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Viable CS Workplace Preparedness Furlough Document
2 June 2020

Our members Viable CS have prepared this document around "Workplace Preparedness after Furlough" which you may find useful.

Read the Document Here 

1 June 2020

Over the past 10 weeks Social Enterprise NI has lobbied strongly with government officials, MLA’s, Committee for the Economy and Ministers for financial support for the social enterprise sector.  We have challenged the authorities to provide parity in the level of support provided to other business sectors. Support which is much needed and which would assist the sector to deal with immediate core running costs and cashflow concerns.

Millburn Community Association - Covid 19 Update
1 June 2020

At the end of March, when most local groups were closing their doors and activities were shutting down, one local Coleraine organisation sprang into action. The aim of Millburn Community Association when the lockdown began was that no-one in the immediate or surrounding areas would be left in need. Headed up by the tireless Community Development Worker, Billy Ellis, the Association implemented the Millburn Community Taskforce which initially gathered up a pool of willing local volunteers and then developed a series of supports for everyone in the local area. These include:

NI Executive - Economy Minister Diane Dodds announces £40million Hardship Fund
15 May 2020

Social Enterprise NI welcome the announcement of the Launch & Criteria for the Hardship Fund. Economy Minister Diane Dodds has today announced the launch of a £40 million Hardship Fund. This is being made available to all microbusinesses in NI, including social enterprises, comprising one to nine employees and who have not been able to avail of the existing business support schemes. The fund which is offered to those which require financial support due to the impact of COVID-19 will open in the Next 7 Days. 

Young Finance Centre
14 May 2020

The Young Finance Centre is a brand new project that has been commissioned by the Money and Pensions service to support 16-24 year olds in Northern Ireland to manage their money.  

As an advocator of young people, you can refer them to us – for free – so that they can benefit from simple, free advice about their money.

This is a very uncertain time, and we are here to support your students to manage their money, ask questions, and be mindful of their mental health.

The Young Finance Centre is a free, online resource where young people can: