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 or Verity 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 23 April 2024

Could you help someone with Dementia do the things they love?

Side by Side is a service to help people with dementia to keep on doing the things they love – and try new things too! They meet up with a volunteer, decide what they’d like to do, and do it together.

Side by Side is a fun, friendly, super-flexible volunteering opportunity through which you’ll receive expert training and support to develop within your role.

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Assistant Bookshop Manager - Meadows Shopmobility

We are looking for someone to help our Bookshop manager at our charity bookshop on Market Road (near the library).

We need someone that is flexible in their working pattern, and can help with organising donations, manning the till, and disposal of unsellable books.

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One-Off Volunteer Day - Great Baddow Races - 19th May

The Great Baddow Races are a hugely fun day out held for the benefit of local charities. We need some lovely, enthusiastic race marshals for the Baddow 10 mile Race on the 19th May 2024.

Marshals are there to help guide runners along the correct route, give out water and medals, sign people in and out and loudly cheer along!

Volunteers would need to be onsite at The Recreation Ground in Great Baddow for 8.30 until 12:00 noon.

Please volunteer for a fun day in the sun that will support our local charities!

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Bookshop Volunteer - Hylands House

Do you have a love of Books?  Can you help Hylands House by Volunteering in their Bookshop?

Please note that in order to become a Book-team member you must first become a member of the Friends of Hylands House.

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Puppy & Dog Socialiser - Medical Detection Dogs

We are looking for caring and committed homes that can support our puppies and young dogs during their socialising and training journeys.

We provide food and equipment for the young dogs and cover all veterinary costs. You will have 1:1 support from your local Socialiser Trainer and Volunteer Coordinator.

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Volunteer Telephone Befriender at Essex Home Help Service

Everyone needs other people, but not everyone has someone.

Essex Home Help Service are looking for volunteers to support with our Telephone Befriending Service.

We are offering a telephone befriending service which is designed to be supportive, reliable and enable friendships to be built through volunteer befrienders for people who may otherwise be socially isolated.

You will come into our friendly offices in Ford End, Chelmsford for a 2 hours per week to make telephone befriending calls.

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Royal Airforce Veterans social club - Bar Steward needed

Lovely opportunity to help run a small Club Bar (no draught beer pipes!) one or two evenings a week, occasional Saturdays if available.

RAFA is a charity that supports former RAF personnel though comradeship, and social and welfare services. Our club is a very friendly place where veterans can come for a laugh and a chat, and to access support.

Looking for a fun and energetic volunteer to help out at the bar.

A bit of bar experience would be helpful, and a sense of humour is vital!

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Office Helpline Volunteer at Families In focus Essex

We need friendly, patent and reliable volunteers to offer support on our helpline by taking calls and answering enquires that come through our helpline email address and website referral form.

The role is based in our office in central Chelmsford, where you will volunteer with a friendly admin team.

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Coffee Group Facilitator/Volunteer - Chelmsford

Reach Out for Mental Health needs reliable, organised volunteers to help run a new coffee afternoon for clients experiencing mental health issues, and who may feel isolated and lacking support.

The Groups offer Peer Support and a friendly, un-judgmental, safe space for people to talk, and listen, about their lives.

This would be an ideal opportunity for someone who has experience of these issues themselves and is looking to “give back” whilst gaining valuable experience of running a support group, or possibly someone who is working/training in the field of mental health.

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Chelmsford Mens Shed - Lead Volunteers

Can you spare 3 hours a week?

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

Lead Volunteers support the session, help to promote friendly conversation, and encourage users to use the Shed effectively and in safe use of equipment. Full training and support will be given at all times, and you’ll shadow another Lead for as long as you need to.

Some knowledge of woodworking / tools would be extremely helpful.

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Foster Carer and Trainer for Veterans' Service Dogs

We train up rescue dogs so that they can make a profound difference to veterans who are suffering from PSTD. We need safe, loving foster homes where our rescue dogs can settle into life and begin their training, before being matched to the right veterans.

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Macmillan Volunteer Buddy

Our Macmillan Buddy service provides a lifeline for people with cancer, offering them weekly support from someone who understands what they’re going through.

We need Buddies to support people by phone and in person.

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Support Young Adults with Disabilities

The Independence Project needs volunteers to help young adults with additional needs to enjoy gardening, dancing, and socialising!

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Help us plan community events

We are a group based in Writtle looking for people to join our association to help plan events for the local community.

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Reception and Shopmobility Assistant

We are in urgent need of volunteers who would like to help with daily admin tasks. Helping in the office booking members in and out and handling payments.

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

You will need to be friendly with a cheerful personality, non judgemental and patient.

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Welfare Volunteer for elderly veterans - Royal Air Forces Association

We need a kind, compassionate volunteer with a sense of humour to help us support the elderly and less-able members of the Royal Air Force Association in Chelmsford.

You will check in on the veterans who we know are struggling, and help to connect them to support services, charities, and other sources of help.

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Customer Service Volunteer – Springfield Library

We need you to join our friendly  team of volunteers in the Library, welcoming customers, supporting them to use the library, and enabling them to make full use of the services available.

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Community Speed Watch volunteer

Community Speed Watch Groups consist of volunteers from their local community, who all share the same concerns about speeding through their local villages. These volunteers are from all walks of life, with a variety of skill sets and knowledge, who give up their free time to assist with reducing the number of fatalities and serious injuries on our roads.

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Reading Mentor (male) - Lads Need Dads

We are currently recruiting male volunteers (18+) to train as reading mentors in local Primary Schools in the Basildon area.

Reading mentors build relationships by talking about how the mentees are feeling, their interests, reading aloud to their mentees, listening to their mentees read, talking about books and being positive and consistent.

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Helpers for Seniors Lunch Club at St Mary's Church

The Seniors Luncheon Club at St Mary’s Church has been running every Tuesday for over 40 years, and welcomes local older people in for a hot meal, and a warm conversation. We need to add some more friendly, reliable volunteers to our lovely team.

You would be helping us to prepare and cook the meals, tidy the kitchen, serve food, and greet and chat to our elderly visitors.

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Emotional Support Volunteer - DeafBlind

Do you have Counselling qualifications and skills you want to put to good use?

We are looking for volunteers with experience of counselling at level 2 and above to support our Emotional Support programme.

Our six-week support service gives participants the chance to talk through feelings, thoughts and emotions during difficult times on a one-to-one basis with an advisor.

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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.

We are currently recruiting for: Age Concern; Farleigh Hospice; Millrace Furniture, Essex Youth Build; Interact; Essex Community First Aid; Support 4 Sight; RAF Association; Chelmsford Education Foundation; Essex Community Foundation; Santcus Homeless Charity; Cool to Be Kind.

Please call the Volunteer Centre for more information.

Side-by-side Volunteer -The Alzheimers Society

Side by Side is a service to help people with dementia to keep on doing the things they love – and try new things too! They meet up with a volunteer, decide what they’d like to do, and do it together.

Side by Side is a fun, friendly, super-flexible volunteering opportunity through which you’ll receive expert training and support to develop within your role.

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Receptionist/ General Assistant - Parkside Community Hub

Exciting opportunity to get involved with the community at a brand new community hub in Melbourne.

based community hub! Your duties will include managing the reception area, greeting our

customers and making them feel welcome, serving tea and coffee, and working with our friendly team to help people in need.

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Giving Advice - 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. You can either work from our office or this role can be done remotely from the comfort of your own home.

Please click HERE to apply

Volunteer at Broomfield Hospital

Broomfield Hospital has lots of volunteer roles available, all of which offer the chance to make a real difference to the lives of patients, their loved ones, and to hardworking NHS staff.

Roles include helping in wards, at mealtimes, in the gardens, at help desks, at the breast clinic, on chemotherapy wards, and in physical therapy.

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Could you help someone who is facing Court alone?

The volunteers at the Support Through Court 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.

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Volunteers for Community Bookshop / Charity Shop

We need enthusiastic, friendly volunteers to help in our charity bookshop on Market Road.

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Baby and Toddler Rhyme Time Volunteer

These fun-packed rhyme and story sessions take place in libraries during school term-times.

As a volunteer at baby and toddler rhyme times, you will deliver rhyme sessions, and support the development of children by sharing your enjoyment of books and rhymes.

Please click HERE to enquire

Help with Horse Riding for the Disabled

We offer riding and driving to130 disabled children and adults 6 days per week. Many of our riders have severe and complex needs and may require up to 3 volunteers to help them enjoy the benefits from their ride.

We need volunteers to walk alongside, and lead the horses, and make sure all the children are comfortable, safe and enjoying themselves.

We also need people who can help with the stables, the grounds, and gardening/ maintenance around the farm.

Please click HERE to enquire

Could you have a chat and a cup of tea with a lonely person in Chelmsford? - Age Well East

Do you have1 hour spare a week?

Could you support someone by calling them for a chat, or meeting them for a walk or cup of coffee?

Just a small bit of your time could make a world of difference to someone who has no one else.

Please click HERE to enquire

Drivers for elderly peoples Lunch Club - Great Baddow

Can you spare a couple of hours on your Tuesday lunch break? Are you kind, patient, and able to drive?

We need cheerful, helpful volunteers with their own car to safely drive elderly people to and from a weekly lunch club in Great Baddow, Chelmsford.

Please click HERE to enquire

Multiple Roles at ReadEasy - Teaching Adults to Read

Read Easy is a nationwide charity that helps adults learn to read.

New groups are starting in Chelmsford and Harlow, and they need a team of people behind the scenes to help get things going! Please enquire for a chat about what you can do.

Please click HERE to enquire

Have fun on our Market Stall "charity shop"! - Kids Inspire

Kids Inspire are looking for dedicated volunteers to help run their stall in Chelmsford indoor market.

The stall sells donations of books, bric-a-brac, music, art, clothes – everything you’d expect to find in a charity shop, but in a market stall!

All you need are a warm coat and a smile!

Please click HERE to enquire

Join our new SWF Community Garden

Would you like to get involved in a brand new community garden?

Meadowcroft Garden Centre have donated a beautiful piece of land for local people to grow flowers, harvest vegetables, learn new skills, and enjoy being with friendly people in a lovely location.

The sessions are supported by an expert from the RHS.

Please click HERE to enquire

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

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?

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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

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.

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

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