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Recognising the Contribution of Volunteers During Befriending Week

29 October 2020

Befriending Week takes place 1-7 November throughout the UK, raising awareness of befriending and the impact it has on individuals and communities in helping combat feelings of isolation and loneliness.  This year, with the impact of Covid19 and with current restrictions leaving many vulnerable people isolated, the Campaign will be shining the spotlight on services […]

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Assessing Risk When Developing Volunteer Roles

29 October 2020

Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd have scheduled a new course – The New Environment: Assessing Risk When Developing Volunteer Roles.  It will explore why we need to assess risk when developing volunteer roles and how volunteer managers can implement this process within their volunteer programme. Click below to book your place! 4 November 2020  |  10.30am-12.00pm

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The Lucia Quinney Mee BEM Award for Campaigning

29 October 2020

Earlier this year, a few months after her 4th liver transplant and just 4 days before her 21st birthday, Lucia Quinney Mee died.  Even in this immeasurable loss to her family and friends, Lucia’s light and energy continue to inspire and give strength. Lucia was a committed campaigner setting up her own Campaign in 2015: […]

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Volunteering Is Good For Your Health!

28 October 2020

As part of Positive Ageing Month, Raquel & Edel from our Newry office held an online session ‘Volunteering is Good for Your Health!’  They were joined by staff from Rosies Trust and Deafblind NI to discuss local opportunities and why volunteering is good for your health. A recording of the session is below.

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New Series of VOLT Sessions Available!

28 October 2020

Join Us! An opportunity to network and share! We have arranged a new series of VOLT Sessions, looking at various volunteering topics. November 2020 Volunteering Through COVID – A Refresher Tuesday 3 November 2020  |  11am-12pm Sharing Volunteers – Could Volunteer Passports Work? Thursday 12 November 2020  |  11am-12pm Service Opportunities for Young People – […]

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Experience of Volunteering By Adults in Northern Ireland 2019/2020

28 October 2020

The Department of Communities have released their report ‘Experience of Volunteering By Adults in Northern Ireland 2019/20′ (findings from the Continuous Household Survey 2019/20). The bulletin presents analysis on the following topics: Participation in volunteering Types of organisations volunteered with Time spent volunteering Identifying volunteering roles Organisation procedures Benefits experienced as a result of volunteering […]

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Trustees’ Week: 2-6 November

26 October 2020

Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference. Trustees’ Week 2020 runs from 2-6 November.  If you’re a Trustee or thinking of becoming a Trustee then please sign up to some of […]

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Volunteer Wellbeing: What Works and Who Benefits?

22 October 2020

How does volunteering affect our wellbeing? What Works Wellbeing have published a new review, co-published with Spirit of 2012, and in partnership with the Institute of Volunteer Research. Volunteer Wellbeing: What Works and Who Benefits will help groups, clubs, and organisations to design and develop their volunteering programmes with wellbeing in mind.  This briefing summarises the findings […]

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Nomination Assessment Committee Member for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

21 October 2020

Expressions of Interest – Assessment Committee Member for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (Pro Bono, Voluntary Role) A unique opportunity to champion, assess and reward local voluntary work, by becoming an assessment committee member for the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for voluntary groups. We are seeking expressions of interest from […]

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Members Check In & Chat – Safeguarding

16 October 2020

Join Us! An opportunity to network and share! Volunteer Now has organised a Members’ Check In & Chat session. Join us on Thursday 22 October 2020 11am-12pm An informal session, just bring your cuppa!  Tell us about any challenges your organisation is facing – they might be around keeping connected with vulnerable groups, moving services […]

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Congratulations to our own Sandra Adair MBE!

12 October 2020

Sandra Adair, Director of Operations with Volunteer Now and Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.  It is in recognition of her work in relation to volunteer development, management and training. Sandra has worked in the volunteering sector for 32 years and has always been passionate about […]

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Men’s Health Day – 23 October 2020

12 October 2020

Would you like to have a bit of craic, get energized, learn some news skills, pick up tips and have fun?  Join our virtual Men’s Health Day on Friday 23rd October on Zoom.  From Cooking to Bee-keeping and lots more – there’s something for everyone!  (all sessions are free of charge) It’s easy to get involved in […]

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Welcome Barbara & Eva!

9 October 2020

Welcome to our new European Solidarity Corps Volunteers, Barbara and Eva who will be getting involved in a wide range of activities with Volunteer Now…. “My name is Bárbara and I am from Porto, Portugal.  After high school I was lucky to know what I wanted to do and study, and so I got into […]

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Positive Ageing Month 2020

8 October 2020

October is Positive Ageing Month, a month-long festival of events and activities for older people. It celebrates the contribution that older people make to their communities, and no more so than this year! Check out all the great activities happening throughout the month by downloading these Positive Ageing Calendar of Events: Ards & North Down Borough […]

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Just Like Our Bodies – Our Minds Need Care Too

8 October 2020

To highlight World Mental Health Day, Volunteer Now are shining the spotlight on the charity Fresh Light.  We have spoken to a past service-user who was happy to share her very positive experience with them.  Jen was looking for professional counselling services since the NHS waiting list can be long and unpredictable, and private health […]

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Good Morning Carrickfergus

6 October 2020

In celebration of Positive Ageing Month, which celebrates the contribution older people make to their communities, we hear from Elain Rajkumar, Volunteer Co-ordinator about the fantastic work going on at Good Morning Carrickfergus. Good Morning Carrickfergus is a free telephone befriending and alert service for older and vulnerable adults within the Greenisland, Carrickfergus and Whitehead […]

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National Lottery Community Fund – Chair of Northern Ireland Funding Committee

30 September 2020

The National Lottery Community Fund NI are looking for a new Chair for their NI Committee.  This is an important opportunity to lead their work with local communities to support them during the current crisis. Applications close at 12:00 on 23rd October.  Find out more here https://publicappointments.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/appointment/national-lottery-community-fund-chair-of-northern-ireland-funding-committee/

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Unsung Hero 2020: Nominate the volunteers who made a real difference

30 September 2020

BBC Sport are searching for volunteers whose efforts have meant sports clubs have made a positive impact in local communities during an unprecedented year. They have also introduced the Captain Tom Young Unsung Hero award, which celebrates young people aged 15 and under who have gone to extraordinary lengths for their communities. It is named in […]

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Vincent’s Retail Volunteer Appeal

29 September 2020

(scroll to the bottom of this post for the list of Vincent’s shops who are currently recruiting new volunteers) It’s been a difficult time for many charities who are trying to continue their vital services  but the charity retail sector are particularly struggling.  They have always been reliant on older volunteers within their volunteer teams […]

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Volunteer Induction: The New Environment, The New Way!

29 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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Coronavirus Protocols for Councils Engaging with Voluntary & Community Organisations

29 September 2020

The need to help some people in the community to pay bills or carry out shopping on their behalf is likely to continue over the winter months.  The following Protocol was developed for Councils engaging with voluntary and community organisations where volunteers’ roles include carrying out activities where money is involved.   Click the title below […]

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Planning for Involving Volunteers at Events – How Are Things Going?

28 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: Planning for Involving Volunteers at Events  –  How are things going in light of COVID-19? Thursday 15 October 2020, 11.30am – 12.30pm COVID-19 has changed how we do […]

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The New Environment: Recruit, Retain, Reward Volunteers

28 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 14 October 2020 Time:  10.30am – 12.00pm Cost:  £5 +VAT Book your place here.  Joining information will be sent […]

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Positive Ageing Month October 2020

28 September 2020

Welcome to Positive Ageing Month 2020, a month-long festival of events and activities for older people, Positive Ageing Month celebrates the contribution that older people make to their communities and the city of Belfast, and no more so than this year! Now in its fifth year, the festival looks very different this year as it […]

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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 closing soon 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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