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Celebrating the First Anniversary of Volunteer Now and Be Collective – Connecting Communities

28 January 2021

Volunteer Now is delighted to be celebrating the first anniversary of a successful partnership with Be Collective. Be Collective is an innovative tech company specialising in supporting organisations connect, create impact and support each other to benefit both organisation and volunteer alike. Together we bring a dynamic online digital solution to volunteer management enabling volunteer […]

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Celebrating 25 Years of Our Duty To Care!

28 January 2021

This month sees the 25th Anniversary of the start of our safeguarding work.  Our Duty to Care (ODTC) was established in 1996 to promote the principles of good practice for the protection of children and young people, as outlined in the Our Duty To Care guidelines recognised by government and the voluntary and community sector.  […]

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Access to Wheelchairs During COVID 19

28 January 2021

Despite the current COVID 19 pandemic, the British Red Cross are still operating to hire wheelchairs to those in need.  The use of a wheelchair can make a huge difference to someone recovering from an accident or has reduced mobility due to an illness.  It can allow someone to remain independent, speed up their recovery […]

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Members Check In & Chat Session

27 January 2021

Join Us! An opportunity to network and share! Volunteer Now has organised a Members’ Check In & Chat session. Join us on Thursday 4 February 2021 11am-12pm An informal session, just bring your cuppa!  You can tell us how you and your volunteers are doing and we will explore some ideas about what we can […]

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New Phone First Service for Health & Social Care Trusts in NI

26 January 2021

A new Phone First service is being rolled out over the Health & Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland to cover some Emergency Departments and Minor Injury Units. The Phone First service aims to ensure that patients can get direct access to the right care, avoiding busy waiting rooms and staying safe. The service is […]

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Don’t Do Lockdown Alone!

18 January 2021

Volunteer Now are delighted to be supporting the Great British Bubble – a new initiative sharing uplifting messages from people and communities helping to keep the UK going through COVID-19.  Don’t do lockdown alone! View the video our CEO Denise Hayward recorded for the Great British Bubble here: Follow the Great British Bubble on Twitter […]

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Information Resources Related to Covid-19

18 January 2021

Volunteer Now have published some information sheets for more guidance when involving volunteers and volunteering during the Coronavirus crisis. Domestic Violence and Abuse Factsheet (COVID-19) Good Practice Considerations for Groups Involving Volunteers in Response to COVID-19 Good Practice Guidelines for Volunteers When Volunteering for a COVID-19 Opportunity Guidelines for Providing Volunteers’ Out of Pocket Expenses […]

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Guidance for Volunteering During Lockdown

7 January 2021

As you know, in Northern Ireland we have moved once again into a period of tighter restrictions in an attempt to reduce the transmission of COVID -19 within our community.  Volunteer Now is therefore updating their guidance in terms of what this means for volunteering (click here to view).  We are asking volunteer involving organisations […]

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Fundraising Regulator Annual Event 2021

7 January 2021

Like many events impacted by COVID, this year’s event will be held virtually.  It offers a unique opportunity for charities, stakeholders and members of the public based in Northern Ireland to engage and hear about the Fundraising Regulator’s impact over the past year plus their plans for the future. Date:  Monday 8 February 2021 Time:  10.00am-11.00am The event will […]

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New Year & New Series of VOLT Sessions

6 January 2021

Join Us! An opportunity to network and share! We have arranged a new series of VOLT Sessions, looking at various volunteering topics.  This list will be added to. January 2021 More than Recruitment, Be Connected!  Be Collective! Thursday 21 January 2021  |  11am-12pm   February 2021 Members Check In & Chat Session Thursday 4 February […]

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NEW Online Attracting & Selecting Volunteers Course!

6 January 2021

Volunteer Now and Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd are excited to announce the release of our new online training course – Attracting and Selecting Volunteers. We have been working tirelessly in the last few months to improve our product offering and service, and we believe that this course will help you enjoy your experience with online […]

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NICVA Launches Community Wellbeing & Resilience Programme

5 January 2021

NICVA has launched a new support package for community and voluntary sector staff and volunteers working on the frontline of the coronavirus response. Organised by NICVA, delivered by Inspire Wellbeing and supported by the Department for Communities, the project will provide access to specially developed online webinars, programmes and resources tailored to support individuals wellbeing. Communities Minister […]

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Keeping Connected in 2021

4 January 2021

Previous New Year plans are usually marked by an array of resolutions from joining a gym to considering a career change. This year is different as we continue to live in the shadow of a pandemic and we are still facing many Covid19 challenges, however, it isn’t all doom and gloom.  Positive stories abound – […]

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FREE WEBINAR: Safe Communication Online with Children & Young People

16 December 2020

With the absence of normal face-to-face activities during the COVID-19 pandemic, organisations are having to look at alternative ways of staying connected with children and young people including text messaging, email and video calls. However, communication via these means brings safeguarding challenges that must be managed. Join Volunteer Now’s FREE webinar on 26 January 2021 […]

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The Diana Award – nominations now open

11 December 2020

The Diana Award want to hear all about more incredible young people and the game-changing work they’re doing to transform people’s lives!  If you know a young person that is changing the world around them, please let them know as they would love to champion them and their amazing work. WHAT IS THE DIANA AWARD? […]

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NSPCC Young Peoples Board for Change

10 December 2020

The NSPCC is looking for young people aged 13 – 16 who want to share their views and make a difference! The NSPCC is recruiting a team of 15 young people from across the UK to form a new Young People’s Board for Change. The Board for Change will place children and young people right […]

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New Training Dates for January – March 2021

8 December 2020

Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd have added new training dates for January – March 2021.  All training will be online, delivered via Zoom.  If you don’t see what you need below, please get in touch and see what we can do – enterprise@volunteernow.co.uk. Volunteer Management Courses: The New Environment: Recruit, Retain, Reward Volunteers 12 January 2021, […]

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FREE Capacity Building Training Courses

8 December 2020

Volunteer Now are delivering a range of FREE capacity building training courses to groups based in Belfast in the New Year.  All workshops will be online via Zoom. Leading The Way – Governance This session is aimed at both current committee members, as well as those who are seeking to join a committee for the […]

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FREE Keeping Adults Safe Training

7 December 2020

We have now scheduled FREE Keeping Adults Safe training for staff and volunteers working with adults.  These are refresher courses of Keeping Adults Safe: Training for Staff & Volunteers.  More dates coming for January and February! Keeping Adults Safe: Module 2 Refresher (Belfast Trust area) Keeping Adults Safe: Module 2 Refresher (Northern Trust area) Keeping […]

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Staying Connected at Christmas

3 December 2020

Volunteer Now has been working with BBC Northern Ireland and other local charities to develop a special Broadcast Appeal ‘Staying Connected at Christmas, overcoming loneliness – together’. Loneliness is something that many people will have experienced at some point in their lives. It can be difficult to talk about – and sometimes hard to overcome. […]

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Remote Volunteer Management – Motivating Volunteers From A Distance

3 December 2020

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! Over the last few months we have all had to learn to do things differently – a lot of things moved online! So what did […]

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FREE Webinars for Community Groups in The Mount & Ballymacarrett Areas

2 December 2020

Volunteer Now, in partnership with NICVA and the Communities in Transition Project, are delivering 2 FREE webinars for community groups and their staff who manage volunteers and are working in The Mount and Ballymacarrett areas of East Belfast. The first session is COVID Safe Events for Volunteer Managers on 12 January 2021, 10.30am-12.30pm. As many […]

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Webinar for Be Collective groups

26 November 2020

Be Collective have made some improvements to the scheduling and rostering of opportunities and to support users they are running a webinar as follows. Webinar: Scheduling and Rostering – How does it work? Thursday 3 December 11am OR Tuesday 8 December, 1:45pm GMT This webinar will give a detailed overview of how to use Be […]

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Volunteering during the period 27th November – 10th December 2020

26 November 2020

As you know, in Northern Ireland we will be moving into a two-week period of tighter restrictions in an attempt to reduce the transmission of COVID -19 within our community. Our members are asking what does that mean for volunteering? After discussions with the Department for Communities we are asking volunteer involving organisations to consider […]

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#PowerOfYouth – Lucia Quinney Mee BEM Award

25 November 2020

Volunteer Now were devastated to hear of the loss of one of our #iWill ambassadors, friend and amazing campaigner, Lucia Quinney Mee BEM.  Lucia sadly passed away following her 4th liver transplant just before her 21st birthday but whilst with us she was full of determination, passion, commitment, energy and enthusiasm.  Much of this was invested in […]

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Incentivisation & Volunteering – Is It A Paradox?

25 November 2020

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! Volunteering is about choice – doing something because you want to do it.  You should never feel pressured into volunteering. But what about if there […]

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Men’s 50+ Virtual Health Day (10 December 2020)

23 November 2020

Join us for our next virtual Men’s Health day on Thursday 10 December! We will be holding this via Zoom – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86155360081?pwd=ZkEwRlJ4R3BRQWFRaitVU3hZcGtMZz09 Meeting ID: 861 5536 0081 Passcode: 189108 If you want to join in with the cookery session (a delicious corned beef hash is on the menu!), make sure you register your details to receive […]

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Interested in Becoming a Trustee?

23 November 2020

The Ulster Society for Promoting the Education of the Deaf & the Blind are looking for new Trustees to join them (commitment of average of 10 meetings per year) and are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with the following skills/experience: Accountancy – a qualified accountant Human Resources Legal Asset Management – with experience of […]

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The Commissioner for Older People Launches Annual Christmas Card Competition

20 November 2020

The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland’s popular Christmas card competition is back and is seeking older photographers to enter for this year’s theme which is, ‘2020 Re-Vision’ while encouraging them to follow the most recent public health guidance. The photography competition is seeking older people from all across Northern Ireland to enter to […]

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Celebrating Befriending Week

20 November 2020

RNID celebrated befriending week (1-7 November) by saying a big thank you to all their Deaf Befriending volunteers who help older Deaf sign language users feel less isolated.  Their volunteers support older Deaf people living in care homes or in the community, by providing comfort and support through regular video calls in sign language. Sign […]

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