Policy & Public Affairs

NICVA’s Policy and Public Affairs Team provides a range of services to inform you about policy issues affecting your work, and provide you with the skills and opportunities to engage with policymakers

As well as providing information, skills, and opportunities to engage directly with policymakers and influence policy, the Policy and Public Affairs Team also directly represents the sector’s interests on a wide range of external forums and groups. In addition, our team includes NICVA’s research function, which undertakes ongoing research to increase understanding of the sector, its views, and its value to society.  We also offer  advice on undertaking research, and work with our universities and other research bodies to encourage research partnerships with our sector.

As part of our work we offer the opportunity to join meetings and events held by our Public Affairs Forum which provides regular opportunities for those working in policy and public affairs to come together and exchange knowledge with others in the sector, and a space to meet invited policymakers and influencers.  In addition, those interested in particular policy areas, can join our Departmental Monitoring Group mailing lists.

We regularly consult our members and the wider sector to gather your thoughts on what issues need to be lobbied on or brought to the attention of policy and decision makers. This consultation has enabled us to develop our Policy Manifesto and our ongoing consultations and seminars help ensure that your views, concerns and proposals on specific current issues are reflected and represented to policymakers.

Our Current Campaigns

Through this campaign, NICVA is representing the sector’s concerns about Brexit and helping the sector meet the challenges of changing international frameworks as well global trends in society.

NICVA is seeking to ensure that the sector is fully involved in the debate on how Northern Ireland can best transform health and social care services to meet growing needs and improve outcomes, and fully enabled to make its own major contribution to prevention and service provision.

Through this campaign, NICVA is gathering evidence to quantify and communicate the value of this sector’s work to society. This help reflect the importance of the work you do and the need to support it to the media, government, and the public.

Through this campaign, NICVA is seeking to ensure that the sector has a real say in the shape of future investment and that future funding mechanisms are transparent and consistent for all.

NICVA is working closely with Universities and others to encourage research that has tangible positive impacts and benefits for society, meets key needs identified by our sector, and is carried out through positive collaboration and partnership.

NICVA is seeking to ensure that our support services meet the needs of the ethnic minority sector in Northern Ireland. Through a programme of engagement we are developing our understanding of the challenges and tailoring our support to meet these.

Updates

NICVA Public Affairs Forum hosts Engagement Event with Derry City and Strabane District Council

NICVAs Public Affairs Forum recently held a session with senior representatives from Derry City & Strabane District Council to learn more about how our sector can best engage with local Councils.

NICVA hosts Conversation Zone at the Alliance Party Conference 2020

NICVAs Conversation Zone - Real Engagement on the Issues that Matter

Public Affairs Team Update

Since our last quarterly update, we've seen a Westminster Election, an election in the Republic of Ireland and the UK has left the EU. Find out what the Policy & Public Affairs team have been up to in the below updates. 

Last chance to submit nominations for Joint Forum sector representatives

The Joint Forum is comprised of representatives from across government and the voluntary and community sector. It facilitates an open discussion about the relationship between the two sectors.

NICVA Conversation Zone at the 2020 Alliance Party Conference

We’re delighted to once again be hosting the Conversation Zone at the Alliance Party conference on Saturday 7th March at the Stormont Hotel.

Sustainable Development Goals Forum

The Sustainable Development Goals Working Group was established in 2019 to explore how the voluntary and community sector can help support the implentation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Northern Ireland.

Sustainable Development Goals - What are our Key Asks?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) working group has outlined their Key Ask for the Programme for Government.

NICVA hosts Consultation Event on the new EU PEACE PLUS Programme for 2021-2027

Representatives from across the VCSE Sector have their say on the development of the new PEACE PLUS Programme 2021-2027

 

NICVA response to the Regulation of Gambling consultation

NICVA has prepared a response to the Regulation of Gambling in Northern Ireland consultation. 

Assembly Insider 10th February 2020

NICVA's Assembly Insider is a weekly email bulletin providing information on the work of the Northern Ireland Assembly, in particular those issues which are of interest to the voluntary and community sector.

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Geoff Nuttall

Head of Policy and Public Affairs

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