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Minister Sugden launches consultation on proposals to modernise funding model

Justice Minister Claire Sugden today published proposals to modernise the system used to award funding to third sector organisations delivering justice outcomes. 

The Minister said:  “The Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector provides a valuable service to our society.  They bring essential skills and expertise to supporting and delivering a range of programmes which support victims and witnesses of crime, as well as reducing offending. 

Demand For Third Sector Rises Despite Funding Pressures

Ulster Bank and CO3 3rd Sector Index, Q2 2016

  • Almost one-third experience further decline in government funding
  • One-in-four vulnerable to cash-flow issues
  • 65 percent see demand for services increase
  • 23 percent increase headcount

Northern Ireland’s third sector continues to grapple with significant cuts in government funding, the Ulster Bank & CO3 3rd Sector Index reveals today.

EU Referendum Outcome

Dear Members

By this stage you will be aware that the UK has voted to exit from the European Union. There is a great deal of uncertainty and some anxiety at this time as the impact of this decision is yet to be fully understood.

CO3 as the leadership organisation for the Third Sector, will be actively following up with leading decision makers regarding the implications of this change for our sector and we will want to hear your views and concerns also.

CO3 Hold Roundtable with Social Entrepreneur Robert Egger

On Wednesday 15 June, CO3 held a roundtable with social entrepreneur and founder of L.A. Kitchen, Robert Egger.

Held at the East Belfast Network Centre, the roundtable allowed CO3 members to hear from Robert about both the successes and pitfalls of his leadership journey.

Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell is one of the speakers confirmed for this year’s Xchange Summer School which promises to be one of the most diverse and challenging yet.