NI law society provides translated leaflets

The Law Society of Northern Ireland has published various translated information leaflets on legal matters.

They have been translated by students into 9 languages including Chinese and Arabic, covering topics such as property, claiming asylum, making a will. They are available for download from both the Society’s publications section and a news item on Community NI website. Hard copies are available on request from the Society or solicitor firms throughout Northern Ireland.

Local charities suffer from poor commissioning

A new report from Lloyds Bank Foundation, ‘Commissioning in Crisis’, highlights

“some of the ludicrous processes used (in public sector commissioning) to bridge the gap left by too little money. These approaches penalise small charities in particular, excluding them from bidding for, let alone winning, contracts, leaving many deprived of funding and on the brink of shutting up shop.”

Civil Society News coverage leads with: Current commissioning processes are a “major threat to the survival of smaller charities” and are failing at every level. » Continue reading news item ... “Local charities suffer from poor commissioning”

WCVA has a new strategic framework

The sector body Wales Council for Voluntary Action has recently gone through a period of change, seeing a new Board, Chief Executive and Strategic Management Team in place. With the added uncertainty within the wider Welsh and international contexts, a Strategic Review was undertaken to refresh ways of working and goals.

See WCVA’s news item on the launch of its new Framework, setting out its vision, mission and values, or direct to Strategic Framework page (the attached document is a single page pdf, 137KB).

Key findings on the role of faith-based charities

Sector think tank New Philanthropy Capital has brought together key findings from an 18-month programme of research into the role of faith-based charities.

The report outlines what makes faith-based charities unique, the contribution they make to the wider charity sector, and the challenges and opportunities they face. It draws on desk research, a survey of faith-based charities, and in-depth qualitative interviews with charities, funders and key stakeholders. » Continue reading news item ... “Key findings on the role of faith-based charities”

Opening up government process for sustainable development goals

Sector bodies across the UK have worked together to create the Open Government Pioneers Project, aiming at strengthening civil society’s influence on opening up the devolved governments and pushing progress towards sustainable development goals.

The project is led by Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, Northern Ireland Environment Link, Wales Council for Voluntary Action and Involve UK, a public participation charity. It is linked to the International Open Government Partnership, where governments and civil society of 70 countries are working together to make their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens. » Continue reading news item ... “Opening up government process for sustainable development goals”

Sector websites update

Forum for community project discussion

The My Community website, run by Locality to provide support and information for community projects, now has a forum which

connects people who are who doing great things in their communities – from taking over pubs or green spaces, running local projects and making plans that will help shape the future of their neighbourhoods and communities.

You need to sign up to post new topics, but you can browse existing posts without. » Continue reading news item ... “Sector websites update”