Insight and latest updates from our team

Annual general meetings

By NICVA 2 Oct 2020 Denise Copeland

Organisations that are due to hold an AGM in the autumn will be glad to hear that new temporary rules have come into force which allow companies, registered societies and credit unions to hold general meetings online. 

Fundraising in this new context: webinar recording and resources

By NICVA 1 Oct 2020 Sandra Bailie

On 30 September NICVA facilitated a 'Fundraising in this new context' webinar as part of the CFNI Accelerator Programme funded by the Department for Communities.

Managing finances and options for sustainability in uncertain times Webinar recording

By NICVA 28 Sep 2020 Denise Copeland

NICVA facilitated a webinar on 24 September 2020 on 'Managing finances in uncertain times and the options for sustainability.'  

Support and funding needed to help Voluntary and Community Sector organisations overcome fallout from Covid-19

By NICVA 28 Sep 2020 Déarbhla Sloan

The urgent need for training and investment in the voluntary and community sector has been highlighted by a recent survey carried out by the NICVA. 

Policy Impact Hub case study: Save the Childcare Voucher Scheme

By NICVA 25 Sep 2020 Déarbhla Sloan

This case study explains how the Save Childcare Vouchers campaign helped approximately 60,000 families across the UK access financial support with their childcare costs through the Childcare Voucher scheme prior to it being closed to new entrants.

Regional Social Prescribing Development Board Call for Expressions of Interest for the role of Co-Chair

By NICVA 25 Sep 2020 Déarbhla Sloan

The Regional Social Prescribing Development Board is looking for Expressions of Interest for the role of Co-Chair from the Community & Voluntary Sector.

Skills Match Cyber Security webinar and resources

By NICVA 24 Sep 2020 Sandra Bailie

BITC and NICVA hosted a Back to Basics Cyber Security webinar as part of the Skills Match programme on 23 Sept. Here are some tips from it along with the webinar recording. 

New COVID-19 guide for employers

By NICVA 22 Sep 2020 Alex Hastings

The Public Health Agency has produced a new guide: 'COVID-19 in a business setting - a quick guide for employers'.

NICVA Raises Deep Concerns About the UK Internal Market Bill’s Impact on Future Peace and Prosperity in Northern Ireland

By NICVA 21 Sep 2020

NICVA is extremely concerned about the potential impact of the proposed UK Internal Market Bill on the future peace, stability, and economic well-being of people in Northern Ireland. 

BT8 Coronavirus Community Outreach - a post-code area response!

By NICVA 21 Sep 2020 Helen McLaughlin

The BT8 Coronavirus Community Outreach group mostly covers the BT8 area including Carryduff, Newtownbreda and Four Winds. Michelle Guy, a founder member of the group, talked to NICVA’s Helen McLaughlin about the group’s experience. 

Guest Blog by Joanne McDowell, NI Manager, Fundraising Regulator: Protecting the public and supporting the vital work of fundraisers

By NICVA 21 Sep 2020 Lynn Kennedy

Joanne McDowell, NI Manager for the Fundraising Regulator, reflects on public fundraising resuming in Northern Ireland, and why it is so important that charities uphold the fundraising standards to maintain public trust.

Joint Forum Voluntary and Community Sector Panel for 202023 hold First Meeting of New Term

By NICVA 18 Sep 2020 Kathy Maguire

The new Voluntary and Community Sector (VCG) Panel for the 2020-23 term of the Joint Government and Voluntary Sector Forum  has recently been confirmed. The panel held their first meeting (virtually) on Friday the 11th September.

Latest Policy and Public Affairs Team Update

By NICVA 18 Sep 2020 Kathy Maguire

In this latest update read how we have been adapting our work to support the sector in responding to the impact of Covid -19 and to ensure our core policy and public affairs activities continue in these challenging times. 

Faith leaders re-engage with the NI Executive

By NICVA 11 Sep 2020 Lynda Gould

NICVA’s Faith Engagement Project has played a key role in facilitating ongoing consultations with a range of faith leaders and the NI Executive. 

Significant loss of income felt across the voluntary and community sector amid Covid-19 pandemic

By NICVA 11 Sep 2020 Déarbhla Sloan

Over two thirds of voluntary and community sector organisations have reported  a loss of income despite an increased demand for their services according to a recent study carried out by NICVA.

Children’s Law Centre is urging groups to contribute to stakeholder report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

By NICVA 7 Sep 2020 Déarbhla Sloan

The Children’s Law Centre (CLC) is calling on all stakeholders to contribute to a report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child ahead of the “List of Issues Prior to Reporting” expected to be issued to the UK Government in February 2021.

Top 10 Results from NICVA’s latest Covid-19 Impact Survey (August 2020)

By NICVA 7 Sep 2020 Dr. Helena Mc Elhinney

In August, NICVA surveyed their membership of over 1000 voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in Northern Ireland. 

NICVA's training - accessible and responsive

By NICVA 7 Sep 2020 Sandra Bailie

The NICVA autumn training programme is now open for bookings and we have a full range of accessible and affordable online courses. 

Voluntary and Community Sector in Northern Ireland significantly impacted by Covid-19

By NICVA 4 Sep 2020 Geoff Nuttall

Following a difficult six months for the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland, the next year could see a further reduction in vital services, underlining the crucial need for ongoing and future support for the sector.

£100,000 grants scheme for community led road safety initiatives launches

By NICVA 3 Sep 2020 Shauna O'Neill

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has launched the 2020/21 Road Safety Grant Scheme which offers individuals and community groups an opportunity to apply for funding of up to £10,000 to develop and deliver local road safety initiatives.

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