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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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The Big Lunch

24 April 2019

Grab a Chair & Something to Share! This nationwide celebration of community spirit initiated by the Eden Project and partnered by National Lottery Community Fund is celebrating its tenth year and in Northern Ireland we want to get as many little gatherings happening as possible, because when we take time to chat it can make […]

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Do you have a couple of hours a week to help Guide Dogs NI change a life?

17 April 2019

My Guide service matches trained volunteers with a person with sight loss to enable them  to safely navigate the environment, build self-confidence and increase social interaction; whilst maintaining dignity and promoting independence. As a My Guide Sighted Guide you will make a life-changing difference to someone in need in your community. You will Increase the […]

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Training change of date for Belfast Marathon Volunteers

2 April 2019

Note to our Events Team volunteers who are helping at the Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon … The volunteer training session for Start Area and Water Station volunteers and their team leaders due this Sunday 7th April between 11am-1pm has been cancelled. Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience.   We would like to invite you […]

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Launch of Volunteers’ Week 2019

1 April 2019

The annual 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. The theme for this year is ‘Time to Celebrate’ and […]

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New Training Calendar!

1 April 2019

Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd is pleased to launch our new training calendar on Monday 1 April 2019. Courses include Developing a Volunteer Programme, Keeping it Legal: Volunteers & the Law, The 3 R’s: Recruit, Retain, Reward, and many more. To celebrate the launch of our new training calendar, we have two offers available for all […]

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New volunteering statistics for Northern Ireland

29 March 2019

The Department for Communities and the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency have published the new volunteering statistics for N Ireland.  These are the first results for volunteering since the questions were moved onto the Continuous Household Survey and cover the period of 2017/8.  The Main Findings were: In 2017/18, over a quarter (27%) of […]

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