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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

Our offices will be closed 13-17 July – back Monday 20th

10 July 2020

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An Introduction to Volunteer Now’s New Online Platform!

7 July 2020

Join us for the first in a series of sessions on Volunteer Now’s new online platform ‘Be Collective’: Introduction to Be Collective, Registering as  New User and Creating Your Own Personal Profile Thursday 9 July 2020 11.00am-12.00pm Volunteer Now is thrilled to have officially launched our new volunteering opportunity search portal in conjunction with the […]

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How Can We Recognise People Volunteering Their Time in Northern Ireland?

7 July 2020

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest civil Award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities.  It is the MBE for volunteer groups.  Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated […]

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Free Safeguarding Policy Review & Training!

2 July 2020

Calling all groups funded by the Arts Council NI – Volunteer Now can undertake a review of your safeguarding policy and provide training! For more information check out this video by our Training and Development Officer Roisin Timlin: Contact Roisin by email – roisin.timlin@volunteernow.co.uk

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