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Cultúrlann - sharing premises

By CollaborationNI 12 Nov 2011 Debi Madden

Shared space can be the catalyst for community building. The formation of Cultúrlann as a second Irish language school in Belfast grew into a space to promote Irish arts and culture and attracted the many organisations that now reside there.

NICVA's updated policies - November 2011

By NICVA 11 Nov 2011

NICVA’s updated policies on retirement and paternity leave have now been published in the Staff handbook section of the website:

Audio, tweets and pictures from the 'Creating the good economy' conference

By NICVA 10 Nov 2011

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'Creating the good economy' conference has challenged us all

By NICVA 9 Nov 2011

NICVA held its first annual economic conference yesterday in the Stormont Hotel. The event was addressed by keynote speakers Will Hutton, David McWilliams and the Minister for Enterprise Trade and Investment, Arlene Foster MLA. The conference sought to

Gambling review update

By NICVA 1 Nov 2011 Denise Copeland

The Department for Social Development consulted on reforming gambling legislation earlier this year. While the consultation document, Future Regulation of Gambling in Northern Ireland, considered most aspects of gambling, from lottery tic

Maternity Leave and Pay Policy

By NICVA 1 Nov 2011 Alex Hastings

This policy sets out the rights and responsibilities of NICVA employees who wish to take maternity leave.

Redundancy Guidance

By NICVA 1 Nov 2011 Alex Hastings

Redundancy is as issue many organisations will have to face at one time or another. This article gives you some advice on how to best deal with making people redundant.

Masterclass tackles financial crisis

By NICVA 31 Oct 2011

The Centre for Economic Empowerment’s second masterclass tackled the complex and wide-ranging topic of what caused the global financial crisis and examined the policies that resulted from it. The event was addressed by Dr Esmond Birnie, PwC Chie

Charities (Amendment) Bill - no progress expected until next year

By NICVA 31 Oct 2011 Denise Copeland

The Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland, has still not disclosed his preferred course of action to sort out the public benefit test problem. 

Members learn to manage their information

By NICVA 31 Oct 2011

On Thursday 27 October, NICVA held their bi-annual members’ session at the Navan Centre, Armagh.  The day was on the subject of managing information, covering the topics of data protection, measuring impact with Social Return on Investments (SRO

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.

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