80 Years of Voluntary Action: NICVA Celebration and AGM 2018

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7 December 2018 -
9:30am to 12:30pm

NICVA celebrates its 80th year in 2018. Join us to celebrate the vital role the sector has played and will continue to play in our society.


The event will explore voluntary action and its development up to today and in the coming years. We will celebrate the human endeavour of people who take history into their own hands and do something rather than sit on the side-lines. 


As we have been digging in to the archives, we've been pulling out old records on our eventful history back to 1938. Read about NICVA's first two years.

Over the 80 years since NICVA was founded, the organisation has worked to develop, support, and give a voice to many charities, helping them respond to massive societal changes and challenges — all the way from the Great Depression of the 1930s, the Second World War and the establishment of the modern welfare state, through to the major challenges of today.  

We'll look at the past, present and future role of NICVA and its members with host Sarah Travers. Historian Dr Éamon Pheonix will reflect on society at the time of the Council's formation, following with guest contributors who will look at the development of voluntary action since.



9.30am: Arrival and refreshments.

10.00am: NICVA AGM.

10.45am: 80 Years of Voluntary Action. Introduced by Sarah Travers.

The Devil's Decade: The background to the birth of NICVA in 1938. Dr Éamon Phoenix. 

Guest Contributions including:
   Quintin Oliver
   Wendy Osborne
   Rev. Harold Good  
   Bronagh Hinds    

12.30pm: Finish and Buffet Lunch.



Sarah Travers, BroadcasterSarah Travers

Sarah is an experienced broadcast journalist and TV presenter, with a keen interest in stories and the people that shape them. Sarah is a familiar face to many in Northern Ireland, where she was news anchor in the BBC newsroom for 17 years. As Director of Bespoke Communications, Sarah develops media and crisis communications training programmes for a range of different organisations in the public, private and third sectors. She continues to appear on-screen as a TV presenter on a range of programmes and documentaries. Sarah holds a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Nottingham Trent University.

Dr Éamon Pheonix

Dr Éamon Phoenix is a political historian and broadcaster. A former Head of Lifelong Learning at Stranmillis University College, QUB, he is a member of the Taoiseach's Expert Advisory Group on Centenaries.


Free - NICVA Members only

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