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Pay now, or pay (more) later? How the cost-of-living crisis is squeezing the third sector.
Spiking inflation and weak public finances have put community organisations on the back foot. However, it would be short-sighted to let services wither. Where possible, we must spend to save.
Tough times can bring out the best in people
Two new pieces of research lay out two sides of the cost-of-living crisis: poor mental health, and communities rising to meet the problems we all face.
Northern Ireland needs a Programme for Government that’s fit for the future
If we want to cut our cloth as best as possible for the short- and long-term, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals might be a good place to start.
The Red Cross you might not know
As image concerns go, it's a bit different; the Red Cross is a world-famous organisation held in high esteem. However, most awareness concerns the work in the world's worst disaster zones. Their day to day is less spectacular but just as important.
Hearing loss can be devastating - it can also be helped
It's Deaf Awareness Week, and Scope spoke with Action on Hearing Loss about a vital service which helps older people feeling lonely and desperate - a service searching for more funding and volunteers.
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.
The third sector and 2017: uncertainty and necessity
In a difficult period for NI, community and voluntary organisations will be more important than ever, despite facing huge difficulties. Scope speaks with NICVA CEO Seamus McAleavey about the current uncertainty.
Debate of the Week: Middletown Centre for Autism
This week’s look at Stormont touches on autism provision – something of which there is a serious shortfall in NI.
Outcomes and the Programme for Government
The new PfG - currently under construction, intertwined with sticky negotiations over the Executive - will be "outcomes-based". What does this mean? Surely this can't be new? Scope looks at a new model for all sectors.
The importance and ethics of fund raising
Recent controversies have underlined how important it is to raise funds ethically. Scope asks Jayne Murray, head of the British Heart Foundation in Northern Ireland how it should be done.
NI transport is at a crucial time – and has an opportunity
The recent consultation document on Accessible Transport appears to have forgotten about community providers – but are things that simple? Scope takes a look.
Care crash - change course or face disaster
Care provision could soon collapse. Scope highlights some of the problems facing an independent sector that is facing rising demand and shrinking funds.
Lifeline: on the line
Scope takes a look at claims by the charity that operates Lifeline that new proposals for the 24/7 crisis phoneline it operates could undermine the service and place vulnerable lives at risk.