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Looking for something to do over the summer?

17 May 2024

Looking for something to do over the summer? Here’s just a few opportunities to keep you busy! … Sólás Specialist Support Services (Belfast) – summer scheme Mencap in Northern Ireland (Belfast) – summer scheme Sew Ready (Lisburn) – summer sewing scheme The Speedwell Trust (Dungannon) – summer scheme Greenhill YMCA National Centre (Newcastle) – summer […]

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FREE Online Specialist Gaming & Gambling Harm Workshop

16 May 2024

Ygam are working with Volunteer Now to offer a fully funded workshop, delivered through the Young People’s Gambling Harm Prevention Programme.  This workshop is aimed at professionals who work with children or young people. One completion you will receive a City & Guilds Certificate and Digital Credential, and have access to over 1000 resources, including […]

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Gaming & Gambling Awareness & Information Sessions

15 May 2024

Ygam is an award-winning charity with a mission to prevent children and young people from experiencing gaming and gambling harms through awareness raising, education and research.  Through a portfolio of evidence-based programmes, they develop and deliver training and resources for a range of groups who have influence over children and young people. Ygam are delivering […]

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Closing the Gaps: Collaborating on Voluntary & Community Sector Research in Northern Ireland

15 May 2024

The Voluntary Sector Studies Network, Volunteer Now, NICVA, ARK, Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University are delighted to jointly host a symposium to explore pathways to collaborating on voluntary and community sector (VCS) research in Northern Ireland. Date:  Tuesday 25 June 2024 Time:  10am-3.45pm Venue:  NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast, BT15 2GB Research within and […]

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Would you like to support people who have served in the Armed Forces?

9 May 2024

Would you like to support people who have served in the Armed Forces? You don’t need a military background, just the ability to listen, some basic I.T skills and good written and spoken English. If so, this could be the role for you. What is a caseworker?  SSAFA are the Armed Forces Charity , providing […]

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Inclusion in Volunteer Programmes – Toolkit

7 May 2024

This toolkit has been designed to support volunteer involving organisations in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to make their volunteer programmes more inclusive. It was designed based on data collected from individual interviews and a focus group carried out with volunteering organisations North and South.  This was part of an all-island research project […]

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FREE SESSION: Re-Imagining Volunteering for Broader Participation

25 April 2024

As involvement in formal volunteering decreases, and people seek more informal and flexible ways to contribute to their causes, charities need to adjust to this challenge. This requires a little disruptive and creative thinking, to reimagine involvement in the charities in new ways that are attractive to differing audiences. We are delighted to welcome Chris […]

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Inclusion in Volunteer Programmes – New Research Report

23 April 2024

Volunteer Ireland and Volunteer Now have launched a new research report looking at inclusion in volunteering.  The research was conducted by Dublin City University and Queens University Belfast.  The work was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs, through the Shared Island Civic Society Fund (SICSF). The report explores the experiences of a range of […]

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Face-to-Face Training Dates

19 April 2024

Did you know we are now offering some face-to-face safeguarding training?  We still have online sessions but on certain dates, you can book in-person training. The courses below are what is currently available and where.  To find out more and see the dates and venues, please click here bit.ly/VNSafeguardingCourses Keeping Children Safe: Designated Officer Training: […]

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Volunteers are more satisfied with their lives!

18 April 2024

by Denise Hayward, Chief Executive, Volunteer Now New research from NISRA shows evidence for the link between volunteering and life satisfaction, self-efficacy and locus of control.  The evidence shows that overall volunteering is a really positive activity for everyone.  The report does not look at the reasons leading to these findings, it may be because […]

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Could you help to rebuild people’s lives after stroke?

18 April 2024

PREP is Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke’s physiotherapy led, community based course which helps rebuild people’s lives after stroke, through exercise and education.  It is designed for stroke survivors who have completed the statutory rehabilitation that the health service offers to meet their longer term care needs, and they need volunteers to help with: –  […]

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FREE VOLT Session: Big Help Out

11 April 2024

The Big Help Out is a UK-wide campaign designed to raise awareness of volunteering, provide opportunities for people to volunteer and make a difference in their communities.  In 2024 it will take place across the weekend of 7-9 June, at the end of Volunteers’ Week. Millions volunteered during the pandemic but we’ve seen a significant […]

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Could you make a difference to someone with hearing loss?

8 April 2024

Could you help RNID offer a free, in-person drop-in service for people who are deaf, have hearing loss or tinnitus, or want to get their hearing checked?  They are currently looking for Near you Hearing Aid Support Volunteers in all areas of Northern Ireland.  Give a couple of hours each week and make a real […]

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Investing in Volunteers Congratulations!

8 April 2024

Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is the UK Quality Standard that helps you assess and improve the quality of your volunteer management and involvement, prove and improve the effectiveness of your work with volunteers and enhance your organisation’s reputation. Achieving the standard shows your current, and potential, volunteers how much they are valued and gives them […]

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Research launch: Inclusion in volunteering programmes

28 March 2024

Join us for the launch of new research on inclusion in volunteer programmes. This research explores best practice in inclusion in volunteer programmes exploring areas like motivation, support, recognition and barriers. The session will also explore next steps based on the research including training and a toolkit with practical guidance on embedding inclusion in your […]

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Global Intergenerational Week 24-30 April 2024

28 March 2024

Global Intergenerational Week is a campaign connecting everyone who is passionate about everything intergenerational. 2024 is the fourth year of this amazing campaign and we are so excited by last year’s success and anticipate this year being bigger and better than ever!  The week will run from 24th April – 30th April 2024 and aims […]

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Community Befriender volunteer described as ‘wee best friend’ as success of initiative continues to grow

28 March 2024

“I visit Frances once a week and I keep her company. We chat and enjoy having a bit of a laugh together!” These are the words of Lisburn based Community Befriender Pauline Millar who has been visiting 91-year-old Frances at home for the past six years. Providing chat and companionship to help reduce loneliness and […]

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CO3’s Scoping Study Project

27 March 2024

If your VCSE organisation is part of the Health and Social Care sector then CO3 need your help. If you are not part of the Health & Social Care sector, but you know people in the Community & Voluntary sector who are, you can still support this important work, by making them aware of this project and forwarding this information to […]

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BOOK NOW… Volunteer Strategy – Gaining Visibility & Traction in Your Organisation

12 March 2024

Welcome to the Institute of Volunteer Leadership, a joint programme presented by Volunteer Ireland and Volunteer Now. Join us for a transformative journey where leaders of volunteers come together to share experiences, knowledge, and build a powerful network of leaders of volunteers across Ireland and Northern Ireland. Volunteer Strategy – Gaining Visibility & Traction in […]

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Guide Dogs NI needs your help in Antrim & Ballymena

7 March 2024

How would you like to be part of the Guide Dogs family and help people with sight loss live the life they choose? They have a variety of flexible roles and ways you can help and would love to have you onboard to help with their ambition of a future where every person with sight […]

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Volunteer Now seeks community drivers to help people in Belfast and North Down

27 February 2024

Volunteer Now, the lead organisation for volunteering in Northern Ireland, is seeking drivers to help support individuals and families in need across Belfast, Ards and North Down. Our popular Volunteer Driver service plays a pivotal part in its community outreach. There is an immediate requirement for volunteers to help drive isolated older people who have […]

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Free Dementia Carers Awareness Course

5 February 2024

For more information and to register, contact Tracy on 078 1158 5823 or tracysmyth@praxiscare.org.uk

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Investing in Volunteers Achiever – Cedar Foundation

2 February 2024

Achieving Investing in Volunteers, the national quality standard for volunteer management Cedar Foundation first achieved in 2009, and have renewed their Award 4 times! They have a team of 29 volunteers who support the organisation’s services through befriending, receptionist/admin support, gardening, group activity support, peer mentoring and ICT support.

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SAVE THE DATE: Volunteers’ Week celebrates 40th anniversary this summer

29 January 2024

Volunteers’ Week 2024 will launch on Monday 3rd June and will run through until Sunday 9th Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which sees charities, voluntary groups, social organisations, and volunteers themselves come together to recognise the incredible impact that volunteering has in communities around the UK. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Volunteers’ […]

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Cancer Focus seeks Volunteer Drivers

26 January 2024

Cancer Focus Northern Ireland are recruiting volunteer drivers to help people with cancer get to and from appointments. Do you have a full driving license and access to a comfortable and roadworthy vehicle with the relevant documentation? Volunteers must be aged 21+ and able to give 1 day per month minimum commitment. Click the link […]

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Live Here Love Here Community Awards 2024

25 January 2024

Live Here Love Here is a national campaign aimed at promoting civic pride and a community can-do attitude by improving environmental quality in Northern Ireland. They tackle issues such as poor environmental quality, littering and dilapidation, by encouraging volunteers to take practical action in their local communities. The Community Awards recognise those groups and individuals […]

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The King George VI Youth Awards now open for applications

24 January 2024

The King George VI Youth Awards funds youth work projects in Northern Ireland for young people aged 14-21. Your group must be based in Northern Ireland and your project must be part of a curriculum based youth work programme, linked to the Youth Work Curriculum. Applications are also accepted from individual young people who must […]

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Save 10% on the UK’s quality standard for volunteer management

10 January 2024

Investing in Volunteers, the UK’s quality standard for good practice in volunteer management, is celebrating the start of 2024 by offering you 10% off the award if you sign up before the end of March. What is Investing in Volunteers? Investing in Volunteers provides your organisation with a framework to assess the quality of your […]

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Join Us!… An opportunity to network and share!

8 January 2024

Regional Infrastructure Support Programme (RISP) – Shaping a consultation response On 15th November 2023, the Department for Communities launched a consultation on its proposed framework for the Voluntary and Community Sector Infrastructure Support. This consultation will close on 9th February 2024. The vision of the Regional Infrastructure Support Programme (RISP) is “that voluntary and community sector […]

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