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On Kindness: rediscovering human nature
What if the spontaneous outbreaks of kindness which have been such a feature of the pandemic were shown to be a true reflection of the human condition, not just a response to a crisis?
Older people: much achieved, so much more to do
Eileen Mullan, outgoing chair of AgeNI reflects on her nine years on the board, and outlines the remaining challenges for older people.
Life in the shadow of the peace walls
To many Belfast’s peace walls are either an embarrassment or else a macabre visitor attraction. Those who live in their shadows are routinely patronised and often demonised.
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.
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.
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.
Winter warner: increasing pressure on local health services
Last December the Royal College of Nursing said the independent sector is struggling with staffing levels. Scope looks concerns for care of older people as we head into winter.
Minority report: slow progress rather than cruise control
A minority government – as Dublin is set to find out – is different from one in control of its own destiny. This has knock-on effects for anyone wanting to engage, especially those interested in new legislation or policy.
Have cake, eat cake, still have cake
The letter from the First (and deputy First) Minister to new PM Theresa May is staggering – NI wants to be part of the EU in all but name, even if “Brexit means Brexit”
Special Report: State of the Sector
NICVA has just published its State of the Sector report: the most accurate and comprehensive survey of the Community and Voluntary Sector in Northern Ireland.
Older Peoples' Commissioner shocked by PfG omission
Scope meets Eddie Lynch, the new Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland.