Insight and latest updates from our team

QUB Students available for internship or placement opportunities

By NICVA 30 Nov 2020 Shauna O'Neill

Level 3 QUB politics students are keen to gain first hand experience in the voluntary and community sector. Would your organisation be interested in hosting some of them in January 2021? 

Guidance on the circuit breaker coronavirus restrictions in NI

By NICVA 27 Nov 2020 Alex Hastings

The guidance produced by the Northern Ireland Executive sets out the coronavirus restrictions for the current circuit breaker with effect from 27 November 2020. 

The Post-Brexit Scheme All Voluntary and Community Organisations Should Register For

By NICVA 26 Nov 2020 Geoff Nuttall

If you thought getting Brexit ready was just for businesses, think again.  From 1st January 2021, any NI voluntary/community organisation buying or selling any goods from/to GB will need a special 'EORI' registration number.  More here -

RSPB NI launch 5 Point Green Recovery Plan for NI’s Economy and Environment

By NICVA 25 Nov 2020 Déarbhla Sloan

The RSPB NI have recently launched their 5 point Green Recovery Plan for a post-Covid 19 Northern Ireland.

Brexit 2020: Where are we now? The future UK / EU relationship and the protocol

By NICVA 25 Nov 2020 Déarbhla Sloan

The webinar “Brexit 2020: Where are we now? The future UK / EU relationship and the protocol” will take place on Thursday 3rd December, 12:30pm-1:30pm.

Places of Worship set to close for two weeks on 27th November 2020

By NICVA 23 Nov 2020 Lynda Gould

Junior Minister Lyons called a meeting early on Friday 20th November to explain the reasons for the closure of places of worship and answer questions. 

The Transformative Leadership Programme: Participants tell their story Michael O’Hara, Suffolk Lenadoon TLP Autumn 2020

By NICVA 23 Nov 2020 Mary McCaughey

Michael participated in the Suffolk/Lenadoon TLP. The course started in February 2020 and had completed only 3 days before the Covid-19 lockdown occurred, and the course was put on hold. It resumed again online and was completed in October 2020.

Updated Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance hub

By NICVA 20 Nov 2020 Eamonn McKee

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance has been updated to reflect the extension of the scheme until March 2021

Joint NICVA SCVO WCVA Position Statement on UK Shared Prosperity Fund

By NICVA 19 Nov 2020 Geoff Nuttall

This joint statement by NICVA and its sister Councils in Scotland and Wales (SCVO & WCVA) calls for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, a fund designed to replace EU funding post-Brexit, to be devolved and rolled out according to five key principles

NICVA Calls on Chancellor to Devolve Post-Brexit Funding to NI

By NICVA 19 Nov 2020 Geoff Nuttall

NICVA and its sister Councils in Scotland and Wales have jointly written to the UK Chancellor calling for the devolution of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (designed to replace EU funding) to ensure it meets local needs 

Influencing, Lobbying and Campaigning under COVID - PAF Webinar Tuesday 8th December 2020, 2- 3pm approx

By NICVA 19 Nov 2020 Kathy Maguire

As COVID continues to dominate all our lives, both home and work, in this webinar we explore the impact of the pandemic on the VCSE sectors capacity to inform and influence public policy & decision making on key societal issues.

The Transformative Leadership Programme: Participants tell their story Jahswill Emmanuel, North Belfast TLP, Autumn 2020

By NICVA 17 Nov 2020 Mary McCaughey

Jahswill Emmanuel is Chair and founder of MSCNI (Multi-Ethnic Sports and Cultures NI). Here he shares his TLP story.

New Nightingale Facility at Whiteabbey Hospital

By NICVA 13 Nov 2020 Kathy Maguire

NICVA recently participated in a  Service User and Carer Engagement Event hosted by the Northern HSC Trust to hear plans for delivery of the new Nightingale Hospital facility for Northern Ireland.

ESF Users Briefing on Future Replacement of ESF Funding Post-Brexit

By NICVA 12 Nov 2020 Geoff Nuttall

This briefing paper, developed by NICVA's ESF Users Group, sets out urgent recommendations to government for ensuring the replacement of vital EU funding (ESF) helping thousands of vulnerable people in NI integrate into society and employment

£3.3million Voluntary, Community and Social Economy Sector Covid Recovery Fund launched

By NICVA 12 Nov 2020 Shauna O'Neill

The Voluntary, Community and Social Economy Sector (VCSE) Covid Recovery Fund has been launched today to help the sector to safely deliver essential services during the Covid-19 crisis.

Changes to the Charity Register and Help with Charity Reporting

By NICVA 11 Nov 2020 Michele Crilly

The Charity Commission has removed the status of charities on their website. This article explains the changes and offers support to any charity that may need assistance with charity reporting.

Developing corporate partnerships - recording and resources

By NICVA 11 Nov 2020 Sandra Bailie

On 11 November we hosted a webinar as part of the CFNI Accelerator Programme funded by Department for Communities on Developing Corporate Partnerships. This was delivered by Hilary Hanberry from Business in the Community with guest speakers.

LRA publishes helpful guide on home working

By NICVA 9 Nov 2020 Alex Hastings

The LRA (Labour Relations Agency) recently published 'A Practical Guide to Working from Home: COVID19 and beyond' to assist employers and employees who continue to work from home in uncertain times.

NICVA Meetings and Training Sessions

By NICVA 9 Nov 2020 Alex Hastings

While we all continue to be required to work from home, NICVA continues to provide a full programme of training sessions and meetings online. 

Trustees' Week 2020 was a hit with Trustees

By NICVA 6 Nov 2020 Denise Copeland

Trustees’ Week is a time to celebrate and recognise the great work done by thousands of trustees. This year Trustees got the opportunity to brush up on their governance knowledge at our series of webinars for Trustees. 

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