Charities facing toughest times
Sector feeling the lack of government and brexit uncertainty, says co3 chief nora smith
NORTHERN Ireland’s charities are facing into their toughest period in living memory, according to the leader of an organisation for the sector.
Nora Smith, chief executive of CO3, which represents third sector leaders, was speaking at the launch of its annual awards. Ms Smith said: “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.
“Sadly some member organisations have had to close their doors, others are clinging on by their fingertips. In this context the achievements that have been made are even more remarkable.”
Entries for the awards are now open at www.co3.bz.
From left: Nora Smith, CEO of CO3; David Lane, managing director of awards sponsors Ecclesiastical Insurance, and event chair Wendy Austin