Insight and latest updates from our team

When money is tight, campaigning is more important than ever

By ScopeNI 7 Jun 2023 Ryan Miller

The Department for Communities is consulting on its budget. Northern Ireland’s welfare mitigation payments are at risk. Those who want (at least some) payments that protect vulnerable people to continue should speak up.

Introduction to Social Enterprises

By NICVA 5 Jun 2023 Jocelyn Horton

In this resource Stephen McGarry from Work West Enterprise Agency provides an introduction to social enterprises and explores models of income generation to ensure long-term sustainability.

The Pilgrim Trust and their Young Women’s Mental Health programme

By NICVA 5 Jun 2023 Jocelyn Horton

Sonja Forbes, Grant Manager at Pilgrim Trust, gives an overview of their Trust and their Young Women’s Mental Health programme.

NI Budget 2023: Government departments consult on funding proposals

By NICVA 2 Jun 2023 Shauna O'Neill

The opening budget for 2023-24 has now been set by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and with allocations falling significantly short, local Government Departments will be forced to demonstrate savings.

New toolkit launched for parents of children with disabilities

By ScopeNI 2 Jun 2023 Ryan Miller

A new toolkit for people whose children have disabilities – and written by parents, for parents – could be transformative for mums and dads who feel overwhelmed.

NICVA welcomes political parties to HQ for talks on Department of Health cuts

By NICVA 31 May 2023 Robbie Best

NICVA and CO3 welcomed representatives of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector and representatives from across the political spectrum to discuss the recent news that Department of Health Core funding will not continue past September.

New report shows many of Northern Ireland’s authorities and private companies fail when it comes to digital accessibility

By NICVA 31 May 2023 Shauna O'Neill

Even organisations including councils bound by law to meet digital accessibility standards have failed tests reveals a new report by charity ForSight NI.

Developing Corporate Partnerships

By NICVA 30 May 2023 Jocelyn Horton

Denise Cranston, Head of Partnerships Practice at 2into3 and Louise Heatley, Head of Alice Public Relations NI give an overview of Developing Corporate Partnerships and the Importance of Communications.

NICVA Executive Committee Vacancy

By NICVA 26 May 2023 Shauna O'Neill

NICVA's Executive Committee are seeking the expertise of an accountant to join the board.

Volunteers’ Week 2023: Celebrate and Inspire

By NICVA 25 May 2023 Jocelyn Horton

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration recognising and acknowledging the important contribution volunteers make to our local communities, the voluntary sector and society as a whole. 

Will we fail once more on mental health?

By ScopeNI 24 May 2023 Ryan Miller

A new report from the Audit Office says Northern Ireland’s ten-year mental health strategy risks failure due to a lack of financial support.

Building Support from Donors and Volunteer Fundraisers

By NICVA 23 May 2023 Jocelyn Horton

Glenn Oakes, Caboodle Fundraising, facilitated the Building Support from Donors and Volunteer Fundraisers training, as part of the Cost of Fundraising series, supported by the Department for Communities.

Developing a Fundraising Strategy

By NICVA 23 May 2023 Jocelyn Horton

Glenn Oakes, Caboodle Fundraising, facilitated a training session on Developing a Fundraising Strategy as part of the Cost of Fundraising series, supported by the Department for Communities.

Free mentoring support and more still available for CFNI grantees

By NICVA 22 May 2023 Susan Glass

Free training and bespoke mentoring is available through NICVA, as part of a programme of support for recipients of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland's Cancer, Carers and Mental Health Funds.

Building Support from Donors and Volunteer Fundraisers - summary and presentation

By NICVA 18 May 2023 Jocelyn Horton

On 9th May 2023, Glenn Oakes, Caboodle Fundraising, facilitated Building Support from Donors and Volunteer Fundraisers, as part of the Cost of Fundraising series, supported by the Department for Communities.  

Developing a Fundraising Strategy - summary and presentation

By NICVA 18 May 2023 Jocelyn Horton

On 9th May 2023, Glenn Oakes, Caboodle Fundraising., facilitated a  session on Developing a Fundraising Strategy as part of the Cost of Fundraising series, supported by the Department for Communities. 

What is next for NICVA following meeting with NI Secretary of State

By NICVA 17 May 2023 Shauna O'Neill

NICVA, and representatives of the Northern Ireland Voluntary and Community Sector, welcomed Northern Ireland Secretary of State Chris Heaton-Harris MP to their headquarters recently, following the recent publication of the 2023/24 budget.

Impact: it’s not the work you do, it’s what that work achieves

By ScopeNI 16 May 2023 Ryan Miller

Focusing on outcomes won’t address all the third sector’s challenges, but it will help organisations get the most out of whatever resources they have.

Social security is inadequate – what will government do about it?

By ScopeNI 10 May 2023 Ryan Miller

The Cliff Edge Coalition NI relaunched its campaign last week. A lot has changed since 2018, almost none of it good, and the cliff edge faced by much of society has grown much higher.

Spring Covid-19 Booster Programme - How sector organisations can help

By NICVA 9 May 2023 Geoff Nuttall

On 9th May, NICVA hosted an information and Q&A session with the Public Health Agency on the spring Covid-19 vaccine booster programme and how community & voluntary organisations can encourage take up

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