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

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 10 May 2021.

COVID Vaccination Volunteers - Chelmsford

Local Chelmsford surgeries need lots of volunteers to help them manage the smooth flow of patients through vaccine centres.

Multiple shifts available, and you can choose which you sign up for. Most clinics are on weekdays, with a few at weekends.

This is a huge effort and we need lots of continued help.  All you need is to be friendly, helpful, patient, and happy to be on your feet for several hours at a time!

Please click HERE to sign-up.

Trustee - Essex Gardens Trust

Essex Gardens Trust’s objective is to share our love of gardens and landscapes, their history, their design, their making and the stories that surround them, and fostering that love in others. We are looking for enthusiastic, open minded and forward thinking individuals to join the present small and enthusiastic management team.

Please click HERE to enquire

Reception & Shopmobility Assistants - Urgently Required - Chelmsford Meadows

We are in urgent need of volunteers who would like to help in Shopmobility office by booking members in and out and handling payments.

You will also be preparing scooters for Shopmobility members by manoeuvring them from storage for collection.

Shopmobility is based on the ground floor of the Meadows Multi-storey car park.

Please click HERE to enquire

Customer Service Volunteer (Wheelchair Volunteer) - British Red Cross

If you enjoy being in an office environment, are compassionate and like meeting people then this could be the role for you. Volunteers like you provide people in their local community with wheelchairs and other equipment to help them get moving again after an illness or injury.

Please click HERE to enquire

Reading Friends - Essex Library Services

Reading Friends tackles loneliness by bringing people together to read, chat and share stories.

Essex Library Services is looking for volunteers to chat to people, either one to one or in groups, using reading to get people talking. Contact will be via phone or zoom initially. As restrictions lift it is planned to do in person sessions in libraries.

Please click HERE to enquire

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.


Please click HERE to enquire

Puppy and Dog Socialiser - Medical Detection Dogs

We are at the forefront of the research into the fight against cancer and other life-threatening diseases, including Parkinson’s disease and bacterial infections. Our Bio Detection Dogs are trained to find the odour of those diseases in samples such as urine, breath and sweat and our work has the potential to benefit millions.

We are looking for committed volunteers who can take a puppy into their home, and care for it as it trains to become a Medial Detection Dog. This role is hard work but incredibly rewarding.

Please click HERE to apply

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

Retail volunteer - various Charity Shops

Numerous charity shops across the Chelmsford district need volunteers to help in their friendly, busy outlets.

Please contact the office for options, or browse the Volunteer Essex website by selecting “Retail” under the Activities drop-down menu.

Volunteer Receptionist - Renew Counselling

We would like to recruit volunteer receptionists to provide confidential, first point of contact cover at our busy Counselling Centre in Chelmsford. The volunteers would need to be willing to provide their help on a regular basis for half or whole days.

Please click HERE to enquire

Independent Visitor/ Mentor - Action for Children

Action for Children need kind and empathetic volunteers who can visit, advise, and befriend a young person who is in residential care or in a foster home, secure accommodation, or a young offenders’ institution.

The aim is to provide a non judgmental adult friend and mentor for a young person who has little or no contact with members of his/her own family.

Full training and constant support given.

Please click HERE to enquire

Welfare Caller

Do you like to talk? Are you good at listening?

We are looking for people to join our friendly team of valued volunteers and become Welfare Callers for their community. Someone who can offer an isolated or lonely person that weekly friendly call and help brighten them up.

All callers are matched with someone of similar interests. Volunteering done from your own home.

Please click HERE to enquire

Innovative award-winning local charity seeks dynamic new Trustees

City of Chelmsford Mencap is looking for new trustees to join its Board at a significant point in its development.

We are a warm and friendly group of committed individuals – please click HERE to find out more!

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

Volunteer Gardeners - Farleigh Hospice

Farleigh Hospice have a huge variety of tasks in and around the gardens and have something to suit everyone.  There are a team of dedicated garden volunteers who between them keep our wonderful grounds looking pristine all year round – from planting to weeding and everything in-between there is always something to do!

Come as a group, with a friend or solo – we would love your help!

Please click HERE to enquire

Day Centre Assistant Volunteer - South Woodham Ferrers

Action for Family Carers makes a positive difference to the lives of all Carers by providing valued, high quality support services in times of need.

We are seeking volunteers within our Adult Day Care Respite Centre in South Woodham Ferrers, assisting staff and other volunteers in supporting the clients that attend.

The role involves encouraging clients to participate in conversation, entertainment and activities as well as assisting at meal times.

The Day Centre runs from 10 am – 3 pm each Friday.

Please click HERE to apply

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


10am-12.00, weekdays.

Please click HERE to enquire

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. Throughout lockdown, Essex Befriends was able to connect with more and more people who were struggling with loneliness, anxiety, and feeling overwhelmed.

Though lockdown is now easing, these people and their concerns are still very much here, and we do not want anyone to slip through the cracks or fall back into unhappiness and isolation.

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 contact us for more details!

Please click HERE to apply

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