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Volunteer Now’s Unlocking Potential project is a 5 year initiative that aims to increase the active role of people aged 50+ as members of the community through volunteering. For the past 4 years the project has worked to position volunteering as central to a happy and healthy retirement by highlighting the positive benefits, social, physical and mental, to the volunteer themselves.
The Unlocking Potential project promotes positive images of older volunteering by organising taster sessions and action days with senior volunteers, where negative stereotypes about elderly citizens as passive recipients of goods and services are challenged. Time Banks, where participants deposit their time in the bank and give practical help and support to others, is also one of the key initiatives that Volunteer Now promotes, with particular emphasis on involving older people.
To recognise the legacy from the European Year of Volunteering 2011 and to mark the beginning of the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012, Volunteer Now organised a seminar in Belfast on the 21st February 2012 to discuss the impact of volunteering on senior citizen's quality of life where guest speaker Dr. Pat McCloughan summarised a major study carried out in 2011 for the European Foundation for the improvement of living and working conditions.
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Volunteer Now works to promote, enhance and support volunteering across Northern Ireland.
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