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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:


NI Policing Board are recruiting for Independent Custody Visitors; volunteers from the community who make unannounced visits to police custody suites to monitor the welfare and treatment of people in detention and the conditions of detention.  They do this (in pairs) by, speaking with people in detention, inspecting facilities and checking custody records.  Full training and support provided, and travel expenses reimbursed.  Apply by 12noon on Friday 2nd December.

Find out more here.

The Trussel Trust are looking for University Team Leaders to help the campaign to end hunger in the UK. The Team Leaders would share Trussell Trust key messages and organise on campus events to help promote the work of the charity. As well as building practical experience in an interesting and engaging role, the Team Leaders will also be enrolled onto an online Leadership training programme delivered by Barclays Bank PLC. 

Find out more here.

Counselling All Nations Services (CANS) seeks to ensure the full participation of people from minority ethnic backgrounds in public, economic, social and cultural life in Northern Ireland. They are recruiting a Weekend Admin and Operational Support Volunteer to assist with enquiries and clerical duties. 

Find out more here.

 

SSAFA (The Armed Forces Charity) are looking for volunteers who would like to support people who have served in the Armed Forces. As a volunteer caseworker you would listen to clients to figure out what type of help they need and find the right sources of support and arrange for clients to access it. 

Find out more here.

The Parent Rooms are looking for volunteers to host parents and their little ones at their drop in coffee morning (Crumlin Road, Belfast). Volunteering will help provide a calm and relaxing space where parents can come to feel less alone, to meet other people, and enjoy a cuppa and a chat. 

Find out more here.

Belfast City Hospital are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join their growing team:

Meet & Greet Volunteer support and engage with patients arriving at the Ovarian Cancer Prehabilitation Clinic. 

Virtual Befriender Volunteer - engage with current cancer services inpatients virtually through Zoom/Teams providing conversation, companionship and support. 

Gardener Volunteer - volunteer alongside staff/patients, to enhance and complement outdoor spaces through weeding, re-planting flowerbeds, pruning, clearing leaves etc.

 

The British Red Cross Mobility Aids Service allows people in the community to hire a wheelchair for short-term use while they recover from an illness or an injury. As a volunteer, you will be welcoming customers and helping them to get moving again. 

Volunteers are needed in Belfast and across Northern Ireland.

Find out more here.

The Northern Ireland Futsal Federation are currently seeking aspiring sports journalists, videographers, and content creators, to support their media team.  The role will require attendance at matches on Sundays and/or Fridays. 

Find out more here.

Volunteering with CLARE will change the life of someone over the age of 65 in North Belfast by reducing their loneliness and isolation. You will bring your passion, creativity and kindness to this role as you befriend, have a cup of tea with, do a bit of shopping for, do an activity with or take a service user out on a day trip. 

Find out more here.

Volunteer a few hours a week to support the Belfast Philharmonic Society's Youth Choirs in their rehearsal rooms in South Belfast!  You would ensure children and young people can access singing and music classes, and would help the Youth Choirs prepare for concerts in Belfast and across Ireland.

Find out more here.

Are you aged 18-30? The Prince's Trust are starting their own Youth Forum and wish to ensure that the voices of young people are being represented in everything they do. The forum will meet monthly to see how young people's needs can be met.

Find out more here.

Share Discovery Village is a Residential Activity Centre and has a range of volunteering opportunities available.  You could be helping to deliver outdoor activities, supporting those with special needs, assisting the social media and marketing team or even helping to prepare meals in the kitchen.

*This organisation is based in Fermanagh.*

Find out more here.

Ten Foundations empowers women living in poverty in the Philippines, through its livelihood programme.

They require volunteers for their charity shop based in CastleCourt Shopping Centre in Belfast. Duties include operating the till, customer service, sorting through stock, arranging clothes, and social media promotion.

Find out more here.

Childline is a free, confidential listening service for children and young people up to the age of 19.  They are seeking volunteer counsellors to offer 1 x four hour shift a week in their Belfast base (travel expenses reimbursed). No previous experience is needed, and extensive training will be provided.

Find out more here. 

With Community Advice Newry, Mourne & Down, you could train to be an adviser, form-filler or receptionist. Volunteers also sit on the management committee and help with fundraising, publicity or social policy activity. You will get great experience, support, full training and expenses reimbursed. 

*Please note these opportunities are based in Newry and Downpatrick so you must live locally to one of these areas. 

Find out more here.

Deafblind UK require volunteers to make wellbeing calls to Deafblind UK members to ensure they are receiving the best support.

You don’t need to live nearby or have experience to become a volunteer Wellbeing Caller – calls can be made from your own home. You just need to be comfortable talking over the phone, confident in speaking with people of all ages and backgrounds and be able to commit to a regular weekly time slot.

Find out more here.

EastSide Partnership is a local charity leading the regeneration of East Belfast through a variety of projects which all aim to make East Belfast a better place. 
 
If you are sociable, reliable, enjoy teamwork and have an interest in any or all of the following - arts, the outdoors, tourism, supporting with children and young people - then volunteer with EastSide Partnership. You’ll help with event set-up, stewarding, participating in clean-ups and engaging with the public.

Find out more here.

Fighting Words NI are looking for volunteer mentors to help facilitate a programme of creative writing workshops for primary, post-primary, and community groups.  Their fun and imagination-focused workshops include collaborative and individual writing, and mentors support young writers to explore their creative potential. If you are a great listener who enjoys a creative environment, they would love to hear from you!

 

Find out more here.

Headway, a brain injury charity, are looking for volunteers to support their weekly groups in Belfast, Lisburn, Bangor and Finaghy.  Volunteers would spend time with group members, assisting with refreshments and helping with activities. 

*Transport costs are reimbursed. 

LASI (Language & Solidarity Initiative) is a student-led initiative supporting migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers by providing English language classes and cultural events, supporting their integration into Belfast life.

 

 

Find out more here.

Mary's Meals is a charity which provides 2.2 million of the world’s poorest children across 20 countries, with a daily school meal.

As a Community Volunteer you can contribute as an individual or become part of a new student group, helping to grow the movement by motivating and inspiring others on campus and in the local community to support Mary's Meals. 

Find out more here.

Mencap want you to volunteer and help to make NI the best place in the world for people with a learning disability to live happy and healthy lives.

Find out more here.

With NI Sea Cadets, you could volunteer as an instructor or in the management team. Volunteering with this youth charity will help you to obtain qualifications, enhance your CV and support 10-17 year olds in achieving their potential. There are 12 cadet units across NI to volunteer with.

Find out more here.

RSPB are the largest nature conservation charity in the country, consistently delivering successful conservation, forging powerful new partnerships with other organisations and inspiring others to stand up and give nature the home it deserves. 

Are you a passionate campaigner or just want to do something to help the climate and nature crisis? Join the RSPB campaigning team.  Whether it's your first step into campaigning, or you've already had experience, there's a need for you. The role is flexible and you can contribute as and when suits. 

Find out more here.

Belfast WOW (Window on Wildlife), a visitor centre in the heart of Belfast Harbour, is home to thousands of birds and other wildlife.

The reserve is undergoing an exciting project called ‘Community Spaces’, which aims to better connect the reserve to its local community. There are lots of volunteer roles available, including visitor experience, practical reserve work and leading or supporting events.

Find out more here.

 

Shopmobility Belfast requires volunteers to undertake administrative duties including data entry, paperwork and performing safety checks on mobility equipment between the hours of 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. Full training is provided, travel expenses are reimbursed, and volunteers receive a daily lunch allowance. 

 

Find out more here.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) is the largest and oldest voluntary charitable organisation in Ireland.

The Home Visitation role provides support, guidance, and friendship to those who request assistance from the Society. 

The Vincent’s shops require assistance with general store duties and exceptional customer service.

Find out more here.

Tutor The Nation is a charity that makes education fairer, one tutoring session at a time. They are looking for dedicated volunteers to give an hour of their week to tutor a disadvantaged secondary school pupil in a GCSE or A-Level subject of choice. If you are knowledgeable about your subject and would enjoy mentoring a student to help them to develop the skills and confidence to achieve their goals, apply today!

Find out more here.

Verbal uses a shared reading model to start meaningful group conversations through short stories and characters from a wide range of literature. The aim is to talk about mental health and wellbeing and boost the emotional wellbeing of participants through story telling. Verbal has a variety of programmes that work with both children and adults across Northern Ireland.

Find out more here.

MindWise are delivering 'Beyond Bricks', a new and innovative programme, involving LEGO® Based Play and a range of activities to support primary school children in the Belfast area to overcome the impact of the pandemic, and to enhance their overall mental health and wellbeing.

Volunteers will receive full training and duties include:

  • Supporting the preparation and delivery of 5 x 1-hour workshops to Primary 6 and 7 pupils

  • Providing progress updates and feedback to MindWise

  • Gathering evaluation information to inform the impact of the programme 

Find out more here.


Belfast South Community Resources based in Sandy Row is currently recruiting volunteers for their Study Support Programme. 

They are particularly in need of volunteers who would be confident supporting young people up to Year 11 in Maths and Science subjects. 

Study support runs Mondays and Wednesdays from 3.30pm to 5pm!

Find out more.

 


Crowd2Map Tanzania has been mapping rural Tanzania since October 2015. They have trained over 16,000 remote mappers from all over the world to map from satellite images.

Having better maps is vital in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), helping aid workers to navigate their way around and save girls from FGM.  

Find out more.

 


Whether you want to learn new skills, keep busy or meet new people, British Heart Foundation have a range of roles available in their shops.  You could be a digital assistant, a department coordinator, volunteer behind the scenes or in a customer facing role.  Through volunteering in their shops, you would be helping to generate funding for research into all heart and circulatory diseases and the things that cause them.

Find out more.

 


When someone loses their sight, Guide Dogs Northern Ireland is there to make sure they don’t lose their freedom as well.

They are currently looking for a range of volunteers:

  • Fundraiser to assist the local fundraising team in promoting and taking part in a variety of activities to raise money for Guide Dogs.
  • Media Champion to support the Marketing and Communications Manager with local Guide Dogs stories, activities and developing case studies to showcase volunteers & those with sight loss.
  • My Sighted Guide to help a person living with sight loss get out and about confidently in their local area. You will be provided with full training to allow you to safely guide and navigate someone with sight loss, all whilst building your partner's confidence and social interaction!
  • Volunteer Recruiter to support the Volunteer Coordinator in promoting the benefits of volunteering and the different roles available. The role aims to ultimately increase the number of new enquiries received from people who are interested in volunteering. 

Find out more.

 


The Turnaround Project was set up with a vision of shifting the boundaries between the Prison Service and the wider community within Northern Ireland.   

They work with people who are serving sentences in prison or in the community to help them turn around their futures; and to turn around the wider community, encouraging others to support people on that journey.   

They do this by providing transitional training, paid employment and strengths-based coaching to people serving sentences within their ground’s maintenance social enterprise, Outwork and their bike refurbishment, sales, leasing, and repair enterprise, Big Loop Bikes that operates on campus. 

They would love your help! If you would like to further develop your skills in social media/marketing/financial or business admin or communications volunteering with their social enterprises, they would really appreciate your time.

To register your interest, email catherine.shaw@theturnaroundproject.org 


Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Service at the Royal Victoria Hospital provide information materials, signposting services and support for those and their families living with cancer.  They are seeking Meet & Greet Volunteers to welcome patients and their families to the Centre.

This role will also involve explaining resources and services available and helping service users to access the information they require.

Find out more here.


The Now Group are seeking for volunteers in a range of areas.

Every day they run classes for those with learning difficulties and autism, teaching them life skills as well as employment skills. 

They also have a large range of social groups including an art club, creative writing group, film club and gaming club- so whatever you're into, there's something for you!

Responsibilities will include providing person-centred support to participants, within classroom and outdoor venues and assisting groups and classes.

Find out more here.


Volunteer Now are looking for a Forth Meadow Community Greenway Ambassador to support the project to connect existing open spaces in North and West Belfast along a route from Clarendon Playing Fields to the new Transport Hub in the city centre.

You will play a key role in meeting, greeting and informing visitors from all over the world who will come to walk along the paths and cycle ways along the route.  Training will be provided.

Find out more here.


Oxfam Books raises funds for Oxfam Ireland's work for food security and justice in developing countries.  They are seeking retail team members for their book shop in Belfast City Centre.

The role will involve sorting and pricing goods, stocking and merchandising, making sales and helping customers.  Travel expenses will be paid.

Find out more here.


ShopMobility Belfast provides a free daily rental service of mobility scooters and wheelchairs to anyone who has difficulty accessing and travelling around Belfast.

They are currently seeking enthusiastic, reliable and committed volunteers to join their team to assist with safety checking equipment, answering phone calls and data entry.  Full training will be provided and out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed

A variety of shifts are available between between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Find out more here.


Hope 4 Life are looking for Uberheroes volunteer facilitators for primary and post-primary schools across Northern Ireland.  Uberheroes provides Early Intervention Mental Health Workshops, utilising comic heroes to help children and young people prevent mental health issues.

School visits occur on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and would only require that you would have some availability on these days every so often. Full training, support and supervision will be provided.

Find out more by emailing hello@hope4lifeni.org.uk 


Guide Dogs NI are recruiting volunteers for two roles:

Media Champion - Supporting the Marketing and Communications manager with local Guide Dogs stories, activities and developing case studies to showcase and celebrate other local volunteers and the people they support.

My Sighted Guide - Support people living with sight loss to get out and about confidently in their local area. Full training will be provided.

Find out more here.


Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) have a volunteering opportunity as a campaigner. With two Climate Bills currently making their way through the Northern Irish Assembly, and a host of other important moments within UK's environmental calendar coming up, there has never been a better time to get involved. This might be your first step into campaigning, or you might already be a social media influencer, or part of a local community, university or school campaigning group, whatever your experience, they need you! The role has flexible asks on your time depending on the campaign and the urgency.

Find out more here.


Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Northern Ireland, is one of the UK’s leading sight loss charities.  Their Technology for Life team is looking for Roaming Tech Support and Tech Hub Support Volunteers.  Could you spare a few hours a month to help someone with sight loss to get online and set up with their new phone, tablet or computer?  Volunteers would be willing to assist people to get the most out of technology, to make life that bit easier and enjoyable.  No prior knowledge of assistive technology or vision impairment required. Full training will be given.

Find out more here.


Sea Cadets give young people the best possible head start in life based on the customs of the Royal Navy.  They offer 10-18 year olds exciting opportunities both on and off the water and are seeking volunteer Uniformed Instructors (weekly and in person) to support young people to take part in activities such as canoeing, rowing and first aid.  Unit Management volunteers (monthly and in person or remote) are needed to raise the profile of the Unit, recruit cadets & staff, and raise funds. Full training given.

Find out more here.


NIACRO works to reduce crime and its impact on people and communities.  Volunteers are needed for projects supporting people who have offended; their families; young people at risk of offending; and the wider community. 

Find out more here.


Lisburn Downtown Centre supports those feeling alone and isolated within the local Lisburn community. They are currently looking for a befriending mental health volunteer to lend a listening ear and offer encouragement. Full training will be provided. *You need to be able to make your own way to Lisburn for this role*

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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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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