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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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COVID Volunteer Response Captured in New Photography Series

23 September 2020

Volunteer Now launches new ‘Ordinary People – Extraordinary Times’ Photographic Series celebrating Northern Ireland’s COVID volunteer heroes Volunteer Now, the lead organisation for promoting and supporting volunteering in Northern Ireland, has launched a new photographic series capturing the work of volunteers across all six counties helping local communities in need throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Supported […]

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Volunteering Together to Enable Change & Create a Better World – Virtual Global Forum Series

22 September 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized how volunteers as agents of change provide the practical action that builds hope and resilience, improves lives and strengthens communities. Although the pandemic has resulted in the postponement of the 26th IAVE World Volunteer Conference to 2021, the conference theme chosen for 2020 of volunteering together to enable change and create a better […]

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Nominations now open for 2021 Mayor’s Community Awards

22 September 2020

Nominate Your Community Heroes in the 2021 Mayor’s Community Awards Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Nicholas Trimble is calling for nominations to the 2021 Mayor’s Community Awards. These awards acknowledge the outstanding contribution and commitment of groups or individuals across the council area. We want you to nominate your worthy local individual […]

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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, 2.00pm – 3.00pm 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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From Coronavirus to Community Wealth

24 August 2020

One year on from the publication of the DTNI charter for change and in the midst of a generational crisis, there is a pressing need to reflect on and refresh how we build inclusive local economies in Northern Ireland. This week DTNI and Centre for Local Economic Strategies launch From Coronavirus to Community Wealth, a […]

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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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Volunteer Induction: The New Environment, The New Way!

7 August 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. There are 3 […]

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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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Members’ Check In & Chat

5 August 2020

Join Us! An opportunity to network and share! Volunteer Now has organised a Members’ Check In & Chat session. Join us on Thursday 20 August 2020, 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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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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Small Capital Grants Programme Now Open!

22 July 2020

On behalf of the Department for Communities (DfC), Co-operation Ireland announces the opening of the 2020/21 Small Capital Grants Programme for Northern Ireland. The Programme, which has a total fund of £800,000, is aimed at assisting voluntary and community organisations purchase items of equipment to enhance and sustain the activities and services they provide to […]

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