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Poverty has many faces

By ScopeNI 6 Mar 2023 Ryan Miller

New research reaffirms an old oddity – Northern Ireland has the lowest rate of poverty of any UK region. However, that’s not the whole story.

Money might be tight, but Northern Ireland has to treat vulnerable children better

By ScopeNI 2 Mar 2023 Ryan Miller

The High Court this week declared that the rights of two children with sight loss were breached when authorities failed to help get them to school. This grim story points to a bigger problem facing NI.

Ofgem Announces Energy Price Cap Update to Start in April

By NICVA 28 Feb 2023 Eva Henderson

Energy regulator, Ofgem, announced yesterday (27th February 2023) it’s energy price cap for the upcoming quarter.

Over 28,000 more NI households to benefit from £600 Energy Bill Support Scheme

By NICVA 27 Feb 2023 Eva Henderson

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has released information on how domestic customers without a direct relationship with an energy supplier can receive support for Energy Bills.

First Northern Ireland community education census aims to support learning providers

By NICVA 24 Feb 2023 Shauna O'Neill

A major new research initiative aimed at transforming adult education in Northern Ireland has been launched by AONTAS in partnership with the Forum for Adult Learning in Northern Ireland (FALNI).

Funder News: Benefact Trust making a lasting impact on communities with new-look grants programme

By NICVA 24 Feb 2023 Jocelyn Horton

Earlier this year, Benefact Trust announced changes to their grant funding including the permanent closure of their General Grants programme. The new grant framework aims to make a lasting impact on communities facing social challenges.

NICVA statement on attack on Det Ch Insp John Caldwell

By NICVA 23 Feb 2023 Shauna O'Neill

NICVA joins with the entire Voluntary & Community sector and wider community in condemning the senseless attack on Det Ch Insp John Caldwell.

You won’t address economic inactivity if you misdiagnose the problem

By ScopeNI 23 Feb 2023 Ryan Miller

The Chancellor has flagged up economic inactivity as an urgent issue. If he looks at this complex challenge and attempts a simple fix, he won’t get the results he wants.

Accredited training with NICVA

By NICVA 21 Feb 2023 Sandra Bailie

In response to the continued need for accredited training for staff, volunteers and board members in our sector, NICVA provides a range of recognised qualifications. Designed for our sector while meeting accreditation requirements.

Are we comfortable with continuing to fail children with SEN?

By ScopeNI 16 Feb 2023 Ryan Miller

For years, mental health provision was described as Northern Ireland’s ‘Cinderella Service’. What words would best describe services for special educational needs?

Heating Oil User? Want to be amongst the first to receive the new Alternative Fuels Payment? Contact NICVA

By NICVA 15 Feb 2023 Geoff Nuttall

Does your organisation use heating oil?  Would you like to join a trial of the new UK Non-Domestic Alternative Fuel Payment (ND AFP) scheme and apply to receive your payment early?  Read on. 

Responding to the Turkey-Syria Earthquake Appeal

By NICVA 10 Feb 2023 Robbie Best

Help and advice for people and organisations who want to help following the Turkey-Syria earthquake. 

The growing role of charities in society must be embraced

By ScopeNI 8 Feb 2023 Ryan Miller

A huge new report, years in the making, says that the community and voluntary sector’s increasing importance needs to be fully embraced. The private, public and third sectors all need to work together to build the best-possible future.

Your voice and opinion matters

By NICVA 3 Feb 2023 Leeann Kelly

Our members are at the core of everything we do. Your challenges and needs shape our work for the year ahead. Find out how we will be using your feedback to support you and your organisation.

NICVA draft response to Charity Commission's draft strategic plan consultation

By NICVA 1 Feb 2023 Denise Copeland

The Charity Commission’s consultation on its draft strategic plan for 2023-2026 and its engagement strategy will close for responses on 6 March at 5.00 PM (extended from the 6 February).  

The third sector in a digital world: room for improvement

By ScopeNI 1 Feb 2023 Ryan Miller

Research from late last year shows that organisations in Northern Ireland are not all fully comfortable in the modern digital age – but, with a bit of support, the right improvements are achievable.

Tough times can bring out the best in people

By ScopeNI 25 Jan 2023 Ryan Miller

Two new pieces of research lay out two sides of the cost-of-living crisis: poor mental health, and communities rising to meet the problems we all face.

NICVA say farewell to outgoing Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey

By NICVA 20 Jan 2023 Shauna O'Neill

NICVA hosted a reception for their outgoing Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey who is stepping down after 32 years with the organisation.

Poverty isn’t just for Christmas

By ScopeNI 18 Jan 2023 Ryan Miller

Distribution of the £600 home energy payment has begun. However, for some older people in Northern Ireland, huge challenges remain as they struggle both with the cost of living and the risk of loneliness.

Does Stormont need to end designations?

By ScopeNI 12 Jan 2023 Ryan Miller

Reforming Assembly and Executive structures has been suggested several times as a way to end the current impasse. Will that work, in theory or practice? Scope looks at one suggestion: weighted majority voting.

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