity reporting seminars
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.
£500,000 fund for Northern Ireland's historic buildings
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.
NICVA's Alumni network inspired to Lead Change
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.
Automatic re-enrolment – Update
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.
Feedback from roundtable discussion at Fundraising Regulator event on 9 September
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.
State of the Sector Explores Volunteering in the VCSE Sector
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.
Cyber Security: Risk, Governance and Reputation
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.
Communities Minister sets out priorities for sector
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 Essentials Guidance
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.
State of the Sector Profiles the VCSE Workforce
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.
Major overhaul of family courts could achieve better outcomes for children
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.
Houses of Parliament Research on Brexit Issues
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.
NICVA meet with Minister for Exiting the EU
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.
UUP set out their vision for Northern Ireland outside the EU
The UUP recently published their vision for Northern Ireland outside the EU.
Assembly Oral Questions on Brexit
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.
National Minimum Wage from 1 October 2016
The national minimum wage rates from 1 October 2016 are outlined below.
Strategic support to the voluntary and community sector consultation events
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.
Social Innovation Decoded Workshops
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
Impact of Brexit and Rights on NI
CAJ, Ulster University and the Equality Coalition held a recent event discussing "Brexiting and Rights."
Social Innovation Decoded workshops off to a great start
There was a real buzz at the first of eight social innovation decoded workshops that was held as part of The Unusual Suspects festival on Friday 14 October in NICVA.
Living with HIV in Northern Ireland
NEW statistics show that 934 people are now known to be living with HIV in Northern Ireland – the highest number ever on record.
NICVA Conversation Zone - UUP Conference 2016
Following the success of previous years NICVA will once again be hosting our Conversation Zone at this Saturday's (22nd October) UUP Party Conference.
Health and Wellbeing 2026 - Too Long; Didn’t Read
On 25th of October, informed by the Bengoa Report, the Health Minister announced the publication of the document Health and Wellbeing 2026; Delivering Together.
The Programme for Government signals a new departure
The Northern Ireland Executive have agreed and issued their draft Programme for Government for consultation on Friday 28 October 2016. It’s the second major announcement of the week.
PfG - What's Changed?
Today (28th October) the Executive published the consultation on the Programme for Government.
Recognising the vital role trustees play
Trustees’ week, beginning 7 November, is a great opportunity to recognise the vital work that the thousands of trustees in Northern Ireland do to lead and serve their organisations.
NICVA Viewfinder Reveals Sector's Brexit Concerns
NICVA recently disseminated a Viewfinder Survey to members which aimed to explore how Brexit might impact the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector. This article shares key findings from the survey.
Trustees’ Week 2016 (7 – 13 November)
Trustees’ Week 2016 celebrates the UK’s 1 million trustees and promotes the benefits of volunteering to be a trustee. This year Trustees’ Week focuses on good governance and the skills needed to make trustees effective leaders.
NICVA Launches NI Faith Survey
NICVA has launched a short online survey for all faith based organisations in Northern Ireland. If you are a faith based organisation we would love to hear from you.
Waking up to Waste: How Northern Ireland's waste problem could leave a toxic legacy
Northern Ireland is producing more than two million tonnes of waste each year, with campaigners claiming that inadequate government policies could create a toxic legacy for future generations.
Charity Trustee Conference on Understanding Charity Finance
Tuesday’s charity trustee conference on understanding charity finance attracted a good number of board members and employees from a wide range of charitable organisations, both large and small.
Carers Rights Day - 25th November
There are over 220,000 carers across Northern Ireland and we estimate there are thousands more out there providing care to ill, disabled or elderly loved ones who do not yet recognise themselves as being carers
Community Planning Update
This is a report on each of the eleven council's approach to community planning and an update on the development of their community plan.
First update on progress of the NI Fundraising Regulation consultation
Progress on the set up of the NI Fundraising Regulation Working Group and decision on how fundraising will be voluntarily regulated in NI pending the result of a full sector consultation.
Stormont threat to lifeline for rural communities
A SCHEME that has provided more than 216,000 journeys in the past year to help people living in isolated rural areas, including the elderly and those with disabilities, is under threat due to Stormont cuts and policy change.
Queen's Graduates Play Key Role in NICVA's Research Team
NICVA recently participated in an Internship Programme with Queen's University and Santander, and through the scheme employed two Research Interns to support the Research Team. This article sheds light on their contribution to the NICVA team.
Support for social innovation
NICVA has been working with Social Innovation NI to deliver 8 workshops throughout Northern Ireland to introduce people to social innovation and the support that is available through The Social Innovation NI Programme.
Cathy Breslin (1960 - 2016)
It is with deep sadness we announce the death of our colleague Cathy Breslin who lost her hard fought battle with cancer on 07 Dec 2016
Christmas Food Drive – Donations needed
NICVA are participating as a collection point for the North Belfast food bank to help local people in food crisis.
Independent examination - the alternative to an audit
Chris Smith, Trustee of the Association of Charity Independent Examiners (ACIE) and a practicing independent examiner explains what an independent examination is and when charities may avail of this option.
Celebration of the finest achievement
NICVA was delighted to host its 12th presentation of certificates ceremony on 1 December. 40 ILM and TQUK graduates gathered to share their learning and received their well-earned certificates.
Lord Justice Gillen's Review of Civil and Family Justice
On Monday 28th November, Lord Justice Gillen spoke at NICVA on his family and civil justice review.
First Brexit Roundtable with Secretary of State
On Wednesday 15th December NICVA hosted the first in a series of themed roundtable Brexit discussions with the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire MP.
Too small for legacy fundraising?
This article looks at how you could add legacy fundraising into your funding mix
Cyberfraudsters are targeting Northern Ireland charities
One of NICVA’s members was recently the victim of a highly sophisticated cyberfraud.
NICVA respond to the draft Programme for Government
Today NICVA submitted our response to the consultation on the draft Programme for Government.
Donor consent in light of the Fundraising Preference Service (FPS)
What does the Fundraising Preference Service actually mean for NI charities and how does it fit with current and planned data protection legislation?
Political Developments and the Northern Ireland Budget 2017/18
Speaking in response to the resignation of the deputy First Minister yesterday, NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey said:
Health Minister to continue VCS Core Grant Fund
Today the Health Minister has confirmed that she will continue the core grant fund to the voluntary and community sector.
Theresa May Brexit Speech – What did we learn?
The Prime Minister Theresa May has made her long awaited statement on her position on Brexit. So what did we learn?
Lobbying Act and the 2017 Assembly Elections
Now we have a date for the 2017 Assembly Election, voluntary and community organisations should once again make themselves familiar with the provisions of the Lobbying Act and how they may affect your work in the run up to the elections.
Detail Data Conference: Open Data for Funding, Citizens and Services
Last week’s Detail Data conference on the use of open data for funding, citizens and services attracted over 60 people from the VCSE, public and private sectors.
More People Giving to Charity Compared to One Year Ago
People in Northern Ireland are more likely to give money to charity compared to one year ago, according to NICVA's latest Individual Giving survey.
Early Intervention Transformation Programme Professional Development Initiative
The Professional Development initiative aims to improve outcomes for children and young people through building the skills and capabilities of professionals to adopt effective early intervention and prevention approaches
Brexit White Paper. Too Long; Didn't Read
Yesterday (2nd February) the UK Government published its 76-page White Paper on The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union.
Options Paper for Fundraising Self-Regulation in Northern Ireland
This paper outlines the options for Fundraising Self-Regulation in NI. The Working Group is seeking to engage the sector and consult until 31 March, in order to make recommendations on the most suitable option for NI.
Comparing VCSE sectors of NI, England & Wales, Scotland & Ireland
This article compares VCSE sectors across the UK and in Ireland and looks at "proportionality" in choosing a new NI fundraising self-regulation system.
Fundraising self-regulation systems across the UK and Ireland
This article looks at the differences in how fundraising is currently self-regulated by the voluntary and community sectors in England and Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Joint Forum seeks new sector reps
The Joint Forum is comprised of representatives from across government and the voluntary and community sector. It facilitates an open discussion about the relationship between the two sectors.
A Rates Rethink - The NICVA consultation response
NICVA responded to the Department of Finance's Rates Rethink consultation on Thursday 16th February. The consultation paper proposed introducing a rates liability of 10-20% for charity shops.
Future Funding Watch – Calling for evidence from the sector
Less than two years after NICVA’s 2015 Cutswatch campaign, we may be facing into yet another funding crisis for the community and voluntary sector.
Brexit – How will it affect you?
The terms under which the UK will leave the European Union following last year’s EU referendum result will impact on a huge range of areas of public life and, by extension, on a huge range of the sector’s activities and areas of concern.
Key Messages from the Fundraising and Regulatory Compliance Conference
This conference was organised by the three regulators to set out the regulatory requirements and expectations for fundraising bodies and their boards under current and forthcoming data protection legislation.
NI Assembly Election: Business and Civic Society call for compromise and respect
A broad range of organisations in Northern Ireland, including NICVA, have come together to articulate their views to political parties before the election.
What is crowdfunding and why could it be good for you?
Our Guest Writer, Anne Strachan from Crowdfund UK demystifies Crowdfunding and describes how organisations can use technology to update this long-standing fundraising tool.
#AE17: Who are our new MLAs?
On Friday 3rd of March 90 MLAs were elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly, a reduction of 18 from the 108 returned at #AE16.
Government urged to call time on underage drinking
HUNDREDS of young people are being hospitalised, are ending up in custody, or are receiving long-term care as a result of problem alcohol use each year in Northern Ireland.
Funding Watch Survey shows budget uncertainty already hitting sector
Last month we launched a ‘Funding Watch’ survey to assess how the current political uncertainty and lack of a budget for 17/18 was affecting organisations in the sector.
Results of NICVA's Funding Watch Survey
NICVA recently ran a Funding Watch survey which assessed voluntary and community organisations current statutory funding situation and the likely impact of uncertainty and/or funding cuts. This article presents the survey findings.
Would you like NICVA to deliver free research training to organisations you support?
The NICVA research team are going on the road to deliver free research training to the voluntary and community sector. If you would like the team to deliver this training to organisations you support please get in touch.
What is the Joint Forum?
The Joint Forum is comprised of public sector and voluntary and community sector individuals.
NICVA Conversation Zone at #AP2017
We are excited to once again be hosting our Conversation Zone at the Alliance Party Conference, tomorrow (25th March) at the Stormont Hotel.
No government, no budget - Budget uncertainty and instability already hitting voluntary and community sector
NICVA's Funding Watch survey shows consequences of political uncertainty and lack of an agreed budget is already impacting on services provided by the voluntary and community sector.
Feedback from Fundraising regulation consultation meeting
Nineteen people attended a consultation meeting in NICVA to discuss the options for fundraising regulation in NI. For those that were unable to attend, below is a summary of the main points of the discussion.
PSNI urged to reconsider use of stop and search on under-18s
THE PSNI has used stop and search powers on under-18s nearly 25,000 times in the last five years, the vast majority of which do not result in any further action.
Five key messages as Brexit negotiations go live
As the UK triggers Article 50 to begin Brexit negotiations, we still have no Northern Ireland government to represent our interests, and no clear position put forward in these negotiations.
Breakthrough in Funding Crisis
NICVA met last night with the Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service Sir Malcolm McKibben, Permanent Secretaries David Sterling DoF, Leo O’Reilly DfC, Nick Perry DoJ, Noel Lavery DAERA and Deputy Secretaries from the other Departments.
Consultation on the code of fundraising practice
The Fundraising Regulator is carrying out a consultation on the Code of fundraising practice with responses due by 28 April.
NICVA becomes 1st charity in NI to achieve Cyber Essentials Plus Certification
NICVA recognises the importance of a secure infrastructure and data in an insecure world, therefore we are proud to announce that we are certified and fully compliant with the Cyber Essentials Plus scheme.
NICVA Releases Findings from Northern Ireland Faith Survey
NICVA recently completed research on the faith based sector in Northern Ireland, which established the community work conducted by these organisations, outside of regular worship, and identified their training/support needs.
Business and civic society make urgent appeal to local politicians
During the month of April nineteen years ago, people across Northern Ireland were presented with an amazing agreement which would deliver a path for peace and prosperity in the years ahead.
NICVA Thanks Faith Survey Respondents
NICVA is delighted to announce the winners of the NI Faith Survey prize draw.
Consultation shows preference for joining Fundraising Regulator
Over the last few months the Fundraising Regulation working group have been consulting with the sector on the best option for fundraising regulation in NI. This is an update of progress to date.
Less than half of Northern Ireland babies are breastfed in hospital
More than 42,000 babies have left Northern Ireland’s hospitals since April 2012 without having attempted breastfeeding, Detail Data can reveal.
New development opportunities
The development of our staff and volunteers is key to the success of our organisations and providing effective services. Those that participate on our programmes tell us that the skills and confidence gained make a real difference.
Fresh Start Initiative - A Programme for Women Involved in Community Transformation
The Department for Communities (DfC) will be facilitating a series of stakeholder engagement events to seek views on the development of a programme providing support for women wishing to be involved in community transformation.
Flaws exposed in plan to remove Northern Ireland’s peace walls
A GOVERNMENT commitment to “reduce, and remove, all interface barriers” by 2023 has been called into question after it emerged nearly one in five of the 116 structures are not included in the plan.