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NICMA are currently looking for new Trustees to continue to help shape future strategy and achieve all missions. We welcome expressions of interest from those in a variety of backgrounds, who may have skills in finance, fundraising, marketing, campaigning or charity law. Although previous experience as a trustee would be useful, this is not a necessary requirement for application.

The trustee role is unpaid, but travel and expenses will be reimbursed.

If you would like to help NICMA achieve its mission, and have a little time and a lot of interest, please request a Trustee Information Pack from Valerie Earney on 9181 1015 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

NICMA – the Childminding Association is a regional charity and membership organisation whose mission is to support and develop quality home based childminding services.

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The Multiplier Effect of Funding Social Bodies

By Tom Ekin, former Lord Mayor of Belfast and business owner of Weavers Court Business Park

The running of economy in NI is a mess. It is worse than the old Banana Republics of South America. Because of the inefficiency of the political processes and the attendant bureaucracy there are many semi government, or "arm's length" bodies, which do good work but which cannot pay their way. They enter into ordinary business transactions with other small local businesses, the goods and services are delivered, the body delivers its service yet the funders do not pay up.

This is the old disease of decent hard working people being uncertain of their futures, of them being put on redundancy notice, where suppliers don't get paid, and the needy in society don't get the service which they have been led to expect. Being a supplier to some of these bodies, I hear that the money due to them is 9 months late in coming, and they don't know when or if it will come.

The recent budget talks about low productivity, in NI it starts with the Government here. Sinn Fein talks about austerity affecting the vulnerable, well how about releasing the funds promised to these bodies where they are working with the people who most need help. That is nothing to do with "Tory Cuts".


Soundtrack to Success

"Soundtrack to Success was one of a number of innovative programs delivered through Training for Women Network's Gateway to Progression Project, funded under the Department for Employment and Learning's Collaboration and Innovation Fund (CIF). The Soundtrack to Success - Just for Girls DJ Course used the medium of modern dance music to seek to re-engage participants with learning whilst at the same time help them build confidence in facing a totally different learning experience. 

Read more: Soundtrack to Success


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