Representing your Covid-19 concerns to Government

27 Mar 2020 Geoff Nuttall    Last updated: 31 Mar 2020

NICVA is working hard to highlight to government the questions and concerns that sector organisations have been raising with us about how Covid-19 is impacting on their work and the people who depend upon them.

NICVA CEO Seamus McAleavey has been representing these concerns at the Emergencies Leadership Group established by Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey to co-ordinate a joint Government/sector response to the Covid-19 crisis.  The Emergencies Leadership Group held its first two meetings on the 20th and 26th March and will report to the Minister and onward to the NI Executive Emergency Contingencies Group.  It is establishing a number of sub-groups to co-ordinate different elements of the Covid-19 response, namely -

  • Communication & Engagement (Lead: Seamus McAleavey, NICVA)
  • Volunteering Response (Lead: Denise Hayward, Volunteer Now)
  • Food Response (Maeve Monaghan, NOW Group)
  • Medicine/Pharmacy and utility supplies (Joanne Morgan, Community Development & Health Network)
  • Well-being in self-isolation (TBC)
  • Covid-19 Community Helpline (Kevin Higgins Advice NI)
  • Covid-19 Funding  (Moira Doherty, Dept for Communities)

NICVA will be leading the Communication and Engagement group and feeding into the others along with other sector organisations.  We will keep you posted with the latest developments by these groups and are keen to hear issues that you would like to be raised through them.

NICVA has also been gathering information on your concerns and support needs through a survey which has had a huge response.  We will use the results of this survey to understand your most pressing needs and highlight these to government and others. 

 

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by Geoff Nuttall

Head of Policy and Public Affairs

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