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Fostering confidence: the importance of education in care
The children’s care system has always faced an uphill battle but nowadays there is plenty of cause for positivity. Scope talks to the Fostering Network about ongoing reform and successful initiatives.
Voting: not a blind ballot for everyone
The secret electoral ballot is a right some exercise zealously and others waive – but a few people don’t have a choice. Joe Kenny explains.
Adult social care needs reform - and the third sector
Older and vulnerable people at risk of becoming isolated from their community and its services can see improved provision.
The Power of Doing Good
The Third Sector is widely misunderstood and the value that it brings to society massively understated by politicians and policy makers. At Scope we want to address that.
Grassroots are top of the tree
The latest thinking in social innovation involves ideas that are led by the local community - i.e. those set to benefit - on every level, with support organisations like Amplify NI and even major funders like the Big Lottery Fund fully bought in.
Time to stem the tide of plastic ruining our shores
Scope talks to Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful about the rising tide of damage caused by discarded single use plastic bottles and asks what can be done to combat the scourge.
Why NI's budget crisis could easily have been avoided
By mirroring other jurisdictions and including multi-year spending plans in our annual budgets, Stormont could have avoided the tension and uncertainty that is plaguing Northern Ireland in 2017.
What Theresa May has in store for the Third Sector
Direct Rule in Northern Ireland is a distinct possibility. Scope examines Theresa May’s commitments to Civic Society, and asks what that might mean for the Third Sector.
On a wing and a prayer: faith based charities
Faith-based charities receive a combined annual total of £16.3 billion in funds across the UK, one third of all monies raised by the Third Sector.
How digital technology can help unite a divided society
Professor Roger Austin from Ulster University tells Scope how online interactions can be a huge help to shared education - and allow the educational model, designed to help heal social rifts and increase educational choice, to flourish.
Charity shops and the Rates Rethink
The Department of Finance has been considering a rates liability on charity shops as part of its sweeping Rates Rethink. Scope examines the issue.
English Tories and the union
Back in 2006 the then Secretary of State Peter Brooke said that his government had “no selfish strategic or economic interest in Northern Ireland.”
Shared Education - inclusive and practical
In the latest in our series on education, Scope speaks with Prof. Joanne Hughes from QUB's Centre for Shared Education, about how sharing can offer practical positives for our local system in a number of ways.
Transforming Your Care and the third sector
Health reform is moving slowly and faces many difficulties - but it is still moving and there are huge opportunities for the community and voluntary organisations to improve people's lives within the changing structures.