Volunteering - Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke
Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke

Be part of an amazing Northern Ireland Chest Heart & Stroke volunteer team and help us to help others.

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.

If you are interested, require more information or a chat about volunteering then please send an email with details of the role/s you are interested in to; Anne Norrie Head of Volunteering at anorrie@nichs.org.uk  or phone Anne on direct line 028 9026 6707.


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.

Current Volunteer Roles

Please note not all of the roles listed will be available in your area. Some volunteer roles may require a certain level of physical fitness, but these tend to be the exception. However, we do look for certain qualities such as reliability and good interpersonal skills. You also need to be able to work well as part of a team.

The one request we would respectfully make is please do not sign up to volunteer unless you are  committed 100% to volunteering and responding to communication in relation to your volunteering.

If you do sign up but at any stage realise you can no longer volunteer for whatever reason please do let us know so we can remove your name from our records.


NICHS Care Services Groups

Taking Control Programme Leaders

Are you living with, have an interest in or experience of a chest, heart or stroke condition?

Are you available during the daytime and willing to undertake training?

Would you like to share your experience and inspire others?

If yes then why not consider becoming a Volunteer Leader in our Taking Control Programme.

Do these qualities describe you?

  • Want to make a difference
  • Friendly & open-minded
  • Enjoy helping people
  • Capable of speaking in front of 12-15 people
  • Willing to follow a scripted manual when leading the Programme
  • Able to work with a co-leader

***No professional healthcare training is needed. No previous experience in leading groups is needed***

You will have fun, meet new people and help others to positively self manage their long term health conditions and their lives.

You will be required to attend 6 weeks of Taking Control Programme Leaders training.

The next Taking Control Leader Training takes place at NICHS HQ 21 Dublin Road, Belfast BT2 7HB on;

Thursday 2nd August 2018 – 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

Friday 3rd August 2018 – 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

Monday 6th August 2018 – 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

Tuesday 7th August 2018 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

If you would like more information please contact Pauline Millar on 07841150949 or email pmillar@nichs.org.uk


Activity Groups                                                                      

NICHS Activity Groups are community based groups who support people who are more physically or cognitively limited by their chest, heart or stroke condition and who are not initially suitable for the other Care Services pathways.

They exist to ensure people affected by chest, heart and stroke conditions in the long term, can maintain their health and wellbeing and remain socially included. This is achieved through weekly attendance in a social care setting which offers the following:

  • Programme of ongoing secondary prevention
  • Therapeutic activities related to ongoing maintenance of health and wellbeing, building confidence and self esteem
  • Social networking opportunities/Peer support
  • Information on living with condition and self management
  • Goal Setting
  • Signposting to other services
  • Respite for Carers

We currently require volunteers for the following groups:


URGENT – Craigavon/Banbridge: Young stroke group – Bus escort/group volunteer – Lawrencetown Community Centre,  Drumnascamph Road, Lawrencetown, Craigavon  BT63 6DU – required between approx. 9.30am and 2.30pm

Omagh:  Stroke Activity Group – Methodist Church Hall  – 17 James Street Omagh, County Tyrone,  BT78 1QX – 10am – 12noon

Armagh: Stroke Activity Group – Cathedral Road Recreation Complex – 20, Cathedral Road, Armagh, BT61 7QX – 10.30am – 12noon

We would like to recruit a bank of reserve volunteers to call on to cover sickness or holidays for the Carrickfergus Stroke Activity Group – Amphitheatre, Carrickfergus Leisure Centre, Prince William Way, Carrickfergus, BT38 7HP – 10.30am – 12.30pm



Enniskillen: Stroke Activity Group – St Johns’ Ambulance – 56 Old Tempo Road, Moneynoe Glebe, Enniskillen, BT74 4RR – 10am – 12noon.



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 – 11am – 12noon

Foyle: Lavery Fold –  Common Room, Asylum Road, Londonderry/Derry, BT48 7DL – 10.00am – 12.00noon

Balymena: Tullygarley Community Centre – Old Tullygarley Road Ballymena BT42 2JD – 10.30 – 12.30pm



Belfast: Stroke Activity Group – Morton Community Centre – Lorne St, Belfast BT9 7DU – 10am – 12.30pm

Dungannon: Stroke Activity Group – Ballysaggart Business Complex – 2, Beechvalley Way, BT70 1BS – 10.30am – 12noon

Belfast: Young Stroke Group Fortnightly (1st & 3rd Frid.) – St. Brides Church Hall – Derryvolgie Ave. Malone Road BT9 6FP – 12noon – 1.30pm


PREP Groups                                                    

The NICHS Post Rehabilitation Enablement Programme (PREP) is a community based patient education and physical activity support service for people who have had a stroke.  The emphasis is supporting people and it helps rebuild people’s lives and confidence, through exercise and education, to ensure they are ready to begin to take control of their life and self manage their own health.

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.

We currently require volunteers for the following groups:


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

Armagh: Mullinure Hospital – Physio Dept. Loughgall Road, Armagh BT61 7NQ – 2- 4pm



Belfast: St. Brides Church Hall – 40 Derryvolgie Ave. Malone Road BT9 6FP – 11am – 1pm

Coleraine: Sandel Centre – Knocklyn Road, Coleraine BT52 1WW – 10am – 12noon

Derry/Londonderry: NW office, Unit 3, Hyde Business Pk, Pennyburn Ind. Est.  Derry/Londonderry BT48 0LU –  10am – 12noon.

Omagh: St. John’s Ambulance centre – 56 Old Tempo Road, Moneynoe Glebe Or Chanterhill, ENNISKILLEN, BT74 4RR – 10am – 12noon



Banbridge: Lawrencetown Community Centre – Drumnascamph Road, Lawrencetown, Craigavon BT63 6DU – 1pm – 3pm

Omagh: Omagh Youth Centre,  Mountjoy Road, Omagh,  BT79 7BB – 10am – 12noon


Volunteer Drivers                

We require volunteer drivers for the following areas to transport service users to and from our care services groups.


URGENT – North WestPREP group – route to be agreed with the driver and the areas requiring pick ups from are Sion Mills, Magilligan, Limavady, Strabane and Londonderry/Derry – Group runs from 10am – 12noon so pick ups required from (depending on route) approx. 8.30am – 10am and drop offs from 12noon – 1.30pm

URGENT – Craigavon/Banbridge – Young Stroke Group – route to be agreed with the driver and the areas requiring pick ups from are within Craigavon/Portadown/Banbridge area to Lawrencetown Community Centre Drumnascamph Road Lawrencetown, Craigavon BT63 6DU‎- Group runs from – 11am – 1pm



URGENT – Craigavon/Banbridge –Stroke Activity Group – route to be agreed with the driver and the areas requiring pick ups from are within Craigavon/Portadown/Banbridge area to Lawrencetown Community Centre Drumnascamph Road Lawrencetown, Craigavon  BT63 6DU – Group runs from 10.30am – 12.30pm


Fundraising & Events

Fundraising volunteers are required to help either regularly, occasionally or “one off” depending on the need. Names are added to a database and volunteers are contacted with various asks and can choose the opportunity that suits their location and availability.


Mid Ulster Truck Festival (sponsored by Specialist Joinery)

When :Saturday 26th – Sunday 27th May

Where: on both dates volunteers should report to the Termoneeny Centre, 60 Quarry Rd, Magherafelt BT45 8NS and the contact person there is Brigid Donnelly.

On Saturday 26th May street collectors will be needed at the Termoneeny Centre (address above) during the family fun day.

Time: 1-5pm

On Sunday 27th May street collectors will be needed along the truck route (Starts at Gulladuff then heading through Knockcloghrim, Hillhead, Castledawson, Magherafelt, Desertmartin, Draperstown, Tobermore and Maghera). Please report to the Termoneeny Centre and Brigid will give you your bucket and allocate your location. Please be aware you will need access to a car to take you from A to B.

Time: Sunday 3-5.30pm

You will be allocated a point of contact (POC) and support and a briefing will be provided for this opportunity. Agreed volunteer expenses such as mileage will be reimbursed on completion of a volunteer expenses form.

If you can do a shift even for a couple of hours that would be amazing. Please do ask your friends and family to help too (must be over 16).

If interested or for further information please contact Victoria Ross on 02890 266745 or email vross@nichs.org.uk 


Markethill Community Festival

During this festival we require a volunteer team to provide catering assistance to cover the indoor bowling competition, held over 5 nights which raises money to support the work of NICHS. We require a team of volunteers so we can set up a rota to cover the 5 evenings.

When? –  Monday 6th to Friday 10th August 2018 Time? – From 7pm

Volunteer tasks Setting out, serving supper and clearing up.

Where? St. John’s Parish Church Hall, Mullurg Road, Mullabrack Markethill Co Armagh BT60 1QN.


Community Fundraising Volunteer – Help with events, bag–packing etc. or;

Street Collections: If you express an interest in this role then your name will be added to a database and when a collection comes up an “ask” is sent out. If the day/location/time suits then you choose what time suits you and are added to the rota.

If it’s practical and possible for you to take part in street collections then please do volunteer with us for a couple of hours. Please also ask any family or friends if they can help. If you can’t help then please put an “ask” out on your social media and ask friends and family to do the same or share yours. Word of mouth is a powerful tool so tell others!


Community Fundraising Ambassador

We require you to attend cheque presentations on behalf of NICHS and give a thank you speech if required. Ambassadors must be willing to take or have a picture taken with the large NICHS cheque and those who have raised the money.


Community Networking Volunteer

Tell people in your local community about us and the work we do and direct people to our website or social media pages.

Promote our events and carry out a leaflet drops for us, when required, in your local area.


Occasional Volunteers

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

We sometimes require Occasional Volunteers to help out now and again when they can in their local area or in our busy offices in Belfast or the North West.

We appreciate the commitment of volunteers and would be unable to provide the range of services we do without this support.


Interested? What Happens Next?

If you are interested, require more information or a chat about volunteering then please send an email with details of the role/s you are interested in to; Anne Norrie Head of Volunteering at anorrie@nichs.org.uk  or phone Anne on direct line 028 9026 6707.

Once you have registered your interest in volunteering with us we will contact you by telephone or e–mail to complete a short registration form and if you required, meet with you for an informal chat. After that, we will try to match you to a suitable volunteering opportunity in your local area.

For certain roles we also require details for two referees and an Access NI check to be completed.

If you are placed as a volunteer you will be provided with an induction/briefing and any training required.

All agreed out–of–pocket expenses will be reimbursed to anyone volunteering for NICHS.