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Libraries NI celebrates volunteering with a renewed partnership

A partnership between Libraries NI and Volunteer Now to promote and support volunteering across Northern Ireland was renewed in Newry City Library.

Jim O’Hagan, Chief Executive of Libraries NI signed a new Memorandum of Understanding along with Denise Hayward, Volunteer Now Chief Executive. Denise and Jim were joined by members of the Newry City Library Knit and Natter group who regularly get involved in creating products for local charities and campaigns.

Volunteer Now is the lead organisation for promoting and supporting volunteering across Northern Ireland.  They build recognition for volunteering and celebrate the contribution volunteers make. They also provide access to opportunities to volunteer and are a resource for organisations providing support on involving volunteers, governance and safeguarding.

Jim O’Hagan said: 

“Libraries NI has a longstanding partnership with Volunteer Now. Utilising the network of 96 libraries and 16 mobile libraries throughout Northern Ireland, libraries play an important role in connecting people with volunteering information and opportunities. Volunteering is an extremely worthwhile and rewarding activity and I would encourage anyone who has ever thought about getting involved to call into their local library to pick up some information.” 

Denise Hayward added:

“Volunteer Now are delighted to be in partnership with Libraries NI as it provides opportunities to promote volunteering to the many people who use libraries every day.”

More information on where your nearest library is, the facilities available and find out how you can sign up to become a member. Also, for information on current volunteer opportunities available in your area go to

Denise Hayward, Volunteer Now and Jim O'Hagan, Libraries NI 

Photo: Denise Hayward, Chief Executive, Volunteer Now and Jim O'Hagan, Chief Executive, Libraries NI​.