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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 

Office Furniture

ACOSVO Mentoring Conference

Volunteer Now 2021 Courses

All-Island Recovery Loan 

CO3 Networking Events - Change to Protocol from September 2021

Managing and Motivating Volunteers

Corporate Member Offer

Charity Law and Governance Course

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.



Donate Button

A member would like assistance with anyone who has used the donate button on social media, particularly Facebook. They need advice/assistance with Facebook Charity verification. 

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 

Human Resource Template

A member is looking for a template specification to seek relevant quotes/proposals to outsource their Human Resource function on a retainer basis.  Any templates and advice would be gratefully received by the member. 

Tender Template - Legal Services 

We would like to hear from our members who might have a template they have used for tendering for Legal Services.

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

Blended Learning

We would like to hear from members who have information on blended learning. A member would like to know what other member organisations' approach is to blended learning now that more places are re-opening. Do you have experience in offering training to attendees in-house and remotely at the same time? 


Office Furniture 

AWARE have some office desks of various sizes that they no longer need. If you are interested in these desks please get in touch - info@co3.bz


ACOSVO Mentoring Conference 

Our counterpart in Scotland, ACOSVO are holding their Mentoring Conference on Tuesday 31 August 2021, 9:30am - 1:30pm. 

This is a cross-sector event aimed at mentors and leaders who have an interest in mentoring. It will provide the chance for individuals to share experiences, learn new techniques & best practice. All sectors are welcome. 

Join your peers for a highly interactive day which will give you the opportunity to network, discuss, share ideas and give space for thinking. 

Click here to read more about the event and to book your place. 

CO3 Members can avail of a discounted ticket price up until 27 August. 

Volunteer Now 2021 Courses

Our members, Volunteer Now have a series of Leadership courses coming up this year. 

Please click here to read more about the courses and how to book.




All-Island Recovery Loan

Community Finance Ireland has announced a £/€10 million All-Island Recovery Loan Fund, its first all-island loan scheme. The fund will offer flexible loans of £10,000-£250,000 (NI) and €10,000 to €500,000 (RoI) to community sector organisations including faith-based groups, sports clubs and social enterprises.

To read all about the All-Island Recovery Loan Fund please click this link.




CO3 Networking Events - Change to Protocol from September 2021

Networking is the foundation of CO3 and we are incredibly proud of all our events. In the last two years, we have held over 100 events, these have ranged from mental wellbeing seminars, finance workshops to strategic planning. We also manage a range of forums too, including HR, Chair, New to Post CEOs. We try to provide as much support to the sector and to be as inclusive as possible, however we are unable to continue to provide free access to our events for non-members.

CO3 membership starts at £60 for the year.
From September 2021, a charge for non-members of £10 to our networking events will be applied.

Please contact our Member Service Manager Suzanne@Co3.bz with any membership queries.


Managing and Motivating Volunteers

Volunteer Now has shared their new online training resource - Managing and Motivating Volunteers. This is a new online method of building volunteer management skills. This unique training will support people and organisations to follow innovative, creative, and good practice ideas when it comes to planning how best to manage and motivate your volunteers.

Click here for the full document and to learn more. 



Corporate Member Offer

Our Corporate Member, Hastings Hotels have kindly shared an offer with us for #CO3Members. This is a fantastic offer for those ready to get back to fundraising events and Gala Dinners.

Please click here to find out more about this offer and who to contact to take advantage of it. 




Charity Law and Governance Course

Please click here to find information about a Queens University Belfast Charity Governance and Law Course.

Thursday 23 September 2021
Thursday 30 September 2021
Thursday 7 October 2021
Thursday 14 October 2021


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

  • Victims and Survivors Service has an Interchange opportunity for a Head of Corporate Services, based Seatem House, 28-32 Alfred Street, Belfast, BT2 8EN (Ref: I/C 52/20) which closes on Friday 06 August 2021
  • The Department of Justice has an Interchange opportunity for a Staff Officer, based in the Department of Justice, Castle Buildings, Stormont Estate, Belfast (Ref: I/C 50/21) which closes on Friday 6th August 2021
  • The NI Assembly has an Interchange opportunity for an Equality & Good Relations Officer, based at Parliament Buildings, Stormont Estate, Belfast (Ref: I/C 54/21) which closes on Friday 20 August 2021