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Spirit of Volunteering Awards 2022

6 April 2022

Nominations are now open for the Antrim and Newtownabbey Spirit of Volunteering Awards 2022,  an initiative that recognises the hard work and dedication of the Borough’s unsung heroes. Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council want to recognise those who have given much of their time to volunteering, and those who are relatively new to this invaluable service who […]

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Diversity Training OFFER!

5 April 2022

We have ANOTHER training offer for all participants booking onto our Diversity Series of courses in April, May & June: Book a place on all four Diversity courses in April, May & June and get a FREE place on any volunteer management course of your choice later in the year – Saving up to £42! […]

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Global Intergenerational Week 2022 (25th April – 1st May)

5 April 2022

Linking Generations NI (LGNI) are passionate about supporting connections between generations in communities and would love your group, organisation, community or setting to get involved! LGNI are leading for NI on Global Intergenerational Week 2022 (25th April – 1st May) and you can join in! Check out their webpage for all information on the week […]

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Nominate your volunteering hero for a Platinum Champion Award

5 April 2022

Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to volunteering in Northern Ireland? Royal Voluntary Service, together with its president HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, and in partnership with The Big Jubilee Lunch, have launched the Platinum Champion Awards to recognise and reward volunteers who have given their time to help others in […]

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FREE Accredited Carbon Literacy Training

31 March 2022

Free accredited carbon literacy training is currently available through Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. The course is being delivered online to environmental charities, community groups, community leaders, youth groups, teachers and tourism businesses across Northern Ireland.  Training slots are available at a variety of times throughout the week to ensure as many people as possible can […]

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Volunteers’ Week 2022 Launch!

30 March 2022

‘A Time to Say Thanks’ to local community heroes this Volunteers’ Week Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1-7 June, will honour local volunteers with a week-long programme of events as part of wider UK celebrations. With the countdown now on to Volunteers’ Week 2022, which runs from 1-7 June, Volunteer Now is calling on communities […]

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RNID Hearing Aid User Support Service needs your help

22 March 2022

RNID are urgently seeking volunteers in the Southern Trust area (Newry,  Warrenpoint, Kilkeel and the greater Armagh area including Dungannon) Their Hearing Aid User Support Service needs your help to deliver vital services to people living with hearing loss. Volunteers with experience of using hearing aids, or supporting people to use hearing aids, are particularly […]

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We’re Hiring!

21 March 2022

Fundraising Manager Volunteer Now is seeking to recruit a team member to lead fundraising for the organisation.  This role will set a clear vision and deliver a long term plan to achieve growth in fundraising income and lead our organisation to deliver this ambition.  This will include a range of fundraising activities from grants, philanthropy […]

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NEW Safeguarding Training Calendar for 2022-23!

15 March 2022

Have you signed up yet? We provide a wide range of Keeping Safe courses at different levels including: On demand induction courses which cover key basic information about safeguarding Introductory level courses which inform staff and volunteers about the legal and policy context of safeguarding, categories of abuse and possible indicators, procedures for reporting concerns […]

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Introduction to Asylum Seeker & Refugee Issues

14 March 2022

This 2 hour training, delivered by Denise Wright of South Belfast Roundtable, aims to give: An introduction to asylum and refugee issues in the UK and NI in particular An overview of the NI Refugee Resettlement Scheme and future Afghan Scheme Facts on numbers, legal status and entitlements of both asylum seekers and refugees An […]

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Small Worlds – Café-Style Workshops

14 March 2022

Small Worlds workshops are café-style events, hosted by members of Belfast Friendship Club. Table hosts share their purely personal perspectives about how they’ve coped with their lives as migrant workers, asylum seekers, refugees, etc.  In this way, participants can have a meaningful encounter with others whose lives and life experience is probably very different from […]

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Revamp of Publications & Publications Section!

10 March 2022

In 2001, Volunteer Now initially developed the As Good As They Give workbook series which provide crucial information on all things volunteer management.  These are divided into 5 workbooks: Planning Volunteer Involvement Attracting and Selecting Volunteers Managing and Motivating Volunteers Managing Volunteer Training Volunteers & the Wider Organisation These workbooks were reviewed in 2012, and […]

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April Training OFFER!

9 March 2022

To celebrate the launch of our new training calendar, we have an offer available for all participants booking onto our new Building Foundations Series of courses in April: Book a place on all four Building Foundations courses in April and get a FREE place on any volunteer management course of your choice later in the […]

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Recording: Supporting Volunteering in a Digital Environment

2 March 2022

The first workshop in a series aimed at developing a network, sharing ideas and supporting volunteering in a digital environment took place on Thursday 24 February 2022. The workshop – Introductions, Adapting & Exploring – introduced and explained the purpose of the project, shared learning from international organisations, explored how to re-engage volunteers online and […]

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Men’s Health Day

1 March 2022

Tuesday 29 March 2022 (10.30am-1.30pm) at Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast Men aged 55+ are invited to come along to our ever-popular Men’s Health Day, where you can find out lots of information and advice relating to your health, therapies available, and even have a free trim at the Hair Bus!  Plus we’ll throw in a […]

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Deadline Extended: Leadership Development Programme for Young Volunteers

1 March 2022

Belfast City Council is delivering a leadership development programme to young volunteers within those numerous organisations who were involved in the provision of services to local residents and homeless people during the lockdown periods of 2020. You can read more about the programme here. LAST CALL FOR NOMINATIONS The closing date for final submission of […]

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Pathway for Volunteering: Research Workshops

1 March 2022

The Learning from Today, Prepared for Tomorrow report was launched in January and tells the story of the impact of the pandemic on volunteering.  No area of volunteering remained undisrupted by the past two years, however, it has also been a time of great change and innovation. Therefore, we need to plan for the future. […]

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Activity Day for Senior Groups in North Belfast, Greater Shankill & West Belfast

1 March 2022

Connecting Older Peoples Groups We would like to invite all senior groups in North Belfast, Greater Shankill & West Belfast to come along to a morning of fun activities, demonstrations, entertainment and refreshments.  You will have the opportunity to visit a variety of information stands hosted by a range of tutors, talk to them first-hand […]

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New Training Calendar 22-23 Launched!

1 March 2022

Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd is pleased to launch our new training calendar today.  Most of our sessions are now arranged into different series’ including the popular Leadership Series and Diversity Series.  We also have 3 new series of courses: Building Foundations, Vision & Values and Inclusion.  See below for full details of each series. To […]

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Northern Ireland Regional Advisory Group Chair

28 February 2022

The National Trust in Northern Ireland are looking to recruit a Regional Advisory Group Chair (voluntary position). With a passion for Northern Ireland, you’ll work closely with out Country Director, Leadership Team and Advisory Group to support, advise and enable the National Trust to be for everyone for ever. What’s involved? Our job is to […]

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Volunteer Ambassadors wanted!

25 February 2022

Would you like to find out more about becoming a Volunteer Ambassador at Forth Meadow Community Greenway?   You can play a key role in bringing an unrivalled WOW! experience and a warm welcome to visitors coming to the  Greenway, and help to make this the best visitor experience ever! Full training will be provided (beginning […]

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We Are Supporting Safer Internet Day 2022

8 February 2022

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people, and to inspire a national conversation about using technology responsibly, respectfully, critically, and creatively. This year’s Safer Internet Day 2022 is today (8 February), with celebrations and learning around the […]

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Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s Community Awards

7 February 2022

Nominations are now officially open for Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s Community Awards, which recognise and reward extraordinary individuals and groups who have made a positive difference to the lives of others in the borough. These awards are a way of thanking exceptional people and groups for the tremendous work they do within […]

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FREE Valuing Volunteers Workshop

7 February 2022

Are you an organisation with an income of less than £250k?  Then we can offer you a free place on the training below, in partnership with Halifax Foundation NI! Valuing Volunteers: Review OR Create Your Volunteer Policy Workshop Date:  Tuesday 15 February 2022, 10am-1pm * 20 Free places available on a first come first served […]

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Engagement in Culture, Arts & Sports Summary Tables

7 February 2022

Engagement in culture, arts and sport by adults in Northern Ireland local government districts 2020 has been published by the Department for Communities. These summary tables will present statistics on engagement with the arts, sport, museums or science centres, libraries, heritage sites, PRONI services and voluntary work by adults across Northern Ireland’s local government districts.  […]

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Do you manage and support volunteers and would like to learn how to support their wellbeing?

7 February 2022

We are hearing from volunteer involving organisations and from volunteers that their mental health has sometimes suffered due to their volunteering roles during Covid. Volunteer Now would like to support volunteer managers and volunteers to learn how to manage their mental health and overall sense of wellbeing. We are offering free workshops to organisations and […]

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Supporting Volunteering in a Digital Environment

31 January 2022

Join us for a series of workshops aimed at developing a network, sharing ideas and supporting volunteering in a digital environment. Volunteer Now & Volunteer Ireland have developed these workshops where you can hear from international speakers who have tried, tested and embedded new digital systems and created new roles to meet their organisational aims. […]

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Celebrate your Community & Say Thank You!

28 January 2022

£100 Voucher 2 x Runner up £50 Vouchers  Primary age school children and youths in Larne and Carrick are invited to Celebrate Community and say Thank you with The Big Lunch and Big Jubilee Lunch.  Everyone is invited to write a letter to thank someone local who has been a help to them during the […]

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Eden Project Communities in Mid and East Antrim Council Pop Up Shops

28 January 2022

Eden Project Communities team will be in the Mid and East Antrim Council Pop Up Shops and invite you to pop in and find out more. There’s lots of reasons to come down and ways to connect if you cant. The pop-up shop project has been funded by Mid & East Antrim Borough Council and […]

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PODCAST: What Did We Learn About Volunteering During The Pandemic?

24 January 2022

The Eastern ARC have released their latest podcast, in which they follow up with the researchers and their findings from Mobilising Voluntary Action Research. The project looked at volunteering in the four nations of the UK during the pandemic.  In this podcast, Eastern ARC Director, Phil Ward talks to the researchers to see how the […]

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