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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:


Do you want to help young people build essential life skills? British Red Cross are looking for volunteers to help deliver Community Education workshops in Belfast.  You'll support young people in your community to learn about topics such as first aid, migration and wellbeing.

Find out more here.


 

From the 20 June - 31 August, Belfast City will be brought to life by a herd of uniquely decorated, amazingly creative, elephant sculptures.  The free, family-friendly art trail – a collaboration between Northern Ireland Hospice, Wild in Art and Andersen Press, brings David McKee’s popular children’s character Elmer the Patchwork Elephant to life.

Elmer Belfast are looking for sociable, and enthusiastic volunteer Trailblazers to help:

  • Sell merchandise in the Elmer Shop
  • Answer questions and promote the trail in the city
  • Maintain the amazing Elmer sculptures
  • Support the Farewell Event and Auction

Find out more.

 


RSPB are seeking undergraduate Science/Geography/Teaching students to mentor (with support from RSPB conservation and education staff) sixth form students. 

The project would involve:

  • Surveying and monitoring sward height, structure and species
  • Undertaking a baseline survey of water quality of aquatic pools
  • Comparing and contrasting marsh fritillary habitats 

Commitment: Ideally one day each week, 10am-4pm, from 18 July to 12 August
Location: Montiagh’s Moss nature reserve near Aghalee

Find out more.

 


RSPB are seeking undergraduate Science/Geography/Teaching students to mentor (with support from RSPB conservation and education staff) sixth form students. 

The project would involve:

  • designing and carrying out simple baseline ecological surveys (eg. wildflowers, butterflies, bumblebees, trees etc)
  • analysing data from the surveys 
  • desktop research to identify main species in the area
  • identifying actions to improve biodiversity on the sites

Commitment: Ideally one day each week, 10am-4pm, from 18 July to 12 August
Location: Belfast

Find out more.

 


NIACRO works to reduce crime and its impact on people and communities. They are currently looking for volunteers for their Independent Visitor Scheme which is a befriending project for care-experienced young people aged 11-18 in the Belfast and South Eastern Trust areas. Volunteers meet with their young person once a fortnight to enjoy a fun activity or excursion. A small budget is provided and travel expenses will be reimbursed. 

Find out more.

 


Can you play a part in creating the best visitor experience possible at the historic Linen Hall Library?

Find out more.

 


Do you love the outdoors and wildlife? Would you like to lead local nature walks in and around sections of the new Forth Meadow Community Greenway? If the answer is yes, why not apply to become a Volunteer Nature Guide with The Conservation Volunteers?

Find out more.

 


Marie Curie NI are looking for an eBay Retail Volunteer.  This role provides invaluable support in the operation of their eBay shop by photographing and listing items, and preparing them for delivery.  This opportunity is based on Botanic Avenue and full training will be provided.

Find out more.

 


Volunteer Now are recruiting Event Ambassadors to support the delivery of various not for profit events across Northern Ireland.

You will have the opportunity to meet, greet and inform participants and visitors at some of Northern Ireland’s major events, bringing an unrivalled WOW! experience and a warm welcome to visitors! 

Some of the events include:

Balmoral Show (11-14 May)

Antrim Coast Half Marathon (which will be attended by Sir Mo Farah 27-28 August)

Lap the Lough cycling event (28 August)

Find out more.

 


On Thursday 5 May 2022 you will be asked to vote in the Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. If you want to see nature and climate issues being addressed by the NI Executive in the next Assembly term, take action by sharing RSPB NI’s Manifesto for Nature with your local candidates.
 
RSPB NI’s Manifesto for Nature explains in clear and concise steps how we can tackle the nature and climate crisis, what a Green Recovery for Northern Ireland looks like, and how sustainable land use, and planning and development, can help us to restore and protect nature. We are at a pivotal moment in the history of our planet, and we all have a part to play to save it. The nature and climate emergency is the most pressing issue of our time, and this election means we have a unique opportunity to show our candidates the future we want to see for Northern Ireland.

Find out more.

 


The 17th EASA Biennial Conference EASA 2022: Transformation, Hope and the Commons will take place at the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queen’s University Belfast on 26-29 July 2022. This will be a hybrid event, combining virtual and in person attendance.  

Could you be a part of the conference team assisting delegates at EASA 2022? Volunteering roles include: 

- Supporting reception desk 

- Audio visual assistance 

- Ushering and guiding delegates 

- General assistance 

Volunteers should be available for all three conference days (26-29 July) and for one additional training day (25 July) and in return will be granted full access to all conference sessions, receive complimentary tea/coffee and lunch, and a free pass to the final conference closing event.

Find out more.

 


Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI is the only charity in Northern Ireland dedicated to blood cancer research. Their mission is to improve survival rates and quality of life for all blood cancer patients by supporting clinicians, scientists and students researching these diseases.

They need volunteers to help with their upcoming street collections:

  • Bangor Town Centre, Saturday 2 April, 10am-4pm
  • Belfast City Centre, Saturday 9 April, 10am-4pm

*You can choose a time slot that suits you between 10am and 4pm.

Find out more.

 


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.

 


 The Mash Direct Belfast City Marathon have a variety of exciting roles available

There will be a number of roles available at the Titanic Exhibition Centre over Race Weekend from set up on Thursday 28 April to assisting runners in collecting their packs on 29 & 30 April.

On Race Day itself (Sunday 1 May), you can get involved in the following roles:

Route Marshal – help direct all participants around the route giving plenty of support and encouragement along the way
Water & Nutrition Station Team – boost participants with much needed fuel
Start Area Support Team – cheer the runners off the start line
Finish Area Support Team – welcome participants across the finish line and share in their elation

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.


Inspire Wellbeing is seeking a Co-Facilitator Volunteer for their East Belfast Community Wellbeing Service in Connswater Community Centre.

You will assist the group facilitator to provide a safe and supportive environment to ensure service users feel they can express themselves.

Tasks will include supporting a group activity, liaising with the group facilitator to identify materials to assist with group activities, preparing the room and supporting those that attend the sessions.

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.


STEM Ambassadors NI connect with young people, inspiring them to become the next generation of STEM professionals, through outreach programmes in schools, colleges and community groups. Activities can include careers talks, practical demonstrations, mentoring, site visits, science fairs and much more.

If you are studying science, technology, engineering, mathematics or related fields and would like to get involved, just click on the link below.

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.


NSPCC are the UK's leading children's charity. They provide a range of services and are looking for Student Engagement Volunteers. This role would involve representing the NSPCC on campus and engaging with students about the vital work that the NSPCC does. Some of the activities involved include organising fundraising events, taking part in a challenge event such as a trek, run or skydive and sharing messaging through social media. Full training will be provided.

Find out more here.


As an AbilityNet ITCanHelp volunteer you can help unleash the power of technology to ensure that older people and those with a disability are not excluded from the digital world. They are looking for volunteers who are interested and skilled in computers and technology to visit disabled and older people in their own homes to help with their IT needs.

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 


Democracy Volunteers observe elections to assess the quality of them and to report back to returning officers, the UK's Electoral Commission, the government and the public.  They are recruiting volunteer election observers to observe the NI Assembly election on May 5th 2022. Volunteers will be tasked with collecting data from inside polling stations and counting venues to assess the electoral process. Full training will be provided.

Find out more here.


British Red Cross have a volunteering opportunity as a Volunteer Community Connector. This role will involve providing practical support for someone who has been discharged from hospital, helping them connect with other organisations who can offer them support with their long-term health condition and reconnecting them with people with their communities to help overcome loneliness.  *You must be able to drive and have access to a car, or be prepared to use public transport for visiting people.*

Find out more here.


British Red Cross have a volunteering opportunity as an Independent Living Service Volunteer. This role will involve helping someone leaving hospital, with essential shopping and picking up their prescription to help them feel safe at home. *You must be able to drive and have access to a car*.

Find out more here.


British Red Cross have a volunteering opportunity as a Customer Service Volunteer. This role will involve giving a warm welcome to customers who are recovering from illness or injury, helping people wanting to hire a wheelchair, and showing people how to use equipment.

Find out more here.


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.


Childline is the UK's free, confidential listening service for children.  Volunteers give their time to provide comfort, advice, and protection to children. Could you spare just 4 hours a week to listen to children who need your help? Full training and support provided.

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.


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.


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.


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 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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