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Supporting the Voluntary and Community Sector through the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Updates

    Regular and relevant updates for voluntary and community organisations on key developments in the fight against the COVID19 pandemic

  • Funding and Fundraising

    Assess and mitigate the damage and impact the COVID19 pandemic on funding and fundraising in the voluntary and community sector.

  • Employment/HR

    Distilled and relevant guidance for voluntary and community organisations managing the impact of the COVID19 pandemic

  • Governance

    Guidance for voluntary and community sector organisations to maintain good governance in the midst of the global COVID19 pandemic

Latest COVID-19 Articles and Information

Survey of those shielding or supporting those shielding

By NICVA 3 Jun 2020 COVID19 Updates

How is shielding affecting people and those supporting them? The Patient Client Council wants to find out.


We rise by Lifting Others

By NICVA 2 Jun 2020 COVID 19 Action with Local Councils, Mid Ulster District Council - Dungannon

Today's chat with Maura Brooks from Derrytresk Community and Chair of the Youth and Community Group highlights some of the important voluntary work going on in the Community supporting people's mental and physical well-being.


Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme from June onwards

By NICVA 1 Jun 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19), COVID 19

On 29 May 2020 the Chancellor announced changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) which contained some key dates relating to furloughing workers as outlined below. 


Keeping the lines of communication open during COVID-19

By NICVA 29 May 2020 Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

COVID-19 has meant that many older and vulnerable people and carers are now more socially isolated than ever.  A dedicated cohort of volunteers in Newry Mourne and Down are breaking the silence, and talking to those who have no-one to talk to.


South West Age Partnership (SWAP): Keeping older people active and connected during lockdown

By NICVA 29 May 2020 Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, COVID 19 Action with Local Councils, COVID 19

South West Age Partnership (SWAP) talk to NICVA about keeping older people active and connected during lockdown


In it together

By NICVA 29 May 2020 COVID 19 Action with Local Councils, Mid Ulster District Council - Dungannon

I was delighted to catch a few minutes with Barry Monteith to have a chat about the amazing efforts of people in the Dungannon area who are rallying around supporting and encouraging their friends and neighbours.


New relationships are getting things done in Mid and East Antrim

By NICVA 29 May 2020 COVID 19, COVID19 Action with Local Councils, Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

New and existing volunteers, local and national businesses have been supporting community groups to get the essentials during lockdown.


LRA Supporting mental health in the workplace webinar resources

By NICVA 29 May 2020 COVID 19, Employment and HR (COVID19), HR, Training and Skills Development

On 27 May The Labour Relations Agency (LRA) delivered their first online webinar as part of NICVA's webinar series.


Covid-19 - Update from our Chief Executive 28 May 2020

By NICVA 29 May 2020 COVID 19, COVID19 Updates

Read the latest update from our Chief Executive, Seamus McAleavey, on the issues relevant to voluntary and community organisations.


Guidance for charities experiencing financial difficulties

By NICVA 29 May 2020 Governance (COVID19)

The Charity Commission has published guidance for charity trustees of smaller charities experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19 emergency.  


Your Questions to Government and Latest Answers - Update

By NICVA 28 May 2020 Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19), COVID 19, Employment and HR (COVID19)

NICVA has been gathering and seeking answers to the questions you have been posing to Government in the current Covid-19 emergency.  Read the latest answers here.


Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme portal now available

By NICVA 26 May 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19)

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme was one of the first support measures announced by the Government and the HMRC online claims portal is now live.


The Community response to Covid-19 in Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Area

By NICVA 26 May 2020 COVID 19, COVID 19 Action with Local Councils, Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council

This short article reflects upon the  Community response to Covid-19 in Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Area.


From boxing club to soup kitchen

By NICVA 22 May 2020 Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council (COVID19 Response)

Monkstown Boxing Club is no ordinary boxing club. It had been using sport to deliver innovative programmes to young people in the area before Covid-19 struck. 


Covid-19 - Update from our Chief Executive 20 May 2020

By NICVA 21 May 2020 COVID19 Updates, COVID 19

Read the latest update from our Chief Executive, Seamus McAleavey, on the issues facing voluntary and community organisations.


NI £15.5M Covid-19 Charities Fund To Launch Shortly

By NICVA 20 May 2020 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

The much anticipated £15.5M Covid-19 government funding package has received Executive approval and will launch shortly 


Keeping Women in the North West Connected During COVID-19

By NICVA 20 May 2020 Derry City and Strabane District Council, COVID 19 Action with Local Councils

COVID has brought many challenges for the community development sector across NI. For Foyle Women's Information Network  their work to keep women across the North West connected continues. 


Equality Commission allows flexibility for annual monitoring returns

By NICVA 19 May 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19)

Due to the current disruptions resulting from the impact of COVID19 on our workplaces and working practices, the Equality Commission is asking that employers submit the annual monitoring return when it is practicable to do so. 


COVID-19 and Young People

By NICVA 18 May 2020 Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19)

Our latest 'Insight and Impact' feature, explores the impact of COVID-19 on young people and the resilience and positivity with which they and youth organisations are responding.


EASILINK Community Transport: "We care about people and connecting them to the services that they need"

By NICVA 18 May 2020 COVID 19 Action with Local Councils, COVID 19, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Derry City and Strabane District Council

When lockdown began back in mid-March, Easilink Community Transport realised very quickly that even though they couldn’t take their clients to the services they needed – they could take some services to them.  


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