Celebrating success, impacting performance

30 Mar 2011 Roisin Kelly    Last updated: 20 Jun 2014

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.

Thirty-six people from the voluntary and community sector were awarded certificates in First Line Management, Train the Trainers, and Training Skills for Managers. Many of them testify to the positive impact that the training has had on their work performance, improving how they do their jobs. Most of those gathered had completed their training as part of the Reaching Communities NI Support and Development Programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

Úna McKernan, Deputy Chief Executive of NICVA congratulated everyone on their achievements and encourages them to take what they had learnt and make a difference in their workplaces. Úna said:

"RCNI Support and Development Programme has been successful since its inception in 2007. It shows the intelligence of the Big Lottery Fund to invest in development opportunities they fund under a range of programmes. This support offers the skills to organisations to deliver programmes more effectively and reach their desired outcomes".

Joanne McDowell, Director NI Big Lottery Fund, spoke of the impact the programme has had in building the capacity of voluntary and community organisations and helping them to be more effective in achieving their objectives.

"Big Lottery Fund is continually under pressure from investment it makes to try and make sure that investment actually does make a difference. This contract has made a huge difference to a vast array of organisations. I want to make an endorsement of networking and getting together and the importance of that kind of activity".      

Trevor Ringland MBE, keynote speaker at the event, referring to the film Invictus stated how as leaders we need to lead by example, inspiring and enabling those around us.


NICVA is an approved ILM centre offering a range of qualifications tailored for the voluntary and community sector. The training is available through the NICVA training calendar and as bespoke training delivered to individual organisations. For more information on the training NICVA offers contact Roisin Kelly at [email protected]


Organisations represented at the event included:

Include YouthMindwise
Mount Vernon Community ForumArtillery Youth Centre
NI HospiceShankill Women's Centre
IFESFocus on Family
East Belfast Independent Advice CentreGreater New Lodge Community Empowerment Partnership
An Creagan Visitors CentreNICVA
Compass Advocacy Network LtdCedar Foundation
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by Roisin Kelly

Skills Development Coordinator

[email protected]

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