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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

Month of Community

Month of Community

5 May 2021

What is it? The Month of Community is about creating a focal point in the year to bring people together to reconnect, celebrate what’s local and help bolster the recovery effort with something that touches everyone.  It’s an opportunity to bring our neighbourhoods closer and shine a light on the amazing communities we live in […]

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Air Ambulance NI Receive the Investing in Volunteers Award!

4 May 2021

We are delighted to announce that Air Ambulance NI were awarded the Investing in Volunteers Award on Wednesday 28 April 2021! 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 […]

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Volunteers' Week 2021

Volunteers’ Week 2021 Launched!

4 May 2021

Charities urge everyone to take the time to say thanks to volunteers. With less than one month to go until Volunteers’ Week 2021, taking place 1-7 June, charities around the UK are encouraged to take the time to say thank you to all volunteers. Volunteers’ Week is an annual campaign, entering its 37th year, which […]

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New VOLT Sessions

New VOLT Sessions

4 May 2021

Join Us! An opportunity to network and share! We have arranged a new series of VOLT Sessions, looking at various volunteering topics. May 2021 Vaccines & Enforcement Within Your Volunteer Pool Thursday 13 May 2021  |  2.00pm-3.00pm   June 2021 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Thursday 3 June 2021  |  2.00pm-3.00pm Maintaining The Mental Health […]

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