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. 

NICVA Raises Deep Concerns About the UK Internal Market Bill’s Impact on Future Peace and Prosperity in Northern Ireland

21 Sep 2020 Policy & Public Affairs, Brexit & BeyondBrexit

NICVA is extremely concerned about the potential impact of the proposed UK Internal Market Bill on the future peace, stability, and economic well-being of people in Northern Ireland. 

Voluntary and Community Sector in Northern Ireland significantly impacted by Covid-19

4 Sep 2020 Geoff NuttallCOVID19 Updates, Advocacy & Government Engagement (COVID19), Research, Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)No Topics

Following a difficult six months for the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland, the next year could see a further reduction in vital services, underlining the crucial need for ongoing and future support for the sector.

Help ‘StopCOVID’ in its tracks

12 Aug 2020 Shauna O'NeillCOVID19 Updates, CommunicationsNo Topics

Since going live the ‘StopCOVID NI’ app has had over 250,000 downloads and NICVA is now urging those who already have the app to share it with family and friends.

Anne Moore, Rest in Peace

7 Aug 2020 undefinedNo Topics

The Executive Committee and staff of NICVA are very sorry to hear of the death of their fellow Executive Committee member Anne Moore. 

Communities in Transition: Building Capacity - Second Series of Covid Response Support Sessions and Fundraising Advice Clinics

3 Aug 2020 Susan GlassCommunities in Transition: Building Capacityonline, building capacity, East Belfast

Communities in Transition: Building Capacity opens second series of webinars and fundraising clinics for groups in East Belfast.  

StopCOVID NI mobile app launched

31 Jul 2020 Shauna O'NeillCOVID19 Updates, Data and Technology (COVID19), CommunicationsNo Topics

Northern Ireland’s Health service has launched this mobile phone App to help ‘contact tracing’ of people potentially infected by the virus. It is a major aid in the battle to control the spread and stop a return to lockdown.

Charities urged to apply for emergency funding

29 Jul 2020 Shauna O'NeillCOVID 19, COVID19 Updates, Funding and Fundraising (COVID19)COVID-19 Charities Fund, Funding

Seamus McAleavey, NICVA Chief Executive welcomes the Communities Minister's announcement today on the reopening of the COVID-19 Charities Fund and the further opportunity for organisations to access help.

HR mentoring support for small charities – CIPD offer to NICVA members

23 Jul 2020 Shauna O'NeillCOVID 19, Employment and HR (COVID19), HRHR, Employment

Navigating through the workplace and people challenges caused by Covid-19 can be difficult.  This is particularly the case for small charities – many of whom have either a limited or no HR function.  

6 HR considerations when returning to premises

22 Jul 2020 Sandra BailieCOVID 19; HR, Employment and HR (COVID19), Running your Organisation (COVID19)return to work, General Employment Issues

Alex Hastings, NICVA's HR manager, gives us a few things to consider in terms of human resources as we return to premises and work. Below are 6 HR take-aways from the Return to Premises webinar on 22 July 2020.

Return to premises: resources & webinar recording

22 Jul 2020 Sandra BailieCOVID 19, Running your Organisation (COVID19)return to work, risk assessment, Insurance, Webinar Recordings

On Wednesday 22 July 2020 NICVA hosted a webinar with speakers from Public Health Agency (PHA), Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Marsh Ltd on return to premises with 289 people attending.

Maghaberry – pulling together through Covid 19

16 Jul 2020 Helen McLaughlinCOVID 19 Action with Local CouncilsLocal action

Tracey Crothers, Manager of the Maghaberry Community Centre, talked to NICVA’s Helen McLaughlin about their community’s response to COVID 19 and why a local resident sings them songs over the phone to say thank-you!


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