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Volunteers' Week

Vol Weerk LogoThe 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.”

Order your FREE Volunteers' Week merchandise

Come along to one of our roadshows to collect your FREE Volunteers' Week merchandise! Please ensure you place your order prior to collection at your chosen Roadshow as this will allow us to have enough stock at each venue

Click to download your order form: Volunteers' Week Merchandise Order Form 2016

Date Area Venue Time  
1-31 May BELFAST Volunteer Now, 34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm  
3 May 2016 - Tuesday BANGOR Community Café, Flagship Centre 11am - 1pm  
4 May 2016 - Wednesday ANTRIM Antrim Youth Informtion and Counselling Centre, 10a High Street 11am - 1pm  
4 May 2016 - Wednesday ARMAGH West Armagh Consortium, 20 Cathedral Road 10am - 12noon  
4 May 2016 - Wednesday DUNGANNON Dungannon Library, Market Square 2pm - 4pm  
5 May 2016 - Thursday LISBURN Lisburn Social Enterprise Hub (6 Market Place) 12noon - 4pm  
5 May 2016 - Thursday ENNISKILLEN Fermanagh House 11am - 1pm  
5 May 2014 - Thursday NEWTOWNABBEY Baron Hall, 230 Antrim Road, 2pm - 4pm  
5 May 2016 - Thursday DOWNPATRICK The Hub, Grove Shopping Centre 2pm -4pm  
6 May 2016 - Friday NEWRY Newry Library, 79 Hill Street 11am-1pm  
9 May 2016 - Monday BALLYMENA Ballee Community Centre, Ballee 1pm - 3pm  
10 May 2016 - Tuesday LARNE Larne Community Development Project, Unit 24 Ledcom Ind. Estate, Bank Road 11am - 1pm  
12 May 2016 - Thursday CARRICKFERGUS Carrickfergus Community Forum, Old Town Hall, Antrim Street 10am - 12noon  

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

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

Volunteers' Week Merchandise Order Form 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.