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An Open Letter to Senior Managers & Boards in All Sectors

7 June 2021

An Open Letter to Senior Managers & Boards of Volunteer Involving & Deploying Organisations in all Sectors The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been significant.  Yet amongst all the gloom of the last year, volunteers have been a source of hope and optimism, supporting the most vulnerable in our society in a myriad of […]

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Volunteer & Belonging Together: Good Relations & Volunteering Toolkit

2 June 2021

This Toolkit is a great starting point for encouraging volunteers to think about good relations and diversity, and we hope it will provide you with material to explore the issues and enhance your practice; to have useful, challenging and enjoyable sessions; and that it also provides sufficient further information for future work with volunteers. We […]

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NEW Training Schedule Just Released!

26 April 2021

Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd have just released new training dates for the forthcoming year!  All training will be online, delivered via Zoom. Just click on the name of the course you are interested in to find out dates, times and to book online. And don’t forget – we also have our online Attracting & Selecting […]

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Dealing With A Disclosure

21 April 2021

With many face to face services for children and adults opening up again, it is vital that staff and volunteers are prepared for disclosures of abuse. Are your staff and volunteers confident in how to respond to a disclosure?  Do they know how to record and report the information?  Watch this short video below which […]

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NEW Leadership Series of Courses!

15 April 2021

As part of our new Training Schedule, we have included a NEW Leadership Series of courses! Some of the topics explored over the series are leadership styles, communication styles, why leadership matters, conformity, how to get the best from your team, how to effectively manage change within an organisation, programme or project and much more. […]

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Could you be a Sports Leader within your community?

30 March 2021

Are you passionate about running and cycling and keen to share this with others? Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council are seeking volunteers to guide visually impaired runners or to assist Disability Sport NI with the All Out Trekking project in Gosford Forest Park. If you have some free time, then please sign up […]

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Leadership & Good Governance Awards 2021

18 March 2021

This past year has provided many challenges! The Leadership and Good Governance Awards 2021 provides an opportunity to shine a light on the many Trustees in Northern Ireland who have given their time freely to ensure that good governance and leadership has been continuing during the pandemic. The Leadership and Good Governance Awards, organised by […]

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Safeguarding & DBS Barring – What You Need To Know

25 February 2021

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! The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is an important part of safeguarding and safer recruitment but not everyone understands what the service does and the […]

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Programme for Government – Where Does Volunteering Sit?

23 February 2021

VOLT Session: Programme for Government – Where Does Volunteering Sit? 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! On 25 January 2021, the Executive launched the public consultation on its Programme for Government […]

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Training for Men’s Groups

15 February 2021

Come along and find out how to hold your AGM, how to keep tabs on your accounts and roles & responsibilities of your Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Tuesday 9 March 2021, 1-2pm Register your attendance with Pamela Higgins on pamela.higgins@volunteernow.co.uk or 028 9023 2020. Zoom Link – https://zoom.us/j/98166432262?pwd=Z2VJMVVLRTViQS8zVzhENTU4d08zUT09              

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March VOLT Sessions Available

9 February 2021

Join Us! An opportunity to network and share! We have arranged a new series of VOLT Sessions, looking at various volunteering topics. March 2021 Programme for Government – Where Does Volunteering Sit? Thursday 4 March 2021  |  11am-12pm Safeguarding & DBS Barring – What You Need To Know Tuesday 9 March 2021  |  10am-12pm Volunteering […]

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25th Anniversary of Our Duty to Care

8 February 2021

On the 25th Anniversary of Our Duty to Care, Alec Walker, Keeping Safe trainer talks about safeguarding and the responsibilities of organisations and their staff and volunteers providing a service.  Well said Alec!   Ruth Mulholland, Safeguarding Manager tells us more about Our Duty to Care here.

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Celebrating 25 Years of Our Duty To Care!

28 January 2021

This month sees the 25th Anniversary of the start of our safeguarding work.  Our Duty to Care (ODTC) was established in 1996 to promote the principles of good practice for the protection of children and young people, as outlined in the Our Duty To Care guidelines recognised by government and the voluntary and community sector.  […]

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Members Check In & Chat Session

27 January 2021

Join Us! An opportunity to network and share! Volunteer Now has organised a Members’ Check In & Chat session. Join us on Thursday 4 February 2021 11am-12pm An informal session, just bring your cuppa!  You can tell us how you and your volunteers are doing and we will explore some ideas about what we can […]

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Information Resources Related to Covid-19

18 January 2021

Volunteer Now have published some information sheets for more guidance when involving volunteers and volunteering during the Coronavirus crisis. Domestic Violence and Abuse Factsheet (COVID-19) Good Practice Considerations for Groups Involving Volunteers in Response to COVID-19 Good Practice Guidelines for Volunteers When Volunteering for a COVID-19 Opportunity Guidelines for Providing Volunteers’ Out of Pocket Expenses […]

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New Year & New Series of VOLT Sessions

6 January 2021

Join Us! An opportunity to network and share! We have arranged a new series of VOLT Sessions, looking at various volunteering topics.  This list will be added to. January 2021 More than Recruitment, Be Connected!  Be Collective! Thursday 21 January 2021  |  11am-12pm   February 2021 Members Check In & Chat Session Thursday 4 February […]

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NEW Online Attracting & Selecting Volunteers Course!

6 January 2021

Volunteer Now and Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd are excited to announce the release of our new online training course – Attracting and Selecting Volunteers. We have been working tirelessly in the last few months to improve our product offering and service, and we believe that this course will help you enjoy your experience with online […]

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NICVA Launches Community Wellbeing & Resilience Programme

5 January 2021

NICVA has launched a new support package for community and voluntary sector staff and volunteers working on the frontline of the coronavirus response. Organised by NICVA, delivered by Inspire Wellbeing and supported by the Department for Communities, the project will provide access to specially developed online webinars, programmes and resources tailored to support individuals wellbeing. Communities Minister […]

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FREE WEBINAR: Safe Communication Online with Children & Young People

16 December 2020

With the absence of normal face-to-face activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, organisations are having to look at alternative ways of staying connected with children and young people including text messaging, email and video calls. However, communication via these means brings safeguarding challenges that must be managed. Join Volunteer Now’s FREE webinar on 26 January 2021 […]

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New Training Dates for January – March 2021

8 December 2020

Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd have added new training dates for January – March 2021.  All training will be online, delivered via Zoom.  If you don’t see what you need below, please get in touch and see what we can do – enterprise@volunteernow.co.uk. Volunteer Management Courses: The New Environment: Recruit, Retain, Reward Volunteers 12 January 2021, […]

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FREE Capacity Building Training Courses

8 December 2020

Volunteer Now are delivering a range of FREE capacity building training courses to groups based in Belfast in the New Year.  All workshops will be online via Zoom. Leading The Way – Governance This session is aimed at both current committee members, as well as those who are seeking to join a committee for the […]

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FREE Keeping Adults Safe Training

7 December 2020

We have now scheduled FREE Keeping Adults Safe training for staff and volunteers working with adults.  These are refresher courses of Keeping Adults Safe: Training for Staff & Volunteers.  More dates coming for January and February! Keeping Adults Safe: Module 2 Refresher (Belfast Trust area) Keeping Adults Safe: Module 2 Refresher (Northern Trust area) Keeping […]

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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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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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