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Friday Conference Workshops

An All-island recovery: Supporting communities North and South.

Join Peter Smyth, Client Executive for Northern Ireland and Anne Graham, Client Executive for Donegal and Connacht as they discuss how Community Finance Ireland stepped up to support their client base during the pandemic and in response has developed a new £10 Million All island Recovery Loan Fund to assist those organisations who require support to recover or to build on new opportunities as we look towards a new ‘normal’.

You will be sent a separate link to the workshop prior to the day. 

If you still need to register for a workshop please contact Nichola - nichola@co3.bz

Workshops are only available to those who have booked a place at the Conference. 


A ‘how to guide’ on getting the best from your financial management reporting?

The 3AM challenge for many charity CEO’s and boards is on raising and managing income.  To do this well there are essential steps and processes every board and CEO should be following.  How confident are you in your financial management reporting?  Do you know your day to day costs and are achieving value for money?  Are you on top of your debtors and creditors?  Do you have a clear reserves policy? How do you manage your financial risks?

In this short session, we will look at good practice in regards to reporting to your trustees, distinguishing the difference between strategic and operational. Focusing on dashboard and cashflow reporting and maintenance.

This inclusive session will provide invaluable insight, tips, and support to CEOs, SMT and Trustees alike.

You will be sent a separate link to the workshop prior to the day. 

If you still need to register for a workshop please contact Nichola - nichola@co3.bz

Workshops are only available to those who have booked a place at the Conference. 


Risk Management Protocols....How to stay out of jail! 

With the introduction of 'Health and Safety Sentencing Guidelines' in 2016 and the recent UK prosecutions of charities for health and safety breaches, charities must be aware of the risks to avoid when trying to be 'health and safety compliant' to avoid significant fines or  possible imprisonment.

The Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 (HSWO) imposes a number of obligations on organisations and "duty holders" (who are usually employers or owners of an organisation or those in control of premises) and sets out the general duties owed to all employees and non-employees, including members of the public, volunteers and visitors. HSWO imposes the same duties on a charity as any other employer both towards employees (if they have them) and non-employees. It is not uncommon for charitable organisations to be operated entirely by unpaid volunteers, but that does not mean they should ignore health and safety. Relevant guidance suggests that it is good practice to give volunteers the same level of protection as employees, just in the same way a duty of care is owed to volunteers as well as employees under the civil law.

The role of a trustee of a charity is to ultimately direct and manage the charity as a whole. They are responsible for the operation of the charity and must show they understand their legal obligations. Due to the nature of their role, they are considered duty holders under the HSWO.

This workshop explores the things you can do to protect yourself and the charity from criminal liability by being compliant with health and safety regulations.

You will be sent a separate link to the workshop prior to the day. 

If you still need to register for a workshop please contact Nichola - nichola@co3.bz

Workshops are only available to those who have booked a place at the Conference. 


This year we will have a bonus workshop available to all delegates after the conference.  We will share a presentation from Donal Laverty, Baker Tilly Mooney Moore:- 

‘Responding, resetting and reinventing – looking beyond hybrid working and managing transformation in a changed world’

This session will be a taster for a future CO3 Event with Donal Laverty facilitating. 

You will receive this through email so keep an eye out for this after the conference.