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Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Mayor’s Community Awards 2024

27 November 2023

The Mayor’s Community Awards are back – and with five categories to choose from, Lisburn and Castlereagh residents are being urged to nominate the most deserving stars in their local area. Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council (LCCC), Councillor Andrew Gowan, said: “The fantastic voluntary and community work taking place across the council is […]

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Belfast is celebrating its older volunteers

14 November 2023

Volunteers make the world a better place for all of us. They share their time, skills, knowledge, and experience to make a positive difference in the places people live, learn, work, and relax. Volunteers contribute to the resilience of our communities and are the backbone of a compassionate and caring city. In recognition of this […]

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King’s Award for Voluntary Service Congratulations!

14 November 2023

Congratulations to 9 volunteer groups in Northern Ireland that are among the recipients of the first King’s Award for Voluntary Service 2023! The King’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.  262 Awardees from across the […]

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Trustees’ Week 2023 (6-10 November)

1 November 2023

Trustees’ Week is a time  to celebrate the achievements of over 1 million trustees across the UK.  The theme this year is Many voices. Working together. With purpose.  As our external environment continues to change, we face new challenges. The positive impact you make as a trustee is invaluable to a sector that is now […]

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Good Relations Awards 2024 – Now Open for Nominations

24 October 2023

The Good Relations Awards 2024 are now open for nominations.  The Awards will spotlight the vital role that members of the community throughout Northern Ireland play in delivering peacebuilding and community cohesion. The Good Relations Awards are run annually by the Community Relations Council in partnership with The Executive Office (TEO). They recognise exceptional commitment […]

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Engagement in Culture, Arts, Heritage & Sport by Adults in NI – New NISRA Statistics

9 October 2023

Findings from the Continuous Household Survey 2022/23 This report presents the findings from the 2022/23 Continuous Household Survey (CHS) in relation to engagement with culture, arts, heritage and sport in Northern Ireland. These findings are used to inform the development, monitoring and evaluation of policy.   In 2022/23, 21% of the adult population participated in […]

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An invitation from the Assembly Engagement Team

5 October 2023

To mark International Day of Older Persons on October 1 and Positive Ageing Month, the Northern Ireland Assembly Engagement Team would like to join voluntary and community groups in recognising the integral role of older people in our society and celebrate the contribution that older people make to their communities and Northern Ireland as a […]

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Positive Ageing Month

28 September 2023

October is Positive Ageing Month, a month-long festival of events and activities for older people. It celebrates the contribution that older people make to their communities! Visit your local council website to find out all the great activities happening throughout the month in your area (some links to follow when we get them) … Antrim […]

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The Institute of Volunteer Leadership

14 September 2023

The Institute of Volunteer Leadership (IVL) is a new initiative jointly organised by Volunteer Ireland and Volunteer Now.  It aims to unite leaders of volunteers from both Ireland and Northern Ireland, whether paid or unpaid, to create a vibrant network of knowledge sharing and professional development.  IVL envisions a future where leaders of volunteers can […]

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Senior 55+ Health Days

31 August 2023

Come along for a morning of useful health advice and information, therapies, health checks, exhibitors, and much, much more! Men’s Health Day: Friday 13 October 2023, 10:30am – 1:30pm Women’s Health & Beauty Day: Wednesday 18 October 2023, 10:30am – 1:30pm Both events will be held in Girdwood Community Hub, 10 Girdwood Avenue, Belfast BT14 […]

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Volunteering in the Credit Union Podcast

3 August 2023

In this edition of The Credit Union Pod (below), Barry Harrington & Mark Johnston, Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) speak with Denise Hayward, CEO, Volunteer Now and Nina Arwitz, CEO, Volunteer Ireland about the challenges and opportunities in volunteering for credit unions.  They discuss the trends/challenges in volunteering, struggles to recruit volunteers, corporate social […]

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Good Relations Week 2023

7 July 2023

Continuing to build upon the progress already achieved in pursuit of empowering change within our communities, Good Relations Week 2023 returns from Monday 18th to Sunday 24th September 2023. This year’s event will embody the spirit of togetherness as we celebrate the remarkable peace-building and cultural diversity efforts to tackle sectarianism, racism, and inequality across […]

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The King’s Award for Voluntary Service

26 June 2023

Celebrating the outstanding work of local volunteer groups across the UK Following the Accession of King Charles III, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service will now become The King’s Award for Voluntary Service (KAVS). Every day, millions of people across the UK are making a difference by volunteering.  Each year, outstanding examples of this work […]

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2023

15 June 2023

Today is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  Ruth Mulholland, our Safeguarding Manager has a few words to say about safeguarding culture within organisations – please listen to our ask, sign the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse Declaration to demonstrate your commitment to safeguard, and help stop the abuse of older people http://www.inpea.net/ […]

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Loneliness Awareness Week 2023

7 June 2023

The Marmalade Trust is the UK’s leading loneliness charity offering support for all ages and the only charity in the world specifically dedicated to raising awareness of loneliness. They first launched Loneliness Awareness Week (‘LAW’) in 2017 and it grows in momentum each year across the UK and internationally. This years Loneliness Awareness Week takes place from […]

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Good Relations Week 2023 To Embrace Togetherness

7 June 2023

Local groups and businesses are urged to participate in the annual Community Relations Council event taking place this September Good Relations Week 2023 is in preparation mode with a mission to embody the spirit of togetherness as it celebrates peace-building and cultural diversity in its annual contribution  to eradicating sectarianism, racism, and inequality across the […]

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The Big Help Out: The Statistics Behind The Campaign

22 May 2023

by Denise Hayward, Chief Executive, Volunteer Now Volunteering was to the fore as a theme during the celebrations for the Coronation of King Charles earlier this month.  The publicity surround the Big Help Out helped to shine a light on the vital role that volunteers are playing every day in our communities.  Over the past […]

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Inspired by the Coronation Celebrations and the Big Help Out?

15 May 2023

No doubt you saw and read lots of coverage about the Big Help Out across the Coronation weekend. The aim of the Big Help out was to inspire and encourage people to volunteer and give a little bit of time to organisations just like yours.  #iwill ambassadors Corin and Colt attended the Coronation Big Lunch […]

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Local Groups Urged to Make More of Unloved Land Through Grants Scheme

11 May 2023

The council-led funding is available until the end of May Community-based organisations are being asked to share their ideas for projects that revitalise overlooked rural and urban spaces and build pride in communities. The Smalls Grants Scheme, managed by the Live Here Love Here campaign, is open for applications from 11 May to 31 May, […]

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Global Intergenerational Week 2023

28 April 2023

Did you know its Global Intergenerational Week this week?  Global Intergenerational Week, is a campaign connecting everyone who is passionate about everything intergenerational.  It is now in its fourth year and we are so excited as this year it is bigger and better than ever with 15 countries participating! The week runs from 24 April […]

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VOLT Session: The King’s Award for Voluntary Service

28 April 2023

Following the Accession of King Charles III, The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service will now become The King’s Award for Voluntary Service (KAVS). The King’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest Award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities.  It is the MBE for […]

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QAVS Congratulations!

19 April 2023

Congratulations to Lagan Search and Rescue who have been formally presented with their Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service!  Their success had been announced in June 2022. A truly inspirational group of volunteers, they have literally saved countless lives since their inception over 10 years ago.  They are the last recipient of this award in Northern […]

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Volunteers’ Week 2023 Launched!

29 March 2023

Volunteer Now launches new campaign to celebrate and inspire more volunteers ahead of Volunteers’ Week 2023 With just over two months to go until Volunteers’ Week 2023, taking place 1-7 June, Volunteer Now is calling on communities and businesses to give volunteering a go and be the change that we want to see as it […]

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FREE Seminar: Volunteering & Net Zero

28 March 2023

*This is now a hybrid event* Impact the world without impacting the planet As the world commits to achieving Net Zero status, what does this mean for volunteering? Join Martin J Cowling and Volunteer Now for a thought provoking and engaging free seminar that will consider the four cases (see below) for Net Zero volunteering, potential […]

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New NISRA Report on Wellbeing & Engagement

13 March 2023

A new NISRA report shows that adults in Northern Ireland who volunteer have higher levels of life satisfaction and good health than people who do not volunteer.  Volunteers are also less lonely than people who do not volunteer.  This report provides evidence for many of the anecdotal positive stories of the life affirming benefits of […]

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Community & Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Support – Future Plans

1 March 2023

Volunteer Now is circulating this survey on behalf of the Department for Communities.  The Department is reviewing the arrangements for infrastructure support under which Volunteer Now and other organisations are funded.  We are encouraging members to complete this short survey to let the Department know about the challenges you are facing in volunteering at the […]

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QAVS Congratulations!

20 February 2023

Congratulations to two Co Antrim groups of volunteers, who were presented with their Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Awards in January by the HM Lord Lieutenant of Co Antrim! Ballymaconnelly Renewal Group Monkstown Community Association   The above organisations were part of a group of 13 volunteer groups in Northern Ireland awarded the Queens’s Award […]

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Unleash the Power of Volunteers

8 February 2023

Increased demand for services and pressure on staff teams in charity organisations, mean that there has never been a better time than now, to optimise the incredible resource that volunteers offer. Volunteers provide a resource to charities –  freely given and rooted in commitment to your purpose – but with reduced numbers of people volunteering […]

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Special Offer for Investing in Volunteers!

2 February 2023

We are delighted to launch a special offer for organisations interested in Investing in Volunteers! If you are an organisation in Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland and are thinking of investing in your volunteers, we can offer you 15% off the total cost of Investing in Volunteers until the end of March 2023.  […]

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Choose the Name for the Bridge at Springfield Dam

23 January 2023

Springfield Park (also know as Springfield Dam) is a key location along the new 12-kilometre route of the Forth Meadow Community Greenway, which stretches from Clarendon Park in North Belfast through West Belfast to the new transport hub in the city.  The greenway will create new shared pathways connecting parks and open spaces along its […]

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