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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

Interested in volunteering in the Fermanagh area?

22 May 2019

Come along to Erneside Shopping Centre on Wednesday 4th June anytime between midday and 4pm. There will be lots of information about what volunteering opportunities are out there for you.   Volunteer Now Drink Wise Age Well Fermanagh Community Transport B-Friend Hub Project  Fermanagh BID Prince’s Trust Guide Dogs Women’s Aid Shopmobility   If you need any further […]

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BBC Community Life helps Volunteer Now appeal for Befrienders

21 May 2019

Look out for BBC Community Life coming up on 26, 27 & 29 May on BBC1 and BBC2 highlighting our Befriending Scheme and the special bond between volunteer Olivia and client Henrietta. Our Befriending Scheme operates across the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust area.  Volunteers help support this vital work with socially isolated older […]

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Calling all community groups – Now’s your chance to thirst for better!

15 May 2019

Did you know that Deep RiverRock are tapping into the heartbeat of Community Groups across Ireland who collectively follow their pursuits and passions?  The Thirst For Better campaign aims to celebrate and help Community groups raise vital funding, enabling them to continue to do the things they love. The campaign mechanic is simple!  By registering […]

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Free Session: Volunteers: Who? What? When? Up to Date Findings

15 May 2019

Join Us! An opportunity to network, learn and share! Volunteer Now Members’ Free Session: Volunteers: Who? What? When? Up to date findings 26 September 2019 10.00am – 12.30pm Volunteer Now, 34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast BT2 7DB This session will give you the opportunity to find out more about the recently published volunteering statistics for N Ireland. […]

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