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Members News

CO3 loves to celebrate the impact its members have on their beneficiaries’ lives, and to promote their vital work. 

Read about some of the excellent projects happening in our network in this week’s Member News.

If you are a CO3 member and have any news you would like to share with the wider CO3 network please email jonny@co3.bz for more information.



Members Stories

Ecclesiastical Insurance- #MovementForGoodAwards

Community Foundation for Northern Ireland- Tender opportunity

Cancer Focus NI - Supporting people during COVID-19

Co-Ownership-Office Furniture

ESC Films- Bringing The Outside In

CAN- Leaders Council Podcast

CO3- Members Stories

It has been inspiring to watch how the third sector has responded to the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis.
In the midst of these challenging times we want to share your stories of how you have stood tall to serve those most in need during this crisis.
A huge thank you to all our members who have taken the time to submit their stories about how they are adapting to the current crisis. Their stories have been a great source of encouragement for the CO3 team. We hope you benefit as much as we have.

If you would like to share your stories with our network, click here and in 100-150 words tell us how your organisation has set up new services or changed existing services to protect your local communities. 
Your stories will also help to inform our communication with the media, politicians and government. 
If you have any questions/queries please do not hesitate to contact Nora at nora@co3.bz

Read our latest Member stories >>>

Ecclesiastical Insurance- #MovementForGoodAwards

The £50,000 awards are open to eligible charities registered in the Republic of Ireland and the UK with an income of less than £5million, which support a cause that we know our communities care about: the advancement of education and skills; citizenship or community development; arts, culture or heritage.

The applications for the £50,000 awards opened on Monday 15 June 2020 and will close on Friday 24 July 2020. The successful charities will be announced from Monday 21 September 2020.

All the information about the second phase of the awards can be found at ecclesiastical.com/movementforgood. It’s here that charities can submit their project application. The page also contains an application guide, containing useful information about the assessment criteria and how each application will be scored.

Read the full Press Release>>>

Community Foundation for Northern Ireland- Tender Opportunity

As people, communities and wider society slowly recovers and rebuilds towards the “New Normal” Comic Relief and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland are mindful of the issues that need to be addressed as we move along this recovery journey.

The focus of the programme will be to both recognise and address the issues around social injustice and inequity that have been further unmasked as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions, and how best we can continue to support the generosity of individuals and communities.

Given the Foundation’s desire to deliver the Programme through a Grant + approach, we are seeking to recruit a skilled organisation/or two or more consultants working together.  The appointed organisation/consultants will work alongside Michael Hughes, Head of Building Sustainable Communities in a way that utilises the Comic Relief investment to maximise the contribution of those with the lived experience in the issues, so that they can realise their full potential to change lives, (as individuals and communities), and influence further programme and policy initiatives.  

To find out further information about this opportunity please click here>>>

Cancer Focus NI - Supporting people during COVID-19

Each year, Cancer Focus NI supports 6,000 cancer patients, their families and carers across Northern Ireland.  
Due to COVID-19, We’ve put face-to-face contact on hold but is still providing greatly reduced counselling and family support services to as many vulnerable people as possible via phone, video and Facebook support groups. In the same way, we have also been able to continue our stop smoking service at a reduced level.
We’ve also enhanced our online support for parents so they can encourage their children to adopt healthier lifestyles – www.cancerfocusni.org/parentsupportprogrammes.
“Our hearts go out to people who are trying to cope with the anxiety of coronavirus on top of dealing with a cancer diagnosis and the impact of treatment.
“Sadly cancer has not disappeared. We urge you to be vigilant about the signs and symptoms of cancer and contact your GP if you have concerns.”

Co-Ownership- Office Furniture

Co-Ownership is moving offices and will soon have some good quality office furniture free to a good home.  The furniture includes filing cabinets big and small, pedestals, a variety of desks including larger office desks, small round meeting room tables, some meeting room chairs and canteen style chairs and tables.  We’d love them to be reused by other third sector organisations if possible.  If any of these are of interest please contact ghobson@co-ownership.org in the first instance.  Please note that you would need to be able to remove the furniture (dismantling it if needed) from Murray House in Belfast City Centre and transporting it.  Collection date to be confirmed and will be by appointment only to ensure Covid-19 measures protected and social distancing.  

ESC Films- Bringing The Outside In

Bringing The Outside In is a short film project came about as a response to the Coronavirus lockdown 2020. We wanted to bring the outside world closer to residents in care and residential homes. is a series of short movement and relaxation sessions to help older people look after themselves both physically and emotionally.
View each session online:
There are 14 free sessions – 7 relaxation sessions focusing on mindfulness and 7 movement sessions to help older people cope with the effects of lockdown on their minds and bodies – one for each day of the week!

Access these sessions here>>>