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

Policy and Public Affairs Update - December 2020

As the year draws to a close, we reflect back on the work of the Policy and Public Affairs team during the last few months of 2020. 

#MakeOurFutureFair Campaign

NICVA are proud to support the #MakeOurFutureFair Campaign. Led by the Human Rights Consortium, the newly launched campaign calls for the delivery of a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland.

Loneliness in Northern Ireland: A call to Action

A NI report launched this week highlights the impact  of loneliness across NI communities and makes an urgent call to the  NI Executive  to respond by driving forward the development of a bespoke Loneliness Strategy for NI.

NICVA joins urgent call for NI loneliness strategy

Loneliness has a real cost and affects people of all ages. It is something we’re all likely to experience at some point in our lives, including when becoming a carer or parent, following bereavement or during ill health.

Covid Collaborations: How voluntary & community sector/researcher partnership projects are helping those impacted by Covid

During the initial months of the coronavirus pandemic many organisations and businesses face unprecedented changes and obstacles to their normal work. 

QUB Students available for internship or placement opportunities

Level 3 QUB politics students are keen to gain first hand experience in the voluntary and community sector. Would your organisation be interested in hosting some of them in January 2021? 

RSPB NI launch 5 Point Green Recovery Plan for NI’s Economy and Environment

The RSPB NI have recently launched their 5 point Green Recovery Plan for a post-Covid 19 Northern Ireland.

Brexit 2020: Where are we now? The future UK / EU relationship and the protocol

The webinar “Brexit 2020: Where are we now? The future UK / EU relationship and the protocol” will take place on Thursday 3rd December, 12:30pm-1:30pm.

Influencing, Lobbying and Campaigning under COVID - PAF Webinar Tuesday 8th December 2020, 2- 3pm approx

As COVID continues to dominate all our lives, both home and work, in this webinar we explore the impact of the pandemic on the VCSE sectors capacity to inform and influence public policy & decision making on key societal issues.

Time for citizen action on climate change? A webinar examining the work of the UK Climate Assembly.

Nine months after the Northern Ireland Assembly voted to declare a climate emergency, we ask how a citizen’s assembly could help on “The Path to Net Zero”?

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Geoff Nuttall

Head of Policy and Public Affairs

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