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As I sit here contemplating how to write a blog (procrastinating really). I find myself reflecting on how we, as human beings, have this wonderful ability to change and adapt.

Here we are a full year into a global pandemic doing things we would have found incomprehensible this time last year.

- Remote working

- Social distancing

- Wearing face coverings

- Hand sanitiser – new best friend

Donal is just over 3 months into his new role, has 16 years working with social enterprises and he pledges social finance solutions for every community across the island of Ireland.

You can read more about Donal in this news feature.

Dónal Traynor pledges social finance solutions for every community across the island of Ireland.

The way we work has changed dramatically in the last eight months, with video conferencing, social distancing measures and face coverings becoming the new norm. These changes have affected us all, but they have presented extra challenges for deaf people and people with hearing loss.

Change comes in many forms, and can affect every part of our lives. We can experience transitions in work and our relationships, as well as our personal lives. Sometimes we know a change will occur and sometimes change happens suddenly and unexpectedly. Many people spend a great deal of effort trying to avoid change, but the situation surrounding COVID-19 has meant we have had to adjust how we spend our day to day lives in order to save the lives of others.

Appointed with the help of CO3's recruitment service, Engage, Northern Ireland National Director of Diabetes UK, Tina McCrossan was barely into post when Covid-19 hit in early 2020.  Here she tells CO3's members about how a focus on planning and communications kept her new team on point.