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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

New Government report warns of 'devastating impact' of Covid-19 on NI economy and jobs

By NICVA 1 Jul 2020 Policy & Public Affairs, Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19)

A new report, just released by the NI Department for the Economy, highlights the major impacts the Covid-19 outbreak has had, and is likely to continue to have on the Northern Ireland economy

Support for childcare during COVID19

By NICVA 29 Jun 2020 COVID19 Updates

Childcare has been a critical issue throughout the COVID19 pandemic. 

Staying out of Lockdown: Test, Trace and Protect with the Public Health Agency (Rescheduled)

By NICVA 29 Jun 2020 COVID19 Updates, Data and Technology (COVID19)

As we move back towards a less restrictive working and living environment, we must keep the virus under control. Failure to do that could set us back immeasurably. The World Health Organisation and every public health authority agrees that to protect our community requires sound testing, contact tracing and isolation of the virus to reduce transmission.

Keeping Well at Home booklet launched

By NICVA 25 Jun 2020 COVID19 Updates

Age Friendly Network NI and the Public Health Agency have produced a 'Keeping Well at Home' booklet for older people who are digitally excluded while self-isolating during COVID-19.

The blessings of a cup of tea

By NICVA 21 Jun 2020 Mid Ulster District Council - Dungannon

The aim of The Niamh Louise Foundation is to provide a safe environment where anyone can drop in to chat about worrying thoughts, thoughts of suicide and/or self-harm.  The charity is well known for its provision of care and understanding.

COVID 19 Charities Fund Live Event

By NICVA 16 Jun 2020 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19), COVID19 Updates

On 15 June The Department for Communities opened £15.5M COVID-19 Charities Fund will provide grant awards to meet unavoidable costs for charities which have exhausted all other avenues of support and are facing imminent closure.

Returning to work

By NICVA 15 Jun 2020 COVID 19, Running your Organisation (COVID19)

Organisations returning to work or returning staff to the workplace will face a very different environment. This article which includes infection control and wellbeing, is one in series of articles outlining issues to consider.

The impact of COVID-19 on carers in Northern Ireland

By NICVA 12 Jun 2020 COVID19 Updates

A statement by the Coalition of Carers Organisations NI.

Planning for Flexible Furlough

By NICVA 9 Jun 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19)

With detailed guidance from the Government expected on Friday 12 June about the 'flexible furlough scheme ' from July, the CIPD have produced a helpful checklist for planning for the changes as they come in. 

£15.5m fund to support charity sector during COVID-19 crisis to open on Monday

By NICVA 9 Jun 2020 COVID 19, COVID19 Updates, Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey MLA has said a £15.5million COVID-19 Charities Fund to help local charities facing financial difficulties as a result of the current public health emergency, will open on Monday 15 June.     

NICVA welcomes Charity Fund announcement by Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey

By NICVA 9 Jun 2020 COVID 19, COVID19 Updates, Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

Seamus McAleavey, Chief Executive of NICVA welcomed the DfC Minister’s announcement today on the £15.5m Charity Fund support package.

Covid-19 - Update from our Chief Executive 9 June 2020

By NICVA 9 Jun 2020 COVID 19, COVID19 Updates

NICVA Chief Executive, Seamus McAleavey gives an update on the COVID-19 Charity Fund and the work of the PHA on Testing and contact tracing.

Risk Assessment - Planning a safe return to premises

By NICVA 8 Jun 2020 COVID 19, Running your Organisation (COVID19), Employment and HR (COVID19), Governance (COVID19)

As organisations prepare to return safely to premises, risk assessments must be carried out for premises and activities/services taking place in them. This article provides some templates as well as helpful advice.

I am proud of you

By NICVA 5 Jun 2020 Mid Ulster District Council - Dungannon

Joe Coney, Chairperson of the Mid-Ulster Association of Counselling and Psycotherapy (MACP) tells us about the ongoing and changing work the counsellors have embraced over the last few months to help vulnerable people in the area.

Covid-19 - Update from our Chief Executive 4 June 2020

By NICVA 4 Jun 2020 COVID19 Updates

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

Effective online trustee meetings webinar recording

By NICVA 3 Jun 2020 COVID 19, Governance (COVID19), Governance and Charity Advice

If you missed our webinar on 'Effective trustee meetings online'  you can watch it now via the link below.

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. 

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