It’s been four months since we launched our consultation on how Dormant Accounts funding should be delivered in Northern Ireland.
We met organisations – large and small – across the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector to hear how they thought this funding could have the biggest impact in communities across Northern Ireland.
We engaged with over 300 people at four major regional events in Newtownabbey, Craigavon, Derry-Londonderry and Enniskillen. We also hosted, facilitated and took part in 25 smaller roundtable discussions with communities across Belfast, Lisburn, Randalstown, Newry, Cookstown and Strabane.
We made a conscious effort to reach different parts of the sector engaging with people with disabilities, BME communities, rural groups, environmental organisations, sectoral leaders, other funders, the volunteering sector, organisations working with children and families and the arts and sports sectors.
Since October 2019 we’ve had over 700 face to face conversations, talking to people from more than 460 organisations.
We also dealt with over 500 enquiries and received 62 written submissions.
We used social media to tell people about the consultation and reached over 50,000 people on Twitter and 11,000 people on Facebook. Our update blogs were also read by over 1100 people.
We’re now reviewing this information and analysing the responses.
Emerging themes so far include core costs, collaboration, income generation, governance and strategic planning.
As well as this, there are some interesting insights into the overall funding environment, attitudes to long- and short-term funding, and a range of other issues facing individual sectors.
We are pulling together a report of everything we heard and will be sharing this by the end of February.
Our plans for the delivery of the programme will follow later in March.