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NICVA draft response to Charity Commission's draft strategic plan consultation

By NICVA 1 Feb 2023 Denise Copeland

The Charity Commission’s consultation on its draft strategic plan for 2023-2026 and its engagement strategy will close for responses on 6 March at 5.00 PM (extended from the 6 February).  

The third sector in a digital world: room for improvement

By ScopeNI 1 Feb 2023 Ryan Miller

Research from late last year shows that organisations in Northern Ireland are not all fully comfortable in the modern digital age – but, with a bit of support, the right improvements are achievable.

Tough times can bring out the best in people

By ScopeNI 25 Jan 2023 Ryan Miller

Two new pieces of research lay out two sides of the cost-of-living crisis: poor mental health, and communities rising to meet the problems we all face.

NICVA say farewell to outgoing Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey

By NICVA 20 Jan 2023 Shauna O'Neill

NICVA hosted a reception for their outgoing Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey who is stepping down after 32 years with the organisation.

Mid Ulster District Council Grants programme opening with key changes

By NICVA 20 Jan 2023 Jocelyn Horton

Information sessions are being held across Mid Ulster over the coming weeks for groups hoping to secure funding from the council’s 2023/24 Grant Aid Programme.

Poverty isn’t just for Christmas

By ScopeNI 18 Jan 2023 Ryan Miller

Distribution of the £600 home energy payment has begun. However, for some older people in Northern Ireland, huge challenges remain as they struggle both with the cost of living and the risk of loneliness.

UK-wide funding confirmed to 2025 for the multi-sport grassroots facilities programme. Expression of Interests now invited

By NICVA 18 Jan 2023 Jocelyn Horton

The Government has confirmed the allocation of a £230 million uplift to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for investment in football facilities across the UK. The Irish Football Association invite EOIs for 2023/25

Receptionist (R'23)

By NICVA 13 Jan 2023 Alex Hastings

This is an excellent opportunity to join NICVA's administration team in the role of part time Receptionist.  The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Monday 30 January 2023.

Does Stormont need to end designations?

By ScopeNI 12 Jan 2023 Ryan Miller

Reforming Assembly and Executive structures has been suggested several times as a way to end the current impasse. Will that work, in theory or practice? Scope looks at one suggestion: weighted majority voting.

Impact of ILM Level 4 Award in Leadership and Management

By NICVA 11 Jan 2023 Sandra Bailie

NICVA delivers ILM qualifications at levels 3, 4, 5 and 7 to the Voluntary and Community Sector in NI for first line, middle and senior managers. We go back to learners several months later to find out the impact of their learning.

Guest Blog: The National Lottery Community Fund - remember to consider your environmental impact when applying for funding

By NICVA 9 Jan 2023 Sandra Bailie

Mark Creaney, from The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF), talks about how the largest community funder across the UK is supporting communities who are seeking to minimise their impact on the environment.

Data is growing. How it grows is up to us.

By ScopeNI 6 Jan 2023 Ryan Miller

Does big data provide an opportunity to improve the world? Can our personal info be used for nefarious ends? The answer to both is yes, potentially. Everyone should have an educated say in how we, as a society, use data.

Impact of ILM Level 5 Diploma

By NICVA 5 Jan 2023 Sandra Bailie

Since September 2020 83 people have participated in our ILM L5 Diploma in Leadership and Management. It is encouraging to go back to our learners six months after they complete and find out what has changed.

£600 energy support for Northern Ireland households to start in January

By NICVA 4 Jan 2023 Eva Henderson

The UK Government has confirmed how customers without direct debits will receive their £600 voucher to help with energy bills.

NICVA’s Policy and Public Affairs Quarterly Update Oct-Dec 2022

By NICVA 21 Dec 2022 Eva Henderson

Below is a summary of the most recent activities of NICVA's Policy and Public Affairs team from October-December 2022.

All NI Households to Receive £600 Payment for Energy Bill Support

By NICVA 19 Dec 2022 Eva Henderson

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy today released an update on Energy Bill Support Schemes in Northern Ireland for domestic customers.

NICVA's Journey to Net Zero and Environmental Sustainability

By NICVA 19 Dec 2022 Geoff Nuttall

This presentation describes the exciting journey which NICVA has undertaken towards environmental sustainability and Net Zero carbon emissions between summer 2019 and Christmas 2022

Charity banking challenges

By NICVA 16 Dec 2022 Denise Copeland

Some charities have experienced issues with either opening a bank account for their charity or maintaining their bank account.  We have been passing these issues on to the banks on your behalf via the Community Banking Project.

Eating disorders in Northern Ireland: a problem of unknown scale

By ScopeNI 16 Dec 2022 Ryan Miller

Eating disorders can devastate lives – but, here in NI, treatment services are not comprehensive and we simply don’t know how many people need help.

Department plans for a de-minimis threshold for charity registration

By NICVA 14 Dec 2022 Denise Copeland

NICVA warmly welcomes the Minister for Communities’s decision that a de-minimis threshold for charity registration should be introduced in Northern Ireland.  

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