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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

Men’s Volunteer Activity Day – 29 Oct 2021

27 September 2021

Volunteer Now is planning a variety of Men’s Volunteer Activity Day’s between August 2021 – March 2022 Our next activity day will be on 29th October 2021 at St Joseph’s Church (9 Princes Dock St, Belfast BT1 3AA) where we will be helping with a Tidy up.  We will meet at the church at 10.30am.  This […]

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Your invitation to our 50+ Men’s Health Day…

22 September 2021

Men aged over 50 are welcome to come along to our Men’s Health Day taking place on Tuesday 5 October 2021, 10.30am – 1.30pm at St Joseph’s Church (9 Princes Dock Street, Belfast, BT1 3AA) Come along for …. Men’s general health information Mental health information Lunch Talks Barber Tour of Sailortown Places are limited, so please book early to […]

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Befriending training workshop

Befriending Training Workshop

21 September 2021

Our next Befriending Training Workshop, on Tuesday 19 October 2021, will cover the following: What is Befriending? Benefits of Befriending Effective communication skills: –  Body language and tone –  Face-to-face Vs Telephone –  Use of questions Boundaries   Once completed, participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance and a FREE Befriending Top Tips publication. Click […]

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Inclusion & Diversity session 1

Inclusion & Diversity Session 1

20 September 2021

Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd, in partnership with JoinHer, bring you a series of four 2-hour sessions on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Equality. The first session on Tuesday 28 September 2021 at 10am-12pm is titled: Decide & Involve: What decisions involve everyone in your organisation? Join us as we explore and learn new and creative ways […]

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