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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

Our Safeguarding Courses Are Back!

24 September 2020

We have recently added some of our Safeguarding courses back onto our Courses Scheduled page.   Below is a list of available courses, which are all online: Keeping Children Safe: An Introduction, 29 September 2020, 10am-12.30pm Keeping Children Safe: An Introduction Refresher, 20 October 2020, 11am-1pm Keeping Children & Adults Safe: An Introduction, 18 November 2020, […]

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Expression of Interest for the role of Co-Chair

23 September 2020

A Regional Social Prescribing Development Board is being established by the Health & Social Care Board and the Public Health Agency, which will be co-chaired by the Director of Integrated Care at the HSCB and a senior leader from the Community & Voluntary Sector. Expressions of Interest for the Co-chair role are welcomed from those […]

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COVID Volunteer Response Captured in New Photography Series

23 September 2020

Volunteer Now launches new ‘Ordinary People – Extraordinary Times’ Photographic Series celebrating Northern Ireland’s COVID volunteer heroes Volunteer Now, the lead organisation for promoting and supporting volunteering in Northern Ireland, has launched a new photographic series capturing the work of volunteers across all six counties helping local communities in need throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Supported […]

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Volunteering Together to Enable Change & Create a Better World – Virtual Global Forum Series

22 September 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized how volunteers as agents of change provide the practical action that builds hope and resilience, improves lives and strengthens communities. Although the pandemic has resulted in the postponement of the 26th IAVE World Volunteer Conference to 2021, the conference theme chosen for 2020 of volunteering together to enable change and create a better […]

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