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.

Updates

Assembly Insider 31 January 2020

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

Dormant Accounts Fund for Northern Ireland - NICVA's Response to the Consultation Framework

NICVA  responded to the recent consultation on delivery of a  Dormant  Accounts Fund  for Northern Ireland.

*POSTPONED* NICVA Conversation Zone at UUP Conference

UUP have now postponed their conference until 17 October 2020.

New Decade, New Approach

With the Northern Ireland Assembly and Executive newly restored, we take a look at the priorities for the new Executive and who the new players are in term of ministerial posts and committee chairs.

NICVA welcomes progress and new Northern Ireland Executive

NICVA welcomes the positive outcome of the Northern Ireland Talks process and the formation of a new Executive.

NICVA's New Year's Round Up

A new decade doesn’t necessarily mean a fresh start, as challenges from the past few years such as Brexit and the absence of government here remain outstanding.

A Common Purpose for Our Environment

This ‘Common Purpose’ is our response to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs public discussion document on an Environment Strategy for Northern Ireland (September 2019).

Belfast Lisburn and Castlereagh women open their ‘next chapter’ with book launch and exhibition in The Long Gallery

Belfast Lisburn and Castlereagh women open their ‘next chapter’ with book launch and exhibition in The Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings

NICVA calls for an end to stagnation in Northern Ireland Governance

NICVA welcomes the re-convening of the Talks process.

NICVA hosts Consultation Event on Dormant Accounts Fund for Northern Ireland

On Monday 9th December 2019 NICVA welcomed a packed audience of voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) representatives to a consultation event on the delivery of the Dormant Accounts Fund in Northern Ireland.

 

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Geoff Nuttall

Head of Policy and Public Affairs

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