The International Volunteer Day (IVD) mandated by the UN General Assembly, is held each year on 5 December.
It is viewed as a unique chance for volunteers and organisations to celebrate their efforts, to share their values and to promote their work among their communities, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), United Nations agencies, government authorities and the private sector.
IVD 2016's theme #GlobalApplause - give volunteers a hand, recognises volunteers worldwide and all they do in making peace and sustainable development a reality.
I extend my deepest gratitude to one billion community volunteers worldwide. You are all instrumental to the future of people and the planet. Your commitment and passion can act as inspiration to us all. UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon
This year the Lord Mayor of Belfast helped Volunteer Now to say thank you to volunteers as part of International Volunteer Day.
Pictured above are some of Volunteer Now's Community Projects Volunteers.
Pictured above are European Volunteering Scheme Volunteers from Cyprus, Greece, France and Italy.