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Accepting redemption is difficult
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.
Why good neighbours are worth their weight in gold
Everybody knows that if we were better neighbours and lived in stronger communities we’d not just be happier but better off, not just individually but collectively.
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.
At last! The disability research project led by people with disabilities
One of the most telling indictments of society’s attitudes to people with disabilities is that it has taken until now for research into how to help disabled people live independent lives to be led by those affected
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.
Laying the Groundwork for success
Groundwork NI has recovered from the doldrums and is now finding a way to help other organisations – especially smaller ones – flourish, according to its new CEO.
A dash of vodka meets a mixed reception
When Smirnoff got involved with Pride, it was not to complete acclaim. Balancing positive marketing and discussing difficult issues, generating funding and acting in the purest interests of the community - this can be a real tangle.
What does the future hold for the sector?
A major piece of research on the future of the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland is shortly to get underway.
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.
Debate of the Week: Housing Selection Scheme
The first in a new series – we run the rule over one discussion from Stormont’s plenary sessions while the Assembly is in session. First up: housing selection.
Education - the discussion begins
Scope is planning a series of articles on any and all aspects of our education system - and we want to hear from you.
Unspoken issues around making a will
In Northern Ireland, many people have not made a will, increasing the risk of intestacy to individuals and their families - while the lack of discussion about this issue also affects charities' funding.
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.