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FREE Online Specialist Gaming & Gambling Harm Workshop

16 May 2024

Ygam are working with Volunteer Now to offer a fully funded workshop, delivered through the Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme.  This workshop is aimed at professionals who work with children or young people. One completion you will receive a City & Guilds Certificate and Digital Credential, and have access to over 1000 resources, including […]

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Gaming & Gambling Awareness & Information Sessions

15 May 2024

Ygam is an award-winning charity with a mission to prevent children and young people from experiencing gaming and gambling harms through awareness raising, education and research.  Through a portfolio of evidence-based programmes, they develop and deliver training and resources for a range of groups who have influence over children and young people. Ygam are delivering […]

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Closing the Gaps: Collaborating on Voluntary & Community Sector Research in Northern Ireland

15 May 2024

The Voluntary Sector Studies Network, Volunteer Now, NICVA, ARK, Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University are delighted to jointly host a symposium to explore pathways to collaborating on voluntary and community sector (VCS) research in Northern Ireland. Date:  Tuesday 25 June 2024 Time:  10am-3.45pm Venue:  NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, BT15 2GB Research within and […]

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Inclusion in Volunteer Programmes – Toolkit

7 May 2024

This toolkit has been designed to support volunteer involving organisations in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to make their volunteer programmes more inclusive. It was designed based on data collected from individual interviews and a focus group carried out with volunteering organisations North and South.  This was part of an all-island research project […]

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FREE SESSION: Re-Imagining Volunteering for Broader Participation

25 April 2024

As involvement in formal volunteering decreases, and people seek more informal and flexible ways to contribute to their causes, charities need to adjust to this challenge. This requires a little disruptive and creative thinking, to reimagine involvement in the charities in new ways that are attractive to differing audiences. We are delighted to welcome Chris […]

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Inclusion in Volunteer Programmes – New Research Report

23 April 2024

Volunteer Ireland and Volunteer Now have launched a new research report looking at inclusion in volunteering.  The research was conducted by Dublin City University and Queens University Belfast.  The work was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, through the Shared Island Civic Society Fund (SICSF). The report explores the experiences of a range of […]

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Face-to-Face Training Dates

19 April 2024

Did you know we are now offering some face-to-face safeguarding training?  We still have online sessions but on certain dates, you can book in-person training. The courses below are what is currently available and where.  To find out more and see the dates and venues, please click here Keeping Children Safe: Designated Officer Training: […]

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FREE VOLT Session: Big Help Out

11 April 2024

The Big Help Out is a UK-wide campaign designed to raise awareness of volunteering, provide opportunities for people to volunteer and make a difference in their communities.  In 2024 it will take place across the weekend of 7-9 June, at the end of Volunteers’ Week. Millions volunteered during the pandemic but we’ve seen a significant […]

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Investing in Volunteers Congratulations!

8 April 2024

Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is the UK Quality Standard that helps you assess and improve the quality of your volunteer management and involvement, prove and improve the effectiveness of your work with volunteers and enhance your organisation’s reputation. Achieving the standard shows your current, and potential, volunteers how much they are valued and gives them […]

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Research launch: Inclusion in volunteering programmes

28 March 2024

Join us for the launch of new research on inclusion in volunteer programmes. This research explores best practice in inclusion in volunteer programmes exploring areas like motivation, support, recognition and barriers. The session will also explore next steps based on the research including training and a toolkit with practical guidance on embedding inclusion in your […]

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Global Intergenerational Week 24-30 April 2024

28 March 2024

Global Intergenerational Week is a campaign connecting everyone who is passionate about everything intergenerational. 2024 is the fourth year of this amazing campaign and we are so excited by last year’s success and anticipate this year being bigger and better than ever!  The week will run from 24th April – 30th April 2024 and aims […]

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CO3’s Scoping Study Project

27 March 2024

If your VCSE organisation is part of the Health and Social Care sector then CO3 need your help. If you are not part of the Health & Social Care sector, but you know people in the Community & Voluntary sector who are, you can still support this important work, by making them aware of this project and forwarding this information to […]

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BOOK NOW… Volunteer Strategy – Gaining Visibility & Traction in Your Organisation

12 March 2024

Welcome to the Institute of Volunteer Leadership, a joint programme presented by Volunteer Ireland and Volunteer Now. Join us for a transformative journey where leaders of volunteers come together to share experiences, knowledge, and build a powerful network of leaders of volunteers across Ireland and Northern Ireland. Volunteer Strategy – Gaining Visibility & Traction in […]

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Free Dementia Carers Awareness Course

5 February 2024

For more information and to register, contact Tracy on 078 1158 5823 or

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SAVE THE DATE: Volunteers’ Week celebrates 40th anniversary this summer

29 January 2024

Volunteers’ Week 2024 will launch on Monday 3rd June and will run through until Sunday 9th Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which sees charities, voluntary groups, social organisations, and volunteers themselves come together to recognise the incredible impact that volunteering has in communities around the UK. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Volunteers’ […]

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Live Here Love Here Community Awards 2024

25 January 2024

Live Here Love Here is a national campaign aimed at promoting civic pride and a community can-do attitude by improving environmental quality in Northern Ireland. They tackle issues such as poor environmental quality, littering and dilapidation, by encouraging volunteers to take practical action in their local communities. The Community Awards recognise those groups and individuals […]

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The King George VI Youth Awards now open for applications

24 January 2024

The King George VI Youth Awards funds youth work projects in Northern Ireland for young people aged 14-21. Your group must be based in Northern Ireland and your project must be part of a curriculum based youth work programme, linked to the Youth Work Curriculum. Applications are also accepted from individual young people who must […]

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Save 10% on the UK’s quality standard for volunteer management

10 January 2024

Investing in Volunteers, the UK’s quality standard for good practice in volunteer management, is celebrating the start of 2024 by offering you 10% off the award if you sign up before the end of March. What is Investing in Volunteers? Investing in Volunteers provides your organisation with a framework to assess the quality of your […]

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Join Us!… An opportunity to network and share!

8 January 2024

Regional Infrastructure Support Programme (RISP) – Shaping a consultation response On 15th November 2023, the Department for Communities launched a consultation on its proposed framework for the Voluntary and Community Sector Infrastructure Support. This consultation will close on 9th February 2024. The vision of the Regional Infrastructure Support Programme (RISP) is “that voluntary and community sector […]

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Register now for The Institute of Volunteer Leadership Masterclass

5 January 2024

The Institute of Volunteer Leadership is a joint programme presented by Volunteer Ireland and Volunteer Now.  Join us for a transformative journey where leaders of volunteers come together to share experiences, knowledge, and build a powerful network of leaders of volunteers across Ireland and Northern Ireland. The full programme includes four Masterclasses – two online […]

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Good Relations Awards 2024 – Deadline extended

19 December 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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Appeal for public to give the gift of time this Christmas

14 December 2023

Volunteer Now highlights need for volunteers through the festive season and beyond The lead organisation for promoting and supporting volunteering in Northern Ireland, Volunteer Now, is appealing for people to give the gift of their time to those in need this Christmas, in the hope it will ‘start a habit that lasts all year’. As […]

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Strategic Plan Consultant

11 December 2023

Volunteer Now is seeking a consultant to support us with the development of our new Strategic Plan. We want volunteering to be celebrated in all walks of life and to continue to evolve to attract new people, and we want our next strategy to lead the way. Volunteer Now is a membership organisation so our […]

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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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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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