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Given the importance of the recent Department of Finance Budgetary Outlook 2018-20 Consultation, CO3 has provided a response on behalf of our Members.

You can read the CO3 Response here. 


CO3 Hold Drinks Reception with Marsh to Celebrate 2018 Awards Shortlist

CO3 members shortlisted for the Leadership Awards 2018 celebrated their success so far at a special reception held at Marsh's offices on Thursday 25 January.

The informal gathering provided a networking opportunity for those shortlisted in the annual Leadership Awards programme, with over 50 Third Sector leaders in attendance.

We would like to thank Marsh for hosting the event and wish everyone shortlisted good luck!

For over 10 years the CO3 Mentoring Programme has been enabling members to benefit from the experience and knowledge of their peers, either from within the third sector or from the public and private sectors. So if you are thinking of making a positive change in your working life then why not come along and find out how you can get involved.

CO3 Holds Dinner with the Permanent Secretaries

One of the key benefits of CO3 membership is the opportunity for strategic engagement with a wide range of senior officials and politicians.


On 17 January 2018 we hosted a dinner with three Permanent Secretaries:

Mr Derek Baker
Permanent Secretary, Department of Education

Leo O’Reilly
Permanent Secretary, Department for Communities

Shrinking Third Sector a Potential Significant Concern for NI Economy

Almost 60% of leaders expect third sector to be smaller in three years’ time

Richard Ramsey, chief economist at Ulster Bank, says that with increasing pressures on the health service and a scaling back of public spending, the third sector has a central role to play in delivering key services.