Clara O’Callaghan is the Volunteer Support officer with Volunteer Now, Newry and here tells us about the organisation.

Volunteer Now is the lead organisation for promoting and supporting volunteering across Northern Ireland.  We build recognition for volunteering and celebrate the contribution volunteers make.  We provide access to opportunities and encourage people to volunteer.  We are a resource for volunteer involving organisations providing support on involving volunteers, governance and safeguarding.

What We Do

The work of Volunteer Now is diverse and responds to the wide-ranging nature of volunteering in Northern Ireland.  With a legacy stretching back 50 years, we work in partnership with an ever growing number of organisations across the voluntary and community, public and private sectors.
Volunteers: Volunteer Now promotes volunteering to individuals and groups throughout Northern Ireland, providing access to a wide range of opportunities. There are over 6,000 volunteers registered on the Volunteer Now Search portal
Organisations: Volunteer Now supports volunteer involving organisations through the provision of training, promoting their volunteering opportunities, support with Safeguarding, access to useful publications, etc. In the Newry Mourne & Down area Volunteer Now supports over 200 organisations.
Events: Over the last number of years our Events Team has been involved in many local and international events that couldn’t happen without volunteers.  These include: the 2012 Olympic Games, Derry/Londonderry City of Culture, World Police and Fire Games, Giro D’Italia, Tall Ships, Gran Fondo, Irish Open Golf Championship as well as the Belfast City Marathon and the 148th Open in Portrush.
Training: We provide a range of courses on volunteer management, safeguarding and youth topics.  We can also provide a Tailored Training option to suit the particular needs of your organisation.
Governance: Need help to improve your governance?  Volunteer Now can provide support.
Youth: We support young people to get involved in volunteering, and support organisations who want to involve young people as volunteers.
Employer Supported Volunteering: Each year we engage almost 1,000 volunteers from many different sectors, who wish to volunteer with support from their employer.
Publications: we have a range of useful publications which organisations are welcome to download.

“As Northern Ireland’s regional volunteering organisation, we are continually looking for innovative ways to provide volunteers with the support they need to find relevant opportunities.”
Clara and the Volunteer Now organisation can be contacted through their website http://www.volunteernow.co.uk, email info@volunteernow.co.uk or Telephone 028 9023 2020.