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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.

NICVA joins business and trades union leaders for emergency meeting with Finance Minister Sammy Wilson

By NICVA 9 Aug 2011 Lisa McElherron

As the economic crisis took a turn for the worse in world markets, with renewed problems in the US and Europe, Finance Minister Sammy Wilson convened an emergency meeting of key organisations from business and trades unions with NICVA representing the

Reform of Social Fund discussed at meeting with Commissioner and voluntary and community organistions

By NICVA 2 Aug 2011 Lisa McElherron

Karamjit Singh CBE Social Fund Commissioner for Northern Ireland visited NICVA to discuss upcoming changes to the Social Fund. 

New economic masterclass series for voluntary and community organisations

By NICVA 1 Aug 2011 Lisa McElherron

NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment first masterclass series begins this September. The series will examine some of the major economic issues we face today wi

An update from NICVA on the progress of the Charities Act (NI) 2008

By NICVA 27 Jul 2011

In September 2008 the Charities Bill became the Charities Act (NI) 2008. NICVA has prepared a paper to explain the progress in the implementation of the Act's main provisions.

Fundraising Standards Board discount for NICVA members

By NICVA 27 Jul 2011

The Fundraising Standards Board is now offering NICVA members a 50% discount on their first year's annual FRSB membership fee.

Sector Matters - Building Financial Foundations

By NICVA 25 Jul 2011

The Building Financial Foundations project is a new initiative from Sector Matters, funded by Lloyds TSB Foundation. Working with groups with an income up to £100,000 Sector Matters will deliver support and guidance on good financial practice.

Public Benefit Issue Soon to be Resolved

By NICVA 25 Jul 2011 Denise Copeland

There is still no date for the establishment of the Register of Charities as the issue with the public benefit test has still not been resolved.

Accounting Regulations for all Charities

By NICVA 24 Jul 2011 Denise Copeland

Despite the delay over the establishment of the Register of Charities, the DSD is currently working on preparing further secondary legislation and hopes to launch draft accounting regulations for consultation in September/October this year. 

Hats off to community leaders

By NICVA 22 Jul 2011

Hats off to a number of community leaders who recently graduated from the University of Ulster with a Certificate in Management Practice, which was funded by the International Fund for Ireland's Community Leadership Programme managed by NICVA.

All Party Group on the Voluntary and Community Sector

By NICVA 20 Jul 2011

The All Party Group on the Voluntary and Community Sector provides a forum for MLAs from different parties to meet in order to consider and discuss shared interests in particular subjects.

Joint forum discusses next steps for Concordat

By NICVA 18 Jul 2011

A recent meeting of the Joint Government Voluntary and Community Sector Forum highlighted the Executive's agreement to the Concordat in March and outlined the crucial steps necessary for accomplishing the commitments contained within the document.

£250k Innovation Fund now open for applications from sector

By NICVA 14 Jul 2011

Voluntary and community organisations from across Northern Ireland will have the opportunity to bid for funding as part of the Innovation Fund aimed at increasing the uptake of benefits.

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