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Volunteer with us and be part of something amazing!

Giving your time through volunteering makes a profound difference to other people’s lives, whether you are working with them directly or supporting us through admin or fundraising.

Why Volunteer

Ten reasons to volunteer:

  1. Volunteering connects you to others and reduces isolation
  2. Volunteering strengthens communities
  3. You can give something back to a charity that has helped you or a loved one
  4. You can make a difference to someone else’s life
  5. It can help reduce your heart rate and blood pressure
  6. It can help combat depression
  7. Volunteering adds to your CV
  8. You can learn new skills and add to your experience
  9. If you are between 14 and 25 years old, you can gain a Millennium Award
  10. You will be helping us provide our services to the local community

You can view and apply for our current available volunteering opportunities on Be Collective.

What Opportunities Do We Have?

Volunteer at our Support Groups – our community based support groups are for people who are living with chest, heart or stroke conditions or their carers.

Volunteer at our Fundraising Events – Our event volunteers can help us for one-off events or support us year-round at all our various fundraising events and activities. Opportunities can include bucket collecting at our public street collections, helping at shopping centre bag-packs,  or assisting the events team at our annual flagship events. 

Become a Community Ambassador – Join our growing network of Community Ambassadors across Northern Ireland who work closely alongside our fundraising team. Our Community Ambassadors represent the face of NICHS in their local area. From  accepting donations, to spreading awareness of our latest campaigns through leaflet drops or information stands, to placing our donation boxes in local businesses; this role is perfect for those  who enjoy networking , giving short informal thank-you speeches, or those who are simply interested in fundraising! 

Craig 1

Now, volunteering for NICHS, I sit down in the evening and can say ‘I made a difference to someone today.’ I am doing something positive and that’s a great feeling.

Anne Megarry

I get great satisfaction from being a Community Ambassador. I love getting out, meeting and talking to people and I enjoy giving back to the community. I just love what I do as an NICHS Community Ambassador.

Charlene 2

Volunteering gives me something to look forward to. It’s nice to share my experience of what I went through with other people and to reassure them that there is life on the other side of stroke.

Read about some of our amazing volunteers!


Stroke Survivor Clodagh Goes From Being Unable To Walk Or Talk To Helping Others

Clodagh Dunlop, from Magherafelt, suffered a major stroke 8 years ago at the age of 35. Clodagh’s life changed overnight as her stroke resulted in Locked-in Syndrome. Thanks to determination and hard work, Clodagh has recovered well from her stroke and is now a volunteer for Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke (NICHS) and this Volunteers’ Week she is sharing her story.


Stroke Survivor Craig Dedicated To Helping Others

Craig Shilliday, from Portadown, suffered a stroke in March 2019. Craig is now a volunteer for Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke (NICHS) and this Volunteers’ Week he is sharing his story and how it has led him on a path of helping others.


Fionna's Story

Fionna Henry, an a NICHS service user and volunteer, shares her story of how NICHS has helped support her with COPD and sleep apnoea, and how she volunteers with us to help others.


Anne's Volunteering Story

Anne Megarry from Holywood is a NICHS volunteer and this Volunteers’ Week she is sharing her story about what she does for our charity to help others.