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Voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors

  • Voluntary, community and social enterprise groups

    Belfast has a vibrant and active voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, playing a valuable role in the social, economic and environmental fabric of city life. 

    Following extensive engagement with these sectors, the Community Planning Partnership (CPP) is implementing arrangements to strengthen participation and representation of Belfast’s third sector in community planning. 

  • VCSE Sectoral Advisory Panel

    A sectoral advisory panel has been established. 

    The panel’s aims are:

    • to ensure that the sector’s voices are represented as part of the community planning process
    • to develop and improve cross sectoral relationships and partnerships
    • to promote effective community engagement

    Panel members

    The panel members are listed below. The chairperson is Irene Sherry from Ashton Trust. Vice chair is Jim Girvan from Upper Andersonstown Community Forum. Members were selected following an open call for nominations managed by NICVA.

    Name Organisation
    Irene Sherry (chair) Ashton Trust
    Jim Girvan (vice chair) Upper Andersonstown Community Forum
    Laura Feeney Save the Children
    Joe O’Donnell Belfast Interface Project
    Michael Briggs East Belfast Community Development Agency
    Paula Powell British Red Cross
    Susan Russam GEMS NI
    Jim Bradley Belfast Hills Partnership
    Craig McGuicken NI Environment Link
    Natasha Brennan Lower Ormeau Residents Action Group
    Joan Devlin Belfast Healthy Cities
    David Babington Action Mental Health
    Dearbhla Holohan Include Youth
    Kendall Bousquet Migrant Centre NI
    Christopher Eisenstadt Parenting NI
  • Join the Belfast VCSE citywide network

    The VCSE citywide network has been established to to help anyone with roles in Belfast’s third sector get involved in community planning, and to stay updated through regular online engagement and a programme of events.

    If you work in, or are involved with, the voluntary, community, and social enterprise sector, sign up to join the network to receive regular email updates


Policy and planning

Community planning, Belfast City Hall, Belfast BT1 5GS

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