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International Year of the Nurse & Midwife 2020

20 January 2020

2020 is the first ever global Year of the Nurse and Midwife.  And 2020 is also Florence Nightingale’s bicentennial year, designated by World Health Organisation.  Nurses and midwives make up the largest numbers of the NHS workforce.  They are highly skilled, multi-faceted professionals from a host of backgrounds that represent our diverse communities. 2020 is […]

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#TimesAreChanging NOW!

10 January 2020

You might have heard that we have changed our volunteer opportunities search system through social media or our recent newsletters. This is now a reality – our new platform is powered by Be Collective and has been launched on Volunteer Now’s website. If you’ve already completed the registration process, you can now share your volunteer […]

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Leadership and Good Governance Awards 2020

3 January 2020

A New Year and a perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the many Trustees in Northern Ireland who give their time freely to ensure that good governance and leadership is essential for local charities to be effective, accountable and sustainable. The Leadership and Good Governance Awards, organised by VSB Foundation in partnership with CO3 and […]

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Special Offer!

17 December 2019

We have managed to secure a discount code for the fully revised fourth edition of The Complete Volunteer Management Handbook, written by Rob Jackson, Mike Locke, Dr Eddy Hogg and Rick Lynch, which has just been published! It is available to buy now from Directory of Social Change at a 15% discount for a limited […]

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Volunteer Now’s new volunteer management system – Coming Soon!

12 December 2019

Volunteer Now are moving to a new volunteer management system, Be Collective. Organisations currently registered with Volunteer Now have the facility to promote their volunteering opportunities on www.volunteernow.co.uk.   This new system will provide each of our member organisations with an opportunity to promote opportunities, access to real time reporting and data as well as end to end […]

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Information session – Fundraising Code and Volunteers

5 December 2019

Do you want to network, learn and share with other volunteer involving organisations? Volunteer Organisations Linking Together (VOLT) is a free session for those who want to focus on a volunteering issue with other like-minded individuals. Organised 4 times a year, sessions will address topics that those working with volunteers want to hear more about.  […]

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Ultimate success for young volunteers

3 December 2019

Sixteen young people from across Northern Ireland have received their Millennium Volunteer Ultimate Awards at an event held in the Long Gallery, Stormont.    The Ultimate Awards recognise young people who give their own time, skills and enthusiasm to help individuals or charities in their community and are nominated by their organisations. Denise Hayward, CEO, Volunteer […]

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Recognising volunteers worldwide

3 December 2019

International Volunteer Day (IVD) was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteering and takes place each year on December 5th. This is an opportunity for volunteers, and volunteer organisations, to raise awareness of, and gain understanding for, the contribution they make to […]

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Cyber Monday Sale!

2 December 2019

Get a massive 25% off ANY of our Volunteer Management courses in January – March 2020 if you book before 31 December 2019! Choose your courses here http://bit.ly/331HkEI.

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Dormant Accounts Consultation

19 November 2019

The Community Fund is seeking ideas from the sector about how to deliver the funding from the Dormant Accounts Fund.  Around £16m of Dormant Accounts funding for Northern Ireland has accrued over the last 10 years.  It is anticipated that money will continue to be available on an annual basis.  The Community Fund is seeking […]

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Have you got Christmas Time ?

18 November 2019

Volunteer Now is appealing to people throughout Northern Ireland to give an hour or more of their time to volunteer for a charity this Christmas.   The ChristmasTIME campaign aims to encourage more people to get involved in a one-off or short volunteering opportunity as part of their festive celebrations. Denise Hayward, Chief Executive, Volunteer Now […]

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Statistics on the Experience of Volunteering

24 October 2019

This morning the Department of Communities released their report ‘Statistics on the Experience of Volunteering: Findings from the 2018/19 Continuous Household Survey’. The bulletin presents analysis on the following topics: Participation in volunteering; Types of voluntary work; Time spent volunteering; Volunteering experience; Factors that might encourage volunteering.   Read the report here.  

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Befriending Week 1-7 Nov

22 October 2019

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 the Campaign will shine the spotlight on health and wellbeing.  Here in Northern Ireland Volunteer Now is encouraging people to take a moment […]

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Well Done You Spirited Souls with Giant Hearts!

4 October 2019

Have a look at this great video by Tourism NI – Volunteer Now is so proud to have been part of this Open experience with the support of the wonderful volunteers…you did the place proud, you spirited souls with giant hearts, the performance of a lifetime, you did indeed earn your curtain call!  Thank you!

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MEN 50+ … Take time to look after YOU!

4 October 2019

F R E E  M E N ‘ S  H E A L T H D A Y GIRDWOOD COMMUNITY HUB,  Girdwood Avenue, Belfast Friday 18 October 2019 10.30am – 2pm You’re invited to come along for a day of activities, entertainment, clubs, hobbies, games, volunteering, health advice, therapies, pamper sessions and leisure ideas.  There […]

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Adopt-a-Street!

3 October 2019

Adopt-a-Street is a voluntary initiative launched by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to help tackle the problem of litter throughout the Borough. They aim to recruit a team of volunteers who wish to take positive action to help keep streets and roads litter free, for their own benefit and the enjoyment of a […]

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DfC Small Grants for Volunteering – Now open for Applications

2 October 2019

Department for Communities have secured funding towards the Volunteering Small Grants Programme for 2019/2020.  These small grants are a lifeline to the voluntary/community sector and we welcome this encouraging development.  Limavady Community Development Initiative Ltd (LCDI), acting as lead for the Association of Independent Volunteer Centres (AIVC) & North West Volunteer Centre, are responsible for […]

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FREE Accreditation!

1 October 2019

We have a SPECIAL OFFER on 2 of our courses! Managing & Motivating Volunteers – Book by 18 October 2019 and get FREE Accreditation! Saving £85 +VAT. Train the Trainers – Book by 1 November 2019 and get FREE Accreditation! Saving £80 +VAT.

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Positive Ageing Month Event – Enniskillen

26 September 2019

Enniskillen Library Thursday 3rd October 2019 To celebrate Positive Ageing Month, Volunteer Now will be holding an information morning in Enniskillen Library.  Please come along on 3rd October 2019 between 10am and 2pm. You will have the opportunity to meet up with your local organisations and find out what they can offer you. Many of […]

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Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council Mayor’s Community Awards 2020

26 September 2019

The Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council, Councillor Alan Givan, along with members of the Assessment Panel has launched the 2020 Mayor’s Community Awards to acknowledge the outstanding contribution and commitment of volunteers across the council area. We want you to nominate your worthy local individual or group.  The seven award categories up for grabs […]

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Age-friendly Belfast Convention 2019

25 September 2019

Age-friendly Belfast Invites you to the Age-friendly Belfast Convention 2019 When: Tuesday 1st October Where: Belfast City Hall Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm Come and celebrate International Older Persons Day, Positive Ageing Month, hear progress on the plan and try something new! To register call 028 90270428 or email positiveageingmonth@belfastcity.gov.uk

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Good Governance – helping you to get it right

25 September 2019

The Developing Governance Group has been working on revising the Code of Good Governance to make it easier for trustees to use.  The revised Code is now ready for consultation with the sector and will be presented to hear your views. Good governance is essential for the success of any organisation and is now more important than […]

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Get Behind the Scenes as a Volunteer at Whitehead Railway Museum

24 September 2019

The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland is holding a Volunteers Day at Whitehead Railway Museum in September. This will be an opportunity for members of the public to see what goes on behind the scenes at the RPSI’s headquarters in Whitehead – and to hear all about the opportunities to join the team of volunteers […]

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Be Part of ABC Community and Voluntary Sector Panel

23 September 2019

Are you a local social enterprise, community or voluntary group? Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Community Planning Partnership is calling on individuals who are active within the voluntary sector to join the Community and Voluntary Sector Panel. Closing date is 6 October 2019.  Find out more here bit.ly/2m8Pon3  

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Cats Protection seeks new volunteers for their Coleraine branch

20 September 2019

The Coleraine Branch of Cats Protection is currently seeking new volunteers to help carry out their vital work in the area (click for more details): Rehoming Team Leader Volunteer Kitten Socialisation Volunteer Fundraising Team Leader Fundraising Volunteer Fosterer Support Volunteer Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Volunteer – Coleraine (Please apply before 16 October 2019)

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Get in the driver’s seat and volunteer!

17 September 2019

Volunteer Now is currently recruiting volunteer drivers to help transport older, isolated people to essential appointments.  The Driving Scheme is a community car service that provides transport for older people within the Belfast area who have no other way to access healthcare due to social isolation or friends and relatives not having the means to support […]

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Small Capital Grants Programme 2019/20 – Call for Applications

11 September 2019

Co-operation Ireland has been appointed by the Department for Communities (DfC) as the Intermediary Funding Body for the 2019/20 Small Capital Grants Programme for Northern Ireland.   The purpose of this Programme is to promote Partnership and Collaboration among Voluntary and Community organisations. As such the amount of grant available to applicants will be dependent on […]

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Our Belfast office has moved

9 September 2019

We’ve moved out of our offices in Shaftesbury Square, and are now located in The Skainos Centre, 239 Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 1AF. The Skainos Centre is a modern, easily accessible building boasts a host of environmentally sensitive innovations, ample parking, conference facilities and the Refresh café which is open to the public.

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Nominations now open for the Older Volunteer Awards

9 September 2019

Do you know an older volunteer who inspires and makes a real difference in their community? Nominations are now open for Belfast City Council’s Older Volunteer Awards. With the support of Volunteer Now, the awards are an opportunity for Belfast-based community and voluntary groups and organisations to recognise the selfless work of their volunteers who are […]

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