Upcoming Joint Forum Meeting 6 June 2019

3 May 2019 Siobhan McAlisterJoint Government and Voluntary Sector Forum (Joint Forum)No Topics

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

Lyra McKee Journalist killed doing her job

19 Apr 2019 CommunicationsNo Topics

NICVA is appalled to learn of the senseless murder of Lyra McKee.  Lyra was a great journalist interested in people and was making a positive contribution to society unlike her killers.

Joint inquiry into Northern Ireland’s welfare policy launched

11 Apr 2019 Siobhan McAlisterWelfare Reform, Investing in SocietyWelfare Reform, Welfare Reform

A joint inquiry has been launched by the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee and the Work and Pensions Committee into the impact of welfare policy in NI including a focus on policies such as Universal Credit and the two-child limit.

Welfare Reform Mitigations: Less than 1 year to cliffedge

9 Apr 2019 Welfare Reform, Investing in SocietyWelfare Reform, Welfare Reform

Advice NI and NICVA are warning that, with less than a year to go before Welfare Reform Mitigation runs out, thousands of vulnerable people across Northern Ireland may be facing a substantial drop in income and even eviction. 

Celebrating success in East Belfast

8 Apr 2019 Sandra BailieEast Belfast Community Capacity and Leadership Programme, Training and Skills DevelopmentTraining, leadership

On 2 April NICVA joined with over 40 participants from the East Belfast Community Capacity and Leadership Programme to celebrate all that had been achieved and look to the future.

The Next Chapter: Women making the difference

8 Apr 2019 Alexandra De La TorreThe Next Chapter, Policy & Public AffairsPolitics

As a partner in The Next Chapter Project, which supports and empowers women to engage in politics and public life, NICVA is celebrating the achievements of the women participating in the 3 Chapter Hubs it leads.

Gift Aid and Making tax digital

28 Mar 2019 Sandra BailieFundraisingNo Topics

From 6 April there will be an increase in the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme and 1 April sees the introduction of Making Tax Digital (MTD) reporting requirements.

NICVA celebrates its learners

26 Mar 2019 Sandra BailieTraining and Skills DevelopmentTraining, TQUK, ILM

On Friday 22 March we recognised and celebrated the achievement of our learners who gained ILM and TQUK qualifications. It was also a great chance to hear how their learning had impacted on their work. 

So, what actually happened in the Brexit process this week?

15 Mar 2019 Siobhan McAlisterBrexit & BeyondBrexit

The phrase ‘crunch time’ has been vastly overused during the Brexit process, but with two weeks to go until the UK is scheduled to leave the EU, this week was a particularly significant one.

Could your charity benefit from an intern?

11 Mar 2019 Shauna O'NeillCommunications, HREmploying People

We have teamed up with Queen’s University Belfast to launch a specific call to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in a position to offer short internships to QUB students over the summer.

Updates from the Policy and Public Affairs Team

25 Feb 2019 Siobhan McAlisterPolicy & Public AffairsNo Topics

Some updates from the NICVA Policy and Public Affairs team on what we've been working on over the past few months.

NICVA Conversation Zone at the 2019 Alliance Party Conference

21 Feb 2019 Philip MynesPolicy & Public AffairsNo Topics

The local party conferences have resumed and so too have our now-traditional Conversation Zones!

Inquiry into Hyponatraemia-related Deaths – Duty of Candour update

19 Feb 2019 Philip MynesPolicy & Public AffairsNo Topics

The Department of Health last week published specially-commissioned research on the introduction of a duty of candor in health and social care.

MediaConnect launches at BBC Northern Ireland

11 Feb 2019 Shauna O'NeillMediaConnect, CommunicationsMedia

Partnering with BBC NI, we officially launched our MediaConnect programme on 5 February in Broadcasting House, Belfast.

‘We can all achieve more if we collaborate’ – sector hears from Department of Finance Permanent Secretary Sue Gray

11 Feb 2019 Philip MynesPolicy & Public AffairsNo Topics

Eight months into her new role as Permanent Secretary at the Department of Finance, Sue Gray visited NICVA to hear from NICVA members and brief attendees on the Department’s preparations for the upcoming financial year.

Northern Ireland civic society delegation visits Westminster with plea to avoid no-deal Brexit

31 Jan 2019 Shauna O'NeillBrexit & Beyond, Policy & Public AffairsBrexit

NICVA, along with representatives from Northern Ireland’s business, farming, trade union sectors travelled to Westminster on Monday to urge political party leaders to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

Social prescribing workshop explores holistic and community-led approach to help tackle health issues in NI

23 Jan 2019 Philip MynesPolicy & Public AffairsNo Topics

A workshop looking at ways voluntary and community groups can work alongside medical professionals to help improve the physical and mental health of people was held last week (16 January) in Craigavon.

Northern Ireland Childcare Cost Survey: Families still spending more on childcare than food and heat

17 Jan 2019 Philip MynesPolicy & Public AffairsNo Topics

For two thirds of families in Northern Ireland, the childcare bill is their largest or second largest monthly outgoing, exeeding groceries, heating and transport.

Human Resources Training Series 2019

14 Jan 2019 Training and Skills Development, HRHR, Training, Employing People

People are our greatest asset and so it's important ensure that they are developed, supported and managed well. NICVA and Sector Matters have developed this HR training series for all those who manage staff and volunteers. 

Time almost up to avoid No Deal disaster for NI society

14 Jan 2019 Brexit & Beyond, Policy & Public AffairsBrexit

With the UK scheduled to leave the European Union in 12 weeks and less than a month left to agree a deal that the EU can ratify, society and services in NI could be on the receiving end of the worst consequences of a no deal.


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