Latest Volunteering Opportunities

chelmsford-volunteering-centre-logo-v2Below are some of the latest Volunteering Opportunities from the Chelmsford Volunteering Centre. If you are interested in any of the opportunities below please contact Sally or Julie on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk

This page was updated on 21 May 2018. 

You will find both the latest opportunities and one off opportunities below.


Urgent Need |Office Support Administrator - Hearing Help Essex

We need a confident computer user to join our friendly Moulsham Street office. Duties including entering data in to Excel, filing, printing and postage, updating social media, updating our WordPress website, general office tasks, taking telephone calls etc.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Homeless Shelter - Food Donation Collectors

Sanctus Homeless Charity requires trustworthy and committed people to give allotted time to picking up items from cafes who provide end of day food donations. One of the pick-ups would either require a car or someone with the strength to carry multiple heavy bags. The other pick up is light and could be done on foot. The pick-ups are late afternoon/early evening at allotted times. Even if you could commit to one or two regular slots we would be very grateful.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Support for a Dementia Activity Centre - Essex Dementia Care

We need compassionate volunteers with a sense of humour to help run a drop-in centre/ activity club for people living with dementia. By befriending visitors you'll be bringing a spark of joy into their lives and some relief to their families and carers. You'll also help run the club, serve food and join-in activities.

If you're skilled at music or art then we'd especially love to hear from you.

No experience required. Just enthusiasm, kindness and a willingness to listen.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Various Roles - Chelmsford Prison

Chelmsford Prison needs kind, non-judgemental volunteers with good people skills to help out at their visitor centre. You'll be helping with admin, directions, teas & coffee and emotional support for the families who come in. Or perhaps you'd like to help out in the creche and children's play area?

C0ntact the centre to find our more.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Gardeners - Interact

Volunteers are needed to dig, prune, weed, plant and maintain the lovely new Interact garden at Moulsham Mill. Additionally, the role may involve mentoring and supporting other volunteers with additional needs when they come to the centre.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Administrators - Interact

Can you spare half a day per week to help support our team with tasks such as filing, photocopying, data entry and other admin duties? You will also have the opportunity to join us on recruitment days as we process new volunteer applications for young volunteers who wish to support young people with disabilities.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Trustees - City of Chelmsford Mencap.

We are seeking local people to join our Board of Trustees for a long term, committed relationship working as part of a great team. Our trustees come from a range of specialisms including health and social care, education and business. A good sense of humour is desirable!

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Community Volunteers for Victims of Crime - Victim Support

If you're kind, sympathetic and patient then why not help to support victims of crime in your local community?

Victim Support will train you to will listen to victims to identify their individual needs, help them explore how their experience of crime has affected their lives and identify ways to enable them to move on.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Bartender/ Bar Staff - Royal Air Force Association Chelmsford

The Royal Air Force needs you!

.....or at least it's social club does. Chelmsford RAFA need friendly, energetic volunteers to pull pints in their social club! Have fun and support our local RAF members at the same time.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Urgent Need |Minibus Drivers - City of Chelmsford Mencap

If you have experience driving a minibus then please do get in touch!

City of Chelmsford Mencap urgently needs volunteer minibus drivers to help vulnerable adults access our range of activities. You will drive our 17 seater minibus - his name's Morris- and either collect people from their homes and take them to Mencap Centre in Mildmay Road, or transport team members from the centre to a variety of venues around Chelmsford.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Urgent Need |Crèche Assistant - Mid-Essex Family Care

A lovely opportunity to work with children from 0- 7yrs in a 2 hour crèche session.

Are you enthusiastic & energetic? Might you enjoy working with young children? Are you free on Thursday mornings? If so please get in touch to find out how you assist a cheerful crèche with appropriate play and creative activities.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Finance Volunteer - CHARMS

A volunteer with a financial background is required who can assist with grant funding applications to Foundations, individual benefactors and corporate donors. The work can be undertaken at the CHARMS in Chelmsford on Wednesday, Friday or Saturday morning, or if preferred you may work from home.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Data Administrator Volunteer - HM Prison Chelmsford

A Data Administrator volunteer is needed to perform a variety of tasks to help with the smooth running of the Full Circle service. An excellent opportunity to gain some valuable skills and experience within an office setting. Based within HM Prison Chelmsford

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Visiting Volunteer - Independent Age

If you are kind, patient and a good listener then this one's for you.

In your spare time why not call in on a lonely older person for a cuppa and a chat? You'll check that they're alright, ease their concerns and maybe arrange a trip to the local shop. Some of the older people we help need more support, others less so. As a volunteer visitor you will be matched with an older person living near you and you can fit your visits around your other commitments and responsibilities.

Be the reason someone stops being lonely.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Various Roles - Support 4 Sight

Support 4 Sight need volunteers in a variety of roles to support their mission of advising, guiding and befriending people struggling with visual impairments. Can you do admin in the office on a Monday or Wednesday? Can you help out at a coffee morning? Support patients at Broomfield Hospital? Fund-raise at events? Visit someone in their home?

Get in touch to learn more!

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Homeless Shelter - Overnight Volunteers

We need kind, dedicated volunteers to hep support the staff and service users of CHESS, Chelmsford's night shelter for the homeless members of our community.

As a sleep-over volunteer you will be an overnight presence for those in distress, supporting staff in the event of an emergency and being a sympathetic, caring presence for service users in the evening and morning. You might also help serve a hot breakfast

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Events Assistant - Essex Records Office. 9 June

Be part of an innovative Heritage Lottery Funded project working with the Essex Sound and Video Archive. We are looking for volunteers to help us run public survey events across Essex. The volunteers will engage with the public, help to set up at each event, creating an eye-catching display, and clear up afterwards.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
"Show me the Honey!" - Chelmsford Museum Event. 28 May- 1 June

Chelmsford Museums need volunteers to help them run a week-long event aimed at children aged 3-12 years and celebrating Essex Bees. You will helping with candle-making, honey tasting, bee trails and the "waggle dance"! You'll help staff steward the event and direct parking.

There's a real buzz in the air about this one, could you bee the one we need?

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Chelmsford Beer & Cider Festival volunteers - 10 July - 14 July

We are looking for enthusiastic people who wish to make a difference and have a little fun in the process! You will be supporting the fundraising efforts of Age Uk Essex and Farleigh Hospice, the two chosen charities of this year's event. You will be:

- Helping to serve beverages from the soft drinks tent.

- Selling raffle tickets

- Helping to collect money

- Assisting with games and other fundraising initiatives during the event.

We ask that people please commit to a minimum 4 hour block between midday and 11pm on any of the days between 10th & 14th July.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 

Latest Youth Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteer EssexIf you over the age of 16 and wish to get involved with Volunteering, please contact Sally from Chelmsford Volunteering Centre on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk (Youth volunteering opportunities are for people aged 16 to 25) 

Oral History Project - Chelmsford Museums| 16+

Chelmsford Museum is looking to recruit Oral History volunteers, who will help identify, record and transcribe personal histories of individuals who have migrated into Chelmsford from elsewhere in the world.

The project looks to recruit 6 volunteers who will work with the museum’s Outreach & Activity Officer to find and interview participants who are happy to share their stories. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Event Volunteer - Essex Stragglers Orienteering Society| 16+

Orienteering is a brilliant adventure sport that involves navigating urban areas, woodlandfs and countryside using a map and survival skills! Participants move at their own speed and can compete at any age. It's a great workout for body and mind and an ideal sport for all ages and great for families.

Can you help out an event this summer? Be it marshalling, meet & greet, registration and results there's lots to do. Plus free entry into the competition!

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 

Summer Reading Challenge - Essex Libraries | 14+

Essex Libraries are looking for volunteers aged 14 or over to help children with the Summer Reading Challenge. This year's theme is Mischief Makers! We are looking for volunteers who can commit to a minimum of 18 hours from Saturday 14 July to Saturday 1 September 2018. As a volunteer you will help library staff to:

• Join children to the Summer Reading Challenge<

• Talk to children (mainly aged 4 to 11) about their books

• Hand out stickers and rewards.

Get in touch to learn more!


Shop Volunteers Needed | 16+

We have various charity shops in Chelmsford City who are looking for volunteers who are able to help either one morning or afternoon a week. You would have the opportunity to be till trained, sort bric-a-brac, clean and organise. Everyone is welcome to volunteer – come and join a great, friendly team!

If you are interested in this opportunity, call Sally or Julie on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk for more information.

Help With Horse Riding for the Disabled | 13+

Barrow Farm is a specialist centre offering riding and driving to 120 disabled children and adults. Many of our riders have severe and complex needs, including life limiting conditions. Some of our riders need 3 supporters to help them enjoy their ride so we have over 100 volunteers who work with us every week and new team members are always welcome.

You don't need to be knowledgeable about horses, although it can be useful! It is good if you are interested in children and not afraid of horses! You can help for anything from one hour a week to several days. We prefer for the volunteers to come regularly at the same time each week. Age range of our current volunteers is 13 up to 70's, you should be reasonably fit but will get fitter working with us!

We love showing prospective volunteers around. We are rural so getting to us on public transport requires commitment!

If you are interested in this opportunity, call Sally or Julie on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk for more information.

Stroke Centre Saturday Assistant | 16+

We are looking for volunteers to assist at our Saturday Drop-in. You would be: Helping to set up the Centre facilities, Generally assisting people who come to the Centre, Lending a hand to clear up at the end of the session. The Centre users are lovely people who will really appreciate your support.

This opportunity would be beneficial to those who have an interest in rehabilitation

If you are interested in this opportunity, call Sally or Julie on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk for more information.

Help at a Horse Sanctuary | 14+

Remus Horse Sanctuary is a home for 200+ rescue animals. We are seeking enthusiastic volunteers to help us continue our care of these special animals. We have a wide range of volunteer opportunities available, these include helping with our marketing and IT skills, fundraising, maintenance roles such as plumbing, carpentry, painting and decorating and gardening. We also seek people who would like to work directly with the animals and day to day jobs such as mucking out, full training will be given. The manager is also looking for someone with a background in human resources.

We are here seven days a week! All volunteers liaise directly with the sanctuary manager, who will provide details of the tasks available. You would be working with staff and other volunteers, all a very friendly bunch!

If you are interested in this opportunity, call Sally or Julie on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk for more information.

Want to care for Green Spaces? | 16+

Practical conservation including hedge clearing, pond clearance, woodland management etc. There is a monthly task list of events and volunteers can join on an ad hoc basis, helping with as many projects as they choose. Volunteers will need sturdy shoes, waterproof clothing and a packed lunch! Hard work but fun. Lists of venues and activities are available upon request. Minimum age 16.

Opportunities in the Chelmsford area organised via the Colchester office. Task programme available from file upon request.

If you are interested in this opportunity, call Sally or Julie on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk for more information.

Allotment Worker Chelmsford Area | 16+

Volunteers will be supporting the Down to Earth local food programme. This is dig for victory for the 21st century. We are growing good quality organic vegetables and fruit for the local community.Tasks include all aspects of food cultivation from sowing and planting through to weeding, watering and harvesting

If you are interested in this opportunity, call Sally or Julie on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk for more information.

Cafe Assistant Urgently Needed | 13+

Are you great with people? The Essex Wildlife Trust is seeking cafe volunteers at Hanningfield Reservoir. Help is needed to welcome people to the visitor centre, make hot drinks and food and help with the café outlets as required.

If you are interested in this opportunity, call Sally or Julie on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk for more information.


Outreach Academy Volunteers | 16++

The Outreach Academy runs sessions and workshops Monday to Friday for adults disabilities from the age of 19 years and over. The sessions involve tutoring in life skills, literacy lessons, training and help in getting into voluntary or paid work along with travel training. In addition there will be Zumba, pottery and dance movement sessions.To compliment the training session, outings will also take place throughout the year that will help with building confidence, making new friends and team building. We need volunteers to help out with running various activities and also in supporting our members take part in various activities.

If you are interested in this opportunity, call Sally or Julie on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk for more information.


braintree time bankHave you heard of Chelmsford Timebank?

Timebanking is volunteering with a twist! It’s a project which supports and encourages people to help each other and a great way to be part of your community by offering some of your spare time and skills to others.  You can also ask for some help yourself –  perhaps you need help with your garden.  In turn, you may be able to offer someone else some help, perhaps becoming a telephone buddy to a housebound person.  Let’s help build a community where everyone is respected and regarded as an asset!

To find out more about Chelmsford Timebank call Julie on 01245 250731 or email timebank@chelmsfordcv.org.uk