Volunteering opportunities

Need help finding a volunteering placement?

Volunteer Now opportunities
Volunteer Now works to support volunteering across Northern Ireland and can help you find the perfect place to volunteer as part of your DofE programme.

To find an opportunity, visit our website and insert your postcode and the types of volunteering you are interested in. There are thousands of opportunities across NI to choose from with everything from working with animals to volunteering at your local hospital, helping run your local sports and youth clubs or supporting a charity with fundraising and events.

If you would like further help, you can also email youth@volunteernow.co.uk phone 028 9023 2020 or call into one of our offices in Belfast, Ballymena, Enniskillen or Newry.

Volunteering opportunities exist for Silver and Gold participants with Refutoo.com which aims to integrate local refugees and asylum seekers and support ‘those left behind’.
Opportunities include:

  • Homework clubs (based in Belfast)
  • Packing fundraising pins
  • Selling fundraising pins
  • Producing information leaflets for printing
  • Building a website to include video and downloadable resources
  • Telling others

For further information please contact Rod McBride at rod@refutoo.com or on 07809 136462. Further details are also on the website www.refutoo.com.

Special Olympics Volunteer Opportunities

Special Olympics Ireland provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with an intellectual disability giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their famililes, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Special Olympics Ireland has 11,000 athletes supported by over 18,000 registered volunteers across all of Ireland.

Special Olympics Ireland provide a wide range of volunteer opportunities to suit everybody. For more information visit their website at www.specialolympics.ie or by email at ulstervol@specialolympics.ie or by telephoning 028 9023 9023.

Ganaway Activity Centre

Ganaway Activity Centre is offering a volunteering package for DofE participants from the age of 14. This package offers the opportunity to undertake an activity for Volunteering section helping with outdoor pursuits with the aim of getting an outdoor qualification too.

For further details please contact either Norman Rodgers or Gareth Shields at Ganaway Activity Centre.

Volunteering with RSPB Northern Ireland

RSPB can offer opportunities at reserves in Belfast, Aghalee and Fermanagh. In addition they will facilitate projects carried out from home, schools, college and with the community.
To find out how you can volunteer for nature in Northern Ireland contact the volunteering team as below:
Colin Graham (Volunteering Development Officer) Tel: 028 90 491547 Email: colin.graham@rspb.org.uk
Suzanne Irvine (Volunteer Coordinator) Tel: 028 90 491547 Email: suzanne.irvine@rspb.org.uk

Clogherney Youth Club – assistant leaders

Clogherney Presbyterian ChurchYouth Club in Omagh has volunteering opportunities for assistant leaders.
The youth club meets on Friday nights and runs from 8.00pm until 10.00pm. Activities include football, netball, badminton, craft, snooker and there are also outings arranged.
If you are aged 15 years or over and are interested in helping out with the youth club, please contact Shirlee McKeown on 07732 749 543.

Volunteering for Children in Crossfire

Volunteering for Children in Crossfire is a very worthwhile and rewarding thing to do, and volunteers play an important part in helping us to make a positive difference to the lives of vulnerable young children. All of our voluntary work is based in the local community in Ireland and the UK.
Those who undertake voluntary work also benefit a great deal from the experience: learning and developing a wide range of transferable skills, and working with and meeting a variety of people within the local community and beyond. It’s also a lot of fun!
We are always delighted to work with new volunteers, and warmly welcome people of all ages and backgrounds. There are a number of areas in which people can get involved in the local community:

  • Help at fundraising events such as supermarket collections, flag days, church collections, and other events throughout the year
  • Creating awareness: speak at schools and churches in your area to raise awareness of the charity.
  • Volunteer in our office: help us with administration and a variety of work in our office in Derry City, or volunteer with us over a longer period (up to several months) on an internship and get a more in-depth experience of the charity sector.

If you would like to find out more about Children in Crossfire, our work and volunteering opportunities, then please contact Shauna on 02871 269898, or email shauna.oneill@childrenincrossfire.org

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