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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

Caring Communities Safe and Well Service

2 August 2021

Over the last year Caring Communities Safe and Well Volunteer Befrienders have continued to support those at risk of loneliness and social isolation by providing Telephone Befriending for older people. Our team of 55 Volunteer Befrienders had to quickly adapt to the changing environment when the Covid-19 crisis hit and they continued to give their […]

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FREE Training Places

29 July 2021

Are you an organisation with an income of less than £250k?  Then we can offer you a free place on the training below, in partnership with Halifax Foundation NI! The New Environment: Volunteers & the Law In the new environment, we will explore legal boundaries and clarify best practice when involving volunteers. Dates:  Wednesday 6 […]

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Congratulations

Congratulations to NIACRO!

29 July 2021

We are delighted to announce that NIACRO successfully renewed their Investing in Volunteers Award! Want to know more? Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is the UK quality standard for all organisations which involve volunteers in their work.  A new IiV standard consisting of 6 Quality Areas was recently launched – you can read all about it […]

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Funding for groups supporting vulnerable people & communities impacted by COVID-19

29 July 2021

As part of Barclays’ COVID-19 Community Aid Package, they launched the 100×100 UK COVID-19 Community Relief Fund – or 100×100 Programme – to get support right into the heart of local communities across the UK to reach those that need it. They invited UK charities to apply for one of 100 donations of £100,000 each, […]

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