Insight and latest updates from our team

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.

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

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