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Civic Initiative – seeking views on Housing, Healthcare, and Education

The Civic Initiative would like to hear from you to help inform its community-led examination of socio-economic and cultural rights.   This call for further evidence follows 39 grassroots workshops with people across Northern Ireland and border counties. Participants identified the key areas of healthcare, education, and housing, as priority areas for improvement. The call for evidence will contribute to …

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The Social Enterprise UK invites to join FEA campaign in the run up to the General Election

Next Tuesday is our General Election Day of Action! We have to move social enterprises and other mission-led organisations up the political agenda, and to do this we’re going to need your help! On 18 June we’d like our members and supporters to take action, from flooding social media channels with campaign messages to showing parliamentary candidates the power of …

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A new All-Party Group (APG) on the Voluntary and Community Sector established

        Thursday 2 May 2024 marked the launch of a new All-Party Group (APG) on the Voluntary and Community Sector, established to highlight the value of the sector and to ensure the issues affecting organisations are recognised in the Assembly. The stated purpose of the APG is to ‘ensure issues affecting voluntary and community organisations are recognised …

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Shaping the future relationship with Government – Update on Proposals for a new Partnership Agreement & Fair Funding Principles

The Joint Forums Voluntary & Community Sector Panel invite VCS colleagues to an update briefing & discussion on the proposals for a new Partnership Agreement between the Voluntary & Community Sector & Government including the agreement of a set of Fair Funding Principles. These proposals detail shared values & ways of working better together to meet the needs of communities …

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Equality Coalition event invite: ‘Article 2 of the Windsor Framework – Where are we now?’

Equality Coalition event invite: ‘Article 2 of the Windsor Framework – Where are we now?’ Senate Room, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University Belfast 10am – 1pm, Monday 3 June 2024 Attendees can claim 3 hours Group Study CPD In recent months, the High Court of Northern Ireland has disapplied core elements of both the Northern Ireland Legacy Act and the Illegal Migration …

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IEF – the research launch of the Isolated Primary and Post-Primary Schools in 2024: Duplicating Provision

Please find below information regarding the research launch of the Isolated Primary and Post-Primary Schools in 2024: Duplicating Provision We would be delighted if you could join us for one or both of these events. Please feel free to share with anyone who may be interested. Places can be registered via https://bit.ly/isolatedpairs

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Independent Age’s campaign for better State Pension provision

Independent Age’s campaign for better State Pension provision. This survey is an opportunity for UK Pensioners to share their views on it. Helpline 0800 319 6789 Share your thoughts At Independent Age, we often hear from older people who rely solely on the State Pension, or don’t have the income to pay for what they need to live well. Nobody should face …

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EU Citizens’ Manifesto for Change Online Launch, Tuesday 7th May

EU Citizens’ Manifesto for Change Online Launch, Tuesday 7th May, 19:00-20:15 Register now Dear EU citizens and supporters, As we approach the next UK General Election, our communities are coming together and organising for change. You are invited to be a part of this journey! In the same way that political parties of all stripes publish manifestos with their pledges to the electorate, we …

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The Civic Initiative – Community Forum, NICVA, 8th May

The Civic Initiative would like to invite you to an upcoming Northern Ireland Community Forum taking place in Belfast on Wednesday May 8th, NICVA. Lunch will be served, register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/civic-initiative-community-forum-tickets-888206659027 The forum is an opportunity for the community sector and wider society to discuss key areas including education, housing, healthcare, human rights, poverty, housing, culture, political institutions and the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement, …

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