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Member Briefing - COVID-19 - July 24th 2020

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Funding & additional financial support

Northern Area - Small Grants Opportunity
The Public Health Agency and the Northern Area Community Network have got together to provide grants for projects aimed at improved health and wellbeing.
There are two programmes with up to £1000 and up to £5000 available respectively and closing date is 6th August.

Check eligibility and apply here

New Needs Fund
The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland has launched this fund with monies from Comic Relief and the National Emergency trust. Grants up to £15,000 available.
Click here for more information

Charities Fund
The Charities Fund continues to be available for charities that have exhausted all other avenues of support and are facing imminent closure.

It will provide financial support to charities that are unable to cover unavoidable costs until September 30th 2020.

For more information, check the DfC website


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


Webinars & Online Meetings

Locality Coastal Communities Network
Locality, our sister organisation in England, created this network initially to connect coastal communities around England. The invitation has now been extended to coastal communities throughout the UK, including those of DTNI members.
The monthly Zoom meeting aims to discuss challenges and opportunities and share skills and experience, and the theme of this month's meeting is ‘regeneration’ – both in terms of economic recovery after C19 and regenerating the built environment in our coastal areas. However, you are welcome to propose any other topic you feel is relevant.

Date: Thursday 30 July
Time: 3 – 4.30 pm
Booking link:

Social Enterprise Academy

Social Enterprise Academy has a number of funded online sessions availale throughout July and August:

Managing Change – online learning plus zoom sessions at:
Tuesday 7th July 2-4pm
Tuesday  21st July 2-4pm
To find out more, click here.
Rebuilding Income Streams – online learning plus zoom sessions at:
Wednesday 8th July 11am -12
Wednesday 15th July 1.30-3.30pm
Wednesday 29th July 1.30-3.30pm
To find out more, click here. 
Leading Remotely – online learning plus zoom sessions at:
Tuesday 14th July 10am-11am
Tuesday 21 July – 10am-12noon
Tuesday 4 August 10am-12noon
To find out more, click here.

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).

Information for Employers
Human Resources
We have three HR reports to catch up with this week, following the mid-July holiday.

The first features articles on returning to work and the expectations that staff may have for future working arrangements. Download July HR update 1

The second covers mental health and Rishi Sunak's budget announcement which confirms the Furlough scheme end date as October 31st. Download July HR update 2

Finally, this report talks about flexible working, redundancy calculations and protecting the rights of disabled workers; and a case study of a child care provider through the lock down period. Download July HR update 3
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.


IOSH - Returning Safely to Work
The Institution of Occupational Safety & Health has a tonne of free resources regarding Covid-19 and returning to work safely.
Visit the IOSH website to check them out


Other Information

Money Advice Service

Redundancy consultation periods are sensitive in nature as employers adhere to employment law practices and workers await the outcome. After the consultation period, it is important to provide your staff with support tailored to their individual needs.

The Money Advice Service offers free, impartial and confidential money matter advice and can provide resources to support your staff prior to leaving the organisation. This includes:
  • redundancy pay calculator;
  • Universal Claim Money Manager;
  • pension calculator.
For details of these and much more besides visit the Money Advice Service website.

Other services can be tailormade for your business needs by contacting Partnership Manager Margaret McCloskey:; 07766775753.

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