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.
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
Volunteer Organisations Linking Together session – 7 Feb
23 January 2019
TOPIC: Involving Volunteers from Overseas Living in Northern Ireland DATE: Thursday 7 February 2019 (10am-12.30pm) This is an opportunity to come together to share good practice and encourage the development of opportunities that appeal to a wide range of people from a variety of different backgrounds i.e Refugees, Asylum seekers, migrants and students Join us to discuss: […]
Action on Elder Abuse Northern Ireland invites you to join them at their 3rd annual conference to explore how we listen to older people who have been victims of abuse, to hear the reality of their experiences and how we can work together to improve prevention and support. It will take place on Thursday 28 […]
To many people, this New Year will be marked by an array of resolutions from joining a gym to changing career. Volunteer Now, the lead organisation for promoting and developing volunteering across Northern Ireland, is asking people to think seriously about volunteering in order to maximise their success at sticking to such resolutions. Denise Hayward, […]
Submit a Video for the 2019 Points of Light Conference! This year’s Points of Light Conference (June 18-20 in St. Paul, MN) will have a strong focus on volunteer engagement leadership, including an exciting plenary and over 40 breakout sessions. Content for this track is being developed by practitioners in the field, led by the […]