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

These are just a few of the hundreds of volunteering roles we have available.  For more opportunities please browse the Volunteer Essex website or contact us using the information above.

This page was updated on 14 November 2018.



Do you like cooking and working with the public?

North Avenue United Reformed Church require volunteers who would like to help by cooking a selection of foods (breakfasts, jacket potatoes etc), also helping with taking orders and taking the money.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Urgent Need |Chelmsford Prison Visitor Centre

Volunteers are urgently needed at HMP Chelmsford to support the families who come to visit their loved ones in prison. Whether offering practical advice with paperwork, explaining prison procedures, making a cup of tea, having a friendly chat, or entertaining the children, Ormiston volunteers provide a vital reassuring presence to visitors who may be anxious or upset.

Training and full support given. Volunteers are never left alone or asked to go outside the visitor area. Taster sessions offered.

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 
Volunteer from home, and in your own time, with the British Heart Foundation

Busy lifestyle? You can still change lives. The BHF need trustworthy volunteers to support their efforts to fight heart disease. You might be picking-up donations from funeral homes accepting cheques from local fundraising groups, counting-up and banking-in the money from collection tins, writing thank-you notes, or joining a fun local group in organising on quizzes, raffles, music nights and other fundraising activities..

All these roles can be fitted around your schedule, require only a few hours a month, and can make a huge impact.

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

This role involves providing administration support to the Cititizens' Advice Bureau Law Clinic in our friendly, busy Chelmsford office.

We'd like you to be experienced in admin and be available for 3 hours on Tuesdays and/ or Fridays.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
I.T. Support Volunteer - Citizens Advice Bureau

We are looking for an experienced IT support volunteer to help with the smooth running of our computer systems, helping to ensure that staff and volunteers get the maximum benefits from them.

Flexible weekly shifts.

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

Farleigh Hospice need kind, committed people to help out in a wide variety of roles. These include receptionists, gardeners, catering assistants, ironers, and healthcare workers.

If you have specific training or skill in aroma-therapies, reiki, yoga, meditation or certain beauty therapies we would also love to hear from you.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Art Cafe Host / Befriender - Ideas Hub, Chelmsford

We need friendly, chatty people to provide teas and coffees with a kind word for a wide range of people in a pleasant art environment. A little chat with us is part of tackling social isolation.

The Ideas Hub is based on the first floor of Essex Library. One morning or afternoon shift per week would be ideal.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Handyman/woman & Gardener - Age UK Essex

We are seeking a friendly person who would like to stay active by supporting the charity with some grounds maintenance, deliveries and some basic repair work across our offices. 

The role would include maintaining the grounds of our two offices in Chelmsford, dismantling and erecting furniture, shelving, pictures or notice boards to meet the changing needs of the organisation, collecting archive boxes and shredding bags from local offices for off-site secure storage. Flexible hours.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Befriender - 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 
Volunteer Youth Worker - Springfield Youth Centre

Springfield Youth Group needs enthusiastic, energetic volunteers to work with young people aged 11-17 years. You will encourage our members to interact with each other and join in with a variety of activities and games including arts & crafts; movie nights; air hockey & pool; bush craft; community projects and, as the weather gets warmer, football, & rounders tournaments. Further suggestions are welcome!

You'll help set up & clear away, run a small tuck shop and to help provide a safe, secure space for young people to socialise and enjoy themselves. You'll inspire youngsters to build their self-confidence, to develop interests and to join in with their community.


No experience required. Just enthusiasm, kindness and a willingness to join in and have fun!

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Note-taker for Patient Participation Group Meetings - Sutherland Lodge

We are looking for someone who could take notes for our Patient Participation Group meetings. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 6.30 to 8.30pm, and the notes would take approximately 30 minutes to type up at the volunteer's own home. If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Trustee for Essex Dementia Care

We are a charity that provides meaningful and individually tailored activity sessions for people with dementia either as one to one or in group sessions. We are looking for someone with a real concern for quality dementia care who can join the Board of Trustees to ensure this valuable work continues and is developed over a wider area.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Urgent Need |Do you love dogs? Help train a Search & Rescue animal! - Essex Search & Rescue

Essex Search & Rescue provide a vital service by finding and helping vulnerable people who are lost or in distress.

They are in urgent need of volunteers to assist with the training of their search dogs. You'd support the team by acting as a missing person, leaving a trail and laying in wait with a radio as the team and dogs try to find you. This is fun, exciting work that can help save lives.

Volunteers can sign up to as many shifts as they like but even just one afternoon a month would make a huge difference. Please do get in touch to find out more.

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

Support Assistant for a young man - Sanctuary Housing Association

Could you support a friendly you man with learning disabilities to attend outside activities such as football matches and the shops? This would involve some evenings until around 7pm. No personal or medical care would be involved, this role is purely support to activities. Someone happy to drive would be ideal.

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

Urgent Need |Receptionists and general help with scooters - Meadows Shopmobility

Meadows Shopmobility is vital in helping people maintain their confidence, independence and freedom by providing motorised scooters, wheelchairs and rollators to anyone of any age with a permanent or temporary mobility problem.

They need volunteers to help daily admin tasks, booking members in and out, handling cash and assisting those that require a scooter. Volunteers are especially needed on Tuesays.

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

We require friendly, welcoming volunteers to help facilitate a weekly exercise group for people who have suffered a stroke.

Volunteers would open up the hall, prepare seating, get tea ready, welcome in members and do a bit of admin. They would support the trainers and provide kind, sympathetic social support to our clients and their carers. The group meets on Wednesdays at Widford Village Hall, 13.30-15.00

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

Activity Group Volunteers - DeafBlind UK

Can you help make a difference to visual and hearing impaired adults? We are looking for volunteers across Essex to help at our groups which provide drinks, lunch and various craft activities. A friendly personality, patience and empathy are all we require.

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

Could you help someone who is facing Court alone? - Personal Support Unit

The volunteers at the Personal Support Unit (PSU) Chelmsford help those who are facing the court without any legal representation at all. Our clients may need help completing application forms, completing statements, preparing paperwork and even attend the hearing with them for moral support. We can signpost to other organisations as well as help them find legal representation or legal aid.

This is ideal for students or anyone with an interest in research, civics, and the legal system. You must be kind and able to communicate with people of all backgrounds.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Become a Walk Leader! - Chelmsford City Council

Heart and Sole is Chelmsford's brilliant healthy walking scheme. As a volunteer walk leader, you’ll be helping people in your community to get active and healthy, providing vital support that they otherwise might not get.

Our walk leaders love their roles and tell us great stories about how much they enjoy helping others to get active and get walking. Plus you'll stay active, develop your leadership skills, get to know your local area and meet lots of new people.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Urgent Need |Join the Fun! Become a Bingo Volunteer Every Tuesday, Springfield Parish Council's Afternoon Club enjoy one of their favourite games - Bingo!

Volunteers are needed to help as this friendly group of seniors come together to play and socialise. You are needed to help set-up, welcome people in, collect money and sell ticket books.

Volunteers required Tuesday 13 - 15.30.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Children's Play Centre Volunteer - English for Women

Are you friendly, patient, fun and enjoy spending time with pre-school children in a play-led environment? EfW is growing and we need more amazing volunteers to join our teams and help in our supported play-area. Could that be you?

We run free groups on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during term time from 10 - 12.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Volunteer Disco Superstars needed! - London MoonWalk Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 May 2019

Join our Disco Party and volunteer at The MoonWalk London on 11-12 May 2019 from Clapham Common. Get down and boogie with 15,000 divas and dudes walking an overnight marathon in decorated bras, raising millions for breast cancer.

We recruit thousands of volunteers to make The MoonWalk a safe and enjoyable event; looking after walkers at busy crossings, keeping them hydrated, giving them encouragement, litter picking, selling merchandise, registering baggage, and handing out volunteer uniforms.

Get in touch for more info.

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) 


Volunteer from home, and in your own time, with the British Heart Foundation | 16+ Busy lifestyle? You can still change lives. The BHF need trustworthy volunteers to support their efforts to fight heart disease. You might be picking-up donations from funeral homes accepting cheques from local fundraising groups, counting-up and banking-in the money from collection tins, writing thank-you notes, or joining a fun local group in organising on quizzes, raffles, music nights and other fundraising activities..

All these roles can be fitted around your schedule, require only a few hours a month, and can make a huge impact.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Multiple Roles - Farleigh Hospice Furniture Project - MALDON BASED | 17+ Can you travel to Maldon? Farleigh Hospice urgently need help with their new furniture and clearance shop. If you can help in the warehouse, assist with deliveries in the van, serve customers in the shop or up-cycle furniture then please get in touch! If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk
Multiple Roles - The British Heart Foundation | 16+ The British Heart Foundation are looking for volunteers to fill multiple roles in a wide variety of functions. Be it in retail, customer service, admin, furniture restoring, electrical testing, recruitment or in the warehouse, the BHF have a role for you. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance your CV, learn skills and even earn free NVQ qualifications.  If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Saturday Receptionists - Citizens Advice Bureau | 16+ Our receptionists are an integral part of the team, managing ‘front-of-house’ on the basis of information provided by the advice session supervisor. If you have good admin skills and a warm, welcoming personality then please do get in touch. 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 

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