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Olwen Lyner: doing the right things, for the right people, for the right reasons
One of Northern Ireland’s most highly respected and influential Third Sector leaders announced her retirement this week.
Climate change is here and now
The UK is already feeling the effects of climate change. A new report by the British Red Cross identifies the impact of heatwaves, how these will intensity, and what should be done in response.
Stormont’s budget process and its vision for Northern Ireland are out of sync
Northern Ireland is strapped for cash. Using money well is essential for government. According to a recent NIAO report, that is not happening.
Where charity in Belfast began
This month Belfast’s oldest charity the Belfast Charitable Society celebrates the 250th anniversary of the building of its home, Clifton House.
The third sector: confidence, reinvigoration and recognition
If we want to use the pandemic as a line in the sand, and to create a better society and economy during this period of great upheaval, the third sector needs to be more than an afterthought.
Tech, health and public spaces – NI has its own digital currency
A new public scheme is set to pay people to exercise more and use parks and greenways. Civic Dollars is hoping to take on several issues at once. The scheme might just do some good.
Friends to all: the remarkable story of the Quakers in Ireland
Last summer, just before the second wave of the pandemic struck, Shane Whelehan became chief executive of Quaker Service Northern Ireland.
What we don't know about going digital
Third and public sector bodies are rightly proud of how they responded to the pandemic, switching so many services from face-to-face to digital.
Communicating is harder in the pandemic
Covid-19 has left charities will a range of challenges that is broad and deep. One of these is communications, a crucial – but oft overlooked – aspect of any organisation.
Charity funding in a changing world
Covid-19 has exacerbated a financial squeeze for the third sector. Scope speaks with Kate Beggs, from the National Lottery Community Fund, about the changing face of funding.
Tax the rich – even just a bit more
Modern economics is hampered by politics. This has huge ramifications for Covid-19 recovery and, longer-term, for society, poverty and the third sector.
Tackling loneliness will be a bellwether for Covid-19 recovery
New research from the Red Cross lays bare how, for many people, coronavirus has led to loneliness. The root causes cut across every aspect of the pandemic.
News is a utility but, to survive, it needs charity
Journalism is in crisis. Its weakness is part of something wider that is undermining society. Financing independent reporting is necessary – but not sufficient – to steer away from disaster. Journalism also needs public confidence.
Data can be both substance and style
Numbers can enhance narratives and even tell tales of their own. Scope speaks with Dr Donna Kernaghan, founder of Stats & Stories, about how data can help organisations improve services and secure funding.