For the last five years the Unlocking Potential Project has been helping people aged over 50, from all walks of life, to find their “One Good Reason to Volunteer…” Although the project comes to a close in March 2014, all the learning, good practice and work with organisations and individuals remains.
If you are 50+ and would like to get involved in volunteering, you can search for an opportunity by using the search bar at the top of this page to find something that suits you. There’s no right or wrong reason to volunteer. Some people volunteer because a particular cause is close to their heart, some people volunteer to stay fit and active, others to pass on or learn new skills, however, all volunteers make new friends and have fun.
One common misconception some people have is that volunteering will take over their lives. Volunteering is very flexible and there are many flexible opportunities to suit you and your lifestyle. You can decide to volunteer once at a one off event or an action day or whether you volunteer a few hours a week or a few hours a month with an organisation - it is up to you. Volunteering should be fun, satisfying and on your terms.
By clicking the links in the drop down list to your left under over 50s volunteering you can find out about various initiatives aimed at people aged 50+.
One Good Reason Newsletter
Our newsletters feature profiles, news and opportunities specifically for over fifties. Why not have a look and be inspired by how other people are getting involved in volunteering.
View the Final Edition of the One Good Reason Newsletter
The ‘Unlocking Potential’ Project has produced a range of research to support the work of the project. This research is specific to NI and focuses on volunteering by the 50+ age group. The information gathered has used to produce up to date and relevant best practice guidance, shaped the support offered by the project as well as outlining lifestyle trends and volunteering patterns of this age group. You can access the full range of reports from
Resources and Publications
Please click on the links below to view some research publications associated with the Unlocking Potential Project: