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Governance of the Voluntary and Community Sector in 2015 - Focus Groups

30 July 2015

The research project has already disseminated a questionnaire to Trustees/Management Committee Members and to date over 600 responses have been received.

The health & well being of the voluntary & community sector in Northern Ireland is dependent on the volunteers who give time to become Members of Management Committees/Trustees. Their volunteer role is pivotal in providing the leadership and accountability for all of the work and activities undertaken by thousands of organisations. In 2003 it was estimated that some 33,000 volunteers were involved as Management Committee members.  It is important that this contribution is recognised, valued and supported. Given the change in charitable legislation, the establishment of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland and the many challenges facing organisations and groups across the Voluntary & Community sector it is timely to undertake a comprehensive research project that involves asking Committee Members/Trustees their views.

The research project has already disseminated a questionnaire to Trustees/Management Committee Members and to date over 600 responses have been received. We are now inviting Trustees/Management Committee Members to attend a number of Focus Groups to provide an opportunity to discuss and share views on governance and being a Trustee/Management Committee Member. If you are interested in getting involved please sign up to attend one of the following events.

Governance Research:  Focus Groups

Date:      Thursday 20 August or Monday 7 September
Venue:
    Volunteer Now offices, 34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast

Date:       Tuesday 25 August
Venue
:     Ballybot House, 28 Cornmarket, Newry

Date:       Wednesday 26 August
Venue:    
The Hub, Broughshane House, 70 Main Street, Broughshane, Ballymena 

Date:        Wednesday 9 September
Venue:
      Rural Community Network, 38a Oldtown Street, Cookstown

All Focus Groups will be held from 5.30pm – 7.30pm.

Please note sandwiches, tea and coffee will be served from 5.30pm.

To book a place on one of the Focus Groups please contact Wenda Gray by 13 August 2015 wenda.gray@volunteernow.co.uk or phone 02890232020.