I am an Outreach volunteer with The Welcome Organisation. I volunteer every other Monday although I do cover other shifts from time to time. I began volunteering in November 2018 and it’s kind of in my blood, I had been on the lookout for quite a while for an opportunity like this, a hands-on role […]
Lesley is a volunteer with Mindwise and tells us how she has been helping and engaging with people during Covid-19……. “I signed up to do some voluntary arts and crafts teaching with MindWise a short while before the pandemic hit. Although I have not met any of the students yet, we decided to try some […]
Before volunteering I was working as a barista in Belfast City Airport. My plan was to save enough money to pay to do a Masters in Psychology which I’m happy to say I’ve been accepted to study with Queens University. My long term goal is to work toward becoming a clinical psychologist. I always believe […]
My name is Nick Menhinick and I’m 75 years old. I arrived in Belfast some 13 years ago. Having left England in my early twenties, I have lived and worked in various parts of the world including Africa and Continental Europe. With no friends or family this side of the Irish Sea and having retired […]
Meet Cody – A Befriender of Young People in Foster Care Within the Northern Health and Social Care Trust
Cody began volunteering when she was 22 years old and finishing her degree at Ulster University in criminology and politics. At this time Cody had a busy life with studying and working part time but really enjoyed keeping fit and felt that she could do something active alongside a young person with lots of energy […]
More than 50 years of volunteering has kept Geraldine feeling young! Volunteer – it’s good for your health!
Geraldine Linford MBE from Co Antrim is involved in Girl Guiding and has been for over 50 years! She is a unit leader, trainer, tutor and mentor within Girl Guides but also finds time to volunteer for Broughshane Village Garden and in the select vestry of her local church. Geraldine enjoys the social aspect and […]
When did you first volunteer? Summer 2017. Where do you volunteer? Within groups in my local youth centre such as the LGBT+ group and the ‘Saturday Club’. How often do you volunteer? 2-3 times a week. What inspired you to get involved? After being a participant in the 2017 NCS Programme, I wanted to continue […]
Have a look at this great video by Tourism NI – Volunteer Now is so proud to have been part of the 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!
Max volunteers with National Trust Castleward and has done for a couple of years since his retirement. Max had a very interesting working life, from leaving school he worked as a furrier for Jaffa Furs in Belfast – a job which he loved and which saw him re-designing fur coats which had been in families […]
Jane has been volunteering with National Trust Castleward for two years. Having lived in France for 8 years, Jane and her husband returned to Northern Ireland and are currently living in Co. Down. Attending an Open Day at Castleward, she discovered that there were a range of volunteering opportunities available and decided to offer her […]
Aisling Slim is a wonderful advocate for volunteering and has become somewhat of a serial volunteer! Living in Armagh and working full time for the Southern Trust as a day opportunities worker, Aisling is married with two children but still finds time to volunteer in a wide range of ways. She was nominated for the […]
I am happy to say that my experience of volunteering at the Belfast Health & Social Care Trust is simply rewarding. I am a student who wanted to do some volunteering with the purpose of gaining hospital ward-setting experience and helping others along the way. However what I found out was that you end up […]
I volunteered in the Care of the Elderly Ward in Altnagelvin for around 6 months. This was to gain some experience of working within a clinical setting. As well as helping me secure a place to study Medicine at Queen’s University Belfast, it started me on my journey of knowing how to interact with other […]
During Volunteers Week we are highlighting some of the wonderful volunteers who are doing such amazing things in our local communities and organisations. One young man is proving to be invaluable to Belfast Lough Sailability in Carrickfergus. Eoin Bannon is a volunteer (14 years old) who joined Belfast Lough Sailability as a participant in 2011. Prior […]
Environmental Volunteering: A Case Study with The Belfast Hills Partnership
The Belfast Hills Partnership (BHP) is an independent charity which seeks to improve how the hills are managed. We do this by working with our partners including local councils (Belfast City, Lisburn and Castlereagh Borough Council, and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council), government departments, community groups, nature conservation organisations and businesses committed to caring for […]
Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership: A Case Study
The Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership was established after receiving a Heritage Lottery Award and the four-year funded project is now within its last year. As a result of the success of the project they are hoping to secure a five-year volunteering project to ensure its sustainability and impact. The aim of the Partnership is […]
St Dominic’s have been delivery partners of the Millennium Volunteer award since 2012. Volunteer Coordinator The school has opted to appoint a Volunteer Co-ordinator to promote and support pupil volunteering, both within school and within our local & wider community. The school coordinates the timetable to match one period of the Volunteer Co-ordinator’s timetable with […]
Enniskillen Hospital “I enjoyed the hospital as I wish to continue in 3rd level education in the field of nursing. this gave me an opportunity to see the workings of the hospital and it has made me determined to continue in this field. I’m interested in the sporting world as well, as I volunteered to […]
The Women and Family Health Ward in Omagh Hospital, Parkview Nursing Home and The Saturday Club. “I really enjoyed my time in the Omagh Hospital as it further amplified my views on nursing, the good and the other. I have been lucky enough to have been selected for an interview at a Welsh University and […]
I would encourage other young people to become millennium volunteers as the opportunities are endless and the rewards go so much deeper than just getting a certificate; you get the chance to better your community, peers and yourself.
In 2007 Lumen Christi College agreed to pilot the Millennium Volunteers School programme and since then the partnership between the School, its pupils, Volunteer Now and the wider volunteering community has grown and flourished.