Hamido Megahead has taken his personal experiences through volunteering into analysing informal education for young people in Northern Ireland. The governmental initiative designed guiding framework for youth volunteering, but it is only with experience leading such groups that he has found the capacity to respond to the theoretical models. In his paper “Reflections on Activities […]
Social Action Project: Mental Health During Lockdown in NI – Posters
Volunteer Now recruited a group of individuals, currently registered with the jobs and benefits offices, wishing to volunteer to undertake a pilot social action project. This was a volunteer led programme and they choose to focus on mental health. The following materials were developed by the volunteers. You can download the posters below. […]
Social Action Project: Mental Health During Lockdown in NI
Volunteer Now recruited a group of individuals, currently registered with the jobs and benefits offices, wishing to volunteer to undertake a pilot social action project. This was a volunteer led programme and they choose to focus on mental health. This video was developed by the volunteers.
I am currently a volunteer at Lagan Search and Rescue in Belfast. I attend weekly training evenings which encompass presentations, group discussions and training exercises. I am currently working towards entry into all the emergency response disciplines within the organisation. These include the Rescue Swimmer Corps, Lifeboat Crew, Medical Response Team, Kayak Rescue Corps and […]
Retirement in 2009 gave me time to expand my volunteering roles, in addition to my existing ones e.g. I still deliver Primary Young Enterprise sessions first supported by my workplace, and continued by me ever since, because I enjoy delivering up to date useful business information to children via fun activities. It keeps me up […]
David Brew reached an exciting milestone this month – 25 years as a volunteer helping people use technology! David, a County Controller from Belfast, has been a dedicated volunteer for AbilityNetNI since 1995. He first became involved when he was working as a Consultant for the Department of Trade and Industry. “I assist those who […]
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 […]
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 […]
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