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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 jonny@co3.bz for more information.



CO3- Calls For Help

Community Foundation - Fundraising in the Midst of a Crisis

Healthy City Awards 2020

The Fundraising Regulator- Trustee Responsibilities

DFC- Public Appointments

HM Government Public 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 jonny@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.
Submit your Call for Help>>> 

The Community Foundation - Fundraising in the Midst of Crisis

As Covid-19 continues to restrict what was considered normal community interactions and activities, many of our community and voluntary sector groups have seen their annual fundraising plans postponed or indeed shelved. For those groups with facilities to manage, this has placed additional burdens on what are very scarce resources and will require new thinking and methods to secure funding that will allow these facilities and the activities that they host to play a vital role as we build the “New Normal”.

In the midst of this crisis, few community and voluntary sector groups have had the space or indeed the expertise to take time to look at what a new fundraising plan might look like. The Community Foundation is pleased to partner with Clayton Rowe from the Saben Group to offer two “Fundraising in the Midst of Crisis Workshops” that will take groups through a step by step process towards designing a sustainable way forward.

There are two workshops taking place. Tuesday 27th October and Tuesday 3rd November 7- 10pm.  

You can register for the free workshops held via zoom here.

More information can be found in the document here. 

Healthy City Awards 2020 

The Lord Mayor has helped Belfast Healthy Cities to launch the 2020 Healthy Cities Awards with a new range of categories which reflect the current priorities of the WHO Healthy Cities programme. Now in their eighth year, the awards recognise the work undertaken by organisations across Belfast to improve the health and wellbeing of our citizens.

The World Health Organization Healthy Cities Programme has now moved into Phase VII, with new priorities and goals, and this year the Healthy Cities Awards will have a new range of categories to reflect these priorities and to recognise the significant work undertaken by community organisations in response to the Covid Crisis.

Further information on the new 2020 categories is available here. The closing date for entries is Friday 6th November.


The Fundraising Regulator- Trustee Responsibilities

View the Fundraising Regulator’s new webinar which outlines trustees’ fundraising responsibilities as set out in the Code of Fundraising Practice

The webinar is designed to help charity staff, volunteers and trustees understand what the code is, who it applies to, what the code covers and how to use the code, both online and offline. We hope that leaders of smaller charities may find this especially helpful as a resource for training those new to fundraising.

The webinar may be especially useful for people who are considering becoming a charity trustee, or who have been newly appointed as a trustee, as the webinar is a basic introduction to the standards.



HM Government Public Appointments

National Lottery Community Fund - Chair of Northern Ireland Funding Committee

DCMS has launched the public appointment process to appoint a new Chair of the Northern Ireland Committee, who will also sit on the National Lottery Community Fund Board. 

This is an important time for as the NLCF continue to support communities to adapt to and recover from the pandemic, as well as planning for our new funding portfolio for 2021 and beyond and launching a Dormant Accounts Fund for the first time.  The NI Chair will work with the Committee and the Executive team to set the strategic direction for the NI portfolio, as well as contributing to the overall strategic direction of the Fund UK-wide as a member of the Board.

For more information please click here


DFC- Public Appointments

The Department of Communities has launched 3 public appointment competitions:

  • Trustee to the Board of Governors and Members to the Management Committee of Armagh Observatory and Planetarium
  • Chair and Directors to the Board of the Northern Ireland Museums Council
  • Chair, Vice-Chair and Members of the Board of Arts Council of Northern Ireland
All details on these public appointment competitions can be found with the Department of Communities.  Visit their website by clicking here>>>