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Shaping the Future Relationship with Government
15 November 2023
by Denise Hayward, Co-Chair Joint Forum – on behalf of the VCS Panel The Joint Forum was set up in 1988 to promote regular dialogue between the Voluntary and Community Sector and Departments of the NI Government. The forum is made up of public sector representatives and a Voluntary and Community Sector Panel (VCS Panel) […]Read More
Sustainable Volunteering – Taking a Step for Net Zero
19 September 2023
by Martin J Cowling & Denise Hayward, Chief Executive, Volunteer Now For the average volunteer programme, greenhouse emissions, the 2015 Paris Agreement, and climate change feel very distant. Our focus is usually on mobilising volunteers for our cause or issue and managing them effectively on a tight budget and limited time. As 2030 approaches, however, […]Read More
Volunteers at Events
19 July 2023
by Denise Hayward, Chief Executive, Volunteer Now Volunteers are a huge part of the many community, arts and sports events which are taking place over the next few months. Many organisations involve volunteers in their events and could not run them without the help of their volunteers. Volunteer Now worked with Tourism NI to create […]Read More
Investigating the Cost-of-Living Crisis: A 9-Month Panel Survey
23 June 2023
by Andrew Hanna, Research & Information Officer, Volunteer Now The Voluntary & Community Sector: A Qualitative Study Investigating the Impact of the Cost-of-Living Crisis Volunteer Now has been undertaking a piece of qualitative research over the past 9 months, aiming to discover how organisations adapted and found their experience of the cost-of-living crisis. Organisations selected […]Read More
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 […]Read More
A Research Snapshot: Volunteering and the Voluntary Sector
21 March 2023
by Andrew Hanna, Research & Information Officer, Volunteer Now Volunteer Now is currently undertaking a 9-month study designed to understand the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on volunteering. This blog summarises the findings from the second set of interviews, completed in February 2023. For a summary of interview 1 findings, click here: https://www.volunteernow.co.uk/volunteering-the-impact-of-the-cost-of-living-crisis/. WHAT DID […]Read More
Get Ready for Recruitment!
13 February 2023
by Denise Hayward, Chief Executive, Volunteer Now Over the next few months Volunteer Now is planning to focus on recruiting and recognising volunteers in the run up to Volunteers’ Week through our Give It A Go campaign. We know there is a need to focus on recruitment to support rebuilding volunteering in many organisations. Volunteer […]Read More
Guide Dogs NI are currently offering life-changing opportunities for dog lovers in Northern Ireland!
27 January 2023
Guide Dog NI’s Puppy Raisers provide a puppy with a home and the vital foundations for its future role as a guide dog. The volunteers look after a puppy for 12-16 months and guide him or her through training, socialisation, and the introduction of new environments and experiences whilst providing a loving home. There might […]Read More
Volunteering to Rise in 2023?
18 January 2023
by Denise Hayward, Chief Executive, Volunteer Now The impact of the pandemic on formal volunteering in organisations is now well understood. A large number of research reports from across the UK, Ireland and the wider world have outlined the reduction in volunteers and in particular the withdrawal of older people from volunteering roles. This impact […]Read More
Good Relations Awards 2023 – nominate before 16 January!
9 January 2023
The Good Relations Awards 2023 are open for nominations. Building on the previous successes of the Community Relations Council Good Relations Awards, the 2023 Awards categories have been extended to fully recognise the increasing level of outstanding community relations, intercultural and peacebuilding work that is taking place across all our communities. This crucial work is […]Read More
Volunteering: The Impact of the Cost-of-Living Crisis
13 December 2022
by Andrew Hanna, Research & Information Officer, Volunteer Now INTRODUCTION Volunteer Now is currently undertaking a 9-month study designed to understand the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on volunteering This is a particularly timely study, given the challenging environment facing not only volunteering, but the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) as a whole. We have […]Read More
Will Volunteers Always be There?
1 October 2022
by Denise Hayward, Chief Executive, Volunteer Now I have been working in volunteering for over 20 years and I can not remember a time when volunteering was so challenging. Every day organisations are telling me of the challenges they are facing to recruit and retain volunteers. On the upside, I am also hearing stories of […]Read More