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Homelessness is more than one issue
Improvements in several areas are needed to tackle this multi-layered problem. Unfortunately, the absence of a government is a real obstacle.
Northern Ireland in no position to take a one-two-three punch
Brexit, Welfare Reform and the health service – each is at a major moment for NI policy. But these are not independent issues. Any failures will compound. This could be disastrous.
Volunteering is good for you
It’s Volunteers’ Week. Scope takes a look at how people sacrifice their time for a good cause, why this is important – and also rewarding.
Global goals lack local focus
The UN Sustainable Development Goals are nearly four years old. High-level strategies for the world (or 193 UN member nations) to build a “better and more sustainable future”. Too few people know what they are.
Welfare Reform mitigations have problems that could be helped by an Executive
An Audit Office report has highlighted huge Welfare Reform underspend. Several NI organisations say bigger problems are coming. With no Assembly, we are rudderless – but Stormont struggled to deal with this first time round.
Helping young people in difficult circumstances is challenging – but organisations are well placed to assist each other
Partnership doesn’t have to mean joint projects – it can just be about regularly sharing ideas. The response of several youth groups brought together by the Urban Villages Initiative shows the value of strategic co-operation.
Fighting back against violence
A new report from the Big Lottery Fund makes a good effort at illustrating what prevention and early intervention actually mean, when it comes to reducing youth violence.
Ask the question – how talking about philanthropy can make it happen
The Community Foundation’s Philanthropy Fortnight was a success – and the organisation says the more we talk about donations, the more we will see.
Lifeline: the fall out
It has often been claimed that charities fail to speak out on important policy issues for fear of losing funding
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.
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.
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.
Crisis Fund: can a little go a very long way?
Earlier this year OFMdFM released a small amount of funds to help vulnerable ethnic-minority migrants in crisis. Scope speaks with fund administrators the Red Cross about its success.