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Hargey Pays Tribute to Voluntary and Community Sector for Continued Efforts

20 April 2020

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey today paid tribute to the vital and tireless work of voluntary and community organisations in response to COVID-19. The Minister said: “I know that many organisations have been working tirelessly, day and night, and in many cases, those on the ground are the community’s “first responders” – volunteers, community workers and […]

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WheelWorks Arts Launches NI’s First Online Digital Arts Festival

9 April 2020

Youth arts charity WheelWorks Arts is launching Northern Ireland’s first digital arts festival hosted entirely online. Starting on Monday 13 April, the Make, Do, Create Festival will see a series of artist-led creative workshops take place every day for 6 weeks. Covering music; animation; photography; dance; visual arts and filmmaking, the Make, Do, Create Festival […]

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Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme

8 April 2020

The Live Here Love Here Small Grants Scheme is an incredible opportunity for local communities to apply for a grant between £500 to £5000 to improve their local environment. The Small Grants Scheme is about encouraging practical, local action towards building more sustainable communities.  The scheme will support volunteers to: • Contribute to the development […]

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FREE Online Course: See Something, Say Something

2 April 2020

Our FREE online safeguarding course – See Something, Say Something is a key course for volunteers taking part in our #HelpEachOther campaign and is also suitable for the general public who may have concerns about their family, friends or neighbours. Click here to find out more and to register.

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FREE Webinar: Involving Volunteers in Response to COVID-19

31 March 2020

Volunteer Now has partnered with NICVA to deliver this essential learning on how to put best practice in place for involving volunteers safely in such challenging times.  Covid-19 has highlighted across the world how important volunteering is.  Volunteers are bringing amazing support to those ‘most at risk’ in our communities and more and more people […]

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Support the Challenge: #HelpEachOther

26 March 2020

In these uncertain and challenging times Volunteer Now has launched a new online campaign #HelpEachOther to support those who wish to volunteer for COVID-19 related opportunities and also for those organisations which require the support of volunteers to deliver their services to those who need it most. If you are interested in volunteering please visit our […]

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Our Offices Are Closed But We Are Still Working!

24 March 2020

IN LIGHT OF THE RECENT GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT WE ARE NOW FULLY IMPLEMENTING OUR WORKING FROM HOME PLAN WHICH WILL BE IN FULL EFFECT BY END OF BUSINESS 24/03/2020 We had started to implement our Working From Home (WFH) plan prior to the Government’s announcement based on our monitoring of the situation over the last number […]

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FREE Online Safeguarding Courses

23 March 2020

Volunteer Now recently launched our free online safeguarding training, which is supported by the Health & Social Care Board and the Department of Health.  The online training acts as an introduction only and does not replace face to face training, which should be attended following completion of any of the sessions below. Keeping Adults Safe: […]

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Volunteers Sniff Out Opportunities with Launch of New Online Search Portal

20 March 2020

Volunteer Now, the lead organisation for promoting and supporting volunteering across Northern Ireland, is urging people in Belfast to get into volunteering and find their perfect match through its brand new online search portal. Boasting hundreds of unique volunteering opportunities across a range of sectors, the new online platform is the first of its kind […]

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Challenging Times – Let’s #HelpEachOther

19 March 2020

In such uncertain and changing times, Volunteer Now is mindful of the amazing support volunteers are bringing to those ‘most at risk’ in our communities and more and more people are stepping up in terms of getting involved and offering help.   We have launched a new  campaign ‘HelpEachOther’ to encourage organisations to register their specific […]

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National Emergencies Trust Launches Appeal to Help Civic Society Support Those Affected by the Coronavirus Outbreak

19 March 2020

The National Emergencies Trust has today launched an appeal to raise funds to help local charities support those individuals suffering hardship as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The appeal has been launched with the support of media, business and governmental organisations, and in partnership with the British Red Cross who will be managing donations. […]

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All Training Postponed

18 March 2020

Due to the current circumstances, all training programmed for March and April 2020 has been postponed.  We are looking into different ways of bringing our training to you so monitor our website and social media channels in the coming weeks.  Further communication regarding our face-to-face training will be issued towards the end of April.  Apologies […]

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Worthy Charity Boards Recognised for Good Leadership, Governance and Commitment

13 March 2020

The Leadership and Good Governance Awards, organised by VSB Foundation in partnership with CO3, Investec and Volunteer Now celebrate voluntary organisations which are working hard to improve their governance. At the Awards Ceremony in  Belfast City Hall, Denise Hayward, Chief Executive, Volunteer Now said: “Congratulations to all three organisations on winning this year’s Leadership and […]

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Need help to bring your community closer together through good food?

10 March 2020

Apply for a small grant to help you Get Together Food for Life Get Togethers use the power of good food to connect people of all ages and from different backgrounds. Let’s get more people eating healthily, strengthen our communities and reduce experience of loneliness and social isolation. They’re offering small grants of between £50 – £150. The money […]

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Situation

6 March 2020

As the Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation develops, your organisation should be planning how best to keep your employees, volunteers, supporters and beneficiaries informed and protected.  We have adapted some information provided by NCVO to give you guidance – click here.  This information may change so please also monitor the PHA website for up to date guidance – https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/covid-19-coronavirus.

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BBC Rewind

24 February 2020

BBC Rewind is an archive of more than a thousand pieces of BBC footage from the 1950’s and 60’s.  You can access the archive on computers in all libraries. Contact your local library directly for more information.  Find your local library here.

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Supporting End of Life Care in Northern Trust

17 February 2020

A small number of esteemed volunteering opportunities have arisen within the Northern Trust known as ‘End of Life Companions’. This companion role involves supporting patients and those people important to them as they approach the end of their lives. Volunteers are vital to a range of care settings in helping to enhance people’s experience, making […]

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Volunteer Now Launches New Volunteering Platform

11 February 2020

Volunteer Now is thrilled to have officially launched our new volunteering opportunity search portal in conjunction with the Be Collective platform. This new platform, a first in Europe, cohesively connects volunteering, organisations, outcomes and social value through innovative social infrastructure and for the first time quantifies volunteering contribution by giving individuals and businesses a social […]

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FREE Training for Arts Council NI funded groups

5 February 2020

Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd is offering free training to groups funded by Arts Council for Northern Ireland in February and March 2020.  More dates will follow for May and June.  A free review of your Safeguarding Policy is also available: please contact nicole.gorman@volunteernow.co.uk for more information. Keeping Children and Adults Safe: An Introduction The integrated […]

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How Can We Recognise People Volunteering Their Time in N Ireland?

31 January 2020

Unfortunately the information session that was schedule to take place on 22 April 2020 has been postponed.  We hope to rearrange the session for later in the year. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest civil Award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own […]

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Struggle IS Part of Our Story………

30 January 2020

Volunteer Now responds to the wide-ranging nature of volunteering in Northern Ireland.  With a legacy stretching back 50 years, the organisation works in partnership with an ever growing number of organisations across the voluntary and community, public and private sectors .   Volunteer Now also supports a network of volunteer led older persons groups and forums […]

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Congratulations!

29 January 2020

Congratulations to the following organisations who successfully achieved the Investing in Volunteers Award! Action Cancer Belfast Hills Partnership Brain Injury Matters Lagan Valley Regional Park Southern Health & Social Care Trust Ulster Wildlife   Want to know more? Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is the UK quality standard for all organisations which involve volunteers in their work. […]

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Broadcast Appeals on BBC Northern Ireland

27 January 2020

Sharing stories, meeting needs, changing lives…. Applications are now being invited for upcoming Broadcast Appeal slots on local television and radio.  These opportunities will be available from June 2020 onwards.  Application forms and assessment criteria for Appeal slots can be downloaded at www.bbc.com/aboutthebbc/northernireland/appeals/. Completed application forms should be submitted no later than 12 noon Friday 21 […]

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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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