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Members News

CO3 loves to celebrate the impact its members have on their beneficiaries’ lives and to promote their vital work.

Read about some of the excellent projects happening in our network in this week’s Member News.

If you are a CO3 member and have any news you would like to share with the wider CO3 network please email louise@co3.bz for more information.


CO3 - Calls For Help

Levelling Up Fund

Volunteer Now June Offers

"I don't know what to say" - Dealing with workplace taboos - Legal Island

Davy UK

Charity Response Forums

Harkin Summit

Action Trauma - Trauma Summit

Interchange Appointments

CO3- Calls For Help

Our #CallsForHelp service allows members to request help and assistance from our wider network.
If you have any questions or issues you would like to feature in this weeks email, send a 100-word description to louise@co3.bz
All Calls For Help will be handled confidentially.  Permission will be requested before any contact information is shared at any point throughout the help process.
We would like to hear from anyone who has bought Hepa Filters to help mitigate the impact of Covid. If you can let us know how much they cost, the make and where they were sourced.
We would be interested to hear from members who outsource their payroll services. Please send us your suggestions for a member whose provider is up for tender.

We would like to hear from members who have an organisational strategy or action plan that you can share in regard to sustainability, decarbonisation or net zero.

Levelling Up Fund 

Recently the Department for Levelling Up hosted an informal webinar on the Levelling Up Fund Round 2 specifically for those in Northern Ireland.

If you would like to know about the fund or to watch the webinar please click here for the recording.

For more guidance about the fund please click here.

If you have any further questions regarding the Levelling Up Fund that are not covered by published guidance and the FAQ document please contact lufteam@levellingup.gov.uk, please note that departmental officials will not provide advice or guidance on the specific contents of any individual bids.

Volunteer Now June Offers

We are delighted to share some offers from CO3 Members, Volunteer Now. 

Download their special offers for June training here.



"I don't know what to say" - Dealing with workplace taboos - Legal Island 

Legal Island kindly have discounted their “I Don’t Know What to Say” – Dealing with Workplace Taboos event for CO3 Members. In association with CO3 and Carson McDowell, this online event will provide you with information and practical guidance on how to carry out sensitive conversations in your organisation and how to introduce the relevant policies and procedures so that employees feel supported through difficult personal experiences.

This event will also include guidance on the recently introduced Parental Bereavement Leave Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2022 and the Domestic Abuse (Safe Leave) Bill 2022 (awaiting Royal Assent) as well as case law developments for employers in dealing with women’s health and wellbeing, essential for recruiting and retaining top talent in your organisation.

Valerie McConville, Chief Executive @ CO3 will be chairing the event so another great opportunity for our members.

An extremely important event that has been generously subsidised for CO3 Members.

To read the full programme and book the subsidised rate, click here.

Event Details

Date: 09 June 2022 - 9:10am - 4:00pm

Location: Online - Hopin

Standard rate: £260 +VAT

Exclusive CO3 rate: £95 +VAT

Davy UK 

Our Corporate Members, Davy UK have kindly shared an article with CO3 Members about, 'How do we build robust, goals based, portfolios?'. 

Click here for their article.

Davy UK offers investment and financial advice for organisations with the purpose of delivering world-class outcomes for you. 

To find out more about their services please click here


Charity Response Forums 

Our members' Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland has shared information with us about their upcoming Charity Response Forums. 

Join their next round of Charity Response Forums due to kick off on 29 April. 

'These forums are an opportunity to share your most pressing organisational concerns and challenges with a panel of Lloyds Banking Group employees. The forums will give you the headspace to test your thinking and generate different approaches and ideas with our partners at Lloyds Banking Group, who bring with them a range of experience, skills and perspectives (beyond finance!)'

A previous charity attendee described the experience as: " a very useful experience, enabling us to engage purposefully and meaningfully with Lloyds Banking Group staff who collectively brought an impressive and wide-ranging skillset and range of experiences."

How to Sign up

Follow this link to register for a forum https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CRF2022

Harkin Summit 

The 2022 Harkin International Disability Employment Summit has been secured for Belfast. This landmark Summit annually brings together senior international Political and Business leaders, Governments, NGOs, Charities, and disabled professionals to share knowledge, showcase best practice, network and advance the employment of disabled people globally.

Click here for their website.

Trauma Summit

Action Trauma will be having its next Trauma Summit on 13 & 14 June 2022 where they will bring together the world's leading experts in the field of trauma and trauma recovery to present their latest research and understanding of trauma and how it affects individuals, families, and communities.

The Trauma Summit will provide a meaningful space to network, engage, share, and explore the very latest in trauma research.

To learn more about the Trauma Summit and where to book please click here.

Interchange Appointments 

The interchange scheme is a collaborative initiative designed to:

  • promote and encourage an increase in the interchanging of people, information, ideas and good practice between the public, private, voluntary and social economy sectors in Northern Ireland;
  • facilitate the acquisition and application of new knowledge and skills through a business opportunity, and improve mutual understanding and enhance the effectiveness of organisations and individuals taking part in the interchange scheme.

Full details of the post, including salary range, contact for further information and how to apply etc, are included in the associated documents available on the Interchange Website at https://www.interchangeni.org.uk/opportunities.

Current Opportunities

  • The Department of Justice has an Interchange opportunity for a Staff Officer, Operations and Resilience Planning Unit.  The post is based at Castle Buildings, Stormont Estate, Belfast BT4 3SX (Ref: I/C 29/22).  The closing date is Friday 03 June

  • The Department of Justice has an Interchange opportunity for a Deputy Principal, Community Safety Partnership Branch, DoJ.  The post is based at Castle Buildings, Stormont Estate, Belfast BT4 3SX (Ref: I/C 30/22).  The closing date is Monday 06 June.

  • The Executive Office has an Interchange opportunity for an Executive Officer 2, EU Future Relations Division. The post is based at Stormont Castle, Stormont Estate, Belfast (home/hybrid working) - Ref: I/C 31/22).  The closing date is Friday 10 June

  • Newey Mourne and Down DC has an Interchange opportunity for an Safety, Health and Emergency Planning Officer (SHEP) The post is based at Downshire Civic Centre, Downpatrick  or Monaghan Row, Newry - Ref: I/C 32/22.  The closing date is Friday 10 June

  • The Executive Office has an Interchange opportunity for an Staff Officer, Equality, Human Rights and Delivering Social Change Unit. The post is based at Castle Buildings, Stormont Estate, Belfast BT4 3SL - Ref: I/C 34/22.  The closing date is Friday 10 June TEO

HBC/HMC Competition

Public appointment vacancies

Appointment of Members to the Historic Buildings Council and the Historic Monuments Council NI | Department for Communities (communities-ni.gov.uk)

Appointment of Chair to the Board of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive Board

Click here for their flyer