Yes! With your permission we can send you VTraining, our monthly eNewsletter which outlines courses available and any offers we might have. Please scroll to the footer of this page and fill in your details in the Newsletter section.
Yes! We have a range of other courses that we can deliver for you on request, especially around volunteer management or safeguarding. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact us so we can explore options with you.
We have a range of training courses that can last anything from 1.5 hours to 3 days! It depends on the depth of content that you require – sometimes, for example with safeguarding courses, it will depend on the level of contact that those requiring the training will have with children or adults at risk.
Many of the roles on our website don’t require specific skills but ask that you have enthusiasm and an interest in the role/organisation. Depending on the role you are applying for you may be asked for communication skills or more specific attributes like counselling or financial management. The role description will let you know what they are seeking.
No, you can choose how often you volunteer. There are many roles (turn up and try) that simply require you to give a few hours to make a difference, other event roles for example, will involve you for a defined period of time – like a few days and then you are free again until the next event comes around. You can choose shifts and what events you get involved in. Other roles will ask you to give a regular commitment, but you can always talk to the organisation about the time you have.
Have a look at some of the events coming to Northern Ireland or our Turn Up and Try opportunities. If there’s nothing there that suits you at the minute, please check back as these pages are updated regularly.
Use the opportunity search above – select the activity you think you might be interested in, enter your postcode and click ‘search’. Matching opportunities will be displayed by those available throughout NI and then by closest distance to you first. To apply for any, click ‘register now’ in the opportunity description – your contact details are sent on to the organisation and they should respond to you within 10 days.
Volunteers’ Week runs from 1-7 June every year and is an excellent opportunity to recognise and thank your volunteers. It is a national campaign! However, you can recognise your volunteers at any time throughout the year and organisations do this in many ways – having Pizza and Prosecco nights, awards ceremonies, in house recognition events and the sending of thank you cards to your volunteers with a personal message. Many of our Councils also hold recognition events for volunteers and organisations and will accept nominations. We encourage you to ask your volunteers how they would like to be recognised for their commitment and enthusiasm. You might be surprised by the response!! If you have young volunteers under the age of 25 you can also recognise them through the Millennium Volunteers programme.
You should have policies and procedures in place to support the volunteer but also to support the organisation. These procedures should be followed in order to make sure that both the organisation and volunteer is treated fairly throughout. Guidance and training is available to help, or contact Volunteer Now on firstname.lastname@example.org
We recommend that you have a role description outlining the key role that you would like the volunteer to undertake along with the skills that they require to undertake the role. We also recommend that you have a formal/informal interview, planned induction and training programme and someone dedicated to support the volunteer throughout their trial period.