Northern Ireland’s modern day miracle workers to be crowned

Northern Ireland’s charities are currently battling through their toughest time in living memory, according to Nora Smith, Chief Executive of CO3 which represents Third Sector leaders. She was speaking at the launch of CO3 annual awards which celebrates extraordinary achievement by leaders of charities. Award winners will gain a place on a three-day leadership development programme in Sweden, where they can learn from and share with their Swedish peers. 

Ms Smith said: “This has been an extremely testing year for charities. We’re really feeling the lack of government, the uncertainty that Brexit brings, and significantly increasing workloads as funding cuts bite hard. Everyone is feeling it but we’re being squeezed two ways – by increasing demand on our services and less money to provide them. ”

Yet she says that amidst all the gloom, charities are showing remarkable resilience in difficult times, learning from each other and from colleagues all over the world. “Celebrating the success of our best leaders and being inspired by them has never been so important. They are modern day miracle workers,” she said.

Martin Flynn, Director at Open College Network NI said: “OCN NI is pleased to sponsor the “Best Newcomer” Award and to celebrate those people who are new leaders in the sector but who are making an outstanding contribution to their organisation already”

The awards ceremony will take place on March 7 next year at the La Mon House Hotel in Belfast. It will be preceded by CO3’s annual conference which will be on the theme: “How do you make the world a better place?”

Award winners will gain a place on a three-day leadership development programme in Sweden, where they can learn from and share with their Swedish peers. 

There are eight categories to nominate in. Nominations are now open and can be accessed via www.co3.bz

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