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Volunteers' Week 2014 - 30th Anniversary

A little taste of celebrations that took place during the week:

Newry & Mourne ME/Fibromyalgia Support Group

Newry & Mourne ME/Fibromyalgia Support Group held an event to thank their volunteers and present them with certificates and pin badges, with special guest speaker Dr Mary Schweitzer from Delaware, USA.

Macmillan Volunteer Services

Macmillan Volunteer Services, supported by Northern Health & Social Care Trust, celebrated with a Health for Happiness Workshop and afternoon tea.

Colin Neighbourhood

Colin Neighbourhood held a Volunteer Celebration Event at the Colin Glen Community Garden and Allotments to say thank you to all the volunteers in the Colin area who do invaluable work for the community.

Carrickfergus Central Primary School PTA

Carrickfergus Central Primary School PTA received their certificates from Counsillor Andrew Wilson at a Volunteers' Week Afternoon Tea.

The Conservation Volunteers

The Conservation Volunteers take time out to celebrate Volunteers' Week 2014.

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.


Volunteers' Week 2013

Volunteers' Week was celebrated across the UK from 1-7 June. Volunteers' Week is the one campaign which unites, from small grass roots organisations to large cause charities. Why? Because they couldn’t exist without volunteers!

Volunteer Now launched the Week with an exhibition in Hillsborough Castle on Tuesday 4 June. The exhibition entitled, Volunteering: Faces & Places, is a photo exhibition of volunteers from across Northern Ireland.

The exhibition will tour libraries across Northern Ireland, beginning in Coleraine Library on 5 June. Our events page will keep you updated on where the exhibition will be visiting.

Hillsborough Launch

Volunteers' Week Survey
If you celebrated Volunteers’ Week this year or are thinking of participating in the future, please take part in our short survey and help us plan towards next year’s campaign.  We would love to hear any ideas you have as 2014 is the 30th anniversary of the Week and an even bigger reason to celebrate!

To complete the survey go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/VolunteersWeekEvaluation2013

MLAs Thank Volunteers
Volunteer Now has invited all our MLAs to send a message of support, encouragement and thanks to the volunteers in their constituency to mark the Week. Check if MLAs in your area have taken part.

Volunteers' Week Celebrations & Activities
Volunteer involving organisations across Northern Ireland have been celebrating their volunteers during the Week.

Volunteer Now organised a boat trip for our volunteer befrienders and drivers and presented certificates to recognise the time they had given over the past year.

Boat trip

Volunteers from organisations in the Fermanagh area; Killadeas Day Centre, National Trust, Action Mental Health, Wednesday Club and Bright Eyes animal sanctuary got together at Fermanagh House, Enniskillen to celebrate Volunteers' Week.

Fermanagh organisations celebrate Volunteers' Week

Employees from Schrader Electronics spent time volunteering at Castle Espie during Volunteers' Week. Thanks to everyone who took part!

Employer Supported Volunteering

'Messy Church' volunteers from Ballynahinch Methodist Church held an end of year Thank you and celebratory BBQ at the church Manse.

Messy Church volunteers

The Macmillan Unit in Antrim Area Hospital held an afternoon tea party for their volunteers.

Macmillan celebrate Volunteers' Week

Clive Gowdy, Chairperson of Belfast Charitable Society joined Deirdre Murphy, Volunteer Now to support 18 older men who volunteered at an environmental project in North Belfast. The event, hosted by Belfast Hills Partnership, involved clearing weeds (Himalayan Balsam) in Glencairn Park and is part of the Reconnect Programme which encourages older men to volunteer. This programme is funded for three years by Belfast Charitable Society. If you are interested in finding out more about the programme or upcoming events contact Pamela Higgins at Volunteer Now on 028 9023 2020.


Volunteers at Ulster New Zealand Trust, Ballance House received certificates and badges at a Volunteers' Week lunch celebration.

New Zealand Trust

The Saturday Club held a Volunteer Celebration day to mark the achievements and efforts of their volunteers that help at the club. The club offers leisure activities to young people with learning disabilities. The volunteers enjoyed pizza and cake and were thanked for their support.

Mencap's celebration day

In celebration of Volunteers' Week Belfast Central Mission took their volunteers on a sight-seeing tour of Belfast.  The volunteers, whose ages ranged from 20-85 years, enjoyed a meal at the BCM HQ in Glengall Street before heading off on the trip. 

Belfast Central Mission

Volunteers at Newry & Mourne ME/FMS Support Group were recognised during Volunteers' Week at a special event, where they were presented with certificates and all enjoyed supper.

VW celebration


Showcasing the ‘Local Heroes’ in Our Community
Volunteers and the things that they do inspire other people to get involved. Read the stories of volunteers on our volunteer story page.

If you would like to share your volunteering story contact Julie Cusick. Email julie.cusick@volunteernow.co.uk or telephone 028 9023 2020.