CO3 Chief Officers 3rd Sector is the membership organisation for third sector leaders in Northern Ireland.  Their mission is to promote excellence in third sector leadership. 

The grant supports the post of Head of Leadership and Development which has enabled a number of projects and events to be run over the last year.  A mentoring programme with 12 Chief Executives from small organisations in the sector has been a huge success.  A number of the mentor/mentee relationships are continuing beyond the programme.  The detailed review of the mentoring programme has led to the organisation including a new Mentoring programme for year 3 of Creating Change.

An ‘Intrigue of Leadership’ Programme was held over four separate days, an intensive non- residential programme for 13 leaders of 3rd sector organisations.  5 bursary places were offered to smaller organisations to encourage those leaders to prioritise taking some time out to reflect on their own leadership. 

CO3 have excelled in their quest for new members in the past year, now with 240 members.  One of the key areas which allowed them to increase their membership was through the Leadership Conference and Awards Ceremony.  These were hugely successful with the awards ceremony and conference places fully booked with over 200 attendees.

Also with year 2 of Creating Change, CO3 produced a comprehensive Toolkit for organisations on Managing Change.  This had been widely disseminated throughout the sector and is being used as a reference documents within the sector.


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