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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 

Charity Fraud Awareness Week (18-22 October 2021)

DTNI - Support Network for Social Entrepreneurs

Mediation Northern Ireland

Optimal Events

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 nichola@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.

Office Space

A member is looking for new office space and would like to hear from forward-thinking organisations that know of modern office spaces that can accommodate hot-desking and a separate breakout area for staff meetings.

Boardroom Rental

Please get in touch if you hire out Boardroom space that is capable of hosting both virtual and face to face attendees. Good internet quality is essential and will need to be available in the evening of 1 November from 5pm - 7pm. 

Guidance for Minibus use

A member would be interested to hear from you if your trust-commissioned bus service is still operating on a restricted capacity despite fully vaccinated passangers.

Sage HR (formerly CakeHR)

A member is rolling out Sage HR and would like the opportunity to speak with someone who has used/currently uses this product.

Returning to Office 

We would be interested to hear from any members who are considering returning to the office. We would like to hear from you if you can provide information on any of the following:-

  • Timescale of returning to the office

  • Reviewed policies for returning to the office

  • Home Working Policy

  • Relevant Proforma's

Charity Fraud Awareness Week (18-22 October 2021) 

Charity Fraud Awareness Week kicks off on 18 October 2021 with a series of virtual events for your Charity/NGO/Not-for-profit.

There are many ways in which you can protect yourself and your organisation from fraud and criminals trying to exploit the current global crisis. Take action to #StopCharityFraud and keep your money, people and data safe. 

If you are wondering how to get involved with Charity Fraud Awareness Week (18-22 Oct 2021) then look no further with the ideas and events that the Fraud Advisory Panel has put together on their website.

Download our handy article here to find out how to get involved! There are many events to book yourself onto as well as steps to take to protect your organisation from fraud. 


DTNI - Support Network for Social Entrepreneurs 

Until March 2022, SuNSE will be delivering training, workshops and networking events to help those just starting their social enterprise journey, as well as existing businesses that require extra development support. This is for those living in the Lisburn & Castlereagh council area only.

There are various topics covered throughout the project that range from choosing the right legal structure and asset management to communication. You will receive one-to-one specialised mentoring to help bring a product or new service idea to market. 

To find out more about this exciting programme and how to apply, please click here

SuNSE is jointly funded by LCCC and the EU Interreg North West Europe programme. DTNI has been contracted to deliver the programme.

Download the flyers below that includes some dates for your diary.

SuNSE Flyer

Dates for your diary

You may also book a place on their green economy event here and their digital economy event here.

Mediation Northern Ireland 

Mediation Northern Ireland is offering a limited number of free mediations to people or organisations affected by changes to their working situation as a result of Covid-19.

This may include, but is not limited to:

• Changes to working practices

• Changes to working relations

• Difficulties experienced in return to work (or planning for)

If you or your organisation are facing a difficult situation and would like to find out if mediation could help resolve it, please contact us.

How to access this support

Email robert@mediationnorthernireland.org briefly outlining the situation and a member of our team will be in contact with you to discuss whether mediation may be suitable.

Optimal Events


The OPTIMAL business support programme webinar series by @ANBorough is available to book online now at:


10 November: Accessing finance


Click here to read more about the events provided by one of our member organisations and to book.

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 Executive Office has an Interchange opportunity for a Marketing and Communications Officer, based at Castle Buildings, Stormont Estate, Belfast and remotely (Candidates will be permitted to work from home in line with COVID-19 regulations) - Ref: I/C 80/21. The deadline is Friday 22 October 2021
  • Business Services Organisation (HSCNI) has an Interchange opportunity for a Senior Consultant at the HSC Leadership Centre, based at The Beeches, 12 Hampton Manor Drive, Belfast (Ref: I/C 81/21).  The closing date is Friday 22 October 2021
  • The Local Government Staff Commission has an Interchange opportunity for a part-time Accounting and Dissolution Officer, based at Commission House, Gordon Street, Belfast (with home working facility (Ref: I/C 82/20) and which closes on Wednesday 20 October 2021