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Fostering confidence: the importance of education in care

26 May 2017 Ryan MillerHealth, Social Policy, Education, Equality

Kathleen Toner (far right) at the recent Foster Carer of the Year awarda

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

25 May 2017 Ryan MillerHealth, Politics, Human Rights, Equality

Joe Kenny and his children

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

19 May 2017 Ryan MillerSector Issues, Social Policy, Health, Mental Health

Older People's Commissioner Eddie Lynch

Older and vulnerable people at risk of becoming isolated from their community and its services can see improved provision.

The Power of Doing Good

18 May 2017 Nick GarbuttSector Matters, Sector Issues

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

12 May 2017 Ryan MillerFunding, Social Policy, Policy, Sector Issues

No-one expects utopia, but NI can be a brighter place

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

12 May 2017 Nick GarbuttEnvironment

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

5 May 2017 Ryan MillerPolicy, Sector Issues, Funding, Social Policy

Our last budget was signed off in January 2016 - but could have made provision for this period of uncertainty

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

5 May 2017 Nick GarbuttSector Issues, Politics

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

27 Apr 2017 Nick GarbuttSector Issues

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

25 Apr 2017 Ryan MillerEducation, Social Policy

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

21 Apr 2017 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Sector Issues

Máirtín Ó Muilleoir brought forward the Rates Rethink consultation

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

21 Apr 2017 Nick GarbuttPolitics, Election

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

14 Apr 2017 Ryan MillerPeace Process, Equality, Social Policy, Education

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

13 Apr 2017 Ryan MillerHealth, Equality, Social Policy, Sector Issues

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.

An economy for all?

7 Apr 2017 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Policy

Speakers at the Imagine! Belfast event

The economy is there to serve the public and not the other way round. Scope looks at the inversion of this relationship and why a revolution in economic thinking could have huge benefits for local people.

Why the political stalemate is bad for our health

7 Apr 2017 Nick GarbuttHealth, Politics

The past few weeks have been challenging for the Sector. In past weeks we have looked at some of the consequences of not having a government in place. 

Northern Ireland: Anarchy in the UK

31 Mar 2017 Nick GarbuttSector Issues, Politics

This week also saw the collapse of talks aimed at forming a new Executive, without a budget being agreed. 

How the peace process was tied to the EU, and what Brexit means

31 Mar 2017 Nick GarbuttEU Referendum and Brexit

It has been possible to discern a few shards of hope in what has been a difficult and turbulent few days for Northern Ireland. Scope reviews an historic week, firstly Brexit. 

Is democracy working for Northern Ireland? Not really ....

23 Mar 2017 Nick GarbuttPolicy, Politics

The publication of a ground-breaking report into the state of democracy in Northern Ireland this week could not have been better timed. 

Accepting redemption is difficult

22 Mar 2017 Ryan MillerSocial Policy, Human Rights, Sector Issues, Social Issues

Are prisons just about punishment, or should we expect more?

In the week Martin McGuinness passed away, Scope examines the nature of redemption by looking at another man's story - double murderer Erwin James, who spoke in Belfast on Monday - and asks what society wants from its prisons.

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