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NEW Investing in Volunteers Standard Launched!

30 March 2021

Along with our UK Partners, Volunteer Now is pleased to announce the launch of a new Investing in Volunteers Standard consisting of 6 Quality Areas. For those that don’t know, Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management.   Achieving the standard shows your volunteers, and potential volunteers, how […]

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Could you be a Sports Leader within your community?

30 March 2021

Are you passionate about running and cycling and keen to share this with others? Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council are seeking volunteers to guide visually impaired runners or to assist Disability Sport NI with the All Out Trekking project in Gosford Forest Park. If you have some free time, then please sign up […]

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Funding opportunity for groups in Armagh, Banbridge & Craigavon

30 March 2021

Good News.  DfC have released funding to support the volunteers working in the volunteer led community groups delivering against Covid-19. Craigavon & Banbridge Volunteer Bureau will be delivering the scheme in partnership with Armagh Banbridge Craigavon Council. Grants of up to £500 will be available to cover volunteer costs. (Subject to number of applications) PPE […]

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Leadership & Good Governance Awards 2021

18 March 2021

This past year has provided many challenges! The Leadership and Good Governance Awards 2021 provides an opportunity to shine a light on the many Trustees in Northern Ireland who have given their time freely to ensure that good governance and leadership has been continuing during the pandemic. The Leadership and Good Governance Awards, organised by […]

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Belfast Harbour Community Awards Fund

18 March 2021

Belfast Harbour has launched its 2021 Belfast Harbour Community Awards Fund, a new £50,000 programme designed to help support the work of grass-roots community organisations and charities. The Fund will provide individual grants of up to £2,500 and will be open to eligible community organisations, not for profit groups, and charities which are registered in […]

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Nominations Opening Soon!

15 March 2021

Nominations for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2022 will open on 1 April 2021. The prestigious award is given for exceptional volunteer activity that is making an impact in the community. Do you know a group worthy of recognition?  Sandra Adair is the recently appointed NI Representative for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service […]

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Launch of Police Property Fund Small Grants Scheme

12 March 2021

The Policing Board will launch the Police Property Fund Small Grants Scheme on the afternoon of Thursday 18 March 2021 which will offer eligible projects grants of between £1k and £10k. The Police Property Fund is made up of assets recovered by the PSNI as a result of criminal investigations, and administered by the Northern […]

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Volunteer Now’s Draft Response to Programme for Government

11 March 2021

Volunteer Now’s latest draft response to the Programme for Government (PfG) consultation has been published here.  We wanted to share this in the hope that it provides you with support when completing your own response.  We also welcome any feedback, as this can help strengthen our response! Please send any feedback or suggestions to andrew.hanna@volunteernow.co.uk […]

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Independent Community Observers

9 March 2021

The Northern Ireland Policing Board has launched a campaign to recruit new Independent Community Observers (ICOs).  ICOs are volunteers who play an important part in helping to monitor key aspects of the PSNI recruitment process for Police Constables.  They ensure that the same procedures are applied to all candidates and that facilities and arrangements are […]

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Dementia Friendly Neighbourhoods – Belfast Celebration Event

9 March 2021

Thursday 18 March 2021 10:45am-12:45pm (Virtual event via Zoom) You will learn about how people living with dementia and their carers have been impacted during Coronavirus You will hear about some of the innovative programmes taking place in North, South, East and West Belfast Dementia Friendly Neighbourhoods There will also be breakout rooms where you […]

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All-Island Physical Literacy Consensus Statement Consultation Survey

8 March 2021

The All-Island Physical Literacy Consensus Statement is a public policy co-ordinated by Sport Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland, which includes a definition and explanation of physical literacy.  The Statement aims to promote a knowledge and understanding of physical literacy across the island of Ireland.  This public consultation survey aims to gain insight into the views […]

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Would you like an impressive Social CV?

3 March 2021

Want to know how to make the most of your Social record on Be Collective and turn it into an impressive social cv? Have you undertaken training and gained skills and experiences through volunteering but don’t know what to do with it? Do you want to share your social cv with others? Join Jamie on […]

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COVID-19 and Rethinking Loneliness and Social Isolation

3 March 2021

The Institute of Public Health hosted a webinar on Thursday 25 February 2021,  focused on the impact of COVID-19 and rethinking loneliness and social isolation in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Loneliness is emerging as a key public health challenge for the population during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Evidence shows loneliness is a significant issue for population […]

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Volunteering During The Pandemic & Beyond – New NI Research

3 March 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! We are delighted to share findings from one of the first large scale surveys to assess the impact of COVID-19 on volunteering in Northern Ireland. […]

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Fermanagh TBUC Social Action Programme

1 March 2021

This video was developed and created by a group of young people from Fermanagh who were engaging in TBUC Social Action Programme, where they have been exploring the topics of identity, prejudice, stereotypes and what community relations is and its relevance today. With talks provided by South Eastern Fermanagh Foundation and NI Education Service around […]

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Safeguarding & DBS Barring – What You Need To Know

25 February 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! The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) is an important part of safeguarding and safer recruitment but not everyone understands what the service does and the […]

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Programme for Government – Where Does Volunteering Sit?

23 February 2021

VOLT Session: Programme for Government – Where Does Volunteering Sit? 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! On 25 January 2021, the Executive launched the public consultation on its Programme for Government […]

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Good Governance Awards Launch 2021

23 February 2021

Lessons on charity governance through a pandemic The VSB Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 Good Governance Awards for Northern Ireland.  Delivered in partnership with Volunteer Now and CO3. The Good Governance Awards will showcase how good governance and driving social change are essentially interlinked and will provide an opportunity to […]

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Views From Some 2020 VOLT Sessions

22 February 2021

Last year, three of our VOLT (Volunteer Organisations Linking Together) sessions delved into a report for Government called “Levelling up our Communities: proposals for a new social covenant* (Danny Kruger MP Sept 20).  The report was Danny Kruger MP’s response to a request from the Prime Minister to consider ways of sustaining the community spirit […]

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Census 2021 is Coming Soon ….

22 February 2021

Households across Northern Ireland will soon be asked to take part in the 2021 Census.  The census happens only once every 10 years and gives a picture of all the people and households in Northern Ireland.  The last census was in 2011 and counted 1,810,900 people living here.   It will be the first census run predominantly […]

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Seeking your Support: Development of a Good Relations and Volunteering Toolkit

19 February 2021

Would you be interested in helping us produce a new resource over the lockdown period? Supported by The Executive Office we will be producing an on-line toolkit to help organisations develop the knowledge and skills of volunteers around Good Relations.   As we know Good Relations relates mainly to relationships between people from the section 75(2) […]

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Drivers wanted for Meals On Wheels

17 February 2021

East Belfast Mission provide Meals on Wheels for elderly and housebound clients in the local East Belfast Area. They urgently need some volunteer drivers to help deliver meals to housebound residents, preferably from 10.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. weekdays on a rotational roster pattern. If you have a full clean drivers licence, two years experience […]

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Training for Men’s Groups

15 February 2021

Come along and find out how to hold your AGM, how to keep tabs on your accounts and roles & responsibilities of your Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Tuesday 9 March 2021, 1-2pm Register your attendance with Pamela Higgins on pamela.higgins@volunteernow.co.uk or 028 9023 2020. Zoom Link – https://zoom.us/j/98166432262?pwd=Z2VJMVVLRTViQS8zVzhENTU4d08zUT09              

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Would you like to be part of something huge and make a difference?

12 February 2021

Volunteer Now are currently involved, along with British Red Cross and Ulster GAA, in the recruitment of volunteers in the role of a Meeter & Greeter to support the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme across Northern Ireland.  This role is an opportunity to help support our community against a pandemic that is affecting everyone.  […]

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Volunteering – It’s A Love Thing!

10 February 2021

Will you be doing something incredible for Valentine’s Day?  For many couples, this particular celebratory day will be represented by the exchange of flowers, chocolates, gifts; a romantic meal to a restaurant or even a trip to Paris (in pre-covid days).  However, for one lovely couple, Valentine’s Day this year will involve a very different […]

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March VOLT Sessions Available

9 February 2021

Join Us! An opportunity to network and share! We have arranged a new series of VOLT Sessions, looking at various volunteering topics. March 2021 Programme for Government – Where Does Volunteering Sit? Thursday 4 March 2021  |  11am-12pm Safeguarding & DBS Barring – What You Need To Know Tuesday 9 March 2021  |  10am-12pm Volunteering […]

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Introduction to Volunteering Free Online Talk

9 February 2021

Belfast Hills Partnership (BHP) have organised a free online talk about all things volunteering with BHP.  Maybe you follow them on social media and would like to get involved or maybe you’ve thought about joining and haven’t been sure how to go about it. Laura Shiels, Environmental Engagement Officer will chat through all aspects of […]

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25th Anniversary of Our Duty to Care

8 February 2021

On the 25th Anniversary of Our Duty to Care, Alec Walker, Keeping Safe trainer talks about safeguarding and the responsibilities of organisations and their staff and volunteers providing a service.  Well said Alec!   Ruth Mulholland, Safeguarding Manager tells us more about Our Duty to Care here.

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Eden Project Communities … virtual community camp

4 February 2021

Eden Project Communities next virtual Community Camp will be held in March 2021.  Community Camp is an immersive learning experience, offering a mix of practical activities, workshop sessions and networking opportunities for people from across the UK. Community Camp starts on Monday 1 March 2021 and will finish on Monday the 29th March. Each week will be themed covering subjects […]

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Investing in Volunteers Congratulations!

1 February 2021

We are delighted to announce that the following organisations successfully renewed their Investing in Volunteers Awards on Thursday 28 January 2021: Foyle Search and Rescue Victim Support NI   And we are also pleased to welcome Saint Joseph’s Shankill as a first time achiever in ROI, working with our sister organisation Volunteer Ireland. Volunteers being […]

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