AGMs and company house filings

18 Dec 2020 Denise CopelandCOVID 19, Governance (COVID19), Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance, accountability, Charity Regulation

Companies, registered societies and credit unions that are due to hold an AGM in early 2021 will be glad to hear that they will be permitted to hold this online.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extended to April 2021

17 Dec 2020 Eamonn McKeeEmployment and HR (COVID19), COVID19 UpdatesHR, Covid-19

The government announced on 17 December that the furlough scheme will be extended until the end of April 2021

NICVA launches Community Wellbeing and Resilience Programme

17 Dec 2020 Shauna O'NeillCommunity Wellbeing and Resilience ProgrammeHealth and Wellbeing

NICVA has launched a new support package for community and voluntary sector staff and volunteers working on the frontline of the coronavirus response. 

Finance Minister launches £20.5 million Dormant Accounts Fund

14 Dec 2020 Shauna O'NeillFundraisingFunding

Finance Minister, Conor Murphy today launched the £20.5 million Dormant Accounts Fund which will provide vital funding to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors.

Sir Kenneth Branagh opens NICVA's 82nd AGM

11 Dec 2020 Shauna O'NeillCommunications, MembershipNo Topics

For the first time, NICVA held its AGM virtually with members joining us to hear how we have been supporting the sector and a special welcome address from Honorary President, Sir Kenneth Branagh.

NICVA joins urgent call for NI loneliness strategy

9 Dec 2020 Kathy MaguirePolicy & Public AffairsLobbying

Loneliness has a real cost and affects people of all ages. It is something we’re all likely to experience at some point in our lives, including when becoming a carer or parent, following bereavement or during ill health.

The Post-Brexit Scheme All Voluntary and Community Organisations Should Register For

26 Nov 2020 Geoff NuttallBrexit & BeyondNo Topics

If you thought getting Brexit ready was just for businesses, think again.  From 1st January 2021, any NI voluntary/community organisation buying or selling any goods from/to GB will need a special 'EORI' registration number.  More here -

Updated Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance hub

20 Nov 2020 Eamonn McKeeEmployment and HR (COVID19)HR, Covid-19

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme guidance has been updated to reflect the extension of the scheme until March 2021

NICVA Calls on Chancellor to Devolve Post-Brexit Funding to NI

19 Nov 2020 Geoff NuttallBrexit & BeyondESF

NICVA and its sister Councils in Scotland and Wales have jointly written to the UK Chancellor calling for the devolution of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (designed to replace EU funding) to ensure it meets local needs 

£3.3million Voluntary, Community and Social Economy Sector Covid Recovery Fund launched

12 Nov 2020 Shauna O'NeillFunding and Fundraising (COVID19)Funding

The Voluntary, Community and Social Economy Sector (VCSE) Covid Recovery Fund has been launched today to help the sector to safely deliver essential services during the Covid-19 crisis.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) extended to March

6 Nov 2020 Eamonn McKeeEmployment and HR (COVID19)HR, Covid-19

On 5 November, the Chancellor announced that the Job Retention Scheme (furlough scheme) will be extended to the end of March 2021. 

Working from home tax relief

5 Nov 2020 Eamonn McKeeEmployment and HR (COVID19)Finance, Covid-19

Employees working from home due to COVID19 are eligible to apply for tax relief up to £125

Coronavirus Job Rentention Scheme (CJRS) November extension

2 Nov 2020 Alex HastingsEmployment and HR (COVID19)HR, Covid-19

On 31 October 2020 the government announced an extension to the CJRS scheme for furloughing workers until December 2020. 

Charities SORP - Time for Trustees to have their say

30 Oct 2020 Denise CopelandGovernance and Charity AdviceFinance, Charity Regulation, trustees

Charities which prepare accounts on the accruals basis are legally required to apply the Charities SORP.  This SORP is in the early stages of being redeveloped and charity trustees' views are being sought.

Funding announced for culture, languages, arts and heritage sectors

28 Oct 2020 Shauna O'NeillFunding and Fundraising (COVID19), COVID19 UpdatesFunding

Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has given the green light for further financial support to be released to support the culture, language, arts and heritage sectors.

Trustees' Week 2020

23 Oct 2020 Denise CopelandGovernance and Charity AdviceGovernance, trustees

Trustees’ week is a time to recognise and value the work that thousands of Trustees do voluntarily for organisations of different sizes and purpose across the voluntary and community sector. 

Identifying and managing risk (CFNI) webinar recording

8 Oct 2020 Denise CopelandGovernance (COVID19), Running your Organisation (COVID19)Accelerator Programme, risk assessment, COVID19 (Coronavirus), Webinar Recordings

If you missed our webinar on Identifying and Managing Risk on 7 October 2020 you can watch it now via the link below. 

Timetable for delivery of Social Inclusion Strategies published

5 Oct 2020 Kathy MaguirePolicy & Public AffairsPolicy and Public Affairs

The Communities Minister has published a timetable for the development and delivery of a suite of Social Inclusion Strategies.

Annual general meetings

2 Oct 2020 Denise CopelandGovernance (COVID19)Governance, compliance

Organisations that are due to hold an AGM in the autumn will be glad to hear that new temporary rules have come into force which allow companies, registered societies and credit unions to hold general meetings online. 


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