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 28 July 2021.

Volunteer Support at the Coroners Court Chelmsford

We are currently looking for volunteers who are able to  provide practical and emotional support to families and witnesses and others attending Inquests at Chelmsford Coroners Court.

Please click HERE to enquire.

Book-Keeper and Administrator - The Art Place Chelmsford

The Art Place Chelmsford need well organised volunteers with good attention to detail and knowledge of excel to help with Book Keeping and Administration.

Please click HERE and 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.

One-Off Volunteering - Cycling event support - 5th September 2021

RIDE Essex is taking place on the 5th September 21 at Writtle College, to raise money for Action Medical Research.

We are looking for enthusiastic support in cheering on and directing riders though the finish, as well as handing out refreshments and medals.

Younger volunteers welcome if accompanied by an adult – family groups would be welcomed.

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. 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

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

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.

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

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


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