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About Volunteer Now

Volunteer Now is the lead organisation for promoting and supporting volunteering across Northern Ireland.  We build recognition for volunteering and celebrate the contribution volunteers make.  We provide access to opportunities and encourage people to volunteer.  We are a resource for volunteer involving organisations providing support on involving volunteers, governance and safeguarding.

Volunteer Now are also a member of IAVE’s Global Network of Volunteering Leadership.

What We Do

The work of Volunteer Now is diverse and responds to the wide-ranging nature of volunteering in Northern Ireland.  With a legacy stretching back 50 years, we work in partnership with an ever growing number of organisations across the voluntary and community, public and private sectors.

Volunteers: Volunteer Now promotes volunteering to individuals and groups throughout Northern Ireland, providing access to a wide range of opportunities.

Organisations: Volunteer Now supports volunteer involving organisations through the provision of training, promoting their volunteering opportunities, support with Safeguarding, access to useful publications, etc.

Community Projects:  Volunteer Now supports a network of volunteer led older persons groups and forums in Belfast through our capacity building work including: West Belfast 50+ Forum; Greater Shankill Senior Citizens Forum and the G6.  We also have volunteering opportunities with our befriending, driving and social prescribing services.

Events: Over the last number of years our Events Team has been involved in many local and international events that couldn’t happen without volunteers.  These include: the 2012 Olympic Games, Derry/Londonderry City of Culture, World Police and Fire Games, Giro D’Italia, Tall Ships, Gran Fondo, Irish Open Golf Championship as well as the imminent Belfast City Marathon and the 148th Open in Portrush.

Training: We provide a range of courses on volunteer management, safeguarding and youth topics.  We can also provide a Tailored Training option to suit the particular needs of your organisation.

Governance: Need help to improve your governance?  Volunteer Now can provide support.

Youth: We support young people to get involved in volunteering, and support organisations who want to involve young people as volunteers.

Employer Supported Volunteering: Each year we engage almost 1,000 volunteers from many different sectors, who wish to volunteer with support from their employer.

Publications: we have a range of useful publications which organisations are welcome to download.

Click here to view our leaflet.

Latest News

Fermanagh TBUC Social Action Programme

1 March 2021

This video was developed and created by a group of young people from Fermanagh who were engaging in TBUC Social Action Programme, where they have been exploring the topics of identity, prejudice, stereotypes and what community relations is and its relevance today. With talks provided by South Eastern Fermanagh Foundation and NI Education Service around […]

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Safeguarding & DBS Barring

Safeguarding & DBS Barring – What You Need To Know

25 February 2021

Volunteer Organisations Linking Together (VOLT) are free sessions for those who want to focus on a volunteering issue with other like-minded individuals. Join Us! An opportunity to network and share! The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is an important part of safeguarding and safer recruitment but not everyone understands what the service does and the […]

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Programme for Government - Where Does Volunteering Sit?

Programme for Government – Where Does Volunteering Sit?

23 February 2021

VOLT Session: Programme for Government – Where Does Volunteering Sit? Volunteer Organisations Linking Together (VOLT) are free sessions for those who want to focus on a volunteering issue with other like-minded individuals. Join Us! An opportunity to network and share! On 25 January 2021, the Executive launched the public consultation on its Programme for Government […]

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Good Governance Awards 2021 Launch

Good Governance Awards Launch 2021

23 February 2021

Lessons on charity governance through a pandemic The VSB Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 Good Governance Awards for Northern Ireland.  Delivered in partnership with Volunteer Now and CO3. The Good Governance Awards will showcase how good governance and driving social change are essentially interlinked and will provide an opportunity to […]

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