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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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FREE Accreditation!

4 September 2019

SPECIAL OFFER!! The next session of our popular Attracting & Selecting Volunteers course is running on 2 & 3 October 2019 and we have a fantastic special offer – Book your place before 30 September 2019 and get FREE Accreditation! Click here to book your place.  

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Congratulations on Investing in Volunteers Award!

5 August 2019

Big congratulations to Holywood Family Trust and Mindwise who both successfully renewed their Investing in Volunteers Awards on 31 July 2019!  Also to our friends in the Republic of Ireland – Alone and STEPS Engineers Ireland. Find out more about how you can achieve Investing in Volunteers here.

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Belfast City Council Funding

2 August 2019

Applications are open to the community sector in the Belfast City Council boundaries for: Capacity Building Grant Revenue Grant for Community Buildings For further details, guidance notes and to apply online please visit www.belfastcity-grants.com or contact the Central Grants Unit Belfast City Council on 028 9091 8748 or email cgugrants@belfastcity.gov.uk The submission deadline for receipt of applications […]

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Closing The Open!

25 July 2019

What a Week!  Golfers, Spectators, Celebrities – our Volunteer Ambassadors led the way! Rain certainly did not stop play for the hundreds of volunteers involved in helping to make the 148th Open a resounding success.   The World’s spotlight was on Northern Ireland and Portrush and each and every volunteer ambassador involved, turned up for their […]

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Fermanagh & Omagh District Council seeks new volunteers

16 July 2019

Fermanagh & Omagh District Council are recruiting volunteers to help at various locations throughout the district.  Click on the opportunity title for more details and to register – applications close 19 July 2019. Meet and Greet Volunteer – Ardhowan Theatre Meet and Greet Volunteer – Enniskillen Castle Meet and Greet Volunteer – Strule Arts Centre […]

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Have a read at the latest edition of the IAVE Newsletter

15 July 2019

This issue will focus on youth volunteering and invites you  to learn more about how young people are finding innovative and refreshing ways to bring sustainable change to their communities. Find out about their passion for volunteering and how they hope to shape the global future. The magazine will also contain updates on what IAVE […]

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Volunteering for a New Decade Conference

15 July 2019

Date: 5 December 2019 Venue: Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey  Bill Gates said “We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.” Nothing stays the same! The environment for volunteering is changing – we need to be prepared and to think creatively […]

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Apply now for Men’s 50+ Grants

15 July 2019

Aim:  To support the Development of Men’s 50+ Groups in Belfast The focus of this programme is on supporting both the expansion of existing men’s 50+ groups and the establishment of new men’s 50+ groups in Belfast. Objectives The main objective of this grant is to increase the membership of the group.  The proposal may encourage […]

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A snapshot of Volunteers’ Week 2019

4 July 2019

Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June – the time to recognise and celebrate the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. In Northern Ireland Volunteer Now takes the lead in this UK wide campaign, in partnerships with NCVO, Volunteer Scotland and Volunteering Wales, encouraging organisations to thank their volunteers for all their hard work and commitment. The […]

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Help athletes get to the next Special Olympics World Games

3 July 2019

This year Special Olympics athletes across Ulster will once again commence their journey to the next Special Olympics World Games which will take place in Berlin 2023. Could you help to support the local sporting events that will take them there? Special Olympics Ulster, which provides sports training for children and adults with an intellectual […]

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It’s Translink #GetOnBoard Bus and Train Week 3-9 June!

31 May 2019

Last year Volunteer Now was involved in the recruitment of volunteers to help launch the new Glider Service and during UK Volunteers Week 1-7 June we would like to say a big Thank You for their involvement towards making this service such a success. Volunteer Karolyn Gaston tells us about her experience: I volunteered for […]

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Interested in volunteering in the Fermanagh area?

22 May 2019

Come along to Erneside Shopping Centre on Tuesday 4th June anytime between midday and 4pm. There will be lots of information about what volunteering opportunities are out there for you.   Volunteer Now Drink Wise Age Well Fermanagh Community Transport B-Friend Hub Project  Fermanagh BID Prince’s Trust Guide Dogs Women’s Aid Shopmobility If you need any further […]

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BBC Community Life helps Volunteer Now appeal for Befrienders

21 May 2019

Look out for BBC Community Life coming up on 26, 27 & 29 May on BBC1 and BBC2 highlighting our Befriending Scheme and the special bond between volunteer Olivia and client Henrietta. Our Befriending Scheme operates across the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust area.  Volunteers help support this vital work with socially isolated older […]

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Calling all community groups – Now’s your chance to thirst for better!

15 May 2019

Did you know that Deep RiverRock are tapping into the heartbeat of Community Groups across Ireland who collectively follow their pursuits and passions?  The Thirst For Better campaign aims to celebrate and help Community groups raise vital funding, enabling them to continue to do the things they love. The campaign mechanic is simple!  By registering […]

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Free Session: Volunteers: Who? What? When? Up to Date Findings

15 May 2019

Join Us! An opportunity to network, learn and share! Volunteer Now Members’ Free Session: Volunteers: Who? What? When? Up to date findings 26 September 2019 10.00am – 12.30pm Volunteer Now, 34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast BT2 7DB This session will give you the opportunity to find out more about the recently published volunteering statistics for N Ireland. […]

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‘Time to Celebrate’ Your Local Heros

14 May 2019

Volunteers’ Week UK 1 – 7 June recognises the contribution volunteers make to our communities every day.  In Northern Ireland, Volunteer Now takes the lead in promoting and encouraging volunteer involving organisations to celebrate their volunteers for all the hard work and commitment they offer. Denise Hayward, CEO, Volunteer Now explains: “There are currently over […]

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Be More Connected – 17 June – A day of action on loneliness in Belfast

9 May 2019

Monday 17th June 2018, Belfast City Hall 10am -12.30pm Belfast is known as one of the friendliest cities in the world, but loneliness and social isolation are on the rise. We want to celebrate the things that bring us together and help tackle loneliness across the city. We’re asking everyone in Belfast to take action […]

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Action Changes Things

3 May 2019

Whether you’re a seasoned activist or a novice who’s hungry for change, Action Changes Things will support you in your crusade for social justice. Taking place in Crumlin Road Gaol on Wednesday 29 May, this social justice and activism conference is bringing together expert organisations/academics to share their successes and learnings in activism. Topics include ‘Does […]

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Trustees’ Annual Reporting Conference

1 May 2019

4 June 2019  –  10.00am-1.00pm NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast The preparation of the Trustees Annual Report, and transmission of it to the Charity Commission, is a legal requirement for all registered charities but it doesn’t have to be a tick box exercise… The Trustees Annual Report (TAR) must include information on how a charity […]

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On the run for Volunteers’ Week!

30 April 2019

A team of five trustees and staff from Volunteer Now have formed a relay team to participate in Belfast City Marathon to help raise funds for Volunteer’s Week 2019 which takes place 1-7 June each year. Volunteer Now is the Northern Ireland partner of this UK wide campaign which exists to celebrate and thank the many […]

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Action on Hearing Loss need you for Deaf Awareness Week

26 April 2019

This Deaf Awareness Week (6–12 May), can you help Action on Hearing Loss raise awareness and vital funds to help break down the barriers that people who are deaf or have hearing loss face in everyday life? Whether it’s organising a bake sale, dressing up in your loudest clothes for a Dress in Decibels day, […]

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