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.
Recognising the Contribution of Volunteers During Befriending Week
29 October 2020
Befriending Week takes place 1-7 November throughout the UK, raising awareness of befriending and the impact it has on individuals and communities in helping combat feelings of isolation and loneliness. This year, with the impact of Covid19 and with current restrictions leaving many vulnerable people isolated, the Campaign will be shining the spotlight on services […]
Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd have scheduled a new course – The New Environment: Assessing Risk When Developing Volunteer Roles. It will explore why we need to assess risk when developing volunteer roles and how volunteer managers can implement this process within their volunteer programme. Click below to book your place! 4 November 2020 | 10.30am-12.00pm
Earlier this year, a few months after her 4th liver transplant and just 4 days before her 21st birthday, Lucia Quinney Mee died. Even in this immeasurable loss to her family and friends, Lucia’s light and energy continue to inspire and give strength. Lucia was a committed campaigner setting up her own Campaign in 2015: […]
As part of Positive Ageing Month, Raquel & Edel from our Newry office held an online session ‘Volunteering is Good for Your Health!’ They were joined by staff from Rosies Trust and Deafblind NI to discuss local opportunities and why volunteering is good for your health. A recording of the session is below.