Insight and latest updates from our team

Key NI funder stresses the importance of completing the charity annual monitoring return.

By NICVA 1 Feb 2021 Michele Crilly

This article outlines how completing your annual monitoring return can increase your chance of funding. 

TLP Case Study: Anne Fleming, Short Strand Inner East TLP, Autumn 2020

By NICVA 1 Feb 2021 Mary McCaughey

Anne Fleming works as part of the NI Assembly Engagement Team. Here she shares her story.

Making time for governance

By NICVA 29 Jan 2021 Denise Copeland

The past year has been a challenging time for organisations across the sector but technology has enabled many of us to do things differently, whether it be holding our board meetings online or adapting our services to meet public health guidance.

Higher Skills Ambition needed for NI

By NICVA 29 Jan 2021 Sandra Bailie

Northern Ireland risks slipping further behind other countries in the Skills of its workforce, a new report by a leading research institute finds.

Accelerator Programme empowers voluntary sector

By NICVA 29 Jan 2021 Shauna O'Neill

Margaret Connolly from Monkstown Village Initiatives explains how she has benefited from the new skills and relationships she gained through taking part in the Accelerator programme.

Podcast: Capacity building in the Third sector

By NICVA 29 Jan 2021 Shauna O'Neill

Siofra Healy, Director of Philanthropy at the Community Foundation for NI and Sandra Bailie, Head of Organisational Development at NICVA discuss the capacity programme and the need for more of similar programmes to grow capacity in the sector.

Training and learning opportunities February - March 21

By NICVA 29 Jan 2021 Lynda Gould

Great training opportunities are now available for faith based groups.

TLP Participant Story: North Belfast TLP Autumn 2020: Gemma Cowles, Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE)

By NICVA 27 Jan 2021 Mary McCaughey

“I watched people blossoming over the 10 sessions of the course. And I learned to retreat a bit at times and to listen a bit better. It was very transformative from one end of it to the other.”

NICVA's Manifesto for Change - Unlocking the Full Potential of Voluntary and Community Action in NI

By NICVA 26 Jan 2021 Kathy Maguire

NICVA is seeking sector feedback on our Manifesto for Change which sets out how government can work with the sector to unlock the full potential of community and voluntary action in Northern Ireland. 

Reminder: Trustees can still Complete their Annual Monitoring Return

By NICVA 26 Jan 2021 Michele Crilly

The Charity Commission has stopped sending reminders to charities.  However, online services is still operational and charities can complete their annual monitoring return and upload their reports & accounts. 

New dates added for the Community Wellbeing and Resilience Programme

By NICVA 20 Jan 2021 Paula Fitzpatrick

Due to exceptional demand in the sector for the Community Wellbeing and Resilience Programme, additional dates have been added.

Reserves policy guidance

By NICVA 19 Jan 2021 Denise Copeland

A reserves policy helps trustees to justify holding appropriate levels of financial reserves to protect against future uncertainties. It is something which various stakeholders may be interested in viewing from time to time.

Rehabilitation of Offenders – Consultation

By NICVA 18 Jan 2021 Shauna O'Neill

DoJ has launched a consultation on proposals to reform rehabilitation periods in Northern Ireland.  

Communities Minister reopens Voluntary, Community and Social Economy Sector Covid Recovery Fund

By NICVA 18 Jan 2021 Shauna O'Neill

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has today announced the opening of a second phase, worth £1m of the Voluntary, Community and Social Economy Sector (VCSE) Covid Recovery Fund.

Policy Impact Hub case study: Women's Policy Group Feminist Recovery Plan

By NICVA 18 Jan 2021 Déarbhla Sloan

Following the implementation of Government policies and strategies in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, WRDA identified the disproportionate impact on women. 

Department for Communities Covid-19 support

By NICVA 15 Jan 2021 Shauna O'Neill

Information on the support and services available through the Department for Communities to individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

New Information Leaflets Available to Help Inform EU Citizens in NI on Post-Brexit Immigration Requirements

By NICVA 15 Jan 2021 Geoff Nuttall

EU citizens living in NI must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to retain their right to stay but many may not be aware.  Can you help reach those who are not?

What would a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland look like? An information webinar

By NICVA 14 Jan 2021 Déarbhla Sloan

An ad hoc committee examining a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland has recently been set up by the Northern Ireland Assembly. The committee is currently carrying out a programme of consultation.

Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman: An information webinar

By NICVA 14 Jan 2021 Déarbhla Sloan

On Tuesday 12th January 2021, NICVA was joined by the new Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman, Margaret Kelly for an information webinar.

Dormant Accounts Fund NI now open

By NICVA 11 Jan 2021 Shauna O'Neill

The Dormant Accounts Fund NI is now open. This programme will support the VCSE sector in Northern Ireland to be more resilient and prepared for the future by funding activity that increases long term capacity and sustainability.

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