Joint Forum

The Joint Forum is made up of representatives from central and local Government (Public Sector Group) and the Voluntary and Community Sector (Voluntary and Community Group). 

It provides a mechanism to facilitate open discussion of key issues which shape the relationship between the voluntary and community sector and the public sector, influence and examine the impact of public policy and support opportunities for greater co-operation and joined up activity to better serve the people of Northern Ireland.

The Joint Chairs are Michael Donnelly, Head of Voluntary and Community Unit, DSD and Anne O’Reilly, NI Rural Women’s Network.  The Forum meets three times a year.

Elaine Downey, Head of Public Sector Engagement in the Voluntary and Community Unit leads the Public Sector Group and Anne O’Reilly leads the Voluntary and Community Group.