Independent Member to the Agricultural Wages Board

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) is initiating a Public Appointment for an Independent Member to the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB).  Any appointment from this competition will be made by a Minister. AWB is a DAERA Executive Non-Departmental Public Body (NDBP) set up under the powers of the Agriculture Wages (Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 1977.  If appointed, the successful applicant will help influence the employment conditions for agricultural workers throughout Northern Ireland.

The AWB is a statutory body which sets minimum wages, and certain other employment rights, such as holiday entitlement, for agricultural workers in Northern Ireland.  Further information about the organisation can be obtained from the DAERA website at Continue reading

Recruitment for Registration and Fitness to Practise Chairs and Committee Members

NISCC is recruiting for three Lay Chairs and six Social Care Members (five social workers and one social care worker) to join our registration and Fitness to Practise Committees.

For all of these roles, you will need to be able to understand, evaluate and form judgements about complex information to make fair decisions. You must be able to work well in a team and communicate your views clearly and concisely. NISCC will provide you with training in the Rules and processes you must apply in each of these Committees. Appointments will be dependent on you successfully completing the training.

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Abbeyfield & Wesley Seeks Volunteer Board Members

Abbeyfield & Wesley is a charity and housing association providing a range of housing and support for older people, including sheltered schemes, supported housing and residential dementia care.

The Abbeyfield movement is celebrating its 60th anniversary and the original ethos is still as relevant today as it was in 1956:

  • Older people have an important role to play amongst their families, friends and in their community;
  • Overcoming loneliness and insecurity can make all the difference to an older person’s well-being and quality of life;
  • Local people have an essential part to play in helping older people in their community.

There are three vacancies for voluntary board members. Whilst we are particularly looking for those with knowledge of finance, residential care and the needs of older people, we would also welcome applications from people with knowledge of PR and social media.

This is an exciting time for Abbeyfield & Wesley as we review our provision to ensure that we continue to meet the needs of the growing older population and are already in the process of expanding dementia services.

If you would like further information, role description and Expression of Interest Form please email

Abbeyfield & Wesley, 2 Wesley Court, Carrickfergus, BT38 8HS

Tel : 028 9336 3558   Inland Revenue Registered Charity Number – XN60438

Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition


Are you interested in playing an important role in building a united and shared community?

The Stormont House Agreement (SHA) commits to establishing a Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition, consisting of 15 individuals, which will report within 18 months of its being established. The establishment of the Commission marks another key milestone in embedding the peace that has been built up over more than a decade and presents a unique opportunity to take a fresh approach to dealing with the complexities of flags, identity, culture and tradition.

The five main Party Leaders wish to appoint 8 members to the Commission on Flags, Identity, Culture and Tradition and invite expressions of interest from a range of sectors across the community. Sectors could include, but are not limited to: Academia, Community, Churches, Local Government, Business, Tourism, Trade Unions, Minority Ethnic Groups and Mediation. The remaining membership will be made up of political appointments. There will be an Independent Chair and Co-Chair which will be identified from the list of nominees.

There will be a commitment of 3 days (6 half days) per month with the expectation that a proportion of the Commission’s work will take place during evenings and weekends.

Additional days may be agreed if necessary. Additional days may also be required for the Chair and Co-Chair roles. Remuneration will be a per diem rate of £300 plus travel and subsistence costs

Location: Belfast with extensive domestic travel to engage with stakeholders across the community

To apply please go to and apply online.

Alternatively, an application pack can be requested by contacting:

HRConnect, PO Box 1089, The Metro Building, 6-9 Donegall Square South, Belfast, BT1 9EW.

Telephone: 0800 1 300 330.


Closing date 12.00noon (UK time) on Friday 15th January 2016

All requests must include your name, address and reference number IRC206222

The material will also be made available, on request, in alternative formats such as Braille, large print, audio etc. All reasonable adjustments will be made to accommodate the needs of applicants with a disability.

Information Booklet Commission FICT