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 Pauline or Julie on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk

This page was updated on 22 September 2017. 

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

Courtyard Cafe Volunteers

Volunteers are required to assist with the running of the Farleigh Hospice Courtyard Cafe, you will work as part of the catering and support services team to provide a service for patients, Visitors and staff members. You will be provided with an apron to wear and requested to wear suitable clothing and enclosed footwear whilst on shift. Duties include setting up and close down of tables, refills, wiping down, menus etc. Write up the daily specials on the special boards, deliver special orders to the tables, serving customers at the till, including using the credit card machine. Undertake ad hoc cleaning activities to ensure that the kitchen/dining room and equipment is maintained.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Pauline or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Hearing Aid Support Service Technical Volunteers

Volunteers are needed to to join a small friendly team to help those with hearing loss more clearly, once trained you will be able to clean and retube a hearing aid, tubes need replacing every 4 - 6 months and if the aid is not working this leaves a person feeling very isolated , lonely and vulnerable.

The role of the Hearing Aid Support Service Technical Volunteers is to provide support and guidance to the new hearing aid wearer by offering practical help and advice about their NHS hearing aids

Volunteers may also be asked to make home visits as and when required, these will be solo and only when fully trained and confident to do so.

Training for this role is Wednesday 22nd November in Chelmsford and lunch will be provided


If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Pauline or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Drivers Required for Elderly People's Lunch Club - Urgent Need

Volunteers are required to drive a 12 seater mini bus, collect clients from various addresses in Chelmsford and deliver to a lunch club held at Christ Church . You will also be required to assist clients on and off the vehicle (which is fitted with a tail gate) as required and return clients to their homes after lunch. A rota system is in place so if you can help just once a month it would be appreciated. Lunch will be provided too.

The lunch club takes place on Wednesdays and Fridays.


If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Pauline or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Can you help us complete our next Dementia- Friendly garden at Broomfield Hospital on 10th, 23rd and 30th September?

A second garden has now been designed in the neighbouring Baddow Ward courtyard and was cleared by volunteers.

We are looking for volunteers to assist in the 2nd phase of the project, laying of top soil, planting and constructing furniture. If you have a spare wheelbarrow, shovel or garden fork, please bring along to help our limited supply

"Providing a sensory garden is one way that health and social care providers can help people with dementia to live a more active and stimulating lifestyle and have a more positive hospital experience. There is significant research and evidence to show that providing garden spaces for people with dementia to access is of benefits to their physical and mental wellbeing."


If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Pauline or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Home Support Volunteer- Needed Urgently

We are looking for compassionate, friendly people who have a couple of hours to spare each week to volunteer for our new ‘Essex Home Support’ service. Volunteers will make home visits to those who would benefit from a little help after their hospital stay, enabling them to live independently again, and reducing the risk of further admission into hospital.

Volunteers can make a huge difference to our clients lives by doing activities with them such as walking with them to the shops, taking a bus ride with them or simply sitting and having a conversation. Volunteers can arrange their time (which can be just a few hours each week) around their own lives, as it suits them.

Full training will be provided and support is always available.


If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Pauline or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Offer some company to James who loves TV quiz shows and gardening - Chelmsford Area

Our member lives in sheltered housing and he is feeling very lonely.

He was once a keen gardener and likes to talk about flowers and plants. He used to enjoy watching TV quiz shows. He has carers that visit him but they don't have time to sit and chat with him. His daughter visits him when she can.

Our member was born in Scotland and like talking about when he was younger and his heritage. He was also in the RAF and has lots of stories to tell. Our member communicates with clear speech.


If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Pauline or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Could you volunteer and support a litigant in person?

As a Personal Support Unit (PSU) volunteer, you will be providing free, independent assistance to people facing proceedings without legal representation in Chelmsford County Court. Our volunteers support litigants in person in many ways including; accompanying into court for their hearing, accompanying them around the court building, offering a listening ear and the opportunity for them to talk through their case, offering practical information about court processes and assisting with paperwork and telephone calls.

You will also take away from the PSU a sense of great satisfaction from helping people in very difficult situations. It is rewarding and varied work.


If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Pauline or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Relay For Life helpers , Chelmsford

Relay for Life could not happen without dedicated volunteers, we are looking for organised, self motivated people who have the ability to delegate and a genuine passion and enthusiasm for fundraising and work of Cancer Research UK to join the new Chelmsford Committee. There are 5 roles available which can be discussed on application.

Relay For LIfe is an overnight community event that celebrates cancer survivors, remembers those lost and rallies everyone to fight back so we can bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.

After a year of fundraising in teams, each Relay has a community-led, non-athletic event where teams set up camp and take it in turns to walk around a track for up to 24 hours to signify that 'cancer never sleeps'.


If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Pauline or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Trustee for Educational Charity

A Trustee is sought for local Educational Foundation. This will involve attendance at Trustee meetings 3 times a year and occasional attendance at the informal applicants’ interviews. Ideally with a legal background to provide the necessary advice to the foundation.

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

The Community Champion Volunteer acts as an ambassador for Independent Age in their local area, promoting our work and enabling us to reach more older people.

This work may include speaking at meetings and network events, distributing information leaflets and books, arranging leaflet drops, signposting older people and their families to our helpline, finding new referrals and signposting new volunteers wishing to work with us.

This role is varied and can be adapted both to suit the time that Community CHampion Volunteers are able to give to the role and their interests and skills. You will need your own transport and the use of a mobile phone. Access to a pc and an internet connection desirable for on line reporting.


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

Deaf/Blind UK have over 35 monthly social groups that are run by our Volunteers. We are looking for organised, enthusiastic and willing volunteers to help our at the monthly group in Chelmsford to enable all local members to come together to take part in social activities and days out.

The group takes place on the 1st Thursday of each month, dependent on what interests of the members are.

You will be assisting the Group Co-ordinator / Local Engagement Officer with organising all activities each month, dependent on what interests of the members are.


If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Pauline or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Cafe Assistant - Hanningfield Reservoir


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, contact Pauline or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Macmillan drop-in Service Volunteer - Chelmsford

Based in Broomfield Hospital we are looking for a good listener with a caring, patient nature to volunteer once a week (Friday) at the Macmillan POD.

You will be part of a team providing emotional support and giving information to hospital visitors, which will include carers and their cared for. You will be part of the Macmillan Carers Support Service, volunteering alongside team members and liaising with Broomfield hospital staff. This is a varied role which at times can be demanding and requires someone with personal resilience, but it is a hugely satisfying role with support and training provided. You will be a Macmillan volunteer and as such have access to their free training programme and Volunteer Conferences.

Previous experience not required.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Pauline or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Treasurer – Chelmsford Diocesan Mothers’ Union

The Treasurer is a vital role in the organisation and the person appointed does not have to be a member of Mothers’ Union, but does need an understanding of our work with marriage and family life. The person would be asked to attend four trustees’ meeting per year and two meeting of the members as well as giving advice if required to members. Although our income and expenditure mean we do not require an Audit or our accounts, they have to be examined by an Independent Examiner and the treasurer would be expected to get the accounts to the level required for this. It’s hoped the treasurer would advise the trustees regarding financial matters.

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

Helping passengers of our Dial-a-Ride service on and off the bus, taking fares and collecting bus-pass numbers, assisting passengers with their shopping etc.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Pauline or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
There are currently no one-off opportunities for Chelmsford. Please check back in a few days for updates.   If you are interested in volunteering, contact Pauline or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 

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