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.


Manifesto for Change - A Blueprint for Future Sector/Government Collaboration

In March NICVA took soundings from sector organisations on our draft Manifesto for Change at three consultation events.  Read here the final Manifesto incorporating the feedback we heard from you for enhancing sector/government working

NICVA’s Policy and Public Affairs Update March 2021

The article below details the latest policy and research activities of NICVA's Policy and Public Affairs team.

Shared Island Dialogue: Civil society cooperation key to addressing all-island challenges

The Wheel and NICVA, the representative bodies for the community and voluntary sectors in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, today called for greater collaboration between civil society organisations across the island. 

How to respond to Government consultations

Responding to Government consultations is vital to ensure that the voices of all of society are incorporated into the policy development process.

Have Your Say on the New Sport and Physical Activity Strategy

The Department for Communities is consulting on a new sport and physical activity strategy for Northern Ireland. Read here how you can input your views.

Consultation on Audit of Inequalities and Equality Action Plan 2021-24

Belfast City Council are currently consulting on the draft ‘Audit of Inequalities’ and Equality Action Plan 2021-2024.

SEUPB Launch Public Consultation on the PEACE PLUS Programme for 2021-2027

SEUPB are seeking views on the draft content of the European Union funded PEACE PLUS Programme (2021-2027), which shall be worth approximately €1bn.

Women’s Aid launch a petition for a 'Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy' in NI

Women’s Aid have today launched a petition calling on the Northern Ireland Assembly to develop and implement a 'Violence Against Women & Girls Strategy' in NI.

Ad Hoc Committee on a Bill of Rights to commence stakeholder consultation events

Following their recent Call for Evidence, the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Ad Hoc Committee on a Bill of Rights has launched a series of stakeholder events.

Budget 2021

Following a year of unprecedented challenges and economic uncertainty, the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak MP, yesterday announced the new budget for the UK.

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