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Community Projects – Supporting Older People
Community projects includes a range of volunteer led services for some of the most vulnerable groups in our community. This includes befriending and driving services for isolated older people and a Volunteer Transport Service in Ards and North Down for at risk children and younger people. If you would like more information on these projects visit the ‘Volunteer with us’ section.

Volunteer Now also supports the 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
  • G6

This helps to sustain and strengthen a network of groups to combat growing social isolation amongst older people by encouraging older people to take an active role in their communities. Dedicated volunteers are at the heart of community projects which showcase how their efforts can make a positive difference to the lives of the most marginalised sections of our society.

Contact Us
If you are working with older people in a statutory, community or voluntary capacity or you are an older person who would like to join an existing older persons group or you would like to start up a new group then contact:

Latest News

Volunteer Now is on the move!  

31 July 2019

We are coming up to our 10th Anniversary and new premises in Belfast are top of the list of exciting new developments. We’re moving out of our offices in Shaftesbury Square, and from 23 August 2019 we will be located in The Skainos Centre, 239 Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 1AF.  It will take us a […]

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Volunteering for a New Decade Conference

15 July 2019

Date: 5 December 2019 Venue: Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey  Bill Gates said “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.” Nothing stays the same! The environment for volunteering is changing – we need to be prepared and to think creatively […]

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Congratulations on Investing in Volunteers Award!

5 August 2019

Big congratulations to Holywood Family Trust and Mindwise who both successfully renewed their Investing in Volunteers Awards on 31 July 2019!  Also to our friends in the Republic of Ireland – Alone and STEPS Engineers Ireland. Find out more about how you can achieve Investing in Volunteers here.

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Belfast City Council Funding

2 August 2019

Applications are open to the community sector in the Belfast City Council boundaries for: Capacity Building Grant Revenue Grant for Community Buildings For further details, guidance notes and to apply online please visit www.belfastcity-grants.com or contact the Central Grants Unit Belfast City Council on 028 9091 8748 or email cgugrants@belfastcity.gov.uk The submission deadline for receipt of applications […]

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Closing The Open!

25 July 2019

What a Week!  Golfers, Spectators, Celebrities – our Volunteer Ambassadors led the way! Rain certainly did not stop play for the hundreds of volunteers involved in helping to make the 148th Open a resounding success.   The World’s spotlight was on Northern Ireland and Portrush and each and every volunteer ambassador involved, turned up for their […]

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