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How to strengthen democracy in Northern Ireland through people power
The current political impasse at both Stormont and Westminster raises important issues for the Voluntary and Community Sector, not least whether the Civic Forum should be restored. Nick Garbutt explores the issues.
Dormant Accounts Scheme living up to its name
Progress on the Dormant Accounts Scheme has indeed been dormant. Stormont has sat on over £7m of funding, earmarked for the third sector, for nearly ten years. Scope takes a look.
Stroke services require reform
Scope talks to the Stroke Association about why a restructuring in services could provide both improvements in acute care and – crucially – huge benefits in long-term care.
Charities face more bad news as lottery revenues tumble
Lottery operator Camelot has just ordered a review of its operations after ticket sales slumped by 8.8% in the last financial year.
Redressing the balance: Early Years and the absence of men
Scope asks why 98% of employees in Early Years education are female, and whether that gender balance needs to be addressed.
Why the Lobbying Act must be changed
The third sector has expertise that cannot be found elsewhere – if your aim is a better society then silencing organisations with know how is counterproductive.
Making the Global Goals relevant for citizens
Scope talks with the Northern Ireland Environment Link about their plans to improve awareness and understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
How Northern Ireland can tackle food waste
The biggest growth area for the Third Sector over the past few years has been food banks. A report published this week shows the extent of this.
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.