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CO3 Members' Day 2014

CO3 Members' Day 2014
Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 14:00 to 18:00
The MAC, 10 Exchange Street West, Belfast, BT1 2NJ

We would be delighted if you could join us at our upcoming Members' Day on 29 May at The MAC, Belfast. We have organised an exciting line up, including a diverse range of Clinics and Workshops being provided by CO3’s Corporate Members.

In order to tailor the day to meet your specific needs, we would be grateful if you would select the Workshops and/or Clinics that you would like to attend.

Please note that online booking for this event is now closed. If you would like to attend Members' Day, please email sarah@co3.bz

Photographs from Member's Day 2013 can be viewed online by clicking here.
We look forward to seeing you on 29 May,
The CO3 Team

P.S. Don't forget to send us a Tweet! Follow us on @co3updates and use #co3memday Twitter bird

When: May 29th, 2014 2:00pm through 6:00pm
Location: The MAC, 10 Exchange Street West, Belfast, BT1 2NJ
Contact: Tel. 028 9024 5356 or Email: sarah@co3.bz


2.00pm Registration
2.30pm Welcome and Introduction
2.45pm "It's a Zoo out There!" with Una McSorley
3.05pm Clinics and Workshops
5.05pm Relaxation Session with Ricky Sloan, Carecall
5.30pm Drinks and Entertainment
5.55pm Closing remarks

Member's Day 2014 is kindly sponsored by Edwards & Co. Solicitors and Cunningham Coates Stockbrokers

Edwards & Co SolicitorsCunningham Coates Stockbrokers


Clinics and Workshops


1. Property Matters with Edwards & Co. - Fully booked!
2. New Business Start-ups with Edwards & Co.
3. Wills & Trusts with Edwards & Co.
4. “Makers, Doers and Savers” with Cunningham Coats Stockbrokers
5. Unravelling the World of Psychometrics with Forde May Consulting - Fully booked!
6. Understand your Pension with HMWM - Fully booked!
7. Career Coaching and Advice with Ecclesiastical Insurance - Fully booked!
8. 'Mini Treatments' with Libra Massage Therapies - Fully booked!
9. The Emotionally Intelligent Leader with McStravick I Ltd - Fully booked!
10. Investing Today for a Brighter Future with Quilter Cheviot


1. Managing your Reputation for Success with Gilpin ESD
2. Is LinkedIn a Mystery? with Hays Recruitment
3. Presenting Voice with Happenstance Theatre Company
4. From Seed to Plate with Hastings Hotels Group
5. An Overview of Google Analytics with Fluent Technology


1. Property Matters with Edwards & Co.
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Partner Teresa Curran has a wealth of experience in property matters and will be available (assisted by solicitor Catherine Cooney) to offer advice and answer your questions on issues including the sale/ purchase of property; leases – both domestic and commercial; landlord/ tenant queries and questions concerning business premises.

2. New Business Start-ups with Edwards & Co.
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Partner Dennis Hamill and senior solicitor Julie Leonard will be available to answer your queries regarding new business start-ups – issues such as limited company or partnership; employment of staff and the legislation around that; complying with EC Regulations among others.

3. Wills & Trusts with Edwards & Co.
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Senior solicitor Cathy Warnock specialises in advising clients on managing their affairs including making a will, preparing an enduring power of attorney (EPOA) and other issues such as Trusts and property planning.

Edwards & Co. Solicitors is a progressive firm that combines practical advice with a sensitive personal approach.

For nearly 50 years, we have been providing high-quality legal support to clients across Northern Ireland, maintaining a professional service that treats every client as an individual.
Located at Hill Street in the Cathedral Quarter, we are at the heart of Belfast with easy access to the Tribunal Building, the Royal Courts of Justice and the Laganside Court Complex.
We pride ourselves on our unrivalled commitment to clients’ needs. Over the years we have recovered millions of pounds in damages for people who have been injured at work, in road traffic accidents and in their every day lives; we have been at the forefront of ground-breaking litigation and judicial reviews; we have acted for large trade unions and professional bodies in vigorously pursuing their members' cases to achieve excellent results. We have extensive experience in dealing with noise-induced hearing loss claims. Our team covers the full spectrum of legal services, providing individuals, small businesses and charities with practical advice to resolve their problems.

Edwards & Co is delighted to be sponsoring CO3’s Members’ day for the second year and we’re looking forward to another successful event’.

4. 'Makers, Doers and Savers' with Cunningham Coates Stockbrokers
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The Chancellor, George Osborne, recently focused his Budget on rewarding ‘Makers, Doers and Savers’. What impact on investments does this have on you personally and how can you maximise the rewards?

Cunningham Coates Stockbrokers provide investment management services to a wide range of private clients, trusts, corporates and charities on both discretionary and non-discretionary basis. Wayne joined Cunningham Coates Stockbrokers in 2001, being appointed a Director in 2012 and Partner in 2013. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and assumed the appointment of President of the NI Branch in 2013. Wayne also holds a Masters in Finance (MSc) from Queens University of Belfast; a degree in Business Administration (Hons); level 6 diploma (degree equivalent) in Securities & Investment as well as a level 6 diploma in Leadership & Management.

5. Unravelling the World of Psychometrics with Forde May Consulting
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The Clinic would give individual members an opportunity to learn more about Psychometric Tools, the various types, when to use them and what are the benefits. If attendees would like to (optional) they could via email complete a questionnaire in advance and have the results fed back to them.

Forde May Consulting Limited is a Recruitment Consultancy which specialises in senior level posts. We have a particular interest in the Third Sector where we have recruited a number of Chief Executives for organisations with different missions and of different sizes. As well as finding candidates through advertising and headhunting, we assess their skills against requirements through competency based interviewing and psychometric assessment.

6. Understand your Pension with HMWM
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Perhaps you have accumulated several pensions during the course of your career or maybe you have a single pension. Either way, what do you really know about your pension fund?
Do you pay attention to the paperwork that appears through your letterbox several times a year, or do you file it under “will look at later” but then never do!
HMWM can help you find out if your pension Is working as hard as it should be, what it will actually mean for you in retirement and whether you can or should make any changes.
Come along and have an initial chat with our advisors Nigel & Ewan – feel free to bring along any pensions paperwork for us to look at.

HMWM is a sister company of Harbinson Mulholland Chartered Accountants and specialist advisers to the charity sector. We have formed a partnership with Johnston Campbell Ltd, who are regulated and authorised by the Financial Services Authority, to allow us to offer additional specialist financial planning services to clients.
In addition to retirement and pension planning, HMWM also offer a full range of financial services and we would be delighted to talk to you about any aspect of your personal financial planning on the day.

7. Career Coaching and Advice with Ecclesiastical Insurance
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1 to 1 coaching session specifically tailored to help you to develop clearly defined career goals and explore options to fulfill your potential. Barbara Owen is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Personnel and Development (Chartered MCIPD) and holds a Masters in Human Resource Management (MA HRM) from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. She has 20 years’ experience in working with chief executives and senior management teams to optimise personal and business performance.

Ecclesiastical Insurance provides insurance and services for individuals, families, groups and organisations that care about their communities and the environments in which they live and work. We specialise in churches, charities, education and heritage properties. We are also a company that donates a significant proportion of our profits to charity.

8. 'Mini Treatments' with Libra Massage Therapies
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Working on both feet with Almond Oil, this holistic healing treatment creates a deep relaxation response, relieves stress and releases the body’s own natural healing. Using small pressure massage movements on the feet, reflexology can help with stress, tension, pain, headaches, PMT, ME, insomnia and much more. This mini treatment can work on key pressure points related to work place.

Indian Head Massage

A therapy of an ancient tradition in India going back some 5000 years and practiced as part of Ayurveda Medicine. Massaging the upper back, shoulders, neck, head and face, the benefits are many including reduction in stress and anxiety from everyday living, pain relief, revitalising the whole person by releasing energy and rebalancing energy flow. To maintain dignity and respect, this seated mini treatment carried out over clothes without the use of oil.

Seated Back Massage

Sitting on an on-site massage chair, the whole of the back and back of the head can be massaged with firm pressure. Carried out over clothes without the use of oil, tightness and tensions in the back caused by posture, tension or old injuries can be reduced through a deep tissue massage. To sit astride the chair it is advisable to wear trousers or a loose flowing skirt.

Aromatherapy Massage

Combining a personal blend of essentials and massage, Aromatherapy Massage is the most relaxing way to benefit from the special healing properties of essential oils. Following a quick consultation, a blend of oils to meet individual needs will be the focus of this treatment. Massage of the hand and lower arm can be soothing and very relaxing so clothing that has short sleeves or sleeves that can be rolled up above the elbow will need to be worn.

Libra Massage Therapies offers the opportunity to introduce holistic therapies into the working environment in a safe, professional and confidential manner with a fully insured, qualified and experienced therapist. The following treatments would be carried out over 15 minute sessions.

9. The Emotionally Intelligent Leader
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This clinic identifies why being emotionally intelligent helps create a more effective leader. It helps people to identify their strengths in Emotional Intelligence and acknowledges each individual as a strong leader in their own right. There are no weaknesses – only areas people CHOOSE to improve or strengthen. Individuals leave with a step by step process on becoming a more Emotionally Intelligent Leader.

McStravick I Ltd is a Leadership and Coach Training Institute. We are a Social Enterprise working in and for the heart of metropolitan Belfast and we have Coach Programmes delivered Ireland wide. We create leaders in all fields and industries through our diverse coaching programmes. We intend to bring Coaching to everyone as we are all leaders of our lives! Leah Mc Stravick is CEO of McStravick I Ltd.

10. Investing Today for a Brighter Future with Quilter Cheviot
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We can help you to start working towards your investment goals with the balance of risk and return that is right for you. Chris Taggart is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment and holds a Masters degree in Economic Science from the University of Aberdeen.

Quilter Cheviot is a specialist in investment management with heritage dating back to 1771. We focus on managing bespoke investment portfolios for private clients, charities, trusts and pension funds. Our investment managers are committed to building long-term relationships established on a foundation of exemplary personal service and investment expertise.


1. Managing your Reputation for Success with Gilpin ESD
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Are you managing your personal brand or allowing others to dictate its path? Your leadership reputation is a highly valuable asset and should be proactively built upon for corporate and personal career success. This workshop will support you in becoming more self-aware of the Internal and External factors that can impact on your reputation and what you can pro-actively do to strengthen your personal brand, employability and provide stronger organisational leadership.

Gilpin ESD is an Executive Search & Selection consultancy specialising in appointing Board Members, Non Executives, and senior executives across all sectors. With over 30 years’ experience gained in a voluntary capacity, at non-executive level and as Management Consultants across an extensive range of Profit, Public and CO3 sector organisations. In addition, as a member of the Global Talent Mobility firm – LHH - we support organisation’s committed to developing best talent and becoming employers of choice through Career Transition, Leadership Development, Employee Engagement and Change Management Solutions.

2. Is LinkedIn a Mystery? with Hays Recruitment
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Find out how to present yourself effectively on LinkedIn and how to use LinkedIn correctly to gain valuable information and make lasting contacts in your market.

Hays Specialist Recruitment are an internationally recognised specialist recruitment agency. We specialise in Public Sector/ 3rd sector recruitment. In Northern Ireland we have 3 Offices in key locations including Belfast, Londonderry and Portadown. We have over 50 consultants who each have a specialist area of recruitment and we offer consultative recruitment support in Finance, HR , Marketing , IT, Legal and Office Support.

3. Presenting Voice with Happenstance Theatre Company
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Research suggests that 38% of the impact of a presentation is attributable to the vocal skills of the presenter and yet little time is spent on developing those skills. This workshop offers an introduction to the voicework used by actors, which can be used to add sparkle and confidence to presentations within the world beyond theatre.

Happenstance Theatre Company was formed in 2008. Their most recent production was The Boat Factory by Dan Gordon which last year toured nationally and internationally for 4 months, including at 5 week run off-Broadway. The company is actively involved in educational projects and the delivery of corporate training programmes.Opening Session (no need to book).

4. From Seed to Plate with Hastings Hotels Group
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With the recent upsurge in growing your own, discover that you don’t even need a garden to do so. Sowing and growing in containers is easy and fresh herbs and salad leaves are just jammed packed with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. We will show you how easy it is to grow some of your own.

Hastings Hotels, are Northern Ireland’s largest independent hotel group. We own, the Europa, Stormont, Culloden Estate & Spa, Ballygally Castle, Everglades and Slieve Donard Resort & Spa. Our core business is local, national and international leisure and business tourism and we aim to provide the finest in Irish hospitality. Hastings Hotels have always supported local food producers and are constantly reflecting this in our menus with seasonal produce.

5. An Overview of Google Analytics with Fluent Technology
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Google Analytics is an invaluable tool for any organisation wishing to see who is visiting their website. Not only does it let you see how many people have visited your site, but importantly it also lets you see how long they spend, how many leave immediately, and where they are geographically located. It also gives you valuable insight in to how people are “finding” your site, what searches they are entering and how high you appear in the search results. More and more 3rd sector organisations are relying on increased funding and higher service user numbers. A lot of this is driven initially from the organisation’s web site. Many 3rd sector organisations relying on volunteer support would also rely on their website for attracting interested candidates.

This workshop will give you an overview as to the benefits you can derive from Google Analytics and how you can use it to gain a better understanding of how to use your website for the benefit of your organisation.

Fluent Technology is a local software company specialising in solutions for organisations within the 3rd Sector.  We work with local organisations such as Volunteer Now, Extern, NIGALA, Northern Ireland Tourist Board and others, providing software to help you manage your case workload. Flexi-Case provides you with a secure ISO27001 database to store your service-user details, it gives you information at your fingertips on your caseload history and allows you to make informed decisions on how your delivering on your CORE objectives.  If you are in the business of funding, we can help you give more. Flexi-Grant is for organisations providing grant funding; all you need to run the software is access to the internet. With online applications (where your applicants can complete your application forms and submit them with the click of a mouse), assessment, award and payments, it really is grant management made easy.

It’s a Zoo Out There: A guide to better communication in the workplace
Opening Session (no need to book)

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In this humourous presentation perfect for leaders at all levels Una shares her guide to better communication in the workplace. She will explain how you can become a more effective communicator and ultimately leader, by recognising the variety of communication styles used by the animals in your zoo and adapting your strategy accordingly.
Funny but true, different personality traits resemble different animals at the zoo. When you understand your team’s various traits and communication styles, you can adapt the way you communicate and as a result:

  • Inspire your people to do their best work
  • Improve alignment, teamwork, productivity
  • Become a better leader

Una provides advice and guidance to senior executives within the public, private and voluntary sector. Her expertise is in complex communications issues, skills development and integrated media campaigns. She has also built a reputation for excellence in the field of career transition coaching, and is an accredited career coach and member of the Association of Coaching. An award winning communication and training consultant, Una is the only Approved Trainer with the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in Ireland and was awarded a Fellowship with the CIPR for her outstanding contribution to CIPR and the public relations industry. She founded Marcomm and has watched it grow into a leading learning and development consultancy.

Stress Management & Relaxation Session
Closing Session (no need to book)

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Managing your personal stress levels and the stress of your staff is of vital importance in the modern workplace. There is a strong association between poor corporate stress management and instances of mental and physical ill-health. The Health & Safety Executive have linked one third of all new instances of ill-health to work related stress – (HSE, Mar 2013). This is particularly disturbing when the introduction of some very simple stress management actions can make a significant difference to the health & wellbeing of your workforce.

This short 15 minute session will cover the following learning objectives:

  • What is stress?
  • Knowledge of how your mind works & how you can positively manipulate it to bring about positive stress relieving benefits.
  • Finishing with a 8 minute (hypnotherapy) relaxation session and a ‘Tips for Managing Stress’ hand-out.

This session will be delivered by Ricky Sloane. Ricky currently works for Carecall and he has delivered corporate training to an extensive range of public, private and voluntary organisations over the past decade. He has facilitated a range of programmes from postgraduate university modules to community based projects and has gained a depth of reflected experience working in specialised fields such as NLP, Stress Management, Calming & Defusing Difficult Situations, and Mental Health Awareness.