Consultation between the Northern Ireland’s voluntary and community sector and the UK government will be stepped up, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire announced today.
Speaking today at an EU Exit event in Belfast organised by the NI Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA), Mr Brokenshire highlighted the enduring contribution of the sector in creating opportunity and healing division over many decades.
Referring to the series of formal meetings with the Northern Ireland business community over recent weeks, the Secretary of State said he would begin engagement on a similar model with organisations from the voluntary sector too.
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland James Brokenshire said:
Today’s event highlighted the diversity, energy and talent of Northern Ireland’s voluntary sector. Organisations here are at the heart of addressing social and economic deprivation, training and employment, social enterprise and building cross-community relations.
By helping to build a stronger society their efforts underpin a sustainable economy. It is vital the voices of voluntary and community groups are heard as we work to deliver the best possible EU exit deal for every part of the UK.
I look forward to continuing the discussion.
Formal meetings with the Secretary of State and his ministerial team and organisations from the voluntary and community sector will be organised in the coming weeks. Further details to follow.