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 17 January 2018. 

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

Could you volunteer to become a Chairman for our Scout group?

We are looking for a volunteer who would be willing to become a chairman for the 26th Chelmsford (Great Baddow) scout group.

We meet 6 times a year at the scout hall. Items discussed are fundraising, accounts, work on the scout HQ and encouraging new volunteers to the group.


If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Pauline or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Urgent Need | Volunteer Pony side walker

You will be expected to walk beside a horse or pony during a physiotherapy session, when a disabled child will be seated on top of the horse or pony, receiving physiotherapy exercises.

You are there to provide a safety ‘net’ for the child, in case they start slipping off the horse or pony. You will be required to assist in keeping the child in their seat, whilst the horse or pony is walking around the Indoor Arena.

If you have experience in horses or ponies you will be leading and tacking up the horses and ponies. However this can be taught to anyone that is not experienced but wishes to have more contact with the horse or pony.


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

Trustees of a local charity form a Management Board that meets once a month (Thursday mornings) to discuss the current situation and decide the way forward. Each Trustee has a specific area to oversee. Most Trustees spend some time during the month dealing with their particular area and sometimes it is necessary to help others. Trustee training will be provided.

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

We are currently looking for highly skilled IT Engineers to support the broadcasting team who work with high spec studios located with in the West Wing of Broomfield Hospital

We are considered by many to be a very advanced internet and local close circuit radio station. We are supported very well by the NHS at Broomfield in helping patients recover quicker through the impact of 'Music as Therapy'. Patients get to choose what music they want to hear.

Membership of the Charity is essential.


If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Pauline or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Oxygen Chamber (Hbot) Operator

Volunteers are needed to assist with operating an oxygen chamber (this helps relieve the symptoms of MS and cerebal palsy for people suffering from these illnesses). The chamber has to be operated by 2 people

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Pauline or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Circles of Support one to one Mentors

Circles of Support one to one matches one volunteer with one young person with learning disabilities to help them access activities, develop friendships, experience new things, increase their independence and skills, and have fun – just like any other teenager.

Activities are planned at Circle meetings held every 4-6 weeks with activities weekly or fortnightly. InterAct staff attend Circle meetings and provide support and guidance


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

We are looking for volunteers who would like to help us in our store, help with replenishing the stock, taking receipt of stock donations from the public and thanking them for their generosity. Serve customers on the till. You will be trained in every aspect of the role and you will benefit by developing your retail and customer service skills.

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

Mid and North Essex Mind are looking for volunteers to find shops in their local area who are happy to put a collection tin on the counter and to regularly collect these, replace them with empty ones and pay in the contents of the pot.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Pauline or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Urgent Need | 2 Volunteer Technicians

We are short of trained volunteers to operate the Technical element of recording Chelmsford Talking Newspaper. A team of four readers, under the supervision of an Editor, read the contents of the local newspaper while a technician controls the recording quality and length of the recording, noting any issues.

Following the reading, the Technician cleans errors from the file and prepares the master audio files for conversion to Audio cassettes, MP3 sticks, our own website and transmission by Chelmsford Community Radio. The technician then duplicates the MP3 sticks – the Audio cassettes are duplicated by the Administration Team the next morning.


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

Volunteers are required to assist with the running of a 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 
Fancy Helping at our first Open Air Cinema Event in Essex

We are looking for volunteers in the Chelmsford area to help at our first Open Air Cinema event in Essex, held at Chelmsford Racecourse! The event is taking place on Saturday 19th May, and we are looking for keen volunteers to help us with registration and ticket sales, merchandise sales and marshalling the area and car park. Best of all, you'll get to enjoy Dirty Dancing under the stars, free of charge!

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Pauline 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 with Pauline from Chelmsford Volunteering Centre on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk (Youth volunteering opportunities are for people aged 16 to 25) 

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 Pauline 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 Pauline 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 Pauline 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 Pauline 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 Pauline 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 Pauline 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 Pauline 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 Pauline 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