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.


Building Back With: Involving communities in the Covid-19 response and recovery

UK public participation charity, Involve, have recently launched a handbook for Local Government on engaging purposefully and meaningfully with their communities.

Brexit 2020: What's happening with the protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland? webinar

The "Brexit 2020: What's happening with the protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland?" webinar will take place on 30th October 2020 at 1:00pm.

Timetable for delivery of Social Inclusion Strategies published

The Communities Minister has published a timetable for the development and delivery of a suite of Social Inclusion Strategies.

Support and funding needed to help Voluntary and Community Sector organisations overcome fallout from Covid-19

The urgent need for training and investment in the voluntary and community sector has been highlighted by a recent survey carried out by the NICVA. 

Regional Social Prescribing Development Board Call for Expressions of Interest for the role of Co-Chair

The Regional Social Prescribing Development Board is looking for Expressions of Interest for the role of Co-Chair from the Community & Voluntary Sector.

NICVA Raises Deep Concerns About the UK Internal Market Bill’s Impact on Future Peace and Prosperity in Northern Ireland

NICVA is extremely concerned about the potential impact of the proposed UK Internal Market Bill on the future peace, stability, and economic well-being of people in Northern Ireland. 

Latest Policy and Public Affairs Team Update

In this latest update read how we have been adapting our work to support the sector in responding to the impact of Covid -19 and to ensure our core policy and public affairs activities continue in these challenging times. 

Significant loss of income felt across the voluntary and community sector amid Covid-19 pandemic

Over two thirds of voluntary and community sector organisations have reported  a loss of income despite an increased demand for their services according to a recent study carried out by NICVA.

Children’s Law Centre is urging groups to contribute to stakeholder report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

The Children’s Law Centre (CLC) is calling on all stakeholders to contribute to a report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child ahead of the “List of Issues Prior to Reporting” expected to be issued to the UK Government in February 2021.

Top 10 Results from NICVA’s latest Covid-19 Impact Survey (August 2020)

In August, NICVA surveyed their membership of over 1000 voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in Northern Ireland. 

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Head of Policy and Public Affairs


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