Member Briefing – COVID-19 – April 24th 2020


Charlie Fisher, Programme Manager – – 07595979642

Stevie McGirr, Communications Officer – – 07793865620

Kathleen Smyth, Community Asset Transfer Project Officer – – 07450954349

Margaret Craig, Creating Resilient Local Economies Project Officer – – 07764185318

We can also be contacted on Twitter @devtrustsni
A new private DTNI Member Facebook group has been created as a forum where we can share ideas, links to resources, or just have a chat. For our part, we will keep you posted with relevant news from the sector and share the emerging practice from our sister networks in England, Scotland & Wales.

Join the DTNI Member Facebook Group
NICVA Community Hub
NICVA has set up a community information hub at the Community NI website where you can find out how to get help in every council area. The resource is intended to be a centralised source for all services across NI.

The reliability of the hub will depend on the quality of information it is populated with so it’s important that the entire community sector is aware of it and feeds into it, and we would recommend that DTNI members do likewise.

Follow the link to add your contribution. You will be able to amend any information at any time. If a particular service ceases, please remember to remove the listing from the website.

Susan Glass from NICVA has also offered to help you complete the form or, if necessary, complete it for you. You can contact Susan on 028 9087 7777 (ext 217).

Webinars & Online Meetings

SAVE THE DATE!! – Trusted to Develop Us – FREE live webinar with Pat Kane

We are delighted to announce that, in lieu of his appearance as keynote speaker at last month’s cancelled DTNI conference, Pat Kane will join us for a free live webinar and Q&A on Wednesday 13th May.

Pat is a political commentator, writer and musician and activist. Pat is the author of The Play Ethic  and his forthcoming book is Radical Animal. He is also the co-initiator of the new political platform The Alternative UK, and one half of the 80s pop duo Hue And Cry.

One of Pat’s current preoccupations is that of system change; a fundamental change that has an economic and political reset at its core. But what will that look like in an NI context? How can those in the community sector be repositioned as the prime movers in a shift towards an economy that benefits the many not  the few? Can community ownership be the catalyst for a more participative democracy?
These are questions that have a new urgency to them as we start to plan for a post-COVID-19 world.

The registration links will be available within the next 24hrs so keep an eye on Twitter, email and the DTNI website

Add the date to your diary now and join us for this important discussion at 11am, Wednesday 13th May 2020.

Funding & additional financial support

NIHE Community Support Fund
This fund is open to constituted groups, including Housing Community Network groups, organisations and social enterprises within Housing Executive communities, providing support within Housing Executive areas.

Awards,up to a maximum of £1500, will be considered for those groups supporting vulnerable people/families.

Application form here.

Information for Employers

Human Resources
The latest HR update from  BridgeHR Consultancy includes guidance on:

  • furlough grey areas e.g. sick pay, maternity leave;
  • pensions;
  • legal considerations.

…and much more!

If there are specific issues for you, your colleagues or board that you wish to discuss, please get in touch with DTNI and we will endeavour to support you directly.
If you need detailed HR support, we will coordinate your query and link you in with BridgeHR.

Download the latest HR update here

Other Information
Facilities Management

The general advice from insurers is that keyholders should return to their businesses as regularly as they can durinig lockdown to perform checks such as HAPS (amongst others).
FM expert, and author of our popular FM training course, Beth Goodyear, says this:

This is a really interesting area because there’s lots of guidance for managing vacant buildings, but not as much (although more coming out all the time) on managing buildings during a period like the current one.  The general principal is that you can’t just shut the door and leave everything, particularly for any building in which one or two people work or attend, however infrequently.
My recommendation would be to always refer to the insurance requirements, to perhaps do a risk assessment and to focus on what needs to be done to keep the building safe.

Here are some links to useful information that may give a bit more background, particularly in relation to maintenance: