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Working with Remote Volunteers

18 October 2021

If you are an organisation with an income of less than £250k then we can offer you a FREE place on our Working with Remote Volunteers session, in partnership with the Halifax Foundation NI. Wednesday 27 October 2021  |  10am-12pm  |  Zoom What used to be a niche area of volunteer engagement is now commonplace […]

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Parenting Week 2021

18 October 2021

This week (18-22 October) is Parenting Week and this year the theme Reset and Reconnect has been chosen.  The concept was driven by a group of parents who thought this was a great opportunity to pause, reset and reconnect – given the past year and the increasing numbers of parents and families who have found […]

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The New Environment: Assessing Risk When Developing Volunteer Roles

14 October 2021

Join us for this short session where we will explore why we need to assess risk when developing volunteer roles and how volunteer managers can implement this process within their volunteer programme. Date:  Tuesday 16 November 2021 Time:  10am-12pm Book your place here – The New Environment: Assessing Risk When Developing Volunteer Roles “This was […]

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FREE Online Safeguarding Training

14 October 2021

Free Online Training for Voluntary & Community Groups in the Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council Area Keeping Children & Adults Safe: Training for Staff & Volunteers This course covers the legal and policy context, categories of abuse and possible indicators, dealing with a disclosure, reporting concerns, dealing with an allegation, programme planning, risk […]

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Volunteer Induction: The New Environment, The New Way!

12 October 2021

Volunteer Now have organised another Volunteer Induction session on Wednesday 10 November 2021 at 10-11am. This short session will cover online induction, what to include in an online induction, how to make it visually appealing and what would a volunteer want or need to know.  It will be followed by a Questions & Answers session. […]

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Nominations Open for the 2022 Mayor’s Community Awards

11 October 2021

The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Alderman Stephen Martin is delighted to launch the 2022 Mayor’s Community Awards to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of volunteers and groups from across the Lisburn Castlereagh area. We want you to nominate your chosen local individual or group with six award categories up for grabs: Brian McDowell […]

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Volunteers Turning Muck into Magic at SERC’s Therapy Garden

11 October 2021

A band of green fingered volunteers are helping turn the grounds of SERC’s Holywood Campus into a Horticultural Therapy Garden for the local community. SERC lecturer, Claire Dunwoody said, “Prior to the pandemic, SERC secured funding to develop a horticultural therapy garden for the Holywood community through funding from the Ulster Garden Villages Ltd Grant […]

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VOLT Session: Keeping It Informal

11 October 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! Volunteering has been at the forefront of the COVID-19 response, with huge numbers of people stepping forward to offer support to those in need in […]

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The New Environment: Volunteers & The Law

7 October 2021

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 4 November where we cover this and more! Book your place here: The New Environment: Volunteers & The Law.

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The New Environment: Recruit, Retain, Reward Volunteers

6 October 2021

As we move through the road map out of restrictions, and head towards post pandemic, we understand volunteering has changed for volunteers and volunteer involving organisations. Join Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd on Tuesday 2 November 2021 for a short session to look at volunteering as we travel through the road map towards post pandemic.  What […]

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Inclusion & Diversity Session 2

5 October 2021

Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd, in partnership with JoinHer, bring you a series of four 2-hour sessions on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Equality. The second session is on Tuesday 26 October 2021 at 10am-12pm and is titled: Variety & Education: There is more than one solution for your organisation Join us as we explore and learn new […]

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NEW VOLT Sessions in Oct & Nov!

4 October 2021

Join Us! An opportunity to network and share! We have arranged a new series of VOLT Sessions, looking at various volunteering topics. October 2021 Keeping It Informal Thursday 21 October 2021  |  11.00am-12.30pm   November 2021 Fundraising for Volunteering Thursday 18 November 2021  |  11.00am-12.30pm Adult Safeguarding Developments in Northern Ireland Thursday 25 November 2021  […]

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Rural Micro Capital Grant Scheme 2021

4 October 2021

This Scheme is funded under the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation Programme. Micro Capital grants of between £200 and £1,500 are available to rural community-led, voluntary organisations for projects tackling issues of local poverty and / or social isolation.   The total project cost must not exceed £3,000.  Projects […]

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Make An Impact in Your Community

4 October 2021

Forth Meadow Community Greenway Project has an exciting opportunity for YOU to make an impact in your community! As a Volunteer Ambassador you will play a key role in providing a high standard of customer care to visitors coming to the Forth Meadow Community Greenway.  You can play a part in bringing an unrivalled WOW! […]

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The Countdown Has Begun!

2 October 2021

Today marks just 2 months until our major online volunteer conference on Thursday 2 December 2021!  Have you got your ticket yet? Volunteer involving organisations have had to change what they do and how they involve volunteers to adapt to COVID restrictions.  The pandemic has changed how many people think about volunteering and we need […]

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POP IN & POWER UP! (18-24 Oct 2021)

1 October 2021

Eden Project Communities and Volunteer Now invite you to ‘pop in’ and ‘power up’ at the open shop, opposite Primark Ballymena Tower Centre 18 – 24 October 2021. Community minded workers and volunteers can pop in to receive a little thanks and an energy boost and there’s lots of information for anyone, whether you have […]

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Could you be a Bereavement Comfort Call Volunteer?

30 September 2021

Enhancing compassionate support in Northern Trust The Covid-19 pandemic and the complex circumstances associated with dying, death and bereavement has led to an increased demand for bereavement support.  A small number of esteemed volunteering opportunities have arisen within the Northern Trust known as ‘Bereavement Comfort Call’ Volunteers. Northern Health & Social Care Trust are looking […]

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What’s On in Positive Ageing Month 2021?

30 September 2021

Volunteer Now are delighted to be involved with Positive Ageing Month which is about celebrating and promoting the positive aspects of growing old, and recognising the valuable contribution community and voluntary organisations make to improve the health and wellbeing of older people. It is also about reaching out to everyone over 50, particularly those who […]

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Your invitation to our 50+ Men’s Health Day…

22 September 2021

Men aged over 50 are welcome to come along to our Men’s Health Day taking place on Tuesday 5 October 2021, 10.30am – 1.30pm at St Joseph’s Church (9 Princes Dock Street, Belfast, BT1 3AA) Come along for …. Men’s general health information Mental health information Lunch Talks Barber Tour of Sailortown Places are limited, so please book early to […]

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Befriending Training Workshop

21 September 2021

Our next Befriending Training Workshop, on Tuesday 19 October 2021, will cover the following: What is Befriending? Benefits of Befriending Effective communication skills: –  Body language and tone –  Face-to-face Vs Telephone –  Use of questions Boundaries   Once completed, participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance and a FREE Befriending Top Tips publication. Click […]

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Inclusion & Diversity Session 1

20 September 2021

Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd, in partnership with JoinHer, bring you a series of four 2-hour sessions on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Equality. The first session on Tuesday 28 September 2021 at 10am-12pm is titled: Decide & Involve: What decisions involve everyone in your organisation? Join us as we explore and learn new and creative ways […]

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CONFERENCE 2021: Volunteering: Learning From Today, Prepared For Tomorrow

16 September 2021

Volunteer Now are delighted to host a major online volunteering conference on 2 December 2021. We know that volunteers have been at the forefront of the response to COVID, however, volunteer involving organisations have had to change what they do and how they involve volunteers to adapt to COVID restrictions. The pandemic has changed how […]

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FREE Capacity Building Training Courses in Belfast City Council Area

13 September 2021

Volunteer Now are delivering a range of FREE capacity building training courses to groups based in the Belfast City Council area.  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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Holding on to Hope in a Changing World

7 September 2021

The five Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland have joined forces with the Public Health Agency (PHA) and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) to deliver a Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Campaign to encourage everyone to hold on to hope, to nurture our mental wellbeing and to raise awareness of the local […]

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More FREE Training!

7 September 2021

We are delighted to be able to offer more FREE training, in partnership with the Halifax Foundation NI!  If you are an organisation with an income of less than £250k then we can offer you a FREE place on the training below. Fundraising for the Future Wednesday 13 October 2021  |  10am-12pm  |  Zoom Reaching […]

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The New Environment: Support & Supervision of Volunteers

2 September 2021

The next session of our Support & Supervision of Volunteers course is on Monday 4 October 2021 at 10am. During this session we will examine why Support and Supervision is important for volunteers and also your organisation. We will also look at good practice and how we ensure we are being proactive and not reactive […]

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Podcast Series: Episode 4 – Student Volunteering (QUB)

1 September 2021

This podcast considers the impact of the pandemic on student volunteering at Queen’s University Belfast. It discusses a range of topical themes including online volunteering, grassroots activity, task forces, virtual volunteer training, managing risk and safety and matching volunteer supply with demand. Huge thanks to Lucia, Margarita and Vivienne for discussing their experiences managing and […]

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Review of Youth Volunteering in Northern Ireland

31 August 2021

Volunteer Now are seeking an appropriately qualified and experienced individual or consortium of individuals to undertake a review of youth volunteering in Northern Ireland. This work is required to shape programme development within Volunteer Now and to help inform policy development at a regional level.  For more information, please download the Tender Application Pack.  Submission […]

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Do you know a young person leading change?

31 August 2021

Maybe that person is you? In partnership with UK Youth, Volunteering Matters, YouthLink Scotland and the Welsh Council for Voluntary Action, Volunteer Now is recruiting for our next cohort of ambassadors, ready to lead the movement of young people (10-25 years) driving change in their communities. #iwill is a UK-wide movement helping more young people […]

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Leadership & Dealing With Conflict

31 August 2021

The last Leadership session in September is Leadership & Dealing With Conflict on Thursday 23 September 2021 at 10am. This session examines leadership styles and theories, the principles of conflict management, recognising the REAL problem and dealing with it through active listening and support and supervision. The Leadership Series of courses consists of 4 different […]

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