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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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New Series of VOLT Sessions Available!

28 October 2020

Join Us! An opportunity to network and share! We have arranged a new series of VOLT Sessions, looking at various volunteering topics. November 2020 Volunteering Through COVID – A Refresher Tuesday 3 November 2020  |  11am-12pm Sharing Volunteers – Could Volunteer Passports Work? Thursday 12 November 2020  |  11am-12pm Service Opportunities for Young People – […]

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Nomination Assessment Committee Member for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

21 October 2020

Expressions of Interest – Assessment Committee Member for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (Pro Bono, Voluntary Role) A unique opportunity to champion, assess and reward local voluntary work, by becoming an assessment committee member for the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for voluntary groups. We are seeking expressions of interest from […]

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Members Check In & Chat – Safeguarding

16 October 2020

Join Us! An opportunity to network and share! Volunteer Now has organised a Members’ Check In & Chat session. Join us on Thursday 22 October 2020 11am-12pm An informal session, just bring your cuppa!  Tell us about any challenges your organisation is facing – they might be around keeping connected with vulnerable groups, moving services […]

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Congratulations to our own Sandra Adair MBE!

12 October 2020

Sandra Adair, Director of Operations with Volunteer Now and Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.  It is in recognition of her work in relation to volunteer development, management and training. Sandra has worked in the volunteering sector for 32 years and has always been passionate about […]

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Volunteer Induction: The New Environment, The New Way!

29 September 2020

Do you want to know more about online volunteer induction?  What to include and how to make it visually appealing?  If so, Volunteer Now have the session for you! It will answer those questions and more and also explain how we do it.  There will be a Question & Answer session afterwards. The next session […]

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Planning for Involving Volunteers at Events – How Are Things Going?

28 September 2020

Join Us! An opportunity to network and share! A follow up to our COVID-19 related VOLT series of Volunteer Now Members’ Session, looking at volunteering across themes: Planning for Involving Volunteers at Events  –  How are things going in light of COVID-19? Thursday 15 October 2020, 11.30am – 12.30pm COVID-19 has changed how we do […]

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The New Environment: Recruit, Retain, Reward Volunteers

28 September 2020

As we are living in the middle of a pandemic, volunteering has changed.  Join Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd for a short session looking at volunteering during the pandemic and the future of volunteering post COVID-19. Date:  Wednesday 14 October 2020 Time:  10.30am – 12.00pm Cost:  £5 +VAT Book your place here.  Joining information will be sent […]

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Positive Ageing Month October 2020

28 September 2020

Welcome to Positive Ageing Month 2020, a month-long festival of events and activities for older people, Positive Ageing Month celebrates the contribution that older people make to their communities and the city of Belfast, and no more so than this year! Now in its fifth year, the festival looks very different this year as it […]

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Our Safeguarding Courses Are Back!

24 September 2020

We have recently added some of our Safeguarding courses back onto our Courses Scheduled page.   Below is a list of available courses, which are all online: Keeping Children Safe: An Introduction, 29 September 2020, 10am-12.30pm Keeping Children Safe: An Introduction Refresher, 20 October 2020, 11am-1pm Keeping Children & Adults Safe: An Introduction, 18 November 2020, […]

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Expression of Interest for the role of Co-Chair

23 September 2020

A Regional Social Prescribing Development Board is being established by the Health & Social Care Board and the Public Health Agency, which will be co-chaired by the Director of Integrated Care at the HSCB and a senior leader from the Community & Voluntary Sector. Expressions of Interest for the Co-chair role are welcomed from those […]

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