Our Governance and Charity Advice Service offers information and practical help about good governance for charities on a wide range of topics listed below. You can find out more about governance issues on our Governance and Charity Advice webpage or view our Governance Advice Notes for further support.

Companies House - extension for filing accounts

2 Apr 2020Denise Copeland Governance (COVID19), Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance, regulation, COVID19 (Coronavirus)

Registered companies will be able to apply to Companies House for a 3-month extension for filing their accounts to help them deal with the impact of Covid-19

Charity Commission issues updated guidance for charities during the coronavirus outbreak

1 Apr 2020Denise Copeland Governance (COVID19), Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance

The Charity Commission's guidance now includes important advice on charity finance, safeguarding, charitable purposes, fundraising, data protection, annual reporting, charity meetings and charity registration. 

Charity meetings during the Coronavirus outbreak

25 Mar 2020Denise Copeland Governance (COVID19), Governance and Charity AdviceCOVID19 (Coronavirus), Governance

Charity trustee meetings and AGMs are usually held on a face-to-face basis, however, during the coronavirus period charities will need to consider public health, while maintaining good governance at the same time.

Regulation of Gambling in Northern Ireland consultation

15 Jan 2020Denise Copeland Governance and Charity Advice, Fundraising Regulationfundraising regulation, Governance

NICVA has prepared a briefing paper on the Regulation of Gambling in Northern Ireland consultation. 

Charity trustee training series 2020

13 Dec 2019Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance

Charity trustees have a responsibility to run their charity in line with legal requirements and best practice and so need to understand what is expected of them and how best they may fulfil their duties. 

Basic finance training for small charities

20 Nov 2019Denise Copeland Governance and Charity AdviceGovernance

A series of free practical workshops for treasurers or personnel of small charities to help them establish appropriate financial systems to keep their organisation safe.

New series of cyber security sessions funded by The Halifax Foundation

19 Nov 2019Sandra Bailie Training and Skills Developmentcyber security, Data, Governance, trustees, small organisations, Training, skills

A big thank you to The Halifax Foundation who have funded our new cyber security workshops. NICVA has teamed up with industry experts to provide these tailored cyber security sessions.

NICVA here to help Trustees all year round

5 Nov 2019Sandra Bailie Governance and Charity AdviceTraining, advice, Governance, support

NICVA is celebrating Trustees' week this week. We want to recognise and value the important and yet often unnoticed work that Trustees do across Northern Ireland to lead organisations and ensure that they are well governed. 

31 Oct - Charity annual reporting deadline

21 Oct 2019Denise Copeland Charity Regulation, Governance and Charity AdviceCharity Regulation, accounting, Governance

If your registered charity's financial year is 1 January - 31 December then you will have a deadline of 31 October in which to submit your annual monitoring return to the Charity Commission.