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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

Join us for a Meet and Greet with Rob Wise, founder of Be Collective

24 May 2022

Coming from Australia, Rob will be in Northern Ireland for a couple of days and we would love you to join us so you can get to know him better, understand his motivations, thoughts and aspirations for Be Collective.  It will also be an opportunity to chat to him about how the platform is working […]

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Diversity session 4

Diversity, Equity & Equality Session 4: Invest Together Yearly

23 May 2022

This last session in a series of four, is all about practical steps to change your organisation.  You can still attend this session even if you did not attend the other three. The make up of organisational culture is changing to be more reflective of the diverse range of individuals, transferable skills and backgrounds.  How […]

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The New Environment: Recruit, Retain, Reward Volunteers

The New Environment: Recruit, Retain, Reward Volunteers June Course

19 May 2022

As we move through the road map out of restrictions, and head towards post pandemic, we understand volunteering has changed for volunteers and volunteer involving organisations. Join Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd on Monday 6 June 2022 for a short session to look at volunteering as we travel through the road map towards post pandemic.  What […]

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Launch of Revised Governance Health Check

18 May 2022

The 3rd edition of the Code of Good Governance was launched last November with the promise of the accompanying resources to be revised.  The members of the Developing Governance Group have been working on revising the governance health check which will be launched at this online event. Date:  Thursday 9 June 2022 Time:  3.30-4.30pm The […]

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