Latest Volunteering Opportunities

Chelmsford Volunteering Centre

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 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.

If you are interested in arranging a corporate or team volunteering day then please contact us directly.

This page was updated on 19 October 2021.

COVID & Flu Jab Vaccine Volunteers needed

Local NHS surgeries in Chelmsford need cheerful, welcoming volunteers to be stewards and helpers for people receiving their COVID vaccines and Flu Jabs.

You will be directing patient flow, helping staff, and assisting anyone who is worried or unsteady. You can choose your own shifts and will be working as a part of a friendly, motivated team.

Please click HERE

Time to Change Champions - Your Stories of Mental Illness

The Time to Change Campaign is seeking Champions who are willing to share their stories of mental health and illness in order to eradicate stigma and discrimination, and to encourage other people to talk and seek help.

Please click HERE to enquire

Treasurer to Chelmsford District Scouts

Chelmsford District Scouts need a reliable volunteer with previous experience of to support them as Treasurer. This is fantastic opportunity to support an organisation which makes a real difference to young people’s lives.

Please click HERE to enquire

Volunteer for Chelmsford's first Fringe Festival! - 27th November

Next year Chelmsford will be launching its inaugural Fringe Festival; a celebration and showcase of talent in performing arts in all its forms. On the 27th November this year, there will be a day of performances and workshops for the public to enjoy, and to learn about the Festival and its goals.

Volunteers are needed to make this a success!

Please click HERE to enquire

Volunteer Minibus Driver - Chelmsford Community Transport

We are in need of kind, caring volunteers who can drive a 14 seater minibus. This enables our elderly and disabled neighbours to enjoy days out, do their own shopping, and attend healthcare appointments.

Please click HERE to enquire

Reception & Shopmobility Assistants - URGENT NEED - Chelmsford Meadows

We are in urgent need of reliable, responsible volunteers who would like to help in Shopmobility office by booking members in and out, handling payments, and showing people how to use the scooters.

This is vital role that ensures that disabled people are able to live and shop independently.  Kindness and patience is a must, as is a sense of humour! Volunteers work in pairs, for a 3 hour shift once a week. Shopmobility is based on the ground floor of the Meadows Multi-storey car park.

Please click HERE to enquire

Drivers needed for SOS Bus - Open Road - Urgent Need

We are urgently seeking a reliable volunteer holding a C1 driving licence to drive the SOS bus into position in Chelmsford town centre.

The SOS bus provides vital care and attention to people of all ages who are out in the evenings.

Please click HERE

Help for Young Homeless People

NightStop is seeking drivers, chaperones, and short-term hosts to help desperate young people who need a safe bed, hot meal, and a warm shower for the night.

Please click HERE to see roles available.

Trustees Needed

Trustees play a crucial role in guiding charities, helping make plans and decisions, and making sure they stay on track. It is a fantastic opportunity to make real difference to the organisation you volunteer for. You don’t need prior experience, just enthusiasm and dedication.

Trustee meetings are usually just 4 times a year, so this is a great role for people with busy lives who still want to help.

Please call the Volunteer Centre for more information.

Community Volunteer - Supporting Older People - Independent Age

Can you provide friendship, support, and encouragement to an older person who has no one else to talk to?

This may include meeting for a coffee and cake, going for a walk, accompanying them to an appointment or a club, helping them do their shopping, or just calling for a chat. We give you all the support and training you need, and this is a flexible role to fit neatly into your life.

Please register HERE and someone will be in touch.

Receptionist - Chelmsford Citizens' Advice Bureau

Receptionists are an integral part of the team, managing ‘front-of-house’, helping with admin, and welcoming people in.

Please click HERE to enquire.

Customer Service Volunteer - Red Cross Wheelchair Service

If you enjoy being in an office environment, are compassionate and like meeting people then this could be the role for you. The Red Cross need help in running their wheelchair loan service and office.

Please register HERE and someone will be in touch.

Meet and Greet Hosts - Hearing Help Essex

We need volunteers to provide a warm and friendly welcome to our service users at our community sessions, to help set up/clear down sessions with our technical volunteers, and to guide people through COVID procedures.

We are small, happy team who help members of the community fix and maintain their hearing aids. Full training is given.

The areas we are in particular need of meet and greet hosts are: Braintree, Witham, Chelmsford

Please enquire HERE 

Library group Volunteers - Chelmsford & South Woodham Ferrers

Chelmsford and South Woodham Ferrers Libraries would love to welcome volunteers whop can help with the following new roles:

Code Club Volunteer: Please click HERE to enquire.

Work Club Volunteer: Please click HERE to enquire.

Blue Badge Volunteer: Please click HERE to enquire.

Homeless Day Centre Volunteer - Sanctus Homeless Charity

Sanctus Homelessness Charity need dedicated and empathic volunteers to help out at the Homeless café on Broomfield Road.

This role may complete tasks from a long list including food preparation, cooking, serving, washing up, cleaning and tidying and sorting donations. The volunteers will be part of a team that supports each other to make the environment welcoming and supportive.

Please click HERE to enquire.

FoodCycle - Cooking, hosting, and delivering volunteers needed

FoodCycle is a charity that works to provide free, nutritious meals to those in need using food which would otherwise go to waste. A new centre has just opened in Springfield on Thursday afternoons & evenings, and lots of help is needed.

Please click HERE to see the volunteer roles and to enquire.

Drivers to deliver hot meals to the elderly

Age Concern Chelmsford needs drivers to deliver hot lunches to elderly people in Chelmsford.

11.30am – 13.00pm on any weekday you can help.

Please click HERE to enquire

Artistic and Creative volunteers needed - The Art Place

The Art Place is a gallery, workshop, artist studio, shop, and classroom where people of all backgrounds and abilities can come together to connect and express themselves through art.

We need volunteers to help out at our workshops which include clay, painting, drawing, textiles, wood craving, and card-making.

Volunteers also help on the till, making refreshments, and in chatting and engaging with visitors, and encouraging them to join in and have fun.

We also need Experienced Mental Health volunteers, who can help to make sure our sessions are safe and inclusive.

Click HERE and HERE to find out more

Volunteer Tutor Support - Abberton Rural Training

Come and join our team at Abberton Rural Training!

Our award winning charity runs courses on Organic Gardening, Woodland Management and care of the Countryside and Environment for people who live with disability, mental health, anxiety and depression and addiction issues.

We need kind people with a sense of humour who who love gardening, nature, and growing vegetables, to help support our tutors. Full training given.

Please click HERE to enquire.

Assistant for Hyperbaric Chamber

We are looking for that special person who can be trained to become an assistant to help run the hyperbaric oxygen chamber at CHARMS.

We require a Volunteer on Wednesdays and/or Fridays, happy to wear Personal Protective Equipment provided, interested in work with the ‘Clinically Extremely Vulnerable’ and wishing to work with Technology. Full training and support provided.

Please click HERE to apply

Telephone Befrienders - URGENT NEED

Essex Befriends are in urgent need of warm, empathetic people who enjoy a bit of a chat!

COVID19 has highlighted just how many people there are in our community who are lonely and isolated.

Sometimes, all that’s needed to prevent this is a simple conversation with someone kind and cheerful. Telephone Befrienders provide company, reassurance, and light-hearted conversation to people who are alone and worried.

You can volunteer from your home, making calls as and when it suits your schedule. Full training is providing, along with constant support and guidance.

Please click HERE to apply

Saturday School Administrator - Iqra Learning Centre

Help is needed with the administration of Chelmsford’s Saturday Islamic school for children aged 6-16.

You would be managing schedules, payments in and out, school records, and parent correspondence. Someone with admin experience would be ideal.

Please click HERE to apply

Mentors - Families & Children - URGENT NEED

Could you help a family improve their health and wellbeing in your local community?

We are looking for volunteer mentors to work with Community360 and the Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service to engage and inspire families who need support.
You would be working with families and children (aged 8-19) to take part in new activities, develop new skills and build their confidence.
As a Family Mentor volunteer you will:
• Learn new skills & meet new people
• Make a difference to young children & families
• Be part of a team and support the local community
The project will support each family for up to 10 weeks, meeting with them at least once a week.

Full training and support given.

Home-based

Please click HERE to enquire

The Wilderness Foundation - PR Volunteer, and Gardening/ Groundskeeper Volunteer.

The Wilderness Foundation provide opportunities for people to directly experience the wilderness, both as a positive force for social and environmental sustainability and as a forum for personal growth and change.

PR Volunteer:

We need someone to help us develop a marketing strategy to promote the charity’s events and projects by using different marketing tools,  e.g. via website and social media.

Gardening/ Groundskeeper:

Help is needed with a 400 acre site at Chatham Green, midway between Chelmsford and Braintree. You would be helping to look after a young tree project, maintenance and supervision of woodland area.

Please click HERE to enquire

Online learning and social volunteers - City of Chelmsford Mencap

City of Chelmsford Mencap is urgently seeking volunteers to assist students with a learning disability who are keen to develop their life, work and social skills.  Our lifelong learning service went virtual at the beginning of the pandemic and delivers a wide range of courses, from Art to Yoga.

As an online volunteer, you will assist tutors with the delivery of classes, and monitor and support students’ learning.  The Virtual Academy runs five days a week and classes are approximately 1.5 hours in duration.  We have vacancies in various classes, so you will be able to choose times – and classes – that suit you.

We also need help with our evening social club, that delivers a range of fun evening activities, including film, talent and games nights, quizzes and dance workshops.

Please click HERE to enquire

Minibus Driver – for our beloved Morris the Minibus! - City of Chelmsford Mencap

City of Chelmsford Mencap is urgently seeking volunteer minibus drivers, to transport our lifelong learning students to and from Mencap Centre.

You will be part of a team of drivers who drive on days convenient to them.  On your chosen day, you will need to be available for a couple of hours either/both morning and mid-afternoon. Please enquire for more details!

Trustee - Essex Respite and Care Association

A new Trustee is needed to participate in decision making on the board and to agree strategies for the charity going forward.  No knowledge of the mental health sector is required but it would be useful.  An understanding of the charity sector would also be helpful.

Please click HERE to enquire

Community Volunteers for Victims of Crime

As a Victim Support volunteer 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.

Training Provided: Extensive online learning course, followed by a workshop. Training will include the different type of crimes and the way in which people are affected, the criminal justice system, communication skills, EDI, GDPR & safeguarding.

Please click HERE to apply

Creche Assistant

Mid=-Essex Family Centre have an exciting opportunity to work with children from 0-12 years in our 2 hour creche sessions.

No Qualifications required. Experience and an enthusiasm with working with children would be a bonus

18+

10am-12.00, weekdays.

Please click HERE to enquire

Giving Advice Level 1 & 2 - Chelmsford Citizens Advice Bureau

Are you a good listener? Can you give calm, thoughtful advice and assist people accessing information?

This role is assisting clients by phone to help resolve their practical issues/problems.
By using questioning and listening skills to gain as much detail as possible, you will help worried clients decide what the next best steps are.
This could be by researching and providing them with information; signposting to other organisations; referring clients to other services and charities, or arranging for the client to receive full advice from one of our experienced advisers.

You will receive full training, constant support and advice. You are not expected to know all the answers! Just to be able to listen, ask questions, and use the resources we give you. This role can be done remotely from the comfort of your own home.

Please click HERE to apply

Mentors - Kids Inspire

Kids Inspire work to help children who have suffered trauma, or whose families are going through traumatic times. We need empathetic, reliable and encouraging volunteers to be mentors for young people all accross Essex.

A volunteer mentor is a “professional friend” who guides a young person by building trust and modelling positive behaviours in a fun an caring environment.

Please click HERE to apply