Take part in practical volunteering and discover the benefits of employer supported volunteering.

Supporting your staff to take part in volunteering is proven to offer a range of business benefits, including the following:

  • It delivers powerful community engagement, helping your business to develop an understanding of the social issues affecting your staff and customers
  • It enables staff to get out of the office and participate in physical exercise, improving physical and mental health
  • It provides cost-effective soft skill and team building development by encouraging staff to work together in a new environment
  • It supports charities, increasing pride amongst staff and improving employee engagement
  • It raises your profile as an employer committed to responsible business

We work with organisations from across the charity sector to offer a tailored volunteer package ideal for organisations of all sizes. What’s more, we take care of all the planning – so all you need to do is get your staff together and enjoy the day.

Packages include the following:

  • Initial consultation service
  • Quality risk assessment
  • Joint PR opportunities
  • Team leader training if required
  • Tailored post-event evaluation
  • Full review of annual activity

With a range of membership levels available, we can work with you to develop a bespoke volunteer programme.

Find out more about our volunteer action days:

As well as bespoke volunteering opportunities, you can also take part in our volunteer action days. These are themed days or weeks that we allocate in the year to encourage as many volunteers as possible to take part. Action days are an ideal taster for practical volunteering, particularly if you are just starting out on your volunteering journey. Thank you to SPAR who sponsor the Cares calendar of volunteer action days.

  • Be a Saint Day | Taking place on Friday 13 March, just in time for St Patrick’s Day. Saintly volunteers are invited to join in the fun by taking part in volunteering activities with a range of charities and community groups across Northern Ireland
  • ‘Off the Rails’ Charity Shops’ Challenge | Taking place on Friday 3 April in partnership with Cancer Focus NI. Use your entrepreneurial skills and creative flair to take over the running of a charity shop for the day, compete against other teams to promote and manage a shop with the aim to increase sales on the day. This event is FULLY BOOKED
  • Spring Online Week | Taking place on 20 – 24 April this week is dedicated to helping people get online and experience the benefits of the digital world. Click here for more information on our Digital Assist programme and for a full list of opportunities
  • Digital Learning Day | 27 April for a full list of available libraries, or to register your interest with Angela McCartney
  • Love Your Landscape Day | Love Your Landscape Day encourages businesses to support Northern Ireland’s beautiful landscapes and the organisations who manage and maintain them


“Always great to be able to contribute to help people who are there for the local community, helping others that find themselves in difficult circumstances!”

“It is good to gain experience working with different people in a different environment. This can only help build confidence where you are pushed outside your normal comfort zone and have to meet and communicate with people from other companies.”

“It is good for the moral of employees where they see a company is willing to go the extra mile to help support their local communities.”
Allstate | The Cornfield Project

“It was a really enjoyable day, from getting out of the office for the day but also the knowledge that you are helping an organisation who are doing a lot of excellent work in their field.”
Caterpillar | Harberton Special School

“Great to get out for a day and meet likeminded individuals and feel that we were doing something positive for the local community.”
CME Group | Clandeboye Tree Nursery

“Not only was it great to be there for the reason we were but it was a great team building exercise for us all.”
Firstsource | The Welcome Organisation

“Great team spirit. Great to see the same effort of my colleagues normally seen at work applied to manual labour!”
Fujitsu | Mount Stewart

“Volunteers were extremely enthusiastic, interested and hard working. Volunteers seemed to enjoy themselves on the day, and we enjoyed having them.”
Mid & East Antrim Council

“The volunteers were focused and engaged and keen to get involved in the range of different tasks involved.”
The Welcome Organisation

“The volunteers were friendly, warm and very welcoming. They engaged well with our staff.”
Rainbow Child & Family Centre

“The team was fully committed and done a very good job.”
St John Vianney Youth Centre

For more information, complete the form below, or contact Angela McCartney on (028) 9046 0606.