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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.

Minister McCausland outlines his priorities to the sector

By NICVA 8 Sep 2011

120 people from voluntary and community organisations across Northern Ireland gathered in NICVA today to hear DSD Minister Nelson McCausland outline his priorities for his term in office.  

CollaborationNI launches new website

By NICVA 5 Sep 2011

CollaborationNI has announced the launch of its new website The website will provide information on and valuable resources relating to the work of th

Stepping Stones path to success after completing ILM Award

By NICVA 1 Sep 2011

Eight Stepping Stones staff confidently say that they are now more effective managers after completing the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 3 Award in Effective Management with NICVA.

Communication is the key

By NICVA 31 Aug 2011

Communication is at the heart of everything we do and is one of the key tools we need to run an effective and successful organisation. If we don't get it right we run the risk, at the very least, of not being heard amongst the thousands of other charit

Guardian Live Q&A on how charities can plan for austerity

By NICVA 23 Aug 2011

NICVA Chief Executive, Seamus McAleavey, is part of an expert panel discussing how charities can plan for austerity in a live question and answer session hosted by the Guardian Professional online. The discussion takes place from 1-3pm on Tuesday 23 Au

NICVA responds to Homelessness Strategy

By NICVA 22 Aug 2011

The Northern Ireland Housing Executive's Homelessness Strategy 2011-16 details proposals to tackle the issue of homelessness in Northern Ireland. Given the current economic situation, NICVA was keen to contribute to this timely debate.

Funding and policy issues both on agenda for meeting with DHSSPS Minister Poots

By NICVA 10 Aug 2011 Lisa McElherron

NICVA Executive Committee members Liz Cuddy, Extern; Marie Cavanagh, Gingerbread; Eddie Magowan, NI Hospice and NICVA Chair Bob Stronge held a briefing meeting with Edwin Poots, Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety.

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