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Volunteering locally is a great way to make a difference to your community, meet new people, gain skills and improve your wellbeing!

Check out the options below and find your ideal match today!

Please be cautious when choosing a volunteering opportunity. We vet organisations to ensure we only promote volunteering providers that we hope will provide you with a safe, rewarding and enriching experience.

If you come across a volunteering opportunity you would like us to check on your behalf, please forward the details to volunteer@qub.ac.uk

Below you’ll find a selection of in-person volunteering opportunities:


From Thursday 18th November to Saturday 20th November, volunteers for FareShare will collect long-life food in large Tesco stores across Northern Ireland to support children and families throughout the festive period. Volunteers will be directing the attention of customers to the FareShare shopping list as they enter the store. The shopping list helps customers know what types of food to donate.  Click below to enter your postcode to find a store closest to you.

Find out more here.


MindWise is a leading mental health charity in Northern Ireland, delivering over 30 key services in the community. They are currently looking for volunteer walking group leaders. Responsibilities include engaging clients in walking activities, organising and planning walking groups, and promoting the group sessions. Full training will be provided.

Find out more here.


Samaritans offers a 24 hour emotional support service to callers. They are there day or night, for anyone who needs someone to listen without judgment or pressure. Samaritans are currently looking for listening volunteers and support volunteers. Listening volunteers answer calls and messages from people who really need someone to talk to. Support volunteers help in a variety of ways e.g. marketing, fundraising, organising events and helping out in their charity shops. Full training provided.

Find out more here.


Inspire Wellbeing support people living with mental ill health, intellectual disability, autism and addictions to ensure they live with dignity and realise their full potential. They are seeking Befriending Volunteers to support their Service Users through weekly phone or virtual calls, assisting with daily living tasks, meeting for tea or coffee and attending activities or events together organised by Inspire Wellbeing services.

Find out more here.


Leonard Cheshire provides a range of supported living and community based services for disabled people to live, learn and work as independently as they choose. They are currently looking for volunteers to assist their clients in completing a survey feedback form on their experiences with Leonard Cheshire. This involves a commitment of around 2-3 hours per week.

Find out more here.


Sólás is a charity that provides a range of educational and social programmes for children and young people with additional needs and/or Autism. They have several volunteering opportunities at the moment including supporting their 'Back on Track' programme, After Schools Club, Saturday Respite Club, Early Intervention programme and their Youth Club.

Find out more here.


Could you shop for an isolated older person? Volunteer Now's Shopping Support Volunteers have been undertaking weekly shopping across Belfast. Demand has increased over the past couple of months and they are recruiting additional volunteers. Applicants will be required to complete an Access NI check and will be required to assist one or two service users in the Greater Belfast area on a weekly basis.

Find out more here.


Childline are searching for volunteer counsellors for their Belfast location. The ideal candidate would be able to give 4 hours of their time per week and a minimum 12 month commitment. All training is provided and whilst previous counselling experience is not essential, experience working with children and young people is useful.

Find out more here.


Belfast Hills have several weekly volunteering opportunities available. From conservation on Mondays & Thursdays to Wildflower and Tree Nursery tasks on Tuesdays! There's also the bi-monthly Belfast Hills Society which is specifically for young people and students and activities include tree and hedge planting, wildflower meadow creation & management, invasive species mapping and wildlife surveys.

Find out more here.


Concern Worldwide have opportunities for bookshop volunteers in Holywood and Derry/Londonderry, and shop volunteers in their Ormeau and Antrim Road locations in Belfast.  The roles involve serving customers at the till, merchandising the stock and preparing books for sale. If you enjoy meeting people, show initiative & enthusiasm, and have an interest in books then this could be the role for you.  Full training will be provided.

Find out more here.


MACS provide a range of support services for children and young people aged 6-25 years who haven’t had a fair deal and are seeking volunteer mentors to provide support to young people in group work and 1-1 settings. This is an 'in person' opportunity. Volunteer training is taking place on 21 October, including child protection, suicide prevention, and supporting young people's mental health.

Find out more here.


Silvery Light Sailing are seeking volunteers interested in Maritime Heritage, Traditional Sailing and Restoration Skills.

The charity operate and maintain a 100ft Dutch Sailing Barge. With a workshop in Green Bank Industrial Estate, Newry, they are looking for local volunteers to engage in vessel restoration skills and recreational sailing qualification training. 

Find out more here.


The Catholic Guides of Northern Ireland are looking for leaders to provide Guiding opportunities to enable girls and women to develop their full potential and instil leadership skills for the future. No experience is necessary, and all training is provided. There is no upper age limit.

Find out more here.


St Vincent De Paul are looking for volunteers to assist with their click and collect service in various stores accross NI. Volunteers are required to commit 3-4 hours per week, and need to have digital skills to upload items online and to help facilitate the click and collect shop service.

Find out more here.


FoodStock are looking for volunteers to organise food deliveries and put together food parcels to distribute to people in need.

 

Find out more here.


Oxfam are looking for new volunteers to help support their charity shops across Belfast and NI. No experience necessary as training and support is provided!

 

Find out more here.


Are you interested in conservation? Fresh air? Or getting out in the countryside? Then The Conservation Volunteers could have the volunteering role for you! TCV operate various community conservation and environmental projects that you can get involved in!

Find out more here.


Girlguiding Ulster are looking for unit assistants to help give girls opportunities for fun, friendship, challenge and adventure! Volunteers must be over 18 and be, or be willing to become, a member of Girlguiding. Tasks include creating and delivering programmes, complying with policies and regulations and providing a safe girl-only space where young women and girls can uncover their full potential.

Find out more here.


Special Olympics Ireland are a sports organisation supporting people with an intellectual disability and they currently have over 8,000 athletes participating in 15 different sports. Volunteers are central to supporting the organisation and you could become involved by delivering health promotion programmes or health screening to the athletes.

Find out more here.


Praxis Care are recruiting volunteers to assist with their dementia friendly sensory garden project in Newtownabbey. The garden will be accessible to 21 individuals in supported living with an early diagnosis of dementia. This activity is designed to help residents maintain physical activity, cognitive function, and social interaction. Volunteers with an interest in gardening/ horticulture/ wildlife are required to support the project though planting, growing fruits and vegetables, and assisting with general tasks.

Find out more here.


Northern Ireland Hospice shops urgently need additional volunteers. You don't have to have any retail experience. As long as you have a helpful and caring manner and are punctual and reliable they would love to have you join their friendly team.  If you can spare even just a few hours in the week, please get in touch with them now. Tasks include customer service and helping process stock.

Find out more here.


Multiple opportunities are available with Positive Futures, a charity committed to supporting individuals with a learning disability, those with acquired brain injury and people on the autistic spectrum. Roles include a Better Together Mentor based in Belfast, and a Community Support Volunteer based in either Lisburn or Bangor. Training will be provided and access NI checks are required. Click I'm interested for more information on the two roles and how to apply.

Find out more here.


The Deep RiverRock Belfast City Marathon relies on volunteers to ensure it runs safely and successfully. With 26.2 miles worth of volunteer opportunities, why not get involved and sign up today to be part of the buzz and excitement of Race Day.  Each volunteer will become a member of the invaluable Race Crew and will receive a T-Shirt, Jacket, and Snack Pack for Race Day (Sunday 19th September 2021). In addition, Fuelled by Four Star Pizza, you will receive a FREE voucher to celebrate your efforts with pizza.

Find out more here.


The Bytes Project is a youth work charity that work with the most vulnerable young people in Northern Ireland, solving social issues affecting young people by harnessing the power of technology through innovative digital and traditional youth work. 

If you are aged 16-25 and interested in advocating for young people, networking with like-minded individuals, becoming a change maker and having your voice heard then join the Bytes Youth Board.  

Find out more here.


Royal National Institute for Deaf People require Hearing Aid Maintenance volunteers across Northern Ireland.  This role provides hearing aid maintenance (cleaning/changing parts) and advice (optimising hearing aid & signposting to to other services) to NHS hearing aid users at planned support sessions and/or in their own homes, if required.

Find out more here.


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