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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

Accelerating Public Service Transformation in Northern Ireland: Where to Next?

By NICVA 22 Oct 2020 Policy & Public Affairs, Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19)

On 13th October representatives from the public and community sectors came together to reflect on lessons learned from the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic, and what is required to continue a streamlined and effective response.

Identifying and managing risk (CFNI) webinar recording

By NICVA 8 Oct 2020 Governance (COVID19), Running your Organisation (COVID19)

If you missed our webinar on Identifying and Managing Risk on 7 October 2020 you can watch it now via the link below. 

Health Minister announces new Covid-19 surge plan for Northern Ireland

By NICVA 8 Oct 2020 COVID19 Updates

Health Minister Robin Swann has launched a new COVID-19 Surge Planning Strategic Framework for Northern Ireland.

*REGISTRATION CLOSED* NICVA Conference COVID-19 Taking Stock at the year end

By NICVA 5 Oct 2020 Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19)

This conference had to be postponed in October but has now been rescheduled for Wednesday 9 December at 12.00 noon

Annual general meetings

By NICVA 2 Oct 2020 Governance (COVID19)

Organisations that are due to hold an AGM in the autumn will be glad to hear that new temporary rules have come into force which allow companies, registered societies and credit unions to hold general meetings online. 

Fundraising in this new context: webinar recording and resources

By NICVA 1 Oct 2020 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19), Fundraising, Fundraising Regulation, Training and Skills Development

On 30 September NICVA facilitated a 'Fundraising in this new context' webinar as part of the CFNI Accelerator Programme funded by the Department for Communities.

Managing finances and options for sustainability in uncertain times Webinar recording

By NICVA 28 Sep 2020 Governance and Charity Advice, Governance (COVID19), COVID19 Updates

NICVA facilitated a webinar on 24 September 2020 on 'Managing finances in uncertain times and the options for sustainability.'  

Support and funding needed to help Voluntary and Community Sector organisations overcome fallout from Covid-19

By NICVA 28 Sep 2020 Policy & Public Affairs, Research, Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19), Training and Skills Development, Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

The urgent need for training and investment in the voluntary and community sector has been highlighted by a recent survey carried out by the NICVA. 

New COVID-19 guide for employers

By NICVA 22 Sep 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19)

The Public Health Agency has produced a new guide: 'COVID-19 in a business setting - a quick guide for employers'.

Guest Blog by Joanne McDowell, NI Manager, Fundraising Regulator: Protecting the public and supporting the vital work of fundraisers

By NICVA 21 Sep 2020 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

Joanne McDowell, NI Manager for the Fundraising Regulator, reflects on public fundraising resuming in Northern Ireland, and why it is so important that charities uphold the fundraising standards to maintain public trust.

Faith leaders re-engage with the NI Executive

By NICVA 11 Sep 2020 Faith based engagement, COVID19 Updates

NICVA’s Faith Engagement Project has played a key role in facilitating ongoing consultations with a range of faith leaders and the NI Executive. 

Significant loss of income felt across the voluntary and community sector amid Covid-19 pandemic

By NICVA 11 Sep 2020 Policy & Public Affairs, Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19), Research, Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

Over two thirds of voluntary and community sector organisations have reported  a loss of income despite an increased demand for their services according to a recent study carried out by NICVA.

Voluntary and Community Sector in Northern Ireland significantly impacted by Covid-19

By NICVA 4 Sep 2020 COVID19 Updates, Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19), Research, Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

Following a difficult six months for the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland, the next year could see a further reduction in vital services, underlining the crucial need for ongoing and future support for the sector.

Practical Considerations for Returning to Premises 23 September

By NICVA 2 Sep 2020 COVID 19; HR, Running your Organisation (COVID19)

In reponse to demand we have organised an additional session to our series of seminars to help voluntary and community organisations begin to make important preparations for reopening offices and community facilities.

Door-to-door collections may resume

By NICVA 28 Aug 2020 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

The PSNI has announced that it will recommence accepting applications for door-to-door collections provided that a suitable and sufficient risk assessment is carried out.  

Help ‘StopCOVID’ in its tracks

By NICVA 12 Aug 2020 COVID19 Updates, Communications

Since going live the ‘StopCOVID NI’ app has had over 250,000 downloads and NICVA is now urging those who already have the app to share it with family and friends.

New UU Economic Paper suggests Post-Covid recovery may take 10-13 years and hit jobs harder than last recession

By NICVA 6 Aug 2020 COVID 19, Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19), Policy & Public Affairs

The UU Economic Policy Centre’s latest paper on the impact of Covid-19 on the NI Economy highlights the particular long-term impacts it could have on jobs 

Resurgam Trust: Collaborating and Caring

By NICVA 3 Aug 2020 COVID19 Updates, COVID 19 Action with Local Councils, Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council

Resurgam Trust is a community owned and run community development trust which identifies and supports the needs of the local community through social enterprise, community projects and other initiatives.

StopCOVID NI mobile app launched

By NICVA 31 Jul 2020 COVID19 Updates, Data and Technology (COVID19), Communications

Northern Ireland’s Health service has launched this mobile phone App to help ‘contact tracing’ of people potentially infected by the virus. It is a major aid in the battle to control the spread and stop a return to lockdown.

Charities urged to apply for emergency funding

By NICVA 29 Jul 2020 COVID 19, COVID19 Updates, Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

Seamus McAleavey, NICVA Chief Executive welcomes the Communities Minister's announcement today on the reopening of the COVID-19 Charities Fund and the further opportunity for organisations to access help.

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