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Welfare reform to pose significant challenges for Northern Ireland

By NICVA 28 Oct 2011

The incoming welfare reforms have been widely described as the most radical shake up of the social security system in over 40 years. The proposed aim of the reform and subsequent Bill is to simplify the benefits system, improve work incentives to encou

Video Comment: NICVA Chief Executive on the future of Northern Ireland's economy

By NICVA 26 Oct 2011

In advance of NICVA's Centre for Economic Empowerment conference in Belfast on 8 November 2011 - Creating the good economy - Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey talks about why the voluntary

Consultation dates for Social Investment Fund Announced

By NICVA 21 Oct 2011 Lisa McElherron

The Social Investment Fund aims to reduce poverty, unemployment and physical deterioration through area based interventions of s

NICVA releases latest Viewfinder research

By NICVA 20 Oct 2011

NICVA has released their latest research on the voluntary and community sector.  Viewfinder, the tenth in the series, provides an overview of a number of issues which are currently affecting the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.&

Viewfinder 10

By NICVA 20 Oct 2011 Andrea Thornbury

This viewfinder survey focuses specifically on two key themes; collaborative working and the impact of public sector cuts on the voluntary and community sector.

NICVA's 73rd Annual General Meeting

By NICVA 19 Oct 2011

Bob Stronge, Chair of NICVA, welcomed members to NICVA's 73rd AGM on 14 October and reflected on a year which saw the impact of economic downturn, cuts to public expenditure and the reshaping of public services creating many difficulties for families a

NICVA meets Connecting Older People grantholders

By NICVA 17 Oct 2011

In June 2011 NICVA was awarded the development and support contract from the BIG Lottery fund to work with Reaching Out: Connecting Older People grant holders.  NICVA has agreed to work in partnership with Stratagem and Stellar Leadership to deliv

NICVA asks Public Accounts Committee to keep the pressure on bureaucracy changes

By NICVA 13 Oct 2011 Lisa McElherron

At its meeting on 12 October, NICVA Chief Executive Seamus McAleavey asked the powerful Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Northern Ireland Assembly, to monitor how govern

Sector representatives mark the publication of the Concordat

By NICVA 13 Oct 2011

Members of the voluntary and community sector recently marked the publication of the Concordat — the social partnership agreement between government and the sector.

PIPS Newry & Mourne - embracing a culture of collaborative working

By CollaborationNI 12 Oct 2011 Debi Madden

More VCSE organisations are strengthening their offer to beneficiaries by working in partnership. This example highlights one organisation working with multiple partners to provide a broader range of services to beneficiaries than it could alone.

Alpha Housing - example of a VCSE merger

By CollaborationNI 10 Oct 2011 Debi Madden

For a merger to succeed in the VCSE sector, finding a partner with a similar ethos and having a strong board leading and supporting the process are enormous assets. This case study presents the successful merger of two housing associations.

Strong cross party support for voluntary and community sector expressed in Assembly Debate

By NICVA 28 Sep 2011 Lisa McElherron

The relationship between government and the voluntary and community sector was the focus of debate in the Assembly on the 27 September.

First and deputy First Minister announce consultation on £80million Social Investment Fund

By NICVA 28 Sep 2011 Lisa McElherron

Consultation on the long awaited and much talked about Social Investment Fund was launched in Parliament Buildings on 27 September.

Charities (Amendment) Bill Rescheduled

By NICVA 22 Sep 2011 Denise Copeland

The Committee for Social Development was due to consider the Charities (Amendment) Bill at the end of September, but this has now been rescheduled to 20 October 2011.

Community activists and education policy

By NICVA 21 Sep 2011

Following the Call to Action report produced by a working group led by Dawn Purvis, NICVA hosted an event to explore the issue of educational disadvantage and discuss how the voluntary and community sector can help increase educational eq

Masterclass explores government's economic levers

By NICVA 16 Sep 2011

NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment held its first masterclass this morning on Understanding Government’s Economic Levers. The inaugural seminar was addressed by Kate Barker, Chairperson of Northern Ireland’s Economic Advisory Group and Dr Gr

Public Accounts Committee to hold meeting in NICVA

By NICVA 16 Sep 2011 Lisa McElherron

On Wednesday 12 October at 2.00pm the influential Public Accounts Committee of the NI Assembly will hold its meeting in NICVA’s Duncairn Gardens offices.

Cuts to services in the voluntary and community sector hit £2million

By NICVA 13 Sep 2011

Children, families and people with disabilities are amongst the groups that have seen cuts to the services delivered to them by voluntary and community organisations according to recent case studies on NICVA's CutsWatchNI.

Full agenda for Creating the Good Economy confirmed

By NICVA 12 Sep 2011 Lisa McElherron

A range of leading commentators from business, politics, trade unions and the voluntary and community and social enterpise sectors will be joining David McWilliams and Will Hutton in the Stormont Hotel on 8 November for the NICVA

The Bytes Project - working in collaboration with Tides Training

By CollaborationNI 11 Sep 2011 Debi Madden

This case study examines how collaboration grew from a simple enquiry to address staff training needs. A shared ethos and strong relationship between CEOs resulted in innovative training for staff and service users and new business opportunities.

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