Joint Government and Voluntary Sector 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 was established in October 1998 with the purpose of promoting regular dialogue between the voluntary and community sector and Government departments. It meets three times a year to hear presentations, discuss existing and emerging policy and come up with new ideas to tackle tough challenges for government and the sector.

The Joint Forum is jointly chaired by Anne Marie McClure from Start 360 and the Department for Communities Sharon Russell.

You can view Joint Forum news, updates and minutes of the previous meetings and issues that are actively being discussed by Joint Forum members below.

Any voluntary and community organisation is welcome to submit issues to be raised at the Joint Forum. You can do this by emailing any of the Joint Forum members or by getting in touch with the VCS group secretariat: [email protected]  

 

Voluntary and Community Sector Group

  • Anne-Marie McClure (Joint Chair) – Start 360
  • Bob Stronge – Advice NI
  • Charlie Fisher -Development Trusts NI
  • Colm McDaid – Supporting Communities
  • Craig McGuicken - NI Environment Link
  • Denise Hayward – Volunteer Now
  • Ellen Finlay(Co-Chair) –Children In NI (CiNI)
  • Jim Girvan- Upper Andersonstown Community Forum
  • Joanne Morgan - Community Development Health Network (CDHN)
  • Judith Poucher – Clanrye Group
  • Karen Smith -Disability Action
  • Kevin Hanratty –Human Rights Consortium
  • Loraine Griffin – COSTA
  • May McAvoy – Superstars Club
  • Rachel Powell – Womens Resource Development Agency (WRDA)

 

Public Sector Group

  • Sharon Russell (Joint Chair), Department for Communities (DfC)
  • Bebhinn Ni Bhriain, Department for Communities (DfC)
  • Joanna McConway (Secretariat), Department for Communities (DfC)
  • Susan Hunter, Department for Communities (DfC)
  • Andy Cole, The Executive Office (TEO)
  • Grainne Killen, The Executive Office (TEO)
  • Jamie Warnock, The Executive Office (TEO)
  • Nick Cochrane, Department of Finance (DoF)
  • Ronan Adams, Department of Finance (DoF)
  • Gavin Quinn, Department of Finance (DoF)
  • Annie McGowan, Department for the Economy (DfE)
  • Bernard McClure, Department for Infrastructure (DfI)
  • Gabrielle Kerr, Department for Infrastructure (DfI)
  • Angela Starkey, Department for Infrastructure (DfI)
  • Cathy Malone, Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)
  • Niall Heaney, Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)
  • Pauline Keegan, Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)
  • Bryan Lavery, Department of Education (DE)
  • Marc Baillie, Department of Health (DoH)
  • Rosie Drysdale, Department of Health (DoH)
  • Paul Doran, Department of Justice (DoJ)
  • Stephen McCourt, Department of Justice (DoJ)
  • William Redpath, Department of Justice (DoJ)
  • Ryan Black, SOLACE

Updates

Joint Forum Voluntary and Community Sector Panel for 202023 hold First Meeting of New Term

The new Voluntary and Community Sector (VCG) Panel for the 2020-23 term of the Joint Government and Voluntary Sector Forum  has recently been confirmed. The panel held their first meeting (virtually) on Friday the 11th September.

Last chance to submit nominations for Joint Forum sector representatives

The Joint Forum is comprised of representatives from across government and the voluntary and community sector. It facilitates an open discussion about the relationship between the two sectors.

Joint Forum meets to discuss Bureaucracy, Brexit, Community Planning & PfG

The third Joint Forum meeting of 2019 took place on 17 October at NICVA. 

Joint Forum Meeting October 2019

A meeting of the Joint Forum will take place on 17 October 2019 at NICVA.

Upcoming Joint Forum Meeting 6 June 2019

The next meeting of the Joint Forum is due to take place on 6 June 2019 at the Colin Healthy Living Centre in Belfast.

Joint Forum Meeting June 2018

The second Joint Forum meeting of the year took place on 19th June in the East Belfast Network Centre. The meeting was attended by representatives from voluntary and community organisations and the public sector.

Joint Forum Meeting March 2018

The first Joint Forum meeting of the year took place on 26th March 2018 in NICVA. The meeting was attended by representatives from voluntary and community organisations, local and central government departments.

Joint Forum Vacancy

The Joint Forum voluntary and community panel seeks a new sector representative in light of a vacancy.

Joint Forum October Meeting

A meeting of the Joint Forum took place on 27th October 2017 in NICVA. The meeting was attended by representatives from voluntary and community organisations, local government and central government departments.

Joint Forum Voluntary and Community Sector Panel Meeting

The Voluntary and Community Sector panel got together last Tuesday 17 October ahead of the Joint Forum meeting between the public sector and voluntary and community taking place on Friday 27 October 2017.

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