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

This page was updated on 25 September 2018. 

 

Please note: These are just a few examples 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.


Urgent Need |Can you help to sort harvest donations for the homeless? - Sept-Oct 2018

We require volunteers to help us to sort out the very generous food donations that we receive from churches, schools and other organisations at harvest time.

Volunteers will be needed between 10am and 4pm on Thursdays and Fridays for 4-6 weeks starting on 13th September. Any days or parts of days that you can give will be appreciated.

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 |Publicity & Media Volunteer - Workers’ Educational Association

The WEA are looking for a home-based publicity volunteer to assist the WEA Eastern region with their marketing requests. You will help recruit new students onto WEA courses by:

· Using WEA approved templates to create attractive posters, leaflets and brochures

· Co-ordinating the distribution of publicity materials in the local area

You will have the chance to make a real difference in your local community and develop and share skills of value!

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 

Volunteer gardener - Cats Protection Society

Using your skills and passion for 'all things green' will help make our Adoption Centre welcoming, not only to the general public but also to wildlife, greatly enriching the lives of our cats whilst in care. Looking out onto gardens, plants and pots our cats can spend their days watching bees, birds, butterflies and other insects while they wait for their forever home.

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 
Multiple Roles - British Heart Foundation

The British Heart Foundation is looking for volunteers to fill multiple roles in a wide variety of functions. Whether you'd like to help in the main shop, provide admin support, carry out electrical testing, support the warehouse or up-cycle furniture, 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 
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 
Support for a Dementia Activity Centre - Essex Dementia Care

We need compassionate volunteers with a sense of humour to help run a drop-in centre/ activity club for people living with dementia. By befriending visitors you'll be bringing a spark of joy into their lives and some relief to their families and carers. You'll also help run the club, serve food and join-in activities.

If you're skilled at music or art then we'd especially love to hear from you.

No experience required. Just enthusiasm, kindness and a willingness to listen.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Urgent Need |Crèche Assistant - Mid-Essex Family Care

A lovely opportunity to work with children from 0- 7yrs in a 2 hour crèche session.

Are you enthusiastic & energetic? Might you enjoy working with young children? Are you free on Thursday mornings? If so please get in touch to find out how you assist a cheerful crèche with appropriate play and creative activities.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Help celebrate the Chelmsford "Light Parade" - Sunday 11th November.

To coincide with both Diwali and the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War One, we are inviting the communities of the city to commemorate the past and celebrate where we are.

We are looking for people to steward, accompany people on the walk/parade, signpost road crossings and generally enjoy being part of the event!

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Sally or Julie now on 01245 250731 or email volunteer@chelmsfordcvs.org.uk 
Memory Walk Volunteer - Alzheimer’s Society

Help Alzheimer’s Society run their Memory Walk at Hylands House on Sunday 7th October. With two routes to choose from, enthusiastic volunteers are needed for lots of roles including marshalling, route marking, cheering walkers across the finish line, interacting with walkers, selling merchandise, helping to keep the site clean and tidy and helping with event setup and breakdown.to make it a day to remember for our walkers. Volunteers are needed for just a few hours. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, but if you are under 16 you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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

2018 Chelmsford Marathon - Lots of volunteers needed! - The J's Hospice

The J's Hospice need the help of dozens of volunteers to help facilitate it's 5th annual marathon. They need cyclists, marshals, drivers, photographers, bucket collectors, volunteers to man water station, to cover the finish station and baggage tents, to help with media, to hand out t-shirts, to help clear away, even to dress up as their mascot!

If you can spare a few hours on Sunday 18th October 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 


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) 

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