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NEW Safeguarding Training Calendar for 2022-23!

15 March 2022

Have you signed up yet? We provide a wide range of Keeping Safe courses at different levels including: On demand induction courses which cover key basic information about safeguarding Introductory level courses which inform staff and volunteers about the legal and policy context of safeguarding, categories of abuse and possible indicators, procedures for reporting concerns […]

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Introduction to Asylum Seeker & Refugee Issues

14 March 2022

This 2 hour training, delivered by Denise Wright of South Belfast Roundtable, aims to give: An introduction to asylum and refugee issues in the UK and NI in particular An overview of the NI Refugee Resettlement Scheme and future Afghan Scheme Facts on numbers, legal status and entitlements of both asylum seekers and refugees An […]

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Small Worlds – Café-Style Workshops

14 March 2022

Small Worlds workshops are café-style events, hosted by members of Belfast Friendship Club. Table hosts share their purely personal perspectives about how they’ve coped with their lives as migrant workers, asylum seekers, refugees, etc.  In this way, participants can have a meaningful encounter with others whose lives and life experience is probably very different from […]

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Revamp of Publications & Publications Section!

10 March 2022

In 2001, Volunteer Now initially developed the As Good As They Give workbook series which provide crucial information on all things volunteer management.  These are divided into 5 workbooks: Planning Volunteer Involvement Attracting and Selecting Volunteers Managing and Motivating Volunteers Managing Volunteer Training Volunteers & the Wider Organisation These workbooks were reviewed in 2012, and […]

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April Training OFFER!

9 March 2022

To celebrate the launch of our new training calendar, we have an offer available for all participants booking onto our new Building Foundations Series of courses in April: Book a place on all four Building Foundations courses in April and get a FREE place on any volunteer management course of your choice later in the […]

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Recording: Supporting Volunteering in a Digital Environment

2 March 2022

The first workshop in a series aimed at developing a network, sharing ideas and supporting volunteering in a digital environment took place on Thursday 24 February 2022. The workshop – Introductions, Adapting & Exploring – introduced and explained the purpose of the project, shared learning from international organisations, explored how to re-engage volunteers online and […]

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Men’s Health Day

1 March 2022

Tuesday 29 March 2022 (10.30am-1.30pm) at Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast Men aged 55+ are invited to come along to our ever-popular Men’s Health Day, where you can find out lots of information and advice relating to your health, therapies available, and even have a free trim at the Hair Bus!  Plus we’ll throw in a […]

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Deadline Extended: Leadership Development Programme for Young Volunteers

1 March 2022

Belfast City Council is delivering a leadership development programme to young volunteers within those numerous organisations who were involved in the provision of services to local residents and homeless people during the lockdown periods of 2020. You can read more about the programme here. LAST CALL FOR NOMINATIONS The closing date for final submission of […]

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Pathway for Volunteering: Research Workshops

1 March 2022

The Learning from Today, Prepared for Tomorrow report was launched in January and tells the story of the impact of the pandemic on volunteering.  No area of volunteering remained undisrupted by the past two years, however, it has also been a time of great change and innovation. Therefore, we need to plan for the future. […]

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Activity Day for Senior Groups in North Belfast, Greater Shankill & West Belfast

1 March 2022

Connecting Older Peoples Groups We would like to invite all senior groups in North Belfast, Greater Shankill & West Belfast to come along to a morning of fun activities, demonstrations, entertainment and refreshments.  You will have the opportunity to visit a variety of information stands hosted by a range of tutors, talk to them first-hand […]

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New Training Calendar 22-23 Launched!

1 March 2022

Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd is pleased to launch our new training calendar today.  Most of our sessions are now arranged into different series’ including the popular Leadership Series and Diversity Series.  We also have 3 new series of courses: Building Foundations, Vision & Values and Inclusion.  See below for full details of each series. To […]

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Northern Ireland Regional Advisory Group Chair

28 February 2022

The National Trust in Northern Ireland are looking to recruit a Regional Advisory Group Chair (voluntary position). With a passion for Northern Ireland, you’ll work closely with out Country Director, Leadership Team and Advisory Group to support, advise and enable the National Trust to be for everyone for ever. What’s involved? Our job is to […]

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Volunteer Ambassadors wanted!

25 February 2022

Would you like to find out more about becoming a Volunteer Ambassador at Forth Meadow Community Greenway?   You can play a key role in bringing an unrivalled WOW! experience and a warm welcome to visitors coming to the  Greenway, and help to make this the best visitor experience ever! Full training will be provided (beginning […]

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We Are Supporting Safer Internet Day 2022

8 February 2022

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people, and to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively. This year’s Safer Internet Day 2022 is today (8 February), with celebrations and learning around the […]

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FREE Valuing Volunteers Workshop

7 February 2022

Are you an organisation with an income of less than £250k?  Then we can offer you a free place on the training below, in partnership with Halifax Foundation NI! Valuing Volunteers: Review OR Create Your Volunteer Policy Workshop Date:  Tuesday 15 February 2022, 10am-1pm * 20 Free places available on a first come first served […]

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Engagement in Culture, Arts & Sports Summary Tables

7 February 2022

Engagement in culture, arts and sport by adults in Northern Ireland local government districts 2020 has been published by the Department for Communities. These summary tables will present statistics on engagement with the arts, sport, museums or science centres, libraries, heritage sites, PRONI services and voluntary work by adults across Northern Ireland’s local government districts.  […]

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Do you manage and support volunteers and would like to learn how to support their wellbeing?

7 February 2022

We are hearing from volunteer involving organisations and from volunteers that their mental health has sometimes suffered due to their volunteering roles during Covid. Volunteer Now would like to support volunteer managers and volunteers to learn how to manage their mental health and overall sense of wellbeing. We are offering free workshops to organisations and […]

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Supporting Volunteering in a Digital Environment

31 January 2022

Join us for a series of workshops aimed at developing a network, sharing ideas and supporting volunteering in a digital environment. Volunteer Now & Volunteer Ireland have developed these workshops where you can hear from international speakers who have tried, tested and embedded new digital systems and created new roles to meet their organisational aims. […]

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Eden Project Communities in Mid and East Antrim Council Pop Up Shops

28 January 2022

Eden Project Communities team will be in the Mid and East Antrim Council Pop Up Shops and invite you to pop in and find out more. There’s lots of reasons to come down and ways to connect if you cant. The pop-up shop project has been funded by Mid & East Antrim Borough Council and […]

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PODCAST: What Did We Learn About Volunteering During The Pandemic?

24 January 2022

The Eastern ARC have released their latest podcast, in which they follow up with the researchers and their findings from Mobilising Voluntary Action Research. The project looked at volunteering in the four nations of the UK during the pandemic.  In this podcast, Eastern ARC Director, Phil Ward talks to the researchers to see how the […]

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Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration events Grant Funding

24 January 2022

On 6th February this year Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth.  To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, events and initiatives will take place throughout the year, culminating in a four […]

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Volunteers wanted for QUB Dietary Study

18 January 2022

Are you interested in improving your diet?   Researchers at the Centre for Public Health at Queen’s University Belfast are undertaking the PAD-Q study to find out if personalised dietary advice, based on both markers of dietary intake measured in urine and a diet quality assessment, can improve diet quality and other risk factors for […]

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UK Volunteering Forum Seeks Chair for Quality Assurance Panel for Investing in Volunteers

17 January 2022

The Investing in Volunteers (IiV) quality standard is jointly owned by the four members of the UKVF (NCVO, Volunteer Now, Volunteer Scotland and Wales Council for Voluntary Action) to promote the development of good practice in volunteer management. UKVF partners are seeking to recruit a new independent Chair for the IiV Quality Assurance Panel, whose […]

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Minority Ethnic Development Fund 2022-25

11 January 2022

The Executive Office opened the Minority Ethnic Development Fund (MEDF) 2022-25 in December 2021. The MEDF provides support for voluntary and community organisations working with minority ethnic people and groups.  The aim of the Fund is to assist minority ethnic and local community organisations to promote good relations between people of different ethnic backgrounds. Please […]

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VOLT Session: Let’s Celebrate Your Role as Volunteer Managers

10 January 2022

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! Join us on Tuesday 18 January 2022 when you can meet and catch up with others in the Voluntary & Community Sector about all things […]

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Merry Christmas!

22 December 2021

Our offices will be closed over the Christmas break from Friday 24th December to Monday 3rd January, and we’ll be back on Tuesday 4th.  Feel free to get in touch with us using the contact forms on our website or email info@volunteernow.co.uk and we’ll get back to you then. Merry Christmas and a Happy New […]

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Department for Communities COVID Recovery Programme

20 December 2021

On Friday 17 December 2021, the DfC published details of 2021/22 financial support for not-for-profit organisations affected financially by the COVID 19 pandemic. Grant awards of up to £50,000 are available. In some exceptional circumstances grants higher than £50,000 may also be awarded. There will be seven awarding bodies and applicants can choose which body […]

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January 2022 Training: Leadership & Why It Matters

16 December 2021

The first session in the next round of our Leadership Series of courses is Leadership & Why It Matters on Tuesday 11 January 2022.  During the session, you will examine the difference between management and leadership, look at why leadership matters and what can be most difficult and challenging about leadership of an organisation, programme […]

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Recognising and Celebrating Volunteers!

15 December 2021

During 2021 a number of volunteer groups got to celebrate the biggest achievement of their lifetime.  Some of the Awardees for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service from both 2020 and 2021 took an opportunity when COVID restrictions eased to organise an event and welcome the Lord Lieutenant for their County to present their Award.  […]

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The National Lottery Community Fund NI’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (B.A.M.E.) Communities pilot programme

15 December 2021

The National Lottery Community Fund Northern Ireland’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (B.A.M.E.) Communities pilot programme is now open for applications in Northern Ireland. Since February 2021, they have worked closely with groups and individuals from B.A.M.E. communities to co-design this pilot funding programme to ensure National Lottery funding supports people from B.A.M.E. communities in […]

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