Volunteering - Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke
Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke
Above: names of our lovely volunteers at the Craigavon/Banbridge Stroke Scheme.


Be part of an exciting Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke volunteer team and gain a wealth of experience!

Did you know that……

Volunteering can help protect your mental and physical health by reducing heart rate and blood pressure, increase endorphin production, help combat depression and reduce isolation, enhance your immune system, and buffering the impact of stress.

  • 73% of employers would recruit a  candidate with volunteering experience over one without.
  • 94% of employers believe that volunteering can add to skills
  • 94% of employees who volunteered to learn new skills had benefited by getting their first job, improving their salary, or being promoted.


If you are aged between 14 and 25 years old, you can also gain the Millennium Volunteers Award. After your first 50, 100 or 200 hours of volunteering you’ll get a certificate backed by the Department of Education recognising your work. This will look great on your CV, job or UCAS application. Click here to find out more.

More than that, giving your time to volunteer will make a profound difference to other people’s lives, whether you are working with them directly or supporting us through admin or fundraising.

Volunteer Roles

Volunteers Required!

PREP in Coleraine

PREP in Enniskillen

Gym Volunteers in Enniskillen

Our volunteers work with us at our Care Services Support Groups, they support our Fundraising and they support us with their admin skills in our offices.

 Care Services Support Groups:  Fundraising:

• Volunteer in local Care Services Groups

• Volunteer in our new Post Rehab Exercise Programme (PREP)

• NICHS Ambassador e.g. cheque presentations etc

• Community Fundraising Volunteer, e.g. street collections, bag–packing etc


Please note not all of the roles listed will be available in your area.

Some volunteer roles may require previous experience or a certain level of physical fitness, but these tend to be the exception. However, we look for certain qualities such as reliability and good interpersonal skills. You also need to work well as part of a team. We also encourage people with additional support needs to join our team.

Our current volunteering opportunities within Care Services are listed below. For fundraising or admin opportunities, please contact us.

NICHS Care Services Groups

How would you like to be part of an amazing team of volunteers assisting the NICHS co–ordinator to organise and run a various activities for clients attending a NICHS care service group?

Where? – See the areas and venues below.
When? – See below for days and times. Please note that some groups are term time only.


Omagh Young Stroke group: Omagh Leisure Centre Old Mountfield Road, BT79 7EG – 10:20am – 12 noon


Belfast Stroke Activity Group: Belvoir Activity Centre – 100 Belvoir Drive Belfast BT8 7DT – 10am – 12 noon

Fermanagh Stroke & Respiratory Gym Group: PUSH Gym 70, Forthill St. Enniskillen BT74 6FB from 11am – noon


Belfast Stroke Activity Group: Morton Community Centre. Lorne St Belfast BT9 7DU –  10am – 12:30pm

Young Stroke group – St. Brides Church Hall Derryvolgie Av. Malone Road BT9 6FP –
12pm – 1:30pm

PREP Groups

The Post Rehab Exercise Programme (PREP) is a physio led, community based course which helps rebuild people’s lives and confidence following a stroke through exercise and education. Over a period of 6 weeks, participants are shown how to incorporate exercise safely into their care plans and every day routines, as well as having an opportunity to learn about a particular aspect of living with stroke.


Enniskillen: St Johns’ Ambulance, 56 Old Tempo Road, Moneynoe Glebe, Enniskillen, BT74 4RR, 10.30am-12.30pm.


Coleraine: Sandel Centre, Knocklynn Road, Coleraine, BT52 1WW, 10am-12 noon.

Belfast: Olympia Community Centre, Boucher Road Belfast, BT12 6NA, 10.30am – 12.30pm

Magherafelt: Meadowbank Sports Arena,  Ballyronan Road, Magherafelt, L/Derry BT45 6EH, 10.30am – 12.30pm

If interested in any of the above roles then please contact Anne Norrie– Email – anorrie@nichs.org.uk or on 028 9026 6707

Occasional Volunteers

Do you want to volunteer, but feel that you do not have the time?

We always require Occasional Volunteers to help out now and again when they can. We usually run a rota system so if you can only help for an hour or two we will endeavour to slot you in to a time that suits you. We also pay agreed volunteer out of pocket expenses and 45p mileage within the local area.

Any amount of time you can spare is valuable to us. We would be unable to provide the range of services we do without the support of our volunteers.


Interested? What Happens Next?

Become a member of an exciting volunteer team and help others whilst helping yourself. Just click below to fill in a volunteer interest expression form and we will contact you by telephone or e–mail and, depending on the role, may invite you for an informal chat. After that, we will try to match you to a suitable volunteering opportunity in your local area.

We may also ask you for two references or an Access NI check, which is required for certain roles.

If you are placed as a volunteer you will be provided with an induction/briefing and any training required. There may also be a trial/settling in period. All agreed out–of–pocket expenses will be paid to anyone volunteering for NICHS.

If you want to know more you can email volunteering@nichs.org.uk. 

Alternatively please click below to register your interest.