With so many demands on our time, why should we think about volunteering?
There are many reasons and benefits, including:
- wanting to improve things or help other people
- supporting a cause that’s really important to you
- meeting new people and having new experiences
- connecting with the community you live in
- building your knowledge, skills and experience if you're looking for a job
- wanting to make a difference to the world around you.
We support volunteering through:
- grant programmes which support the work of community, arts and sporting groups who involve volunteers
- award schemes such as the PCSP Youth Awards, Belfast Sports Awards and the Age-friendly Belfast Older Volunteer Awards
- volunteer involvement in flagship city events.
The Northern Ireland Volunteering Strategy defines volunteering as the commitment of time and energy, for the benefit of society and the community, the environment, or individuals outside (or in addition to) one’s immediate family. It is unpaid and undertaken freely and by choice.
Community Services volunteering opportunities
We run a range of groups in our centres throughout the year. These include after-school and homework clubs, youth groups, parent and toddler and senior citizens groups. All of these benefit from the involvement of volunteers.
Community centre IT hubs
We have eight IT hubs across the city which offer free access to broadband and a variety of free short courses in booking travel, using social media, email and accessing services online. Volunteers can share their skills and help others to become digitally savvy.
We provide an innovative programme of play activities across the city, and we’re very grateful to our volunteers who help us to do this. As well as benefiting local communities, being a volunteer also benefits you as an individual.
- an opportunity to make a difference to children’s lives
- a chance to get experience in a field you’d like to work in
- a way to test out potential career choices
- an opportunity to develop new skills, or use your existing skills to benefit others
- a way to feel connected to, and involved in, your community
- a chance to meet new people and make new friends.
During July and August our community and play centres run summer schemes for the four to 14 age group, offering a range of centre-based activities, trips and events.
Our Summer schemes are run by our Community Services staff with valued support from volunteers. They offer a variety of trips, in-centre activities and events over four weeks and cater for children and young people aged four to 14.
We’ll keep you up to date with volunteering opportunities for men and for women as they arise, and give you all the support and training you need.
Belfast Youth Forum
This is made up of 40 young people aged 13 to 18 years old who represent the ten electoral wards in Belfast. The forum provides a way for us to engage with young people and hear their views. It also offers young people a place to raise the issues that are important to them. Youth Forum volunteers assist and support Youth Forum members to perform their duties and participate in the programme of work.
If you're interested in volunteering with Community Services then call us on 028 9032 0202 ext 3775 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
Volunteering in Northern Ireland
If you’d like to find out about opportunities elsewhere in Belfast and Northern Ireland, see the Volunteer Now website
and search their database.