Latest Volunteering Opportunities

Below 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 18 November 2019.


If you are interested in any of the opportunities below, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 


Father Christmasses Wanted! - Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December

City of Chelmsford Mencap need Father Christmases for their Christmas Market in Bond Street on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December.

Job Description: greet children, pose for pictures, collect money in our donation buckets with a team of elves, fulfil whatever Xmas wishes are entrusted to you.

Requirements: Jolly!

Preferred: Own red suit, we have a few but obviously people are more comfortable if they have their own!

Perks: Mulled wine, Bratwurst, Good company!




Walking Group Leaders

Heart and Sole is Chelmsford's 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.




Can you help support a victim of a crime?

As a Victim Support volunteer we will train you to support victims of crime in your local community.

You 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. You will do this by providing confidential listening, practical support and advocacy either by phone or face to face, enabling victims to overcome the emotional, psychological and practical effects of crime.

You will get a rewarding sense of having made a positive difference to people's lives, all you need is the willingness to help and a little time.




Urgent Need |Can you help an elderly person after they've come home from hospital? - Student volunteers welcome

Returning home from hospital can be a disorienting and exhausting process; especially during the winter months. Many elderly people have their discharges delayed or end up being swiftly readmitted.

We urgently need kind, compassionate volunteers to help vulnerable people make this transition, and in doing so, reduce overcrowding in our local hospital.

Our team of volunteers meet seniors or other vulnerable people at home and make sure they're safe. Volunteers will perform simple but vital tasks such as: Doing a food shop, checking the heating is on, rearranging furniture, signposting to other services, and most importantly, providing reassurance that the person is not alone.

You will not carry out any personal care and you will not be working on your own. Full training, support and expenses provided.

Please contact us if you help.


Trustees - Meadows ShopMobility

Trustees of this important charity meet once a month (Thursday mornings) to discuss the current situation and decide the way forward.

We welcome interest in this role from people of all ages, sectors and communities



Volunteer Drivers in Springfield, Chelmer Village, Beaulieu or Channels

We require friendly, helpful drivers to assist mainly elderly persons to hospital and other medical appointments. Free parking and mileage paid.

We urgently need friendly, helpful drivers to assist mainly elderly persons to hospital and other medical appointments. Parking and mileage paid.


Chess Homeless Shelter - Christmas Events

We need keen volunteers to join the CHESS fundraising team during the run up to Christmas.

Monday 9th December - Santa Sleigh - Accompany Santa and his musical sleigh around Westlands housing estate, knocking on doors, handing out sweets and accepting donations. 6 - 8.30pm.

Saturday 14th December - Christmas Carols & Collection, Bond Street - Join us in front of John Lewis 11am – 12.30pm for a Christmas performance by Unify Choir. We need volunteers to talk to people about the charity and carry collection buckets.


Chess Homeless Shelter - Overnight Volunteers

We need you to become one of our sleep-over volunteers; being 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. We might also ask you to help serve a hot breakfast.

Full training, induction and support is provided, as is a private, lockable room to sleep in.


Essex Police Museum - Tours guides and assistants

The award-winning Essex Police Museum needs help to welcome visitors and serve in the shop. To assist with children's trails, and work with unique and interesting collections and stories. To carry out general maintenance to ensure the displays are tidy and professional looking, and provide a fun environment for the visitors, and promote the museum's services.

Please be aware there is a lengthy vetting process for this role (9-12 months) unless you already have current Police vetting.


Mentors and activity helpers - The Wilderness Foundation

The Wilderness Foundation harnesses the power of the wilderness to transform vulnerable lives and empower young people to conserve nature.

They are looking for kind, enthusiastic, adventurous volunteers to help deliver their activities and support the children who attend. No experience necessary, would suit volunteers interested in the outdoors and nature.

Outdoor leaders will assist with preparing and running activities such as bug hunting, pond dipping, forest play and much more!


Environmental Volunteer - Anglian Water

We are looking for 3 volunteers (2 in Wickford and 1 in Chelmsford) to help spread the message across to local communities about Anglia Water's 'Keep it Clear' campaign.

Keep It Clear is Anglian Water’s pioneering programme to tackle the problem of pollution and flooding caused by avoidable sewer blockages. Our volunteers educate people to help the prevent pump and pipe blockages that ultimate cause pollution, sewer flooding, nasty smells,road closures and even increases water bills! If you have a few spare hours per week and would like to help the environment then please do get in touch.


Alcohol Recovery Support & Student Counsellors

Phoenix Futures ARC (Alcohol recovery community) are recruiting volunteers to support and mentor people as they recovery from alcohol addiction.

They would also like to talk to students studying Counselling and seeking work-experience. Please contact us for more information.


Bereavement Support Group volunteer

We offer a free support and aftercare group to anyone who has suffered a bereavement.

Volunteers are needed to help set-up and put away chairs and tables, make teas & coffee, and chat to members.

Thursdays 10am - 1pm.


Urgent Need |Saturday Drivers - Stroke Association

The Stroke Club desperately need volunteer drivers for their back-lift, transit-sized minibus (a 6/7 seater).

This role involves picking up the minibus from Heybridge on a Saturday morning and collecting and returning stroke disabled members between their homes and the Stroke Centre in Chelmsford. Please get in touch if you can help.


Social Media/ Website Volunteer - B.E.A.R.S

Basic Essex Accident Rescue Service needs a volunteer to help with updating the web site, adding new items of interest, reporting on all events they hold during the year.


Social club for young people with Special Education Needs

At InterAct we are working with young adults who struggle to do the things that other young adults take for granted, such as socialise. We’ve set up the Together club, a place where people with Special Educational Needs, aged 18—25 years, can relax, make friends, learn new skills and have fun.

The club is fortnightly, on Monday evenings at Moulsham Mill.


Conservation Volunteers - Hanningfield Nature Reserve

Do you love being outdoors ? We are looking for extra help to join our conservation parties at Hanningfield Nature Reserve.

Conservation Party volunteers are involved with practical maintenance of our nature reserves such as removal of invasive species, fencing, litter picking, path clearance, pond maintenance, coppicing, hedge laying and more.

A great one for groups or families, as well as people looking to make new friends.


Visiting Volunteers - Independent Age

Can you stop someone from being lonely?

This role involves anything from dropping in on an older person for a coffee and a chat, checking that someone is alright or arranging a trip to the local shops. Many of the older people we support have life experiences and histories that can fascinate and enthrall. An hour or two can fly by. 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.

Volunteer Minibus Drivers - InterAct

Volunteer drivers are needed to support young people with disabilities to participate in social, recreational and leisure activities in their communities, e.g. bowling, cinema trips and games sessions.
Urgent Need |Charity shop volunteers across Chelmsford

Farliegh Hospice, the RSPCA, Chelmsford4Good and AgeUK all urgently need help in their shops. These are all fun, lively places to help out, discover treasure, and raise vital funds for local charities.
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.
We’re counting the minutes until you join us! Minutes Secretary required

Marie Curie Chelmsford raise vital funds to provide Marie Curie nursing care for people with terminal illnesses in Chelmsford and the surrounding area. Our enthusiastic committee meets approximately every six weeks to plan events. We need an efficient and accurate Minutes Secretary to join the committee.
Urgent Need |Volunteer with City of Chelmsford Mencap

Mencap gives people aged 16+ with a learning disability a chance to meet new friends, to get involved in a variety of activities, and to have fun in an environment that is both welcoming and safe.

We urgently need volunteers to help support our Tuesday and Thursday evening groups. If you are fun, friendly, keen, reliable, and caring please get in touch.

Lego! Rasperberry PI! Sewing! Woodwork! - Workshop supporters for The Ideas Hub

If you're passionate about any of the above crafts & skills then we want to hear from you! The Ideas Hub us based in Chelmsford library and hopes to run workshops to help the socially isolated, or less mobile in our community, to engage and have fun.
Children's Activity Supporters - Play & Learn Sessions - Arts & Craft

Barnardo's and Essex Family Care are looking for volunteers to help support and run activity, play, art and learning sessions for young children in Galleywood, Beaulieu and Chelmsford Library.

Get in touch for more details.

Gardeners needed at Broomfield Hospital

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to assist in managing green and natural areas to provide an enhanced environment for patients, visitor and staff to enjoy. This is a fortnightly club.
Urgent Need |Chelmsford Prison Visitor Centre

Volunteers are urgently needed at HMP Chelmsford to support the families who come to visit their loved ones. 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.

Admin Volunteer - Citizens Advice Bureau

This role involves providing administration support to the Citizens' 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.
Volunteer Youth Worker - Springfield Youth Centre

Springfield Youth Group needs enthusiastic, energetic volunteers to work with young people aged 11-17 years. No experience required. Just enthusiasm, kindness and a willingness to join in and have fun!
Urgent Need |Receptionists and general help with scooters - Meadows Shopmobility

Meadows Shopmobility 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 Tuesdays.

Father Christmasses Wanted! - Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December

City of Chelmsford Mencap need Father Christmases for their Christmas Market in Bond Street on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December.

Job Description: greet children, pose for pictures, collect money in our donation buckets with a team of elves, fulfil whatever Xmas wishes are entrusted to you.

Requirements: Jolly!

Preferred: Own red suit, we have a few but obviously people are more comfortable if they have their own!

Perks: Mulled wine, Bratwurst, Good company!




Chess Homeless Shelter - Christmas Events We need keen volunteers to join the CHESS fundraising team during the run up to Christmas. Monday 9th December - Santa Sleigh - Accompany Santa and his musical sleigh around Westlands housing estate, knocking on doors, handing out sweets and accepting donations. 6 - 8.30pm. Saturday 14th December - Christmas Carols & Collection, Bond Street - Join us in front of John Lewis 11am – 12.30pm for a Christmas performance by Unify Choir. We need volunteers to talk to people about the charity and carry collection buckets.
  Santa FunRun - Farleigh Hospice - Sunday 8th December Farleigh Hospice need We are looking for volunteers to help at our Santa Fun Run event taking place on Sunday 8th December 2019 in Central Park, Chelmsford. We have a variety of roles available on the day, including: Sign In/Sign Out, Marshals around the route, and Water Marshals. Volunteers don’t have to be available for the whole day, even if they can help for a couple of hours, we would be very grateful. Please contact The Centre for more details. If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Are you ready to bloom? Help raise funds for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal! Don a fabulous Daffodil hat and help us raise vital funds to provide Marie Curie nursing care for people with terminal illnesses in Chelmsford and the surrounding area. We need collectors to receive donations at supermarkets and in the City Centre.br> Volunteers needed from 8.30am to noon. 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) 


Volunteering Opportunity for 15-24 year olds – Join Chelmsford Creatives at Chelsmford Museum

Chelmsford Creatives are a group of young people who collaborate to develop events and exhibitions at Chelmsford Museum.

Joining Chelmsford Creatives is a great way to get experience of project or event management, marketing, or improve your team working and communication skills. You don’t need any particular skills or experience to take part, just a passion for working collaboratively on projects that grow Chelmsford's cultural community.

The group meet once a month on Saturdays 11am-2pm.


Environmental Volunteer - Anglian Water

We are looking for 3 volunteers (2 in Wickford and 1 in Chelmsford) to help spread the message across to local communities about Anglia Water's 'Keep it Clear' campaign.

Keep It Clear is Anglian Water’s pioneering programme to tackle the problem of pollution and flooding caused by avoidable sewer blockages. Our volunteers educate people to help the prevent pump and pipe blockages that ultimate cause pollution, sewer flooding, nasty smells,road closures and even increases water bills! If you have a few spare hours per week and would like to help the environment then please do get in touch.


Community First Aid Volunteers | 16+ As a First Aider, you’ll provide first aid care to people in need at public events. We provide full training. You will be meeting new people and using your skills to help others at Essex based events such as a school fete, a firework display, fun run, or food and drink festivals.
Summer Reading Challenge 2019 - 20 July to Monday 2 September | 16+ Essex Libraries are looking for volunteers aged 14 or over to help children with the Summer Reading Challenge. This year's theme is Space Chase. You'll have fun and gain new skills - and it's great for your CV! We are looking for volunteers who can commit to a minimum of 18 hours from Saturday 20 July to Monday 2 September 2019. If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Saturday Computer/ IT Club for Seniors - Help needed - Moulsham Lodge | 14+ Are you kind, patient and good with computers? We need volunteers to help us launch a brand new computer club for elderly men & women in Great Baddow. 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 | 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.

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