The purpose of the Confederation of Community Groups is to support and encourage the development of voluntary action by communities and individuals and in so doing contribute to the creation of a powerful and inclusive community that will influence positive change.
The Confederation of Community Groups is an umbrella organisation for voluntary and community groups in Northern Ireland in the Newry and Mourne area. It offers advice, practical support, services and training through a number of projects and services. Its work is funded by the District Council, Government Departments as well as a variety of independent bodies. The Confederation’s current annual turnover is in the range £0.5m - £0.75m. It employs 14 people and is managed by a voluntary Management Committee drawn from its Community and Voluntary Group membership.
Finance & Services
This Department serves a dual role in that it provides support to all the projects carried out on behalf of the Confederation of Community Groups and also ensures that best use is made of the premises (Ballybot House & An Stóras). Ballybot House services and facilities are separately highlighted under the Ballybot House Conference facilities web page.
The regular monitoring and updating of Financial Controls helps to ensure that the Confederation of Community Group's financial systems are at the forefront of recognised good practice in the Voluntary and Community sector. The Finance and Services department supports the Confederation of Community Groups projects by helping to identify and secure funding for future programmes and by effectively controlling expenditure ensures that all agreed budgetary controls are adhered to.
The Finance and Services department plays a key role in the Advertising, Recruitment and Development of all personnel in the Confederation. All policies relating to recruitment and work place activities are regularly monitored and updated in line with changes in legislation and member groups requesting advice and information on related matters are kept advised. The Confederation acknowledges that its Human Resources (staff) are its most important asset and, having achieved the Investors in People Award in June 2007, we have successfully retained IIP status in 2014.