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Staying Connected at Christmas

3 December 2020

Volunteer Now has been working with BBC Northern Ireland and other local charities to develop a special Broadcast Appeal ‘Staying Connected at Christmas, overcoming loneliness – together’. Loneliness is something that many people will have experienced at some point in their lives. It can be difficult to talk about – and sometimes hard to overcome. […]

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Remote Volunteer Management – Motivating Volunteers From A Distance

3 December 2020

Volunteer Organisations Linking Together (VOLT) are free sessions for those who want to focus on a volunteering issue with other like-minded individuals. Join Us! An opportunity to network and share! Over the last few months we have all had to learn to do things differently – a lot of things moved online! So what did […]

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FREE Webinars for Community Groups in The Mount & Ballymacarrett Areas

2 December 2020

Volunteer Now, in partnership with NICVA and the Communities in Transition Project, are delivering 2 FREE webinars for community groups and their staff who manage volunteers and are working in The Mount and Ballymacarrett areas of East Belfast. The first session is COVID Safe Events for Volunteer Managers on 12 January 2021, 10.30am-12.30pm. As many […]

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For Councils Who Engage Voluntary & Community Organisations

30 November 2020

Are you engaging Voluntary and Community organisations in regulated activity during the Pandemic?  If so, you need to be aware of the Protocols published by the Department for Communities.  This online session will take you through these and explore good practice where volunteer’s roles include carrying out activities for people in the community where money […]

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#PowerOfYouth – Lucia Quinney Mee BEM Award

25 November 2020

Volunteer Now were devastated to hear of the loss of one of our #iWill ambassadors, friend and amazing campaigner, Lucia Quinney Mee BEM.  Lucia sadly passed away following her 4th liver transplant just before her 21st birthday but whilst with us she was full of determination, passion, commitment, energy and enthusiasm.  Much of this was invested in […]

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Incentivisation & Volunteering – Is It A Paradox?

25 November 2020

Volunteer Organisations Linking Together (VOLT) are free sessions for those who want to focus on a volunteering issue with other like-minded individuals. Join Us! An opportunity to network and share! Volunteering is about choice – doing something because you want to do it.  You should never feel pressured into volunteering. But what about if there […]

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Interested in Becoming a Trustee?

23 November 2020

The Ulster Society for Promoting the Education of the Deaf & the Blind are looking for new Trustees to join them (commitment of average of 10 meetings per year) and are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with the following skills/experience: Accountancy – a qualified accountant Human Resources Legal Asset Management – with experience of […]

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The Commissioner for Older People Launches Annual Christmas Card Competition

20 November 2020

The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland’s popular Christmas card competition is back and is seeking older photographers to enter for this year’s theme which is, ‘2020 Re-Vision’ while encouraging them to follow the most recent public health guidance. The photography competition is seeking older people from all across Northern Ireland to enter to […]

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Celebrating Befriending Week

20 November 2020

RNID celebrated befriending week (1-7 November) by saying a big thank you to all their Deaf Befriending volunteers who help older Deaf sign language users feel less isolated.  Their volunteers support older Deaf people living in care homes or in the community, by providing comfort and support through regular video calls in sign language. Sign […]

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Keeping Volunteers Safe Through a Pandemic

18 November 2020

Volunteer Organisations Linking Together (VOLT) are free sessions for those who want to focus on a volunteering issue with other like-minded individuals. Join Us! An opportunity to network and share! Volunteering has been at the heart of communities over the last few months as volunteers responded to the calls for help.  Whether it was shopping, […]

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NVTV Highlights Amazing Volunteers!

17 November 2020

Thanks to NVTV for highlighting some amazing volunteers who feature in our Ordinary People – Extraordinary Times Photographic Series. The Series captures the work of volunteers across all six counties helping local communities in need throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  From food bank packers to prescription delivery drivers, soup kitchen workers, telephone befrienders and even online children’s storytellers […]

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ChristmasTIME – A Time To Give & Connect

17 November 2020

As the festive season approaches, Volunteer Now is launching our annual ChristmasTIME campaign and appealing to people throughout Northern Ireland to consider volunteering their time to help raise much needed funds or to donate gifts to a local charity. With the on-going challenges of Covid-19, it is incredibly difficult for many charities to undertake their […]

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The New Environment: Recruit, Retain, Reward Volunteers

16 November 2020

Back by Popular Demand! We have scheduled another session of our popular course – The New Environment: Recruit, Retain, Reward Volunteers.  Join us for a short session looking at volunteering during the pandemic and the future of volunteering post COVID-19. Click below to book you place! 30 November 2020  |  10.00am-11.30am

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VCSE COVID Recovery Fund

12 November 2020

On behalf of the Department for Communities (DfC), Co-operation Ireland in partnership with Rural Community Network announces the opening of the VCSE Covid Recovery Fund The Covid 19 Pandemic has impacted Voluntary, Community and Social Economy (VCSE) organisations across Northern Ireland – a high proportion of these organisations have refocused their objectives to reduce the […]

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Service Opportunities for Young People – Are They The Answer to Recovery & Renewal?

12 November 2020

Volunteer Organisations Linking Together (VOLT) are free sessions for those who want to focus on a volunteering issue with other like-minded individuals. Join Us! An opportunity to network and share! A report for Government called “Levelling up our Communities: proposals for a new social covenant* (Danny Kruger MP September 2020) has suggested that young people […]

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Men Age 50+? Avail of this FREE Training During November

9 November 2020

Volunteer Now is delivering FREE online Volunteering Training Workshops for members of Men’s Groups: Workshop 1  –  An Introduction to Programme & Event Planning Wednesday 18 November 2020  |  11.00am-12.30pm Workshop 2 – Identify Funders, Guidance on How to Complete Funding Applications Wednesday 25 November 2020  |  11.00am-12.30pm You must be over 50 years of […]

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The New Environment: Volunteers & the Law

9 November 2020

Do you need to clarify best practice when involving volunteers?  Or explore legal boundaries?  If so, book a place on our The New Environment: Volunteers & the Law session on 23 November where we cover this and more! Book your place here.

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Get Ready for #iwill Week and the #PowerOfYouth 16-20 November 2020

6 November 2020

Every year, organisations and young people come together to shout about the incredible #PowerOfYouth during #iwillWeek.  Despite the pandemic, this year is no different.  Celebrating what young people are already doing, and looking ahead to what’s next.  End the year looking into the future by sharing your commitments, what you’ve learnt by taking part in […]

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COVID Safe Training For Volunteer Managers

5 November 2020

Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd have organised a session on 12 November 2020 with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough entitled ‘COVID Safe Training for Volunteer Managers‘. This training, which is only open to Voluntary/Community Groups based in the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough area, will cover: The Volunteer Managers Role Risk Assessments Volunteer Roles Safeguarding Communication   Date:  Thursday 12 November 2020 […]

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Gemma Brolly

4 November 2020

Staff at Volunteer Now were deeply saddened on 3 November 2020 to hear of the death of Gemma Brolly from Newry. Gemma has a long history with our organisation and with the volunteer centre network.  A previous Board member of the Volunteer Development Agency and Manager of the Newry Volunteer Centre, she was instrumental in steering […]

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Volunteer Wellbeing: What Works & Who Benefits?

4 November 2020

Volunteer Now has always promoted the benefits of volunteering, not least to volunteers’ own health! In Northern Ireland, the most recent research (Continuous Household Survey 2019/20) shows that the most commonly cited benefit as a result of volunteering was it “makes me feel better about myself”.  A review carried out in 2020 for the What Works […]

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Sharing Volunteers – Could Volunteer Passports Work?

3 November 2020

Volunteer Organisations Linking Together (VOLT) are free sessions for those who want to focus on a volunteering issue with other like-minded individuals. Join Us! An opportunity to network and share! A report for Government called “Levelling up our Communities: proposals for a new social covenant* (Danny Kruger MP September 2020) has suggested that there needs […]

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Befriending Training Workshop

3 November 2020

To round off Befriending Week 2020, Volunteer Now has organised a Befriending Training Workshop.  This 2-hour online session will cover: What is Befriending? Benefits of Befriending Effective Communication Skills –  Body language and tone –  Face-to-face Vs Telephone –  Use of questions Boundaries   Once the session has been completed, participants will receive a Certificate […]

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Voluntary Action & COVID-19 – Volunteer Now Involved in New Research Project

3 November 2020

New research will explore lessons learnt and recommendations for UK recovery Experts from across academia and the voluntary sector are to carry out a major research project into the role of voluntary action  in the Covid-19 pandemic – exploring the challenges, what worked well and making recommendations to inform planning for future crises. The research […]

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Creating Pathways to Wellbeing for Leaders of Volunteer Engagement

2 November 2020

We recognise that the job of leading and managing volunteers can be challenging.  It’s frequently an isolating role, with practitioners often getting little support from within their organisations.  COVID-19 has added to these challenges, with stress and anxiety more common. We believe it is time to give leaders of volunteer engagement access to high quality […]

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Trustees Week 2-6 November

2 November 2020

It’s Trustee Week 2-6 November and we would like to thank the many charity trustees throughout Northern Ireland for all they do.  Volunteer Now has a Board of very committed trustees and we are delighted to profile Martin McCarthy who has been with us for just over a year as a  member of  the Volunteer […]

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Recruit, Retain, Reward Volunteers

30 October 2020

We have scheduled another session of our popular course – The New Environment: Recruit, Retain, Reward Volunteers.  Join us for a short session looking at volunteering during the pandemic and the future of volunteering post COVID-19. Click below to book you place! 5 November 2020  |  2.00am-3.30pm

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Recognising the Contribution of Volunteers During Befriending Week

29 October 2020

Befriending Week takes place 1-7 November throughout the UK, raising awareness of befriending and the impact it has on individuals and communities in helping combat feelings of isolation and loneliness.  This year, with the impact of Covid19 and with current restrictions leaving many vulnerable people isolated, the Campaign will be shining the spotlight on services […]

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Assessing Risk When Developing Volunteer Roles

29 October 2020

Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd have scheduled a new course – The New Environment: Assessing Risk When Developing Volunteer Roles.  It will explore why we need to assess risk when developing volunteer roles and how volunteer managers can implement this process within their volunteer programme. Click below to book your place! 4 November 2020  |  10.30am-12.00pm

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The Lucia Quinney Mee BEM Award for Campaigning

29 October 2020

Earlier this year, a few months after her 4th liver transplant and just 4 days before her 21st birthday, Lucia Quinney Mee died.  Even in this immeasurable loss to her family and friends, Lucia’s light and energy continue to inspire and give strength. Lucia was a committed campaigner setting up her own Campaign in 2015: […]

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