Our sector has a long and successful record of helping policy-makers find solutions for a whole range of social needs.
This experience is grounded in our experience and knowledge gathered through the services we develop and deliver and our understanding of what is needed in our society.
Lobbying and campaigning is carried out by many within the VCSE Sector, as a way of informing and influencing public policies and legislation, so as to advance their charitable aims and benefit society. Lobbying campaigns may have a shorter time-frame with one main ask, while others are a culmination of asks and can take longer to achieve positive change.
The on the ground experience and knowledge of voluntary and community sector organisations is a hugely valuable resource that should be welcomed and embraced by policymakers.
The voice of the sector is important to help challenge, inform and reflect on the impact of proposed policies and strategies.
Click here to read case studies that demonstrate the value of the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.
What is the role of Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations in care and support planning? A discussion paper
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