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

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  • 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

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

By NICVA 20 May 2020 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19), COVID19 Updates

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.  


Wellbeing of staff and volunteers

By NICVA 18 May 2020 COVID 19, Employment and HR (COVID19), HR

The wellbeing of staff and volunteers is something that needs our attention more than ever, during this time of uncertainty and challenge. We want to promote and support the wellbeing of our staff and volunteers and here are some links to help you.


COVID-19- the Impact on Children and Families

By NICVA 15 May 2020 Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19)

Our latest 'Insight and Impact' feature , exploring the impact of COVID-19 on children , young people and families in Northern Ireland.


Compass Advocacy Network: Tune in to CAN TV

By NICVA 15 May 2020 COVID 19 Action with Local Councils, COVID 19

While most of us are barely surviving the lockdown, members of CAN are positively thriving, thanks to the predictable rhythm of life and CAN TV that packs a punch in terms of positive programming.


How to get the most out of GrantTracker during COVID-19 and beyond

By NICVA 14 May 2020 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

For 3 months during the current COVID-19 Pandemic, we offered a month's free GrantTracker to everyone who needed it i.e. all of us!)  This article explains how both ongoing and new subscribers can wring the most value out of GrantTracker.


Trustee responsibilities under GDPR webinar recording

By NICVA 14 May 2020 Running your Organisation (COVID19), Governance (COVID19), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

If you missed our recent webinar on 'Trustee responsibilities under GDPR'  you can watch it now via the link below. 


NICVA surveys show urgent need for financial support and clearer guidance on Covid-19

By NICVA 14 May 2020 Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19), Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

Thanks to all of you who completed our weekly Covid-19 surveys over the last four weeks. Read here the key findings from the fourth and final survey issued this week. 


Cancer Fund for Children: The Power of a Jar

By NICVA 14 May 2020 COVID 19 Action with Local Councils

With NI's share of the charities finance package agreed but not yet delivered, we asked Cancer Fund for Children (CFC) to tell us how they're coping financially while still hanging on to their core values.


Managing finance in difficult times webinar

By NICVA 13 May 2020 Running your Organisation (COVID19), Governance and Charity Advice

If you missed our recent webinar on 'Managing finance in difficult times' delivered by Tony Clarke from Clarke & Co Accountants Ltd, you can watch it now via the link below. 


Collective Action in North Belfast delivers phenomenal results

By NICVA 13 May 2020 COVID 19 Action with Local Councils, Belfast City Council (COVID19 Response)

A collaborative effort across North Belfast has seen an unprecedented COVID19 Community Response for all aspects of emergency support servicing all North Belfast and Shankill area, as well as homeless people rehoused across Belfast.


June 2020 Fundraising Clinic (Telephone) - ***RESERVE LIST ONLY***

By NICVA 11 May 2020 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

This free, telephone clinic will provide an hour of free 1-1 fundraising advice for voluntary sector organisations aiming to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on their income, both now and in the future.


Active Communities Division supports physical activities during Covid-19

By NICVA 7 May 2020 COVID19 Updates

Learn what physical activities and online support is available for older, vulnerable people and those with disabilities during Covid-19.


Latest Covid-19 issues for the sector - 3rd NICVA weekly survey results

By NICVA 7 May 2020 Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19)

NICVA's third weekly Covid-19 survey reveals latest the issues and experiences of sector organisations in the current crisis


COVID-19 business loans schemes

By NICVA 5 May 2020 Running your Organisation (COVID19), Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)

The Government announced two Loan Schemes, both delivered by the British Business Bank to provide funding for organisations.


NI legislation amended allowing carry over of annual leave

By NICVA 5 May 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19)

An amendment to Working Time Regulations came into force in Northern Ireland on 24 April 2020 to allow for annual leave (up to 4 weeks) not taken as a result of coronavirus, to be carried over into the next two leave years.


Government responds to NICVA calls for flexibility to furlough staff

By NICVA 5 May 2020 Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19), Employment and HR (COVID19)

The Department for Communities has responded positively to NICVA's calls for flexibility to allow sector organisations to furlough staff where posts are part-funded   


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