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UK Shared Prosperity Fund NI Programme - OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS

By NICVA 14 Dec 2022 Geoff Nuttall

The Department for Levelling Up (DLUHC) has now opened the UK Shared Prosperity Fund Northern Ireland programme for applications under the programme's 'People and Skills' priority.  Read how to apply here.  

Highlights from 2022 from Organisational Development Team

By NICVA 13 Dec 2022 Sandra Bailie

The Organisational Development Team has enjoyed serving our members and working with the wider sector in 2022. From the day to day information, advice, support and training to special initiatives we have adapted and developed to meet your needs.

Strategies for positive mental health in the workplace - resources and recording

By NICVA 12 Dec 2022 Sandra Bailie

This resource is a summary of the strategies and advice shared on the Strategies for positive mental health webinar on 8 December 2022 and includes a recording of the webinar. The panel had representatives from Inspire, ASCERT, AWARE and CRUSE NI.

HR training series 2023

By NICVA 9 Dec 2022 Sandra Bailie

Our people are our greatest asset so it is important that they are developed, supported and managed well. This Human Resource (HR) series is for anyone who manages staff in the voluntary and community sector. 

How to tell the story of your impact

By NICVA 9 Dec 2022 Leeann Kelly

The voluntary, community and social enterprise sector exists to make a difference in the lives of others, but increasingly we find ourselves under pressure to be able to effectively demonstrate the impact of our work.   

Work Well Live Well in NICVA

By NICVA 9 Dec 2022 Sandra Bailie

Last year NICVA partnered with NI Chest Heart and Stroke (NICHS) and The Public Health Agency (PHA) to be part of the Work Well Live Well Programme. This short article tells of our journey and some of the ideas we have for next year.

Academic selection is under the microscope again

By ScopeNI 8 Dec 2022 Ryan Miller

Another year’s transfer tests have just finished – will there be many more? Or, with the Independent Review of Education due to wrap up in the Spring, could academic selection at age 11 be headed for the scrapheap?

Guest Blog: Fundraising Regulator builds on its presence in Northern Ireland

By NICVA 7 Dec 2022 Jocelyn Horton

The Fundraising Regulator gives an overview of their work in 2022 including its commitment to strengthening its presence in Northern Ireland.

Fully Funded Scheme for Cyber Essentials Certification for charities

By NICVA 6 Dec 2022 Sandra Bailie

The National Cyber Security Centre is offering a fully funded scheme to help organisations in the Voluntary and Community Sector get Cyber Essentials Plus certification. This is delivered in NI by Vertical Structure.

Supporting wellbeing and mental health at work

By NICVA 1 Dec 2022 Sandra Bailie

Mental health issues can affect one in four people at some point in their lives and have a significant impact on employee wellbeing. 

The link between loneliness and caring

By ScopeNI 30 Nov 2022 Ryan Miller

In Northern Ireland, carers are over four times more likely to be chronically lonely than people in general. Loneliness can be devastating - carers need more support.

Department of Finance Update on Non-Domestic Rates Consultation/Charity Exemption

By NICVA 30 Nov 2022 Geoff Nuttall

The Department of Finance has just released a report of the responses to its 2019 rates consultation including views on the charity rates exemption

Maximising the potential of civil society in Northern Ireland - The Law Family Commission on Civil Society

By NICVA 28 Nov 2022 Eva Henderson

On 25th November, NICVA hosted a 'Maximising the potential of civil society in Northern Ireland' workshop along with the Law family Commission on Civil Society, a programme created by Pro Bono Economics.

Childcare needs support, and right now – for everyone’s benefit

By ScopeNI 25 Nov 2022 Ryan Miller

For too long, childcare in Northern Ireland has been treated as an afterthought. As inflation hits its highest rate for over four decades, the pressure on both providers and parents is coming to a head.

UK Government Support for Energy Consumers in Northern Ireland

By NICVA 21 Nov 2022 Eva Henderson

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has released information on support available for energy consumers in Northern Ireland.

Update on the Dormant Accounts Fund Northern Ireland

By NICVA 18 Nov 2022 Shauna O'Neill

From 5pm on 3 March 2023, The National Lottery Community Fund will not be accepting applications to Phase One of the Dormant Accounts Fund Northern Ireland from individual organisations.

Bullying is a nightmare for parents – how do they help their kids?

By ScopeNI 17 Nov 2022 Ryan Miller

The idea that your child could face bullying is quite terrifying. Surveys show lots of children experience bullying. However, there are ways adults can help.

Good Relations Awards 2023 Now Open for Nominations

By NICVA 14 Nov 2022 Shauna O'Neill

The Good Relations Awards 2023 are now open for nominations. 

Schools are vital, but we can all help increase children’s physical activity

By ScopeNI 9 Nov 2022 Ryan Miller

A new report from the Education and Training Inspectorate found that most schools are falling short of targets for PE. That needs to change, along with many other things, to halt the decline in kids’ physical play.

NJC Payscales for 2022/23

By NICVA 9 Nov 2022 Eamonn McKee

The National Joint Council for Local Government Services pay agreement has been confirmed for 2022/23.  The pay offer was for a flat rate payment of £1,925 on each scale point with effect from 1 April 2022.

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