Policy and Campaigning Groups NI

Find out which groups are campaigning on issues in the voluntary and community sector in NI and details on how to link up with them.

Website are linked to where available.

GroupLead organisations and contactIssue(s)Twitter
Cliff Edge Coalition NILaw Centre/Housing Rights.
Contact: Kerry
Welfare Reform and mitigations 
NIADA (Northern Ireland Alcohol and Drugs Alliance)

Start 360
Anne Maire McClure- Chairperson

To join:https://www.niada.net/become-a-member/


Alcohol and Drug use
Brexit & Human Rights Working GroupHuman Rights Consortium
Contact: Claire
Brexit and human rights in NI 
Equality CoalitionCommittee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) & UNISON
Contact: Equality Coalition
Working across nine equality categories covered by Section 75.
Women’s Policy GroupWomen’s Resource & Development Agency (WRDA)
Contact: Rachel Powell
Gender Equality and changing policy which impacts upon women.
Childcare for All CampaignEmployers for Childcare/WRDA
Contact: Aoife Hamilton
Campaign for Universal Childcare in NI
Coalition of Carer Organisations NIChaired by Clare-Anne Magee, Carers NI
Secretariat provided by Kathy Maguire NICVA
Coalition of voluntary and community social care organisations advocating for the rights of carers in NI 
Nature Matters NIComprising of organisations such as the National Trust, Northern Ireland Environment Link, RSPB NI, and Ulster Wildlife.Campaigning for a nature-friendly Brexit in NI.

ESF Users GroupNICVA
Contact: Kathy Maguire
Group of VCSE organisations in receipt of ESF Funding   
Government and Voluntary Sector Joint ForumNICVA
Contact: Kathy Maguire 
Sector-wide policy issues(Closed Group)
NICVA Public Affairs ForumNICVA
Contact: Kathy Maguire or Déarbhla Sloan
Sector-wide policy issues 
NI Government Affairs Group (NIGAG)Chair: Fiona Cole
Contact: Email
NIGAG promotes good practice and provides a forum for those with an interest in political affairs.
NI Confederation of Health and Social Care Orgs (NICON)Heather MoorheadVoice of organisations in the integrated Health and Social care system.
NI Marine Task Force (NIMTF)Contact: Ellen McMahonCoalition of ten environmental organisations working towards healthy, productive and resilient seas for Northern Ireland.
Love Equality Campaign A consortium of organisations campaigning for civil marriage equality in NI
NI Union of Supported Employment (NIUSE)Edyth Dunlop, NIUSENIUSE works with Providers, Employers and Policymakers to increase the numbers of people with disabilities/ other disadvantaged groups in paid employment 
Raise the Age
Not currently active
Include YouthA collective seeking to raise the age of criminal responsibility.
Open Government Network NI

Chair: Colm Burns

Co-Vice Chair: Paul Braithwaite

Government transparency, accountability, public participation in decision-making.
Focus: the Identity Trust[email protected]Lobby, write policy, campaign and support transgender individuals and their families. 
Action Group on Loneliness Policy in Northern IrelandMary FrielThe Action Group on Loneliness Policy collectively calls for a local Loneliness Strategy and for long term policy change. 


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