News and events Extern launch VBookNI At Extern, we are always finding innovative ways to share our wealth of knowledge, and the launch of our new VBook this month is proof positive of how we are committed to doing so. This new online resource offers social workers in the Voluntary Sector the opportunity to submit peer-reviewed articles on their specialised areas of work, helping provide greater insight into the challenges and successes they face. The VBook is funded by Strategy for Social Work: Improving and Safeguarding Social Wellbeing, which has responsibility for the strategic direction of social work in Northern Ireland. Academic support for the project has been provided from Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University, while The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) were also involved in developing the project from the beginning. The project has also been assisted by the VBook Steering Group, which consists of representatives from Bryson Charitable Group, The Salvation Army, Barnardo’s, Queen’s University Belfast, Ulster University and NISCC. We hope to see this grow in years to come and help strengthen the case for greater resources being put towards the Voluntary Sector as a whole in order to help it carry out its vital work.