Research in to governance of the sector in 2015

29 May 2015 Denise CopelandGovernance and Charity AdviceGovernance

A couple of weeks ago, NICVA asked trustees of voluntary and community organisations to contribute to a new piece of research being carried out by Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd.  

Complying with the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

29 May 2015 Denise CopelandGovernance and Charity AdviceNo Topics

Charities, along with private companies, must comply with the new Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) that has come into force.

Belfast joins Open Data Institute global network

27 May 2015 Elizabeth HendronDetail DataOpen Data

Belfast has joined 20 cities across the globe by joining the Open Data Institute’s global network. NICVA will be developing a new learning and network node at their north Belfast headquarters, offering training right across Northern Ireland.

Marginalised, excluded, demonised?

27 May 2015 Nick GarbuttMedia, Sector Issues

Scope examines a ground-breaking research project which aims to address the negative stereo-typing of young people by the media. 

Sexism, racism and periscopes: Upper Bann on twitter

27 May 2015 Nick GarbuttPolitics, Social Media

Upper Bann is just getting back to normal again after an election campaign that ended in acrimony with allegations of racist abuse.

Inside the world of the spads

26 May 2015 Nick GarbuttPolitics

Earlier this month the Office of First Minister deputy First Minister released information that it was ordered to by the  Information Commissioner revealing the salaries paid to the special advisors working for the First Minister.

The Apathy Party sweeps the board again

26 May 2015 Nick GarbuttPolitics

Now that the dust has settled on the General Election and the victory champagne has gone flat, Scope looks at the section of the electorate nobody is talking about: the people who did not vote. 

Assembly Debate in Quotes

21 May 2015 Elizabeth HendronPolicy & Public AffairsCutsWatchNI

Who said what in the Assembly Debate on cuts to the community and voluntary sector? Have a look... 

Winding up and closure services which help create a legacy

20 May 2015 Sector MattersNo Topics

The sustained financial pressures on our sector have unfortunately led to more organisations having to consider winding up or closure.

CutsWatchNI: Last chance to take part in cuts survey

18 May 2015 Lisa McElherronPolicy & Public AffairsCutsWatchNI, Funding

Help us gather information for the Junior Ministers on how the cuts are affecting your voluntary and community organisation.

Governance of the Voluntary and Community Sector in 2015

15 May 2015 Denise CopelandGovernance and Charity AdviceGovernance, Volunteering

NICVA is asking all trustees, committee members and directors of voluntary and community organisations to contribute to a new piece of research which is specifically examining governance in the Sector. 

How American non profits are getting politicians to sit up and notice

13 May 2015 Nick GarbuttSector Issues, Politics

As cuts deepen should the sector lie down and take it, disappear into silos, with everyone fighting everyone else for scraps, or is there a better way? 

Assembly to debate cuts to voluntary and community sector

5 May 2015 Lisa McElherronPolicy & Public AffairsCutsWatchNI, Funding

On the 18th May the NI Assembly will debate the recent cuts to the voluntary and community sector. We are encouraging all voluntary and community organisations to contact MLAs and ask them to support this important motion.

NICVA get ready to run!

30 Apr 2015 Denise CopelandCommunications, FundraisingFundraising

NICVA staff are getting ready to run the 2015 Belfast City Marathon relay race in an effort to raise funds for the Sunshine Foundation Romania.

NICVA Celebrates Success

30 Apr 2015 Training and Skills DevelopmentTraining, Adult Learning

Over forty people attended NICVA’s Certificate Presentation on Friday, 24 April 2015, celebrating the work of more than a hundred participants who completed accredited qualifications over the last year.

Will the courts force through abortion reform?

28 Apr 2015 Nick GarbuttSocial Policy

In the latest in our series on abortion Scope examines the impending court case which could force the Assembly's hand on reform. 

The demolition of community education in Northern Ireland

28 Apr 2015 Nick GarbuttEducation

Just imagine the uproar if the education department withdrew a school’s funding two months before the  end of term leaving A Level and GSCE students without teachers, and the rest of the pupils scrambling for places elsewhere. 

Preserving heritage and understanding the past

28 Apr 2015 Nick GarbuttFunding, Environment

Scope meets Paul Mullan, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Northern Ireland. 

Has the Wells affair scuppered a Westminster deal for the DUP?

28 Apr 2015 Nick GarbuttPolitics, Equality

Scope analyses the fall-out from the Wells affair and concludes we should not be writing off the DUP just yet.

It's time to move on from the stale politics of peace

28 Apr 2015 Guest AuthorPeace Process, Politics

Independent MLA John McCallister calls for a realignment of politics in Northern Ireland and has some harsh words for the Make it Work campaign. 


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