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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 

Charity Law and Governance Course

RNID Press Release 

IncredABLE News

Ruffer Investing Guide

Legal Island Webinar

CDHN - Survey Impact Practice

Brain Injury Matters Conference

Techies In Residence

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.




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? 
Removal Company
A member would like to hear if anyone has used a removal company they could recommend to help with an office move in Belfast.
Policies and Procedures 
A member is reviewing their policies and procedures and would be interested to hear from members who have the following:-
  • Code of Conduct - specifically working with people with dementia or other cognitive abilities
  • Professional Boundaries
  • Incident Reporting
  • Safeguarding

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


RNID Press Release 

We are pleased to share with you a press release from our member RNID for Deaf Awareness Week, (3rd – 9th May).

RNID is launching a personalised digital communication card that highlights the importance of individual communication needs.


Click here to read the entire press release. 




IncredABLE’s Social Enterprise Seed Bombs Success!

incredABLEy Made, the new print, production and packaging social enterprise of voluntary organisation incredABLE, is set to make a difference to the planet as well as the lives of the people with autism and/or a learning difficulty they support, with a soon to be launched range of environmentally friendly seedbomb products.

The planet saving project received a welcome boost recently when it came first place in Social Enterprise Northern Ireland's ‘The Pitch’ event winning £600 to get the project off the ground.

“The Pitch” is a Dragons Den type event during which social enterprises “pitch” a new or current business idea to a panel of three dragons. Sharon Donnelly, incredABLE’s Head of Contract and Project Services, gave an passionate three minute pitch on why the project should win at the event last month….and she did it!

The initial funding will go into purchasing the seeds, silicon moulds, compost and clay powder as well as for packaging, marketing costs, labels and postage. The profit made will be reinvested into the enterprise so that the day opportunities and skill programmes currently offered to young people with a learning disability and/or autism in the Southern Trust area can be extended.

Keep up-to-date on the incredABLEy Made team’s progress via: Facebook: www.facebook.com/incredABLEymade

Instagram: www.instagram.com/incredabley_made

Funding Confirmed For New Support Hub Premises in Dungannon

Voluntary organisation incredABLE has been successful in their application for a Community Foundation for Northern Ireland ARN Enabling Growth Fund grant worth £15,000 which will go towards renting new premises in Dungannon for their services.

incredABLE has been creating meaningful social, recreational and educational opportunities for people with a learning/intellectual disability and/or autism in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust area for over 20 years.

The funding will enable the not-for-profit charity to have a base in Dungannon which will be used by their incredABLE Enterprises as well as their Bespoke Individual and Group (BIG) Service.

IncredABLE is keen to offer exciting opportunities to more and more young people with autism and/or a learning disability in the area! If any CO3 member would like to know more about our services, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!


More info on incredABLE Enterprises here: www.incredable.org.uk/incredable-enterprises/

More info on BIG here: www.incredABLE.org,uk/BIG


028 3887 2111

Social Media Channels:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weareincredABLE 

Instagram: www.instagram.com/weareincredable 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/weareincredABLE

Social Enterprise’s Suspended Coffee Scheme Overwhelmed By IncredABLE Customer Generosity

‘A Hug In A Mug’ is the title of the suspended coffee initiative launched earlier this year by the Craigavon based social enterprise Café incredABLE @ South Lake, the flagship #socent café of the voluntary organisation incredABLE.

The initiative began as a way of reaching out to those in need with recipients not only receiving a free hot drink gifted to them by kind café customers, but a message of kindness too. With human contact vastly restricted over the last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this is an alternative way of showing you care.

However, the success of ‘A Hug In A Mug’ has taken everyone by surprise. In the month of March alone, the customers of Café incredABLE @ South Lake donated a staggering ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY SIX hot drinks to the initiative!

The café is keen to emphasis that no explanation is needed when asking for a suspended coffee at the till. Staff do not need to know the reason why a customer would like one and are happy to give a cuppa to any deserving person who requests one.

Café incredABLE @ South Lake, located at the state-of-the-art South Lake Leisure Centre at Craigavon Lakes, is currently open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm for takeaway service. (Sit-in dining will begin again as per government guidance.)

Keep up-to-date with Café incredABLE @ South Lake via:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cafeincredABLEsllc

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cafeincredable_sllc/


Ruffer Investing Guide

Our Corporate Member, Ruffer, has kindly shared their guide to investing for CO3 members. Have a look and download the guide below. 

Investing: a back to basics guide for the charity trustee



Legal Island Webinar 

Come along to our Corporate Members' free webinar for CO3 Members. 

Employment Law at 11

Friday 7 May 2021 (11.00 - 11.45am) with O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors

'Our monthly Employment Law at 11 with Seamus McGranaghan of O'Reilly Stewart Solicitors returns on the 9th April. Since the first webinar was broadcast live in October 2017 we've answered almost 400 complex employment law questions from over 2000 listeners and those listeners have answered over 50 topical poll questions, giving us a series of snapshots of the issues important to HR professionals in Northern Ireland.

In this webinar, Scott and Seamus will discuss your employment law queries, such as vaccines or masks in the workplace, redundancies, working from home – anything you want to know.'

Send your questions in advance to Rolanda@legal-island.com.

Register Now:



CDHN - Survey Impact Practice

Please take some time to complete CDHN's survey as part of a 10-year review of the Inspiring Impact Programme. 

The purpose of the survey is to:

  • Explore the current usage levels and understanding of impact practice in NI
  • Review the impact and learning of the Inspiring Impact programme in NI 
  • Help ensure what CDHN offers as part of Inspiring Impact is needed and relevant
  • Gauge the level of interest in attending a follow up workshop on the future development of impact practice in NI to bring about change

Closes Friday 30 April 

Click here to complete the survey.


Brain Injury Matters Conference

Brain Injury Matters, in conjunction with Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, invite you on;

Monday 10th May 2021for a virtual conference on, “Developing Services for Children living with ABI: Good Practice, Opportunities and Challenges.”

This event will provide health professionals the opportunity to share best practice and learning from those working with children and young people living with acquired brain injury across Northern Ireland.

Please find attached the conference booklet here for a full event programme and list of speakers.

To register for this event, please click on the link below;


Please forward to your colleagues who have a particular interest in the area of children and young people living with ABI.


Techies In Residence

Join The Community Foundation (@CFNIreland) for their Techies in Residence showcase event! Hear from experts how technology is transforming the services we provide, and 7 #TechForGood projects sharing their new initiative idea to change lives.

Pitching for a share of £67,000. Better yet, you get to cast your vote to determine the winner! Register here > https://bit.ly/3a1xOYA

At this event, you will have the opportunity to see and hear about the prototypes that have been developed, the direct impact this will have on beneficiaries and its potential for wider social impact.

You will also have an opportunity to play a grant-making role in deciding which projects receive funding as you cast your vote to determine who receives an Award!



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

  • Environmental Health Officer, based at The Grange, Omagh or Townhall, Enniskillen and also homeworking in line with COVID-19 restrictions. Ref: I/C 29/21 - closes on Wed 19 May 2021.
  • Procurement Manager, SERC, based at Victoria Avenue, Newtownards, BT23 7ED and also homeworking in line with COVID-19 restrictions. Ref: I/C 30/21 - closes on Fri 21 May 2021.
  • Employee Relations & HR Compliance Officer, SERC, based at SERC HR Department, Church Road, Ballynahinch, BT24 8LP. Ref: I/C 31/21 – closes on Fri 21 May 2021.
  • Corporate Service DP, TPDP Scheme – DoJ, based at Queens Court, Upper Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6FD and remotely during the pandemic. Ref: I/C 32/21 – closes on Fri 21 May 2021.