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Lend a Helping Hand

Lend a Helping Hand

Volunteers' Week will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year on 3 - 9 June. This week celebrates the amazing contributions volunteers make to communities across the UK. To mark Volunteers' Week our civic buildings will be lit up in purple on Monday 3 June. We also have a number of taster sessions running in the Borough to encourage people to get into volunteering and help out in their communities. For opportunities to volunteer all year round you can visit Volunteer Now, the lead organisation for promoting and supporting volunteering across Northern Ireland.

Visit Volunteer Now

It's time to say Thank You!

The theme of this year's week-long celebration is 'Thank You'. Volunteers don't give their time for praise but saying 'thank you' is a vital way of letting them know that their time, skills, experience and passion make a difference to the services we deliver. Below we have a look at some of the valued volunteers in our Borough.

Volunteers across the Borough


Antrim Foodbank

​Antrim Foodbank provides emergency food and support to people in crisis, through our Referral Partners. Here what their volunteers have to say.

Baby Basics

Baby Basics is a volunteer-led project aiming to support new mothers and families who are struggling to meet the financial and practical burden of looking after a new baby. Volunteers Frances and Hilary show us how they make up a basket for a new mother.


FareShare NI is directly tackling food poverty in Northern Ireland by collecting surplus food from industry and redistributing it to charities, community groups and schools that are providing meals to vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, including low income families, senior citizens, people with disabilities, victims of domestic violence, at risk young people and homeless people. FareShare is always looking for new volunteers, could this be a role for you?

If you wish to apply to be a volunteer or want to find out more information on volunteering, contact FareShare’s Volunteer Coordinator, Siobhan T. 07990043523 or visit www.fareshare.org.uk/volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities

Antrim and Newtownabbey Seniors' Forum - Litter Pick

Tuesday 4 June from 10.30am at Jordanstown Loughshore Park.

Meet at the coffee shop area at 10.30am and join neighbours and friends to tackle litter so everyone can enjoy a cleaner and greener environment. All equipment will be provided.


Friends of Antrim Castle Gardens - Gardenathon

Saturday 8 June from 9am - 4pm at the Courtyard Gardens in Antrim Castle Gardens. 

We would love residents to join the volunteers as they garden all day. It will be a chance for you to:

  • Meet the volunteers of Friends of Antrim Castle Gardens
  • Find out what the charity does and how to get involved
  • Particate in gardening activities
  • Learn gardening tips and skills
  • Get a tour of the Courtyard Garden
  • Join the group for a cuppa and a chat.

For more details E. friendsacg@outlook.com


Other Opportunities

Name of Group Activity Date/Time Location Details
Ballynure & District Community Association Ballynure Village Clean Up (litter pick, grass cutting, weeding and similar) 1 June: 10am (for as long as you like) Ballynure Presbyterian Church Car Park Open to everyone, free.