Share your views – and help the Commission better engage with you

The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is calling for your views on how it can better encourage and support individuals and organisations in engaging with the Commission.

On Tuesday 6 May 2014, the Commission launched a consultation on the Participation strategy, a draft plan on how the Commission will engage and consult with stakeholders.

The consultation, which will run for eight weeks, will provide an opportunity for stakeholders to share their views on the strategy, as well provide feedback on how the Commission can improve their consultation and participation methods.

Frances McCandless, Commission Chief Executive, explained: "Engaging with all our stakeholders, be that the general public, charities, businesses, schools or funders, is an important part of our work, helping us to gain valuable feedback on our processes and policies.

"That is why we have developed a Participation strategy to look at how we can optimise our engagement and consultation activities, and we are now calling on our stakeholders to share their views.

"We hope, by consulting in this way, we will gain an understanding of what engagement activities have and haven’t worked in the past, as well as how we can improve our consultation processes for the future."

Over the past two years, the Commission has undertaken three major public consultations, including seeking views on draft versions of the public benefit and registration guidance, the interim reporting programme for registered charities and the Commission’s equality scheme and action plan.

The three consultations, which together received over 160 individual responses, included 17 events at venues across Northern Ireland, attended by more than 700 individuals from a range of businesses, charities and other organisations.

More public consultations are also planned for the future, including a consultation, expected later this year, in conjunction with the Department for Social Development on the full accounting and reporting regulations for registered charities.

Ms McCandless concluded: "It is important that our stakeholders, including those who have and those who have not engaged with us in the past, take some time to read our draft participation strategy and let us know what they think.

"All feedback we receive is valuable and this consultation is no different; by sharing your comments you are helping us to ensure we are offering the right opportunities and processes for everyone to have their say."

All consultation material, including the draft participation strategy and details on how you can take part in the consultation, will be available on the Current consultations section of the Commission's website from 6 May 2014.

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For more information please contact Shirley Kernan, Charity Commission for Northern Ireland Communications Officer, on telephone: 028 3832 0169 or email shirley.kernan@charitycommissionni.org.uk

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