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Member Services - Networking

We want our members to feel inspired, supported and connected through their membership of CO3.  With a membership of over 800 third sector leaders, CO3 is in the perfect position to provide high level networking opportunities, enabling members to establish solid, long-lasting working relationships that will benefit their organisation and its service users.

In 2018-2019 we held 76 networking and training events!  Thanks to all of our Corporate Partners who have hosted and sponsored.

Networking is a key activity that is not only enjoyable, but critical to personal growth and the development of any organisation. Through membership of CO3, you can take advantage of the many complimentary networking opportunities that we have on offer.


    " Through my membership of CO3 I have not only benefited from excellent peer support but have been facilitated to engage with all levels of decision makers in the jurisdiction. The peer support, networking opportunities and facilitated access has supported me in my third sector leadership role.  This support has been particularly important to me during these challenging times for our sector. I would definitely recommend CO3 membership to Chief Executives/Directors working in the Third Sector. "

    Paddy Kelly
    Director, Children's Law Centre


Information Sessions

Our aim is to hold at least two free information sessions per month.

Topics over the past year have covered campaigning, pension auto-enrolment, parental leave and maintaining good health in the workplace.

Keep an eye on your emails from CO3 and our events page to see what's on offer! http://www.co3.bz/co3-events



Annual Members' Lunch

CO3 held its inaugural Members' Day in May 2014. This was an opportunity for Members' to take an afternoon to focus on themselves rather than their Organisations and offered them the opportunity to network, attend workshops and one to one clinics.

In 2017 Members' Day became the Annual Members' Lunch which allowed Members' the opportunity to hear from an inspirational speaker along with networking and a safe space for some well needed time out to focus on themselves. 

Since then our Annual Members' Lunch has grown from strength to strength becoming one of the most highly anticipated events in the CO3 Calendar. All members are encouraged to attend, taking advantage of a special day of training and networking.



Roundtable Events

CO3 have been hosting a series of roundtable discussions under the broad theme of third sector and political leadership.

These events provide an opportunity to have an open and candid conversation on the leadership challenges that we face within society and the respective leadership roles we play within the public and third sector.   

The roundtable will be limited to a maximum of 15 Full CO3 members (i.e. CEO/Director level)  and will operate under Chatham House Rule.

View the Networking Events section of ou website and register your interest in our next roundtable event





Trustee Network for Northern Ireland

We listen to our members’ concerns and understand that the lack of a structured and vibrant network of third sector trustees is to be addressed sooner rather than later.

As a member of CO3, you have complimentary access to our Trustee Network.

Click here to see what we have lined up.


Engagement & Dialogue Dinners with Committee Chairs & Permanent Secretaries