An informal group has been set up to help coordinate and support the work of lobbyists and policy workers in the province. It was formed at a special members' day held by the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action last week.
"Lobbying is all about who you know," said Frances McCandless, director of the policy unit at Nicva. "So this group is about informally sharing knowledge, intelligence and tips."
The assembly makes decisions in a number of fields of interest to the sector, including education, health, housing, the environment and economic development.