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Growing a good idea in the voluntary sector
Community and voluntary work is done best at a local level. This makes scaling up a tricky prospect – but it is not impossible.
Floods: the real scandal we should all be talking about
The reaction to the floods that devastated swathes of Northern Ireland this week failed to address a catastrophic failure of public policy.
Entrusting health cuts to the public
The apparent need for £70m cuts in health is bad news - but finding extra cash won't fix the underlying problems, while our trusts have missed a chance to push for reform, and instead have washed their hands of the burden of leadership.
Ex offenders - an untapped resource?
There are proven ways to rehabilitate offenders. But is Northern Ireland up for it?
Realistic expectations make Social Impact Bonds look worthwhile
Social Impact Bonds have yet to come to Northern Ireland. Scope looks at this new funding model and decides their use is probably narrow – but they still have a use.
The biggest missed opportunity for NI's 3rd Sector
There has been much coverage of the impact of no government on the sector. To date it has not featured what is surely the biggest lost opportunity of all.
Brexit means what we make of it
A lack of specifics on plans for Brexit negotiations, and what is planned for afterwards, is worrying - but it provides opportunities for shaping the future. NICVA recently published its position paper on Brexit. Scope takes a look.
The 'rape clause' - understandable opposition
Welfare Reform comes to NI next month. Opposition to the two-child limit on tax credits in general - and the 'rape clause' in particular - has grown more voluble. Scope looks at women's groups' objections.
Kids Company. It couldn't happen here. Could it?
The Insolvency Service is seeking to ban the former trustees of Kids Company from holding directorships for up to six years. It couldn’t happen here. Could it?
Volunteering means a lot of different things. To get the best out of it, we need information that is clearer on the distinctions, on how different people donate their time in different ways – and on what they achieve.
Northern Ireland's ecological disaster: the untold story
Campaigners are setting about tackling Northern Ireland’s least known and most devastating ecological disaster, Scope explores a forgotten tragedy.
Saving lives: focus on the RNLI
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is a rarity – a first-response emergency service operating on a voluntary basis. Scope shines a light on this successful and highly-thought-of organisation.
Mental Health: How GPs need to change
All politicians of all parties both locally and in the UK say they want to address the crisis in mental health.
In the wake of some startling statistics about reoffending and youth justice, Scope looks at whether prisons represent the best way of reducing criminal behaviour.