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Better Together - The Reform of Local Government & Implications for the Third Sector

Better Together event
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 09:30 to 15:30
Meet at the Mill, Mossley Mill, Carnmoney Road North, Newtownabbey

Discussions around the reform of local government in Northern Ireland are currently very topical. Under the Review of Public Administration (RPA) the 26 Northern Ireland Councils will reduce down to 11 with a transfer of functions from central government to local government, including funding for the voluntary and community sector. However, there is significant uncertainty as to the reality of these reforms on organisational sustainability and survival for those in the Third Sector.

CollaborationNI is organising a one day conference entitled, “Better Together – The Reform of Local Government and Implications for the Third Sector”, to provide further clarity on these reforms and their implications.

The conference will include the following speakers:

  • Calum Irving, Chief Executive, Voluntary Action Scotland
  • Ben Cairns, Director of the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR)
  • Kenneth Ferguson, The Robertson Trust, Scotland

Plus input from senior government officials, local case studies, workshops, discussion groups and plenty of opportunities for networking.

Please note that this event is being held at:
Meet at the Mill, Mossley Mill, Carnmoney Road North, BT36 5QA

Meet at the Mill location map


9.30am Registration

10.00am Welcome, Nora Smith, CEO CO3

10.05am Bill Osborne, Chairperson, Building Change Trust

10.10am Government Representative, “Reform of Local Government – the strategic aspects”
“Reform of Local Government – How will it impact on the third sector”

10.25am Nicola Creagh, Department of Environment
“Reform of Local Government – the operational aspects”

10.40am Colm Bradley, Chief Executive, Community Places
“The Third Sector in Northern Ireland”

11.00am Calum Irving, Chief Executive, Voluntary Action Scotland
“The Reform of local government, lessons from the Third Sector in Scotland”

11.20am Break

11.45am Workshop - What are the implications for me and my organisation from the Reform of Local Government?
What might I need to do differently? What are the opportunities, what are the threats?

12.15pm Kenneth Ferguson, The Robertson Trust Case Study, Scotland

12.35pm Ronan McGinley, Opportunity Youth N.I - Case Study

1.00pm Lunch

1.50pm Ben Cairns, Director, Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR)
“Collaboration support in the Northern Ireland Community and Voluntary Sector following recent research carried out by IVAR commissioned by The Building Change Trust”.

2.30pm Thelma Abernethy, Addiction NI - Case study

3.00pm Workshop – What help and support might I need to prepare for the Reform of Local Government. Possible next steps?

3.30pm Close

Cost: £25
To Book: email deborah.madden@nicva.org or tel: 028 9087 7777

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CollaborationNI is a partnership programme between CO3 (Chief Officer’s Third Sector), NICVA (Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action) and Stellar Leadership, commissioned by Building Change Trust. CollaborationNI provides practical support and resources across the whole spectrum of collaborative working to voluntary and community sector organisations. As part of this support CollaborationNI has been assisting organisations with study visits in order to share learning of experience already present in the sector.


When: Thurs 20th March, 2014, 9.30am - 3.30pm
Location: Meet at the Mill, Mossley Mill, Carnmoney Road North, Newtownabbey
Contact: deborah.madden@nicva.org or 028 9087 7777