Insight and latest updates from our team

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.

Breakfast at Madison’s - VIM sharing back office services

By CollaborationNI 11 Jul 2011 Debi Madden

MACS, Include Youth and VOYPIC have all embraced the spirit of collaborative working. This case study presents an example of the investment of time and relationship building that may be required to form a collaborative project in the early stages.

Policy Manifesto 2011

By NICVA 7 Jul 2011 Lisa McElherron

NICVA, the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action, is the umbrella body and development agency for the 4,500 strong voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.

Destined for success

By NICVA 7 Jul 2011

Beginning with Duties of Directors training in 2010, now eight members of Destined - a support organisation for people with learning disabilities - have completed an ILM Level 3 Award in Effective Management.

Benefits of corporation tax reduction must be shared by all through job creation

By NICVA 7 Jul 2011

NICVA has responded to the Government's consultation paper 'Rebalancing the Northern Ireland Economy'. The consultation paper details proposals to devolve the power to vary corporation tax to the Northern Ireland Assembly. In its response NICVA has sen

Lord Mayor helps to forge Vital Links

By NICVA 5 Jul 2011

NICVA has officially launched its Vital Links ‘Get to know the sector’ programme in Belfast City Hall, which aims to enable participants to explore policy issues, build new relationships and engage meaningfully with the voluntary and community sect

Collaborators sent to the Tower

By NICVA 4 Jul 2011 Andrew Talbot

Nineteen potential collaborators from a range of voluntary and community groups in the North-West were confined to the Tower Museum, Derry, on 29 June to share and develop their experiences of working across organisational boundaries.

Summer savings on conference facilities

By NICVA 22 Jun 2011

NICVA is offering a 50% reduction on room hire rates for July and August, so if you're organising a meeting or event over the summer, see if one of our half price rooms is available.

Support for voluntary and community sector highlighted in Assembly Budget debate

By NICVA 22 Jun 2011 Lisa McElherron

Monday 20 June saw a NI Assembly debate on budget allocations. The Bill is passing through the Assembly with accelerated passage in order to ensure departments receive their allocations before the summer recess. Alliance MLA Anna Lo used some of her ti

Community Development Strategy for health and wellbeing consultation launched

By NICVA 22 Jun 2011

The Community Development Strategy issued by the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and Public Health Agency (PHA) offers a real opportunity for the voluntary and community sector to contribute to the debate on health and wellbeing in our communities.

Starter Job Pilot Study

By NICVA 20 Jun 2011

Representatives from a wide range of voluntary and community organisations attended an OFMdFM open information session at NICVA in April to discuss a study on the impact of supporting parents into employment.

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