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Recognising the Contribution of Volunteers During Befriending Week

29 October 2020

Befriending Week takes place 1-7 November throughout the UK, raising awareness of befriending and the impact it has on individuals and communities in helping combat feelings of isolation and loneliness.  This year, with the impact of Covid19 and with current restrictions leaving many vulnerable people isolated, the Campaign will be shining the spotlight on services […]

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Assessing Risk When Developing Volunteer Roles

29 October 2020

Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd have scheduled a new course – The New Environment: Assessing Risk When Developing Volunteer Roles.  It will explore why we need to assess risk when developing volunteer roles and how volunteer managers can implement this process within their volunteer programme. Click below to book your place! 4 November 2020  |  10.30am-12.00pm

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The Lucia Quinney Mee BEM Award for Campaigning

29 October 2020

Earlier this year, a few months after her 4th liver transplant and just 4 days before her 21st birthday, Lucia Quinney Mee died.  Even in this immeasurable loss to her family and friends, Lucia’s light and energy continue to inspire and give strength. Lucia was a committed campaigner setting up her own Campaign in 2015: […]

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Volunteering Is Good For Your Health!

28 October 2020

As part of Positive Ageing Month, Raquel & Edel from our Newry office held an online session ‘Volunteering is Good for Your Health!’  They were joined by staff from Rosies Trust and Deafblind NI to discuss local opportunities and why volunteering is good for your health. A recording of the session is below.

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New Series of VOLT Sessions Available!

28 October 2020

Join Us! An opportunity to network and share! We have arranged a new series of VOLT Sessions, looking at various volunteering topics. November 2020 Volunteering Through COVID – A Refresher Tuesday 3 November 2020  |  11am-12pm Sharing Volunteers – Could Volunteer Passports Work? Thursday 12 November 2020  |  11am-12pm Service Opportunities for Young People – […]

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Experience of Volunteering By Adults in Northern Ireland 2019/2020

28 October 2020

The Department of Communities have released their report ‘Experience of Volunteering By Adults in Northern Ireland 2019/20′ (findings from the Continuous Household Survey 2019/20). The bulletin presents analysis on the following topics: Participation in volunteering Types of organisations volunteered with Time spent volunteering Identifying volunteering roles Organisation procedures Benefits experienced as a result of volunteering […]

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Trustees’ Week: 2-6 November

26 October 2020

Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference. Trustees’ Week 2020 runs from 2-6 November.  If you’re a Trustee or thinking of becoming a Trustee then please sign up to some of […]

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Volunteer Wellbeing: What Works and Who Benefits?

22 October 2020

How does volunteering affect our wellbeing? What Works Wellbeing have published a new review, co-published with Spirit of 2012, and in partnership with the Institute of Volunteer Research. Volunteer Wellbeing: What Works and Who Benefits will help groups, clubs, and organisations to design and develop their volunteering programmes with wellbeing in mind.  This briefing summarises the findings […]

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Nomination Assessment Committee Member for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

21 October 2020

Expressions of Interest – Assessment Committee Member for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (Pro Bono, Voluntary Role) A unique opportunity to champion, assess and reward local voluntary work, by becoming an assessment committee member for the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for voluntary groups. We are seeking expressions of interest from […]

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Members Check In & Chat – Safeguarding

16 October 2020

Join Us! An opportunity to network and share! Volunteer Now has organised a Members’ Check In & Chat session. Join us on Thursday 22 October 2020 11am-12pm An informal session, just bring your cuppa!  Tell us about any challenges your organisation is facing – they might be around keeping connected with vulnerable groups, moving services […]

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Congratulations to our own Sandra Adair MBE!

12 October 2020

Sandra Adair, Director of Operations with Volunteer Now and Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.  It is in recognition of her work in relation to volunteer development, management and training. Sandra has worked in the volunteering sector for 32 years and has always been passionate about […]

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Men’s Health Day – 23 October 2020

12 October 2020

Would you like to have a bit of craic, get energized, learn some news skills, pick up tips and have fun?  Join our virtual Men’s Health Day on Friday 23rd October on Zoom.  From Cooking to Bee-keeping and lots more – there’s something for everyone!  (all sessions are free of charge) It’s easy to get involved in […]

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Welcome Barbara & Eva!

9 October 2020

Welcome to our new European Solidarity Corps Volunteers, Barbara and Eva who will be getting involved in a wide range of activities with Volunteer Now…. “My name is Bárbara and I am from Porto, Portugal.  After high school I was lucky to know what I wanted to do and study, and so I got into […]

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Positive Ageing Month 2020

8 October 2020

October is Positive Ageing Month, a month-long festival of events and activities for older people. It celebrates the contribution that older people make to their communities, and no more so than this year! Check out all the great activities happening throughout the month by downloading these Positive Ageing Calendar of Events: Ards & North Down Borough […]

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Just Like Our Bodies – Our Minds Need Care Too

8 October 2020

To highlight World Mental Health Day, Volunteer Now are shining the spotlight on the charity Fresh Light.  We have spoken to a past service-user who was happy to share her very positive experience with them.  Jen was looking for professional counselling services since the NHS waiting list can be long and unpredictable, and private health […]

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Good Morning Carrickfergus

6 October 2020

In celebration of Positive Ageing Month, which celebrates the contribution older people make to their communities, we hear from Elain Rajkumar, Volunteer Co-ordinator about the fantastic work going on at Good Morning Carrickfergus. Good Morning Carrickfergus is a free telephone befriending and alert service for older and vulnerable adults within the Greenisland, Carrickfergus and Whitehead […]

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