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Dormant Accounts Fund – Weekly Update

November 22, 2019

We’re now half-way through our consultation on the Dormant Accounts Fund and are continuing to hear a wide range of views from people and organisations across Northern Ireland.

We promised to share what we’re hearing as we go along, not just at our events and roundtable discussions but via email, on the phone and in conversation. Being as open and transparent as we can is the best way to hear all the great ideas out there and make sure we this money has the biggest impact possible.

Below is a quick summary of what we’ve heard over the last week or so and what we’re planning to do in the coming weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Most of the queries we have received have been about our consultation events but we also got some other questions.

People have been asking about the closing date of the consultation which we have said is the end of December.

Our office is closed from Christmas Eve but people can still submit responses and ideas up until early January. However, our last external events will be 18th December 2019.

We’re hearing questions about how this funding can support specific projects.

At this point we are still open to how the sector can define and interpret the guidelines set out by the Department of Finance – namely increase capacity, grow resilience and encourage sustainability.

We have updated our website with a new FAQs section which should help.

As well as this, we’re planning a series of blogs on some of the issues arising from the consultation. If there is a theme or idea you’d like more detail or background on, get in touch.

Events

This week we held events in Lisburn, Newry and Inner South Belfast.

We have a busy week ahead with discussions and events all over Northern Ireland.

Our next main consultation event will be in Enniskillen at the Killyhevlin Hotel on Wednesday 27th at 09:30.

As well as this, we’re hosting roundtable discussions with Social Enterprise NI, The IFA, Disability Action, Rural Community Network and in Strabane alongside Derry and Strabane District Council.

A lot of our events are at or near capacity but there are still some places available for our event in Derry at the Guildhall on 12th December.

We know that while we want Dormant Accounts funding to meet the needs of a diverse sector, it cannot be all things to all people. So with that in mind we want to know what are the two or three main things Dormant Accounts funding could do that would have the greatest impact?

And if Dormant Account funding achieved its aims of increased resilience, capacity and sustainability, what would the third sector look like in five years’ time?

We would love to hear your feedback on these questions and those outlined in the consultation framework. Here’s how you can get involved:

  • Come along to one of our events – To book a place, email us at least one week before your preferred event. Please let us know if you have any specific access or dietary requirements. We still have space at the following events:
    • Enniskillen, Killyhevlin Hotel – 27thNovember – 9.30-1.30
    • Craigavon, Civic Centre – 2ndDecember – 12.30-4.30
    • Derry-Londonderry, Guildhall – 12thDecember – 9.30-1.30
  • If you want to bring people from your area or sector together then you can organise a roundtable event. Please let us know, and we can come along to facilitate this.

Get in touch if you’d like to attend or get involved.

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