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Going BIG for Volunteers’ Week 2016

31 May 2016

FREE merchandise available for Volunteers’ Week which will take place 1–12 June 2016. 

The countdown is on to 1-12 June 2016, the biggest week in the volunteering calendar which recognises the contribution of local volunteers.  Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of volunteering, this year celebrating the 32nd Anniversary in Northern Ireland! We hope you and your organisation will join in and help to make this Volunteers’ Week one of the best to date.

This year Volunteers’ Week will focus on - The Big Celebration – encouraging organisations to highlight stories of individuals who already volunteer and to identify volunteers who have made a huge difference within their communities through their volunteering effort. It is your chance to celebrate and recognise local volunteers in your communities and challenge people to take part.

Volunteer involving organisations throughout Northern Ireland are invited to order and download FREE resources to help them recognise and thank their volunteers as part of Volunteers’ Week 1 - 12 June 2016.

Wendy Osborne, Chief Executive, Volunteer Now said “Volunteer Now is delighted that Volunteers Week has been extended - even more reason to celebrate those wonderful individuals who offer their time to help others'. There are currently over a quarter of a million volunteers in Northern Ireland who all play a vital role, from volunteer drivers to sports coaches, from hospital volunteers to those working in charity shops.  Volunteers’ Week gives us the opportunity to shine the spotlight on these volunteers and give them the recognition and thanks they deserve.”
Wendy added “We hope voluntary and community groups and charities will avail of the Volunteers' Week merchandise we can offer (FREE to volunteer involving organisations) to support their participation in Volunteers’ Week.”

Please click on the title of the following documents to download:

Volunteers' Week Merchandise Order Form 2016

Volunteers' Week Information Sheet 2016

Volunteers' Week Celebrating & Recognising Volunteers 2016

Volunteers' Week Action Plan 2016

Volunteers' Week Press Release Template 2016

Volunteers' Week Photo Ideas 2016

Volunteers' Week Good Practice 2016

Volunteers' Week Volunteering FAQ's 2016

Volunteers' Week Certificate 2016


Groups can also access these resources by emailing Sandra Faulkner.


Volunteer Management: 30 Top Tips for Success
Volunteer Now believes that implementing good practice in volunteer management helps organisations to value, reward, recruit and keep volunteers. So staff members were asked to give a personal favourite tip for success. Click here to download Volunteer Now's Top 30 Tips for successfully involving volunteers.

Click here to see some photographs from 2015 and previous years.