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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.

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

FREE Google Digital Garage Workshops!

22 January 2020

Skainos & Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd are delighted to announce a new partnership with Google Digital Garage, provide a FREE workshop on 19 February 2020. Whether you want to grow your confidence, career or business, Google Digital Garage provides free training and 1:1 support to help you. Google Digital Garage will be joining us at […]

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International Year of the Nurse & Midwife 2020

20 January 2020

2020 is the first ever global Year of the Nurse and Midwife.  And 2020 is also Florence Nightingale’s bicentennial year, designated by World Health Organisation.  Nurses and midwives make up the largest numbers of the NHS workforce.  They are highly skilled, multi-faceted professionals from a host of backgrounds that represent our diverse communities. 2020 is […]

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#TimesAreChanging NOW!

10 January 2020

You might have heard that we have changed our volunteer opportunities search system through social media or our recent newsletters. This is now a reality – our new platform is powered by Be Collective and has been launched on Volunteer Now’s website. If you’ve already completed the registration process, you can now share your volunteer […]

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Leadership and Good Governance Awards 2020

3 January 2020

A New Year and a perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the many Trustees in Northern Ireland who give their time freely to ensure that good governance and leadership is essential for local charities to be effective, accountable and sustainable. The Leadership and Good Governance Awards, organised by VSB Foundation in partnership with CO3 and […]

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