FREE Volunteer Management Review

Volunteer Now is offering a limited number of free health checks to organisations in relation to their volunteer management practice. By using the Investing in Volunteers framework, a member of staff from Volunteer Now will benchmark your organisation against the standard and provide you with a development plan clearly outlining any areas for improvement/gaps in practice and signposting to where you could get help to address them.

If you are an organisation with a annual income of under £100,000, you are based in Belfast, Fermanagh, Newry & Mourne, Armagh, Dungannon, Downpatrick, North Down, Ards, Lisburn, Castlereagh, Newtownabbey, Antrim, Carrickfergus, Ballymena or Larne and you would like to get one step closer to achieving the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard, please contact us.

You can use your Health Check to plan your development and improve your volunteer management practice. It also means that, if you wish, you are one step closer to achieving the Investing in Volunteers award. If you choose to address your development plan within six months of the Health Check, we will offer to assess you for the Award at a reduced rate!

If you are interested in finding out more, contact Sandra Faulkner on 028 9023 2020 or email as soon as possible.
If you would like a Health Check and don't fit the criteria for a free check please contact David Fitzsimons by email or on 028 9082 8330.

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Comments from organisations who have benefited from these Health Checks are very positive:

"Volunteer Now conducted a Health Check in respect of the Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard, which Positive Life are now working towards.  The Health Check was a very objective and worthwhile exercise and this together with the development plan which was drawn up after the Check has proved to be very valuable in work planning, volunteer management and ultimately in implementing a coherent volunteer management framework.  This  has resulted in the successful attraction, selection, recruitment, motivation and retention of our valuable volunteer team."

Michelle Penney, Positive Life NI



Volunteer Now would like to invite your organisation to sign up to our website . Our online database can be a valuable resource in promoting your volunteering opportunities, free of charge. We currently have over 13,000 visitors to our website each month, so we really can support you in ensuring the widest possible audience are reached in your recruitment process. In addition to this, we also advertise opportunities through social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

Volunteer Now would especially encourage organisations we have worked with in the past, including those who have came through the small grants programmes, to register. If you are interested you may register online here - 

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Membership is open to all organisations and individuals with an interest in volunteering. There is no fee. By becoming a member you add your voice to support volunteering and Volunteer Now will offer you regular volunteering related news, events and publications, a calendar of training opportunities and access to tailored support and training provided by experienced staff. Your membership will also include voting rights, information and good practice resources, advertisement and promotion of volunteering opportunities on the Volunteer Now website, networking opportunities and a connection to national and regional campaigns and initiatives. To sign up online please click here  -