This consultation details proposed new arrangements for the provision of strategic support to the voluntary and community sector (VCS) in Northern Ireland for the period 2017 – 2021. This public consultation invites and welcomes comments in particular about:
a) A proposed new vision for the provision of strategic support to the VCS;
b) A series of high level desired outcomes; and
c) Key priorities and proposals geared to support the achievement of the desired outcomes (subject to the availability of funding).
On behalf of the NI Executive, the Department for Communities has lead responsibility for supporting the VCS at a regional level across Northern Ireland - support that enables the sector to function efficiently and effectively across urban and rural areas. It is that support that is the subject of this consultation and which complements, but does not include, project related funding to individual VCS groups provided through central or local government for the delivery of services.