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.

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

This page was updated on 19 May 2022

Activities volunteer for adults with disabilities - Grapevine Essex

Club Grapevine is our weekly term time club based at Columbus College.

It’s held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, and we have around 60 adults with learning disabilities who attend for a variety of planned activities.

We need compassionate, enthusiastic people who can help us improve the lives of disabled adults and have fun!

Please click HERE to enquire

Teach children how to fish! - Angling Coaching Initiative

We are a warm and welcoming not-for-profit that is providing opportunities for the younger generation to experience freshwater fishing, to learn skills, and to have a good time outdoors enjoying our beautiful waterways.

We are looking for capable anglers to join us and commit to a number of coaching sessions,

Please click HERE to enquire

Admin and Activity Support for local Dementia Group - Other Halves

A lovely, friendly club for people living with Dementia and for their carers, is looking for help to do basic admin tasks and to support their sessions.

The group meets on Tuesday and Fridays at different Great Baddow and Danbury village halls; and their coffee mornings include days out, fish & chips, and karaoke!

Basic computer skills, kindness, and a willingness to help are all that’s needed.

Please click HERE to enquire

Welfare Volunteer at UK Festivals

The Welfare Crew are seeking non-judgmental and understanding volunteers to help distressed, vulnerable, or unwell young people at various festivals across the UK including Creamfields Chelmsford, Download, Latitude, Reading, Leeds and Creamfields North.

A free festival ticket and expenses are provided.

Please click HERE to enquire

Puppy and Dog Socialiser - Medical Detection Dogs - URGENT

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. Our work has the potential to benefit millions.

We are looking for committed volunteers to help care for and train our dogs/puppies. This role is hard work but incredibly rewarding

To enquire please click HERE

Men's Shed - Supervisor - URGENT NEED

Chelmsford Men’s Shed project provides a space for men to learn or practice woodworking, and to talk, make friends and drink plenty of tea!

A warm welcome awaits men wanting to join the Shed, but we currently have a waiting list. We need more Supervisors so that the Shed can open more weekly sessions.

Supervisors support the session, help to promote friendly conversation and encourage users to use the Shed effectively and in safe use of equipment. Full training will be given and support will be offered during your time as a supervisor. Patience, kindness and a bit of knowledge around woodwork is important.

Please click HERE to enquire

IT & Computer Club Assistants

Are you kind, patient, a good communicator, and confident with IT?

We need helpers for two community Computer Clubs on Friday mornings in Chelmsford.

These clubs are for anyone to bring along their own device (laptop, phone, tablet) and be helped to understand it or do specific tasks. Most of our clients are elderly, and need help doing things like making zoom calls, filling out forms, setting up email, and learning how to stay safe online.

Please click HERE to enquire

Care Home Volunteers - Vibrance

Whether it is holding a person’s hand or providing an in-house activity such a music or arts and crafts, we’d love for you to come and join us in our registered care home where your input and friendship will be very well welcomed!

We are looking for volunteers who would like to befriend our residents on a regular basis.

Our residents enjoy interaction by having conversations over a nice cuppa. You may even have common interests in music, activities or sense of humour. They enjoy some arts and crafts or games like darts; we even have a Wii with various games to play. They enjoy baking; some enjoy being read to, using computer or simply watching films and having the company with them.

To enquire please click HERE

Volunteer Office Administrator - Essex Respite and Care Association

We are seeking committed and reliable administrators to help us in our Chelmsford office.

If you are well-organised, good with IT, have excellent attention to detail, and enjoy being part of a team then please do contact us. This is a great one if you’re looking to booster your CV or get office experience.

To enquire please click HERE

Assistant for Hyperbaric Chamber - Urgent for need Fridays and/or Saturdays

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

Hyperbaric therapy provides vital treatment for people with Cancer, Neurological & Urological Disorders, Diabetes, Lyme Disease & Sports Injuries.

We need a dependable volunteer who is kind, careful, and committed. We give you full training and plenty of support.

We urgently need help on Fridays or Saturdays.

Please click HERE

Helpline and Befriending Volunteers

We are looking for kind and caring volunteers who are good listeners, IT savvy and want to make a positive difference to people’s lives in the local community.

Farleigh Helpers is a brand new online and telephone support and befriending service which will be based from home and supported by volunteers.  The service will provide support to patients, families and clients known to Farleigh as well as helping others in the community who may be ill, lonely, isolated or bereaved.

Please click HERE to enquire

Driver for Abberton Rural Training - Mondays

Would you consider volunteering to be a driver for us at Abberton Rural Training?

Our non-minibus ensures our isolated adults can reach our programmes. This is only a 7-seater so can be driven on a standard license.
The driver would need to be over 25 with a full clean driving licence,  and be able to undertake a DBS check.

The driver would also be welcome to stay with the group each week and enjoy learning about horticulture and land based studies!

Please click HERE to enquire

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 or experience is necessary, but bundles of enthusiasm, and enjoyment for interacting with children is required!


10am-12.00, weekdays.

Please click HERE to enquire

Sew Easy-to-Make Reusable Sanitary Pads for Refugees and Vulnerable People Around the World

This Chelmsford-based community group sews reusable sanitary pads and works with partners around the world to distribute them to women, girls and people who menstruate who are suffering extreme period poverty.

Do you have some time to spare?

Please click HERE

Social Group volunteer - DeafBlind UK

Come and join the fun….

We need friendly, outgoing people to assist at our monthly group meetings in Chelmsford.

Our members really enjoy getting together each month to have a good chat and a catch up. For many, it provides a much needed opportunity to get out and to meet and make new friends in a safe supported environment. Our Chelmsford group meets on the 1st Tuesday of every month from 11.00 – 2.00pm with plans to open an additional monthly group in the area.

Please click HERE

Volunteer Minibus Driver - Chelmsford Community Transport - URGENT NEED

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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