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 November 2017. 

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

Furniture Restoration Trainee

Volunteers are required to learn furniture restoration, in a group with others. This opportunity would Ideally suit someone recovering from a mental health condition.

No existing skills in this field are required, just a willingness to learn and to enjoy meeting others.


If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Pauline or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Do you want to be part of Chelmsford Museum's restoration project?

Do you want to be part of Chelmsford Museum's restoration project? Chelmsford Museum has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant of £1.5 million for vital restoration work. The Grant will lead to the complete refurbishment of the Victorian House and redisplay of all our galleries and exhibitions.

People who are interested in volunteering with the redisplay project need to register their interest with the Museum, training will take place at the end of November and December 2017.


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

Do you have an interest in helping animals? Do you like meeting people and are interested in raising funds for a great local cause? Then we need your support with helping at events, supermarket collections, collection box management and getting involved with your ideas for raising money for us. This volunteering can be done on an ad hoc basis.

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 
Information, Advice & Advocacy Service - Level 1 Advisor

At Age UK Essex their mission is to improve the lives of older people. The Information, Advice and Advocacy Service works to support people through a range of issues and needs. They deal with over 10,000 calls a year ranging from straightforward enquiries e.g. local lunch clubs and churches, to more complex calls that require working in partnership with statutory bodies and outside agencies to explore services that can assist.

As a Level 1 Advisor you will contribute to the smooth running of the service. Responsibilities/Tasks: * To be the 'first point of contact' for people who telephone or visit our office * Discuss situations with clients, in person or by telephone, exploring the nature of the problems raised * To carry out any contact with clients in a sensitive manner * To work closely with the Advisors to help older people who are struggling with the challenges of later life * To make appropriate referrals * Data inputting.


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

Receptionists are an integral part of the team, managing 'front-of-house' on the basis of information provided by the advice session supervisor. As a Receptionist you would: * Greet clients and other visitors * Answer the phone * Ensure clients know what is happening and how long they have to wait * Explain the services available * Monitor client numbers and waiting times * Maintain the reception area * Enter information into computer systems.

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 
Meet and Greet Hosts

The role of the Hearing Aid Support Service Meet and Greet Host is to provide a warm and friendly welcome to our service users at our community sessions, and to help set up/clear down sessions with our technical volunteers.

We are looking for volunteers to join our small friendly team to help those with hearing loss more clearly. Once trained you will attend our Hearing Aid Support Service Sessions to welcome people and be a supportive listening ear.


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 
Urgent Need | 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 
Urgent Need | Drivers Required for Elderly People's Lunch Club

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 
Urgent Need |Home Support Volunteer

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 
Urgent Need |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 
Santa Fun Run Marshals for Sunday 3 December 2017

The Santa Fun Run is a 4km run, jog or walk for participants of all ages and abilities. The 4km route starts and finishes at the Skate Park in Central Park. Most volunteer roles will start at approximately 9.30 and should be finished by 1pm at the latest. We would be grateful to any volunteer who wishes to assist in the set up or clearing down of the event. Set up from 7am and clear down should be no later than 2pm.

All volunteer roles are sited outdoors and therefore you will need to wear appropriate clothing for December weather. Most roles involve standing or sitting in one location for the duration of the event, we strongly advise very warm clothing; thermal layers, gloves, hat, scarf and waterproofs. Please wear a festive hat if you have one!


If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Pauline or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Come and help us pack bags at M&S on Friday 15th December!

This is a fun opportunity and the chance of helping people with their shopping while raising funds for our local charities. Volunteers will be working alongside staff at the Volunteering Centre, on Friday 15th December 2017 at M&S in Chelmsford. So if you can spare a couple of hours, happy to wear our bright green T shirt and have lots of enthusiasm we would like to hear from you. 2 hour slots or a 4 hour session or even all day are the options any help will be greatly appreciated.

If you are interested in this opportunity, 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