Insight and latest updates from our team

Get some green therapy for Mental Health Awareness Week

By NICVA 18 Apr 2023 Sandra Bailie

Ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week, we spoke to new NICVA member Positive Steps Outdoors, to hear more about what they do and how we all can get involved.

Pay now, or pay (more) later? How the cost-of-living crisis is squeezing the third sector.

By ScopeNI 14 Apr 2023 Ryan Miller

Spiking inflation and weak public finances have put community organisations on the back foot. However, it would be short-sighted to let services wither. Where possible, we must spend to save.

Local Elections: VCSE Sector Manifestos

By NICVA 4 Apr 2023 Kathy Maguire

On the 18 May 2023, local elections will be held across Northern Ireland to elect 462 councillors across 11 local councils.

Policy and Public Affairs Team Quarterly Update (January – March 2023)

By NICVA 3 Apr 2023 Kathy Maguire

Catch up on some highlights of what NICVA's Policy and Public Affairs Team have been up to in the last quarter to support the work and key interests of the sector:

NICVA statement on additional funding from Department for Housing, Levelling up and Communities

By NICVA 31 Mar 2023 Robbie Best

Our response to the additional funding into the sector from the Department for Housing, Levelling Up and Communities.

Community transport, health transformation and public service collapse

By ScopeNI 29 Mar 2023 Ryan Miller

Stormont was rarely good and never perfect but the current zombie version is leading us to disaster. Our elected representatives must get back to work.

Regional Cost of Living events

By NICVA 28 Mar 2023 Sandra Bailie

We are holding five regional Cost of Living workshops in partnership with local networks in April and May.

CFNI Capacity Building Accelerator and Mentoring Programme - ELIGIBILITY

By NICVA 28 Mar 2023 Susan Glass

The Capacity Building Accelerator and Mentoring Programme is exclusively for the recipients of the CFNI / Department Of Health's Cancer, Carers and Mental Health Funds. 

NICVA hosts NIO briefing for sector on the new Windsor Framework

By NICVA 27 Mar 2023 Kathy Maguire

NICVA recently hosted a special briefing and Q&A session for voluntary and community sector representatives with the Northern Ireland Office on the new Windsor Framework designed to replace previous arrangements under the NI Protocol.

Does your organisation use heating oil? - Apply for DESNEZ Support

By NICVA 27 Mar 2023 Geoff Nuttall

The UK Government Department for Energy Security and Net Zero has launched a new non-domestic support scheme for organisations who are not connected to the gas grid.

The Cost of Living Crisis - Tough Times, Smart Solutions

By NICVA 24 Mar 2023 Robbie Best

NICVA has spoken to the sector about the Cost of Living Crisis and you’ve told us about the issues you’re facing and the help you need.  

We need to talk about wealth inequality – not just now, but always

By ScopeNI 23 Mar 2023 Ryan Miller

Distribution of wealth should a headline talking point of economic discourse, alongside GDP, employment levels and inflation.

NICVA Wellbeing Group: Promoting a Healthier and Happier Workplace

By NICVA 20 Mar 2023 Sandra Bailie

Over the last three months the NICVA Wellbeing group has been busy providing opportunities for staff to focus on their wellbeing and learn how to improve their mental and physical health.

Guest Blog: Fundraising Regulator - Volunteer fundraising: understanding the difference between ‘in aid of’ and ‘on behalf of’

By NICVA 20 Mar 2023 Jocelyn Horton

Celia Currie, Stakeholder and Policy Manager for Northern Ireland, reflects on the importance of volunteers in fundraising and why it's important for charities to understand what type of fundraising is being carried out

The Spring Budget and what it means for our sector

By NICVA 15 Mar 2023 Eva Henderson

This year's Budget will mean an additional £130m for public spending in Northern Ireland over the next two years.

Support for Cost of Living Squeeze

By NICVA 15 Mar 2023 Sandra Bailie

NICVA is offering support to organisations facing the Cost of Living squeeze - Bursaries for a ILM Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management and free one-year subscription to GrantTracker.

Death is not the end

By ScopeNI 15 Mar 2023 Ryan Miller

We all die eventually but, before we do, most of us encounter death many times. Not all of us handle it well. Additional support could help.

NICVA joins with sector leaders to highlight ESF cliff edge

By NICVA 14 Mar 2023 Robbie Best

NICVA joined with the The Community Sector Peer Group, CO3 and the NI USE to say: 'we’re not a ‘nice to have’ – we’re essential'.

New working group to examine impact of a charity registration threshold

By NICVA 9 Mar 2023 Denise Copeland

The Department for Communities has set up a Registration Threshold, Registration and Proportionality of Annual Reporting Working Group to commence the work on introducing a threshold for charity registration. 

Impact works: Work hard to keep it simple!

By NICVA 7 Mar 2023 Leeann Kelly

Housing Rights share the lessons learned on their impact journey, so you can benefit from their experience.

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