Covid-19 - Update from our Chief Executive 28 May 2020

Read the latest update from our Chief Executive, Seamus McAleavey, on the issues relevant to voluntary and community organisations.

Emergencies Leadership Group

The ELG has started to discuss Recovery and Resilience of the voluntary and community sector.  Planning for recovery should enable the sector to make the fullest contribution to the whole of society renewal. It is important for this to be done in an inclusive way and there is a joint commitment from sector representatives to build on the high level of collaboration achieved between the Minister, her officials and the community and voluntary sector.

Community representatives credited that the Department were quick to allow community groups to move forward and deal with the emergency. They recognized the trust the Department has built with the community sector and the opportunity to strengthen this joint working approach into the future.

Emergency Charity Fund

The arrangements and procedures for this fund are still being worked on.  The Minister and her officials are conscious of the financial pressures on many organisations.  I expect a further announcement from the Minister early next week on the Fund.

NHS Charity Fund and Northern Ireland

Lots of people across Northern Ireland have fundraised for this NHS Charity Appeal.  You will recall that the NHS Charities Together did not fund in Northern Ireland, that has now been corrected after NICVA contacted NHS Charities Together.  The following amounts have now been distributed in Northern Ireland.

£112,500 Northern Health and Social Care Trust
£42,500 Northern Ireland Ambulance Service
£105,500 South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
£109,000 Southern Health and Social Care Trust Charitable Trust Funds
£112,000 Western Health & Social Care Trust, Londonderry
£179,000 Belfast Health and Social Care Trust
£660,500 Total


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Covid–19 in Northern Ireland: moving out of lockdown

Pivotal the independent Public Policy Platform in Northern Ireland has published a useful paper on moving out of lockdown.  It can be accessed here

Public Health Agency Update

The Public Health Agency is launching a monthly update to provide a source of regular communication with stakeholders on key areas of work, with particular focus at present on COVID-19.

The aim is to enhance awareness and knowledge of the work of the PHA and its programmes and activities during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Stay safe everyone,

Seamus McAleavey 

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