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Investing in Volunteers Essentials

16 September 2020

A new, free online tool for groups to help ensure that volunteers have the best possible experience A new free tool is being made available to help ensure that your volunteers have the best possible experience and can make the biggest difference.  Investing in Volunteers (IiV) Essentials has been developed by volunteers and the staff […]

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Volunteering in Youth Groups – How Are Things Going?

15 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: Volunteering in Youth Groups  –  How are things going in light of COVID-19? Thursday 24 September 2020, 11.00am – 12.00pm COVID-19 has changed how we do so many […]

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ILM Level 3 Award in Management of Volunteers

14 September 2020

Would you like to improve how you manage your volunteers?  Would you like advice on developing volunteer agreements as well as how to support and motivate volunteers? We have adapted this programme to deliver it to you online.  It has been designed specifically for our sector by NICVA and Volunteer Now and provides you with […]

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The New Environment: Recruit, Retain, Reward Volunteers

14 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 23 September 2020 Time:  10.30am – 12.00pm Cost:  £5 +VAT Book your place here.  Joining information will be sent […]

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Exemption for International Volunteers to the Immigration Health Surcharge

10 September 2020

A new Clause has been added to the Immigration & Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill  –  Immigration Health Surcharge: Exemption for International Volunteers. “Immigration health surcharge: exemption for international volunteers ( ) A charge under section 38 of the Immigration Act 2014 (immigration health charge) may not be imposed on EEA and Swiss nationals […]

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Volunteer Induction: The New Environment, The New Way!

10 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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Volunteering in Environment & Heritage Groups – How Are Things Going?

8 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: Volunteering in Environment & Heritage Groups  –  How are things going in light of COVID-19? Thursday 17 September 2020, 11.00am – 12.00pm COVID-19 has changed how we do […]

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Creating Pathways to Wellbeing for Leaders of Volunteer Engagement

7 September 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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Postgraduate Certificate in Public Administration

2 September 2020

The closing date for the Postgraduate Certificate in Public Administration has been extended to Friday 4 September 2020. The Course This stimulating and challenging course has been designed by Ulster University to develop the professional capacity of those working in or alongside the public sector and to ensure that existing spaces are managed in a […]

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Volunteer Driving – How Are Things Going?

1 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: Volunteer Driving  –  How are things going in light of COVID-19? Thursday 10 September 2020, 11.00am – 12.00pm COVID-19 has changed how we do so many things and […]

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Community Support Increases During COVID-19

28 August 2020

On 20 April 2020, NISRA launched a new Coronavirus (COVID-19) Opinion Survey designed to measure how the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was affecting peoples’ lives and behaviour in Northern Ireland.  A report providing a summary of the key findings following the completion of Phase 2 of this research has just been released. It shows that people […]

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New Info Sheet – Volunteers & Paid Staff: Exploring the Issues

27 August 2020

Our latest information sheet has just been published!  ‘Volunteers & Paid Staff: Exploring the Issues‘ contains some thoughts for organisations considering the creation of volunteer roles where there were once paid staff.  It covers job substitution and key issues to consider. Click here to download.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Testing and Contact Tracing

26 August 2020

Throughout the pandemic, your support in following public health guidelines has been vital in reducing the spread of coronavirus.  By doing so, you have saved lives.  As ‘lockdown’ restrictions are eased, we face the risk of a second wave of infection.  We can all help minimise that risk by continuing to support public health measures […]

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Information Resources Related to Covid-19

26 August 2020

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 Guidance on Volunteering When on Furlough (COVID-19) Guidelines […]

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Volunteering in Charity Shops – How are Things Going?

24 August 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: Volunteering in Charity Shops  –  How are things going in light of COVID-19? Thursday 3 September 2020, 11.00am – 12.00pm COVID-19 has changed how we do so many […]

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Follow Up VOLT Sessions: How Are Things Going?

10 August 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: How are things going in light of COVID-19? Volunteering in Charity Shops  –  Thursday 3 September 2020 at 11am-12pm Volunteer Driving  –  Thursday 10 September 2020 at 11am-12pm […]

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FREE Events & Volunteering Advice Service!

7 August 2020

Does your organisation host events regularly?  Are you making plans for events next year?  Will you need volunteers help to make these happen?  Then this FREE advice service* is for you! As the lead organisation for volunteering across Northern Ireland, Volunteer Now has been involved in recruiting, training, managing and motivating volunteers at events since […]

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Helping the Helpers Free Webinar

29 July 2020

Helping the Helpers – Running effective telephone support through the involvement of volunteers Thursday 6 August 2020  |  11am-12pm Volunteer Now is delighted to be partnering with Change Your Mind and Inspire to deliver this webinar. WHO FOR?  The webinar is aimed at organisations that are supporting volunteers who are making or receiving calls with […]

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Upper Springfield Youth Team Get Involved in Social Action Tuesdays

23 July 2020

Young people from Turf Lodge have dedicated their free time over the past few weeks to the area, and took part in a community wide clean up on Tuesday. With the help of local political representatives, youth workers and residents, Upper Springfield Youth Team painted over graffiti, lifted rubbish on their streets and removed overgrown […]

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View Our Recorded Webinars

22 July 2020

We now have a dedicated page for all our Recorded Webinars!  These webinars cover many topics in relation to volunteering and volunteer involving organisations i.e. involving volunteers in response to COVID-19, youth volunteering, fundraising, volunteer driving, guidelines for volunteers & more! View the page here.

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An Introduction to Volunteer Now’s New Online Platform!

7 July 2020

Join us for the first in a series of sessions on Volunteer Now’s new online platform ‘Be Collective’: Introduction to Be Collective, Registering as  New User and Creating Your Own Personal Profile Thursday 9 July 2020 11.00am-12.00pm Volunteer Now is thrilled to have officially launched our new volunteering opportunity search portal in conjunction with the […]

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How Can We Recognise People Volunteering Their Time in Northern Ireland?

7 July 2020

The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest civil Award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities.  It is the MBE for volunteer groups.  Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated […]

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Free Safeguarding Policy Review & Training!

2 July 2020

Calling all groups funded by the Arts Council NI – Volunteer Now can undertake a review of your safeguarding policy and provide training! For more information check out this video by our Training and Development Officer Roisin Timlin: Contact Roisin by email – roisin.timlin@volunteernow.co.uk

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Three NI Teenagers to Receive a Diana Award for Fundraising Efforts

2 July 2020

Three young people from Northern Ireland have each won a prestigious award for their fundraising efforts and work in their local communities. Congratulations to Ben Mooney from Bangor, one of our Youth Forum members and a Millennium Volunteer awardee!   And Congratulations to the other two awardees as well – Jamie Harkin from Omagh, was also […]

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An Open Letter…

30 June 2020

An Open Letter to Senior Managers & Boards of Volunteer Involving & Deploying Organisations in all Sectors The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented.  Organisations of all types – charities, small and large businesses, and public sector bodies – have been challenged in delivering their core services.  Few have escaped the financial, operational, […]

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VOLT Session 8: Risk Assessment for Volunteer Involving Organisations *FULLY BOOKED*

29 June 2020

A special COVID-19 related series of Volunteer Now Members’ Sessions to look at volunteering across a series of themes started on 14 May with Rethinking Volunteering in Charity Shops Post COVID-19.  The following sessions were: Rethinking Volunteering in One-to-One and Group Support Roles Post COVID-19 Rethinking Youth Volunteering in LIght of COVID-19 (view recording here) Rethinking Volunteering in Environmental […]

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Information Webinars: Postgraduate Certificate in Volunteer Management & Leadership

29 June 2020

Developed in conjuction with Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd and Volunteer Ireland, this Level 9 course is delivered by St. Angela’s College, Sligo and awarded by NUI Galway.  For 2020/21 this course is being offered online and applications are welcome from applicants from Northern Ireland, Ireland and overseas. If you are interested in finding out more about […]

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Mind My MS seeks new volunteers in Mid & East Antrim

26 June 2020

Mind My MS are launching nine MS Connect Cafes through Mid & East Antrim and need volunteers to help.  These monthly cafes are informal gatherings where people living with MS can meet in a relaxed and friendly environment.  It’s an opportunity to make connections, support one another and have a coffee together. They are looking […]

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Postgraduate Certificate in Volunteer Management and Leadership

23 June 2020

The Centre for Lifelong Learning at St Angela’s College, Sligo in partnership with Volunteer Now and Volunteer Ireland has worked on the design of a programme for the volunteer management sector. This Postgraduate Certificate in Volunteer Leadership and Management aims to introduce volunteer management within the context of effective volunteer resource planning, strategic operations, communications, leadership skills, governance and compliance. By meeting volunteer […]

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