An event to celebrate the contribution of volunteers has been held at The Swift in Carrickfergus during Volunteers Week (June 1-7).
Hundreds of organisations across Northern Ireland joined in the campaign, which unites small grassroots groups and larger charities to showcase inspirational volunteers.
Funding was made available through the Department for Social Development Innovations Fund to hold a range of celebrations.
Volunteer Now organised a week of thank you events to highlight this special year and to recognise volunteering within the new council areas.
Wendy Osborne OBE, Chief Executive of Volunteer Now said: “Volunteers’ Week is dedicated to celebrating the immense contribution volunteers make to our local communities. There are currently over a quarter of a million volunteers in Northern Ireland who all play a vital role; from volunteer drivers to sports coaches, from hospital volunteers to those working in charity shops. Volunteers’ Week gives us the opportunity to shine the spotlight on these local people and give them the recognition and thanks they deserve.”
She added: “Whether you have one hour a week to spare, or want to take part in a one-off opportunity, whether you want to volunteer by yourself or with a group of friends or work colleagues, there is something for everyone. Volunteer Now has over 3000 volunteering opportunities available for potential volunteers.”
To find out more about the wide range of volunteering activities available, visit www.volunteernow.co.uk