NIACRO volunteers support us in projects working with people who have offended; their families; young people at risk of offending; and the wider community.

Volunteers are an integral part of our organisation. They bring experience, skills and diversity which complement the work of our paid staff in delivering essential services to the community. We value the unique and distinct contribution volunteers make and have demonstrated this through our achievement of the Investing in Volunteers standard. 

Would you like to become a NIACRO volunteer?

Opportunities become available throughout the year in a number of areas in different parts of Northern Ireland. We will give you relevant training, guidance and out-of-pocket expenses to prepare and support you in your role.

 What does the Young Person/Adult get out of it?

  • Try out new activities
  • Develop new hobbies/skills
  • Increase their confidence/self esteem
  • Talk to someone confidentially

To find out more about how a volunteer could help you, check out our Volunteer Comic Strip.

What do you as a volunteer get out of it?

  • 2 days training to prepare for your role (inc. certified ‘Safeguarding Children’ training)
  • Monthly supervision and telephone support
  • Travel expenses
  • A monthly budget to allow you to do activities
  • Group activities with other volunteers and mentors
  • Experience of working with young people/adults
  • Have fun and build your confidence whilst trying out new activities

What is it like to be a NIACRO volunteer?

Danielle is a volunteer mentor on the Independent Visitor (IV) Scheme: 

"I take out a young person once a fortnight, we have a chat and do something that the young person chooses. My young person and I spend a lot of our time in the winter months going to the cinema and in the summer we spend time outdoors walking in the local park.

We chat about anything going on in both our lives; I find it's just as important to share what is happening in my life to enjoy a good friendship.

The best advice I can give to anyone considering volunteering is to just go for it. Yes, it can be a challenge at the beginning but the benefits for the young person and the volunteer are more than worth it."

Our Volunteer Roles

We run volunteer training twice a year. 

If you're interested in finding out more, please contact us on 028 9032 0157, volunteering@niacro.co.uk or through our enquiry form.

NIACRO is an Equal Opportunities organisation and welcomes applications from males and females of all ages, backgrounds and experience. NIACRO will endeavour to make information on volunteering as accessible as possible. Please contact us to discuss your needs.  You can access NIACRO's Handling and Assessing Criminal Convictions Policy here.

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