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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 shopping support 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.

Latest News

NEW Publication: Exploring Post-Pandemic Trends in Volunteer Participation and Wellbeing

20 June 2024

We’re pleased to share this interesting policy briefing paper with you, which aims to examine trends in volunteering across Northern Ireland following the Covid-19 pandemic.  There are some interesting findings on the recovery rates of volunteering across different demographics, along with a series of recommendations for Volunteer Now to consider moving forward. Download this new […]

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WEAAD 2024 Volunteer Now signing declaration

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2024

14 June 2024

Saturday 15 June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  Let’s raise awareness of the abuse of older people, let’s prevent and stop it.  It is unacceptable!  Does your organisation provide services to older people?  Are you doing all you can to keep them safe? Volunteer Now provide safeguarding support and training – visit Safeguarding – […]

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Celebrate & explore with Eden Project Communities

7 June 2024

Eden Project Communities invites you to join an event to bring people together, connect to nature and explore community action on your doorstep.  Join them for this free one-day get together as we celebrate and explore. Whether you already run your own community project, you’ve got an idea you want to explore or you’re keen […]

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Volunteers Week 2024 launch pics

‘Humble Heros’ Across Northern Ireland Celebrated During Volunteers’ Week

3 June 2024

The voice for volunteering in Northern Ireland, Volunteer Now, has kicked off a week-long celebration of volunteers and the huge impact they have in local communities. Throughout the 40th Volunteers’ Week (3rd – 9th June), dozens of celebratory events and activities are taking place across Northern Ireland, bringing people who generously give their time for […]

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