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.


Keep NI Beautiful survey shows plastic makes up 78% of NI beach litter

Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful's latest marine litter survey reveals the extent of the single-use plastic litter on our beaches

QUB funds researcher/sector partnerships to tackle social impacts of Covid-19

Queen’s University's ‘Covid-19 Rapid Response' projects are partnering researchers and voluntary/ community organisations to address the social impacts of Covid-19.

New Government Covid-19 Funding Announced

UK and NI Governments announce new Covid-19 funding programmes.

Calling All Would Be “Grow your owners”

New Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful project supports growing and eating your own produce to build community resilience in the Covid-19 crisis

New Government report warns of 'devastating impact' of Covid-19 on NI economy and jobs

A new report, just released by the NI Department for the Economy, highlights the major impacts the Covid-19 outbreak has had, and is likely to continue to have on the Northern Ireland economy

Finance Minister Hears Sector Views on New Peace Plus Programme

Yesterday, NICVA and a number of sector representatives met with Finance Minister Conor Murphy by Zoom to reflect on the new Peace Plus Funding Programme and the lessons from previous EU PEACE & Interreg Programmes.

Do you employ overseas staff? The UK Migration Advisory Council is seeking your views on new work visa rules for NI

The UK Migration Advisory Council is seeking employers' views on the new 'Shortage Occupation List' of skills shortage areas which will be used to help determine which overseas citizens are granted visas to work in Northern Ireland.

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. 

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Geoff Nuttall

Head of Policy and Public Affairs


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