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On Thursday 12 May 2022, CO3 had the opportunity to launch their brand new strategic plan for 2022-2025 with Board Members, CO3 Members and individuals from the private sector as well as the Department for Communities. 

As the election results are collated, dissected and analysed, the electorate await an outcome and the political parties consider their options. Whether agreement can be reached in forming an Executive remains to be seen and for many of us the prospect of a further period without a fully functioning Executive is a bleak one.

CO3 Leadership Awards 2022 Shortlist


We were delighted to have our annual CO3 Leadership Awards, sponsored by Smith & Williamson in person at The Europa Hotel Belfast on 24 March 2022. 

Over 250 guests were in attendance and it was amazing to see so many of you for our first in-person ceremony in two years.

Today CO3 Chief Executive Valerie McConville was interviewed by BBC Radio Foyle, BBC Radio Ulster and U105 on the absence of an Executive here in Northern Ireland. Valerie says the lack of an Executive has created a high degree of uncertainty for charities and says many organisations are stretched to their limits. 

NI Executive instability will severely impact the most vulnerable, warns charity sector

Northern Ireland’s charity and voluntary sector has warned the political instability caused by the First Minister’s resignation will have serious consequences for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.