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 Julie 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 18 March 2020.

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First Aider - Essex Events

As a first aider you will provide first aid care to people in need at public events. We provide full training. This volunteer role can see you meeting new people and using your skills to help others at Essex based events such as village and school fetes, firework displays, carnivals, food & drink fairs, sporting events and fun runs.

Help get free clothing to families in need - Barnardo's

We need volunteers to help us take free children’s clothes along to play sessions/groups in the community for families to access. You would collect items from our Chelmsford West office and take to the identified groups/session. You would then help local families identify what they need and distribute the items.

Must have own vehicle.

Human Resources Admin Volunteer - Age UK Essex

We are looking for someone with past working experience in a Human Resources Department to assist in our busy, friendly office on Widford Hall Lane. The role involves working alongside and supporting our HR Manager by being involved in some administrative tasks and bespoke ad hoc HR projects.

Friendly Group Volunteers - DeafBlind UK

We need warm, friendly, kind people to come along to the group meetings each month and support the members by chatting to them, making them cups of tea/coffee, assisting in planned activities, helping to guide them in and out of the building and accompany the group when they go out on the social outings. Our Friendly Group Volunteers are a fantastic support to our members, and you can also benefit immensely by gaining new friendships and sharing this wonderful experience together.

Volunteer Angling Coach

We are looking for keen anglers to help support children to enjoy and learn fishing! We need skilled anglers to be coaches and keen amateurs to help ensure the safe and happiness of the children, some of whom have learning difficulties.

Legal Volunteer - Citizen's Advice Bureau

We are looking for someone with legal work experience to assist with the smooth running of our office, and assisting clients. We are a not for profit community interest company and believe in justice for all regardless of your financial circumstances.

Family Activities Volunteer - The Children's Society

Do you enjoy healthy activities and exercise? Would you like to volunteer for an exciting new project taking part in activities with family groups?

We are looking for volunteers to work with families by taking part in weekly activity sessions with them. Activities may be sports based but we’re looking at a whole range of things families can do together to promote stronger relationships, increase positive family time, strengthen ties and build resilience. Anything from walking, playing sports based games, eating and cooking together, Yoga, mindfulness, household activities and so on.

Social Media Co-ordinator - Chelmsford Foodbank

We need help to raise the profile of Chelmsford Foodbank across the various social media platforms. To create content, increase engagement and work with the team to better communicate with the public.

Must be creative and computer literate.

Meet and Greet Volunteer - Outpatients Clinic (South Woodham Ferrers)

To meet and greet service users and staff arriving at the Crouch Vale Medical Centre Outpatient Clinics and to signpost people appropriately.

To maintain the noticeboard and provide information about the facilities and services provided.

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.

Can you help an elderly person after they've come home from hospital? - Student volunteers welcome

Returning home from hospital can be a disorienting and exhausting process; especially during the winter months. Many elderly people have their discharges delayed or end up being swiftly readmitted.

We urgently need kind, compassionate volunteers to help vulnerable people make this transition, and in doing so, reduce overcrowding in our local hospital.

Our team of volunteers meet seniors or other vulnerable people at home and make sure they’re safe. Volunteers will perform simple but vital tasks such as: Doing a food shop, checking the heating is on, rearranging furniture, signposting to other services, and most importantly, providing reassurance that the person is not alone.

You will not carry out any personal care and you will not be working on your own. Full training, support and expenses provided.

Please contact us if you help.

Trustees - Meadows ShopMobility

Trustees of this important charity meet once a month (Thursday mornings) to discuss the current situation and decide the way forward.

We welcome interest in this role from people of all ages, sectors and communities.

Volunteer Drivers in Springfield, Chelmer Village, Beaulieu or Channels

We require friendly, helpful drivers to assist mainly elderly persons to hospital and other medical appointments. Free parking and mileage paid.

We urgently need friendly, helpful drivers to assist mainly elderly persons to hospital and other medical appointments. Parking and mileage paid.

Chess Homeless Shelter - Christmas Events

We need keen volunteers to join the CHESS fundraising team during the run up to Christmas.

Monday 9th December – Santa Sleigh – Accompany Santa and his musical sleigh around Westlands housing estate, knocking on doors, handing out sweets and accepting donations. 6 – 8.30pm.

Saturday 14th December – Christmas Carols & Collection, Bond Street – Join us in front of John Lewis 11am – 12.30pm for a Christmas performance by Unify Choir. We need volunteers to talk to people about the charity and carry collection buckets.

Chess Homeless Shelter - Overnight Volunteers

We need you to become one of our sleep-over volunteers; being an overnight presence for those in distress, supporting staff in the event of an emergency and being a sympathetic, caring presence for service users in the evening and morning. We might also ask you to help serve a hot breakfast.

Full training, induction and support is provided, as is a private, lockable room to sleep in.

Essex Police Museum - Tours guides and assistants

The award-winning Essex Police Museum needs help to welcome visitors and serve in the shop. To assist with children’s trails, and work with unique and interesting collections and stories. To carry out general maintenance to ensure the displays are tidy and professional looking, and provide a fun environment for the visitors, and promote the museum’s services.

Please be aware there is a lengthy vetting process for this role (9-12 months) unless you already have current Police vetting.

Mentors and activity helpers - The Wilderness Foundation

The Wilderness Foundation harnesses the power of the wilderness to transform vulnerable lives and empower young people to conserve nature.

They are looking for kind, enthusiastic, adventurous volunteers to help deliver their activities and support the children who attend. No experience necessary, would suit volunteers interested in the outdoors and nature.

Outdoor leaders will assist with preparing and running activities such as bug hunting, pond dipping, forest play and much more!

Session Helper - Children's Speech Therapy

The Children’s speech and language therapy team are looking for volunteers to support a new service starting in September 2019.

This is an opportunity to experience working with a busy Speech and Language Team specialising in care of children. The role will be flexible and provide important support to children aged 2-5, and their carers or parents.

Springfield, Chelmsford. Wednesdays 9.30-11am & 12.30-2pm. Training provided.

Environmental Volunteer - Anglian Water

We are looking for 3 volunteers (2 in Wickford and 1 in Chelmsford) to help spread the message across to local communities about Anglia Water’s ‘Keep it Clear’ campaign.

Keep It Clear is Anglian Water’s pioneering programme to tackle the problem of pollution and flooding caused by avoidable sewer blockages. Our volunteers educate people to help the prevent pump and pipe blockages that ultimate cause pollution, sewer flooding, nasty smells,road closures and even increases water bills! If you have a few spare hours per week and would like to help the environment then please do get in touch.

Alcohol Recovery Support & Student Counsellors

Phoenix Futures ARC (Alcohol recovery community) are recruiting volunteers to support and mentor people as they recovery from alcohol addiction.

They would also like to talk to students studying Counselling and seeking work-experience. Please contact us for more information.

Bereavement Support Group volunteer

We offer a free support and aftercare group to anyone who has suffered a bereavement.

Volunteers are needed to help set-up and put away chairs and tables, make teas & coffee, and chat to members.

Thursdays 10am – 1pm.

Urgent Need | Saturday Drivers - Stroke Association

The Stroke Club desperately need volunteer drivers for their back-lift, transit-sized minibus (a 6/7 seater).

This role involves picking up the minibus from Heybridge on a Saturday morning and collecting and returning stroke disabled members between their homes and the Stroke Centre in Chelmsford. Please get in touch if you can help.

Social Media/ Website Volunteer - B.E.A.R.S

Basic Essex Accident Rescue Service needs a volunteer to help with updating the web site, adding new items of interest, reporting on all events they hold during the year.

Social club for young people with Special Education Needs

At InterAct we are working with young adults who struggle to do the things that other young adults take for granted, such as socialise. We’ve set up the Together club, a place where people with Special Educational Needs, aged 18—25 years, can relax, make friends, learn new skills and have fun.

The club is fortnightly, on Monday evenings at Moulsham Mill.

Conservation Volunteers - Hanningfield Nature Reserve

Do you love being outdoors ? We are looking for extra help to join our conservation parties at Hanningfield Nature Reserve.

Conservation Party volunteers are involved with practical maintenance of our nature reserves such as removal of invasive species, fencing, litter picking, path clearance, pond maintenance, coppicing, hedge laying and more.

A great one for groups or families, as well as people looking to make new friends.

Visiting Volunteers - Independent Age

Can you stop someone from being lonely?

This role involves anything from dropping in on an older person for a coffee and a chat, checking that someone is alright or arranging a trip to the local shops. Many of the older people we support have life experiences and histories that can fascinate and enthral. An hour or two can fly by. As a volunteer visitor you will be matched with an older person living near you and you can fit your visits around your other commitments and responsibilities.

Volunteer Minibus Drivers - InterAct

Volunteer drivers are needed to support young people with disabilities to participate in social, recreational and leisure activities in their communities, e.g. bowling, cinema trips and games sessions.

Urgent Need | Charity shop volunteers across Chelmsford

Farliegh Hospice, the RSPCAChelmsford4Good and AgeUK all urgently need help in their shops. These are all fun, lively places to help out, discover treasure, and raise vital funds for local charities.

Activity Group Volunteers - DeafBlind UK

Can you help make a difference to visual and hearing impaired adults? We are looking for volunteers across Essex to help at our groups which provide drinks, lunch and various craft activities. A friendly personality, patience and empathy are all we require.

We’re counting the minutes until you join us! Minutes Secretary required

Marie Curie Chelmsford raise vital funds to provide Marie Curie nursing care for people with terminal illnesses in Chelmsford and the surrounding area. Our enthusiastic committee meets approximately every six weeks to plan events. We need an efficient and accurate Minutes Secretary to join the committee.

Urgent Need | Volunteer with City of Chelmsford Mencap

Mencap gives people aged 16+ with a learning disability a chance to meet new friends, to get involved in a variety of activities, and to have fun in an environment that is both welcoming and safe.

We urgently need volunteers to help support our Tuesday and Thursday evening groups. If you are fun, friendly, keen, reliable, and caring please get in touch.

Lego! Rasperberry PI! Sewing! Woodwork! - Workshop supporters for The Ideas Hub

If you’re passionate about any of the above crafts & skills then we want to hear from you! The Ideas Hub us based in Chelmsford library and hopes to run workshops to help the socially isolated, or less mobile in our community, to engage and have fun.

Children's Activity Supporters - Play & Learn Sessions - Arts & Craft

Barnardo’s and Essex Family Care are looking for volunteers to help support and run activity, play, art and learning sessions for young children in Galleywood, Beaulieu and Chelmsford Library.

Get in touch for more details.

Gardeners needed at Broomfield Hospital

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to assist in managing green and natural areas to provide an enhanced environment for patients, visitor and staff to enjoy. This is a fortnightly club.

Urgent Need | Chelmsford Prison Visitor Centre

Volunteers are urgently needed at HMP Chelmsford to support the families who come to visit their loved ones. Whether offering practical advice with paperwork, explaining prison procedures, making a cup of tea, having a friendly chat, or entertaining the children, Ormiston volunteers provide a vital reassuring presence to visitors who may be anxious or upset.

Training and full support given. Volunteers are never left alone or asked to go outside the visitor area. Taster sessions offered.

Admin Volunteer - Citizens Advice Bureau

This role involves providing administration support to the Citizens’ Advice Bureau Law Clinic in our friendly, busy Chelmsford office. We’d like you to be experienced in admin and be available for 3 hours on Tuesdays and/ or Fridays.

Volunteer Youth Worker - Springfield Youth Centre

Springfield Youth Group needs enthusiastic, energetic volunteers to work with young people aged 11-17 years. No experience required. Just enthusiasm, kindness and a willingness to join in and have fun!

Urgent Need | Receptionists and general help with scooters - Meadows Shopmobility

Meadows Shopmobility need volunteers to help daily admin tasks, booking members in and out, handling cash and assisting those that require a scooter. Volunteers are especially needed on Tuesdays.