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

feature:  Community Wellbeing and Resilience Programme

  • 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

How Covid-19 is affecting you – NICVA weekly survey

By NICVA 27 Apr 2020 Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19)

To keep up to date with how the Covid-19 crisis is affecting community and voluntary organisations, NICVA is issuing a weekly survey for four weeks to the heads of our member organisations.  

Emergencies Leadership Group Update following Thursday 23 April meeting

By NICVA 27 Apr 2020 COVID19 Updates

The ELG met again last week to drive progress and continue their focus on making inroads where it matters most .

Corporate partnerships opportunities in the coronavirus crisis

By NICVA 27 Apr 2020 Running your Organisation (COVID19), Training and Skills Development

BITC are delighted to once again be partnering with Jonathan Andrews from Remarkable Partnerships to host a webinar in partnership with NICVA on 'How to shift your corporate partnerships approach in response to the coronavirus'.

Webinars for May 2020

By NICVA 27 Apr 2020 Running your Organisation (COVID19), Training and Skills Development

In April we ran 8 webinars based on our members' needs during COVID 19. The demand was extremely high and we had over 180 people participate. The feedback has been excellent and we have some more webinars planned for you for May. 

Cyber security webinar

By NICVA 27 Apr 2020 Running your Organisation (COVID19), Training and Skills Development

This webinar will give you key tips on how to maintain good cyber security for remote workers. Delivered by Simon Whittaker

Managing finances in difficult times

By NICVA 27 Apr 2020 Governance (COVID19), Training and Skills Development

Given the times that we are currently in and the uncertainty that many organisations face, it has never been more important than now to focus on your organisation's finances.

Twenty-one million is not enough: my advice to other charity CEOs

By NICVA 27 Apr 2020 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19), Running your Organisation (COVID19)

Andrew McCracken, CEO of the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, offers his opinion on the £21 million charity crisis funds and explains what he would do if the decision was his to make.

New & Updated COVID-19 Grant Schemes from local Councils

By NICVA 24 Apr 2020 COVID19 Updates

This continually updated article details what funds are available for local organisations tackling the impact of COVID-19 on residents within each NI Council area

Your Questions to Government and Latest Answers

By NICVA 24 Apr 2020 Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19)

Please go to updated version here -

COVID 19 - Protection and Prevention measures - Red Cross

By NICVA 24 Apr 2020 Running your Organisation (COVID19)

On 9 April The Red Cross delivered a webinar on Protection and prevention measures which gave an overview of COVID 19 and advice on protecting against and preventing spread of infection.

DfC COVID-19 Community Response Plan

By NICVA 22 Apr 2020 COVID19 Updates, Funding and Fundraising (COVID19), Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19)

The Department for Communities has produced a COVID-19 Community Response Plan which summarises the range of actions being taken forward by the Department and its partners to enable the community response on the ground to COVID-19.  

Chancellor’s announcement of £750m to support Charities: What’s happening in Northern Ireland?

By NICVA 21 Apr 2020 COVID19 Updates

Northern Ireland is to receive £22 million from the Chancellor's £750 million Covid-19 charity crisis package. Urgent talks are in progress.

Launch of National Cyber Security Centre's 'Cyber Aware' campaign

By NICVA 21 Apr 2020 Running your Organisation (COVID19), Data and Technology (COVID19)

In response to a recent increase in cyber threats and scams around Covid-19, NCSC has launched a campaign to help protect us all online.

HR Update Covid19 - HMRC Claims Portal Launched for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

By NICVA 20 Apr 2020 Employment and HR (COVID19)

The Government launched the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) portal on 20 April 2020 and expects that payments will be made within six working days. 

Emergencies Leadership Group Latest Update - Monday 20 April 2020

By NICVA 20 Apr 2020 COVID19 Updates

Read the latest update from the COVID-19 Emergencies Leadership Group (ELG) established by DfC Minister, Deirdre Hargey MLA.  

Wrongful trading provisions to be temporarily suspended for UK companies

By NICVA 10 Apr 2020 Governance (COVID19), Governance and Charity Advice

Charitable companies and their trading subsidiaries will be relieved to hear that the government is planning to temporarily suspend wrongful trading provisions retrospectively from 1 March 2020 until 30 June. 

Involving Volunteers guidance and webinar recording

By NICVA 10 Apr 2020 Running your Organisation (COVID19)

George Gillespie from Volunteer Now delivered a webinar on Involving Volunteers during the COVID-19 crisis and shared really good advice with us.

Local Community Pharmacy Volunteer Programme offers guidance and support

By NICVA 10 Apr 2020 Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19)

The Community Development Health Network (CDHN) is providing guidance and support to groups offering volunteering support to community pharmacies 

Using Social Media to connect: webinar recording and tips

By NICVA 10 Apr 2020 Communications, Running your Organisation (COVID19)

Louise Brogan from Social Bee NI delivered a webinar for NICVA on using social media to connect staff and service users.

Chancellor announces new £750M Covid-19 funding for UK charities

By NICVA 9 Apr 2020 Funding and Fundraising (COVID19), COVID19 Updates

The UK chancellor has announced £750 million of funding for the UK charity sector in response to the Covid-19 crisis.  Read more details on the package and what funding will be available in Northern Ireland here.

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