Char­i­ties fac­ing tough­est times

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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

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