There are many different ways to explore new interests, meet new people through new activities and find out about different things happening in your community. Please find below a range of links to a variety of organisations and links which you may find useful.
Praxis Care Volunteering Befriending Scheme
Praxis Care operates a volunteer befriending scheme with over 100 matched friendships, some of which have lasted 5, 10 and even 15 years! Volunteer befrienders can help to reduce the risk of suicide, help to minimise the feeling of isolation, reduce pressure on families, and help to alleviate poor health and the risk of hospital admission.
Volunteering can give you the opportunity to try something new, gain experience, develop skills, improve your career prospects, build confidence and meet new people. Find links to different volunteering opportunities below.
- Volunteer Now
- Mindwise Active 8 volunteering programme
- Aware Defeat Depression – peer volunteering opportunities
Things to do and see…
- Discover Northern Irelandlists a rich array of places to visit and things to do across NI.
- Culture Northern Irelandis an online guide covering almost 300 cities, towns and villages in Northern with news, reviews and NI’s most comprehensive event listings.
- What’s On in NIis an online guide listing all kinds of events and activities in local areas.
Community transport schemes
- Community Transport NIwill help you get out and about
Arts centres in Northern Ireland
- Alley Arts and Conference Centre
- Ards Arts Centre
- The Braid
- Burnavon Arts and Cultural Centre
- Crescent Arts Centre
- Down Arts Centre
- Island Arts Centre
- Nerve Centre
- Sean Hollywood Arts Centre
- Strule Arts Centre
- Ulster Museums
- Libraries NI
- Ardhowen Theatre
- Grand Opera House
- Lyric Theatre
- The MAC
- Millennium Form
- Riverside Theatre
- Theatre at the Mill
- Waterfront Hall
Test Drive the Arts NI can offer you guest tickets to theatre, music, ballet and much more. For more information: http://www.testdrivetheartsni.org/
Sports and recreation in your local council area
Every local council has a range of sports facilities and centres. Your council will also feature details of local events and festivals. Check out centres and what is on in your local council area by clicking on the link below.