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Time to waken the sleeping giant
Scope editor Nick Garbutt argues that the forthcoming elections provide the sector with the opportunity to fulfil its potential to influence political change.
Winners and losers at Maghaberry prison
The family visitor centre at Maghaberry prison, which, for so long was operated by the Quakers, is now being run by a private company.Here we provide a brief history of the work of both organisations without comment.
Just how independent are charities in Northern Ireland?
Scope unpicks the issues at the heart of a divisive debate as serious questions are raised about the sector’s independence
Harsh lessons charities must learn from in 2016
Scope editor Nick Garbutt argues that 2015 was a year to forget for the Third Sector and it is time to learn lessons
Innovation or bust - Northern Ireland needs to move with the times
Funding is tight. Without innovation, services in Northern Ireland will stagnate - and if you are not improving you are declining. Scope looks at former Downing Street Policy Director Geoff Mulgan's address on innovation in Belfast this week.
Commission publishes NI charities' annual accounts online
The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland has upgraded its online register so it can now display each charity’s annual accounts.
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.
Should charities be forced to pay rates?
Finance Minister Arlene Foster has just opened a consultation on the rating system that could have significant implications for charities here.
How to get funded by the Big Lottery
There will be winners and losers in the sector when the Big Lottery’s new strategy People in the Lead is rolled out, Scope reports.
Social Innovation: the answer to the Sector's prayers?
With the funding crisis deepening by the day Scope examines a new approach which may help to transform communities and create social change.
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.
Arts cuts come with a health warning
As the Arts Council finds itself hit by more cuts - most of which will have to be passed on to funded organisations - Scope speaks with chair Bob Collins, who says seeing the sector as a soft target misses the point and will lead to trouble.
Older people: "undervalued, unappreciated, patronised"
Claire Keatinge has plenty to say as she reflects on her four years in office as Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland.
Health reform quietly gathers pace
Behind the headlines progress is being made in implementing the flagship Transforming Your Care programme, Scope reports.