Already volunteering? If you are aged 11 to 25 the Millennium Volunteers programme gives you the opportunity to gain recognition for ALL the commitment that you give to your volunteer involving organisation including the opportunity to map the roles that you have undertaken and acknowledge the training completed. You can also think about the impact that you have had on those you have supported as well as the difference volunteering has made to you!
We have over 600 community, voluntary, youth, public sector organisations and schools willing to recognise young people, like you, for their time. Just ask your organisation and see if they will recognise you too!
Want to do something a bit different but not sure what to do? Social Action can give you the opportunity to make a difference either on your own or with a group of friends. Volunteer Now support social action through:
Putting you in touch with an organisation that you can get involved with
Supporting your group to develop and implement a project around your issue/cause
Helping you think about the impact that you have made as a result of your social action!
Social Action projects supported by Volunteer Now include:
Positive mental health
Support for charities like NI Children’s Cancer Care, PIPS (Newry, Mourne and Down)
The NI National Citizen Service is a personal development programme for 15-17 year olds. Volunteer Now is part of the NI consortium led by Co-operation Ireland and other partners include Belfast YMCA, Start 360, Youth Works, Youth Action NI and St Columbs Park House. The programme is funded in NI by the Department for Communities and also runs in England by the NCS Trust.
Volunteer Now currently supports 2 teams (groups of 15 young people) in Omagh and Strabane (summer) and Omagh (Autumn). The programme is based on 6 principles: social mixing, challenge, increased responsibility and independence, reflection, social action and inspiration.
It gives you a brilliant opportunity to take part in residentials, plan and implement a social action project that will make a real difference and its fun!
The Comhlámh Code of Good Practice (CoGP) for volunteer sending agencies is a set of standards for organisations involved in facilitating international volunteer placements in the global south. Established in 2005, the CoGP is based on a vision of volunteers working in solidarity for a just, equitable and sustainable world, ensuring that overseas volunteering has a positive impact for the local project and community, the volunteer and the sending agency. Look out for their logo when searching for a volunteering opportunity overseas.
It’s great to have recognition (MV or others) for the time that you have given to your organisation. It shows yourself and others that you:
can commit to something for a sustained period of time
are willing to give your time, energy and skills for the benefit of others without any financial reward
know the importance of thinking of others!
Have you thought about the skills you have gained as a result of your volunteering?
“From my experience I loved working with the young children and learning and developing skills, such as, leadership, responsibility and communication” (200 Hour Awardee, 2018)
“I loved developing my skills and meeting new people while at the same time challenging myself to do things that I would never have considered I could do well.” (200 Hour Awardee, 2018)
The #iwill campaign have undertaken research on the skills gained through social action and volunteering in partnership with CIPD (human resource managers). They’ll listen to and appreciate the skills gained if you talk about them at interview.
They also tell us that having someone their own age telling them about their own volunteering experience is more meaningful than someone else!
So…would you be willing to share your story within your own organisation? We are looking for young volunteers who would be willing to be ambassadors within their own organisations so that they can encourage more young people to volunteer.
If you are interested, we can provide a short training course so that you have the skills and confidence to talk about your experiences.