Joint Forum chairs
The joint chairs are Michael Donnelly, the Department's Head of Voluntary and Community Unit and Anne O’Reilly, NI Rural Women’s Network. The Forum meets three times a year.
Elaine Downey, Head of Public Sector Engagement in the Voluntary and Community Unit leads the Public Sector Group and Anne O’Reilly leads the Voluntary and Community Group.
Joint Forum memberships
Public Sector Group
Voluntary Sector Group
|Anne McVicker||Womens Resource & Development||www.wrda.net|
|Anne O'Reilly||NI Rural Women's Network||www.nirwn.org.uk|
|Chris Quinn||NI Youth Forum||www.niyf.org|
|Colin Devine||North West Community Network||www.nwcn.org|
|Duane Farrell||Age NI||www.ageuk.org/northern-ireland|
|Eddie McDowell||Churches Community Work Alliance||www.ccwa-ni.org.uk|
|Fergus Cooper||Save the Children NI||www.savethechildren.org.uk|
|Geraldine Hanna||Victim Support NI||www.victimsupportni.co.uk|
|Glenda Davies||Sandy Row Community Forum||www.sandyrow.co.uk|
|Helen Ferguson||Carers NI||www.carersuk.org/northernireland|
|Jonny Currie||East Belfast Partnership||www.ebcda.org|
|Kevin Doherty||Disability Action NI||www.disabilityaction.org|
|Kevin Murphy||Voluntary Arts Ireland||www.voluntaryarts.org|
|Marie Cavanagh||Gingerbread NI||www.gingerbreadni.org|
Joint Forum terms of reference
The following are the terms of reference for the Joint Forum, the Public Sector Group and the Voluntary and Community Sector Group:
- Joint Government Voluntary and Community Sector Forum - terms of reference
- Public Sector Group - terms of reference
- Voluntary and Community Sector Group - terms of reference
Joint Forum record of meetings
Following are records of the most recent meetings:
- Joint Forum record of meetings - 2016
- Joint Forum record of meetings - 2015
- Joint Forum record of meetings - 2014
The Concordat is a framework which underpins a shared vision between Government and the Voluntary and Community Sector to work together as social partners to build a participative, peaceful, equitable and inclusive community in Northern Ireland. The shared values and principles of the Forum are set out in the Concordat between the voluntary and community sector and the NI government.
Through collaboration the Forum seek to fulfil a number of key commitments outlined in the concordat that will open up opportunities which will benefit society.
You can read Annual Reports on the Concordat between the Voluntary and Community Sector and the Northern Ireland Government:
- 2016 Annual Report on the Concordat
- 2015 Annual Report on the Concordat
- 2014 Annual Report on the Concordat
- 2013 Annual Report on the Concordat
- 2012 Annual Report on the Concordat
Commitment Action Teams
Commitment Action Teams take forward key issues set out in the Concordat. Each team is made up of Joint Forum representatives from both the public and voluntary and community sectors and where appropriate, external representation is sought when particular expertise is required.
- outcome-focused approach to funding
- concordat compliance monitoring
- addressing bureaucracy
- influence and examine the impact of government policy
For general enquiries please contact the Joint Forum Secretariat Voluntary and Community Engagement Team.