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CO3's Chief Executive, Nora Smith reacts to the 2021 Budget. 

It is positive that the furlough scheme has been extended to September, which will provide relief to a wide range of charities however CO3 and a wide range of other charities have called for an amendment to the furlough scheme, which would allow vital services to be continued.

Reacting to the news of a £40 million Hardship Fund from the Department for the Economy, Nora Smith, CEO of CO3 said:

“Whilst we welcome news of a Hardship Fund, the devil will be in the detail in terms of whether or not our members can access this. To date most of them have not been able to access any financial relief despite the fact that our sector employs around 45,000 people and contributes £1.5billion to the local economy.

Northern Ireland’s charities face funding crisis

Northern Ireland’s charities and social enterprises have appealed to government and the general public to help them survive with many facing financial meltdown because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Traditional fund-raising has dried up with the closure of charity shops, childcare centres and cafes and the enforced cancellation of sponsored events from marathons to coffee mornings.

Leaders and organisations from across Northern Ireland’s charity and voluntary sector have been recognised for their excellence and success at this year’s CO3 Leadership Awards, delivered in partnership with Ecclesiastical Insurance.

Taking place virtually after they were postponed earlier in the year in March, the awards highlight the talent, innovation and success across Northern Ireland’s charities, voluntary organisations, and social enterprises.

Following CO3's virtual AGM on the 5 November 2020, we are delighted to welcome three new trustees to the CO3 Board. Our board oversee the work that the dedicated CO3 team carry out, they are also active in representing CO3 and contributing to our activities both in public and behind the scenes. 

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