Policy & Public Affairs
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.
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.
NICVA responded to the recent consultation on delivery of a Dormant Accounts Fund for Northern Ireland.
UUP have now postponed their conference until 17 October 2020.
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 the positive outcome of the Northern Ireland Talks process and the formation of a new Executive.
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.
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 welcomes the re-convening of the Talks process.
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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