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.


Significant loss of income felt across the voluntary and community sector amid Covid-19 pandemic

Over two thirds of voluntary and community sector organisations have reported  a loss of income despite an increased demand for their services according to a recent study carried out by NICVA.

Children’s Law Centre is urging groups to contribute to stakeholder report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

The Children’s Law Centre (CLC) is calling on all stakeholders to contribute to a report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child ahead of the “List of Issues Prior to Reporting” expected to be issued to the UK Government in February 2021.

Top 10 Results from NICVA’s latest Covid-19 Impact Survey (August 2020)

In August, NICVA surveyed their membership of over 1000 voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in Northern Ireland. 

A Regional Mutual Bank for Northern Ireland Webinar

NICVA recently hosted an Information webinar on the campaign to develop a regional Mutual Bank in Northern Ireland.

Covid-19 Research Collaborations between QUB and VCSE Sector Organisations

QUB researchers, in collaboration with local and international NGOs/ VCSE sector organisations, have recently been successful in obtaining ESRC funding to undertake Covid-19 related research projects. 

SEUPB publish PEACEPLUS Stakeholder Engagement Survey report

The Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) have published a summary of responses to their PEACEPLUS Stakeholder Engagement Survey which was undertaken earlier this year.

New UU Economic Paper suggests Post-Covid recovery may take 10-13 years and hit jobs harder than last recession

The UU Economic Policy Centre’s latest paper on the impact of Covid-19 on the NI Economy highlights the particular long-term impacts it could have on jobs 

Our Money - The Campaign for a Mutual Bank for Northern Ireland

What is a mutual bank? What are the benefits of it and why would it be good for the people of Northern Ireland?

New UU Report Highlights Groups Most Vulnerable to Covid-19 Job Losses

New research by the University of Ulster has highlighted that almost a third of NI jobs are still vulnerable as a result of Covid-19, even following the easing of social distancing restrictions 

Share and Celebrate Your Stories Online in Good Relations Week 2020

Good Relations Week 2020 is going to be a little different this year. It will be a FREE online experience, running from 14 to 21 September 2020.

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