Rethink Mental Illness
Rethink Mental Illness deliver All Age Advocacy Services across Essex. Rethink are seeking Volunteer Advocates to join our locality teams across the county.
As a Volunteer Advocate you will work with vulnerable adults or children to ensure that their rights and interests are expressed and that their wishes are communicated.
An advocate provides a range of support in secure units, hospitals, care settings or in the community:
- To ensure that individual views are listened to and their concerns and issues are resolved as far as reasonably possible
- To ensure that individuals know their rights and that these are fully accessed
- To empower individuals to make informed choices about their care and treatment and to take greater control over their lives
- To make sure that individuals have greater knowledge and information on which to base their decisions
Volunteer Group Coordinator
Rethink Mental Illness
Rethink Mental Illness Essex deliver All Age Advocacy Services across Essex. We have a contract to deliver advocacy services throughout the county.
As a Group Co-ordinator, you be involved in setting up and co-ordinating self-advocacy groups for groups of individuals in the community.
- Strong communication and listening skills
- Ability to enable people to make decisions -i.e. forming a complaint
- Building relationships with people from all backgrounds
- Understand the principles of confidentiality
- The ability to remain non-judgemental and respect the views of others
- Good organisational skills
- A good knowledge of IT (i.e. Microsoft Word and using emails)
- Minimum commitment of 1 day per week
Working during working week- no out of hours working
Volunteer Orienteering Event Helper
Essex Stragglers Orienteering Society
Orienteering is an adventure sport that involves navigating using a map. Participants move at their own speed and can compete at any age. It’s a great workout for body and mind and an ideal sport for all ages and great for families.
Emergency Rest Centre Volunteers
Colchester Borough Council
The emergency could happen at any time so CBC are looking for flexible volunteers who are able to assist in the running of an emergency rest centre for residents of Colchester who have been evacuated from their homes. The main duties for a Rest Centre Volunteer will be to support residents by providing support, shelter, and refreshments. There will also be some paperwork that you will need to complete to keep a log of residents that are attending the rest centre.
Samaritans Listening volunteers offer 24 hour confidential emotional support to people throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland. Help is needed at the Mid-Essex helpline, based in Chelmsford.
Volunteer Handy Person
Use your practical skills and ingenuity to help people with disabilities live fuller and more independent lives. The role involves designing and making pieces of equipment for individuals who have a specific need. Requests for help come from health professionals or directly from the public. You will be joining a local group of like-minded enthusiasts and with some opportunities for collaboration.
SOS Bus Volunteer
Provide First/Aid and general support to people in Colchester at night time. Working closely with the on board paramedic in ensuring emotional/welfare support to the public in the town centre.
Severe Weather Emergency Provision Volunteers
Colchester Borough Homes
During severe weather the homeless are at greater risk of harm. Bearing in mind that many rough sleepers have health issues, being out in the freezing cold often makes these worse. The Severe Weather Emergency Provision (a place where the homeless can stay during extreme cold nights) will be opening from 20:30 – 08:00. This is a reactive service determined by weather forecasts and temperature changes, and as such we are seeking to recruit volunteers who are extremely flexible who can work as part of a team to cover a few hours (or more) to help support the SWEP.
Ad-hoc Community Volunteer
By joining as an Ad-Hoc Community Volunteer you’ll be part of the team in the community who can be called on for ad-hoc support and exciting events. This role is varied, very flexible and essential to ensure CLIC Sargent’s presence is felt far and wide.
Volunteer Home Befriender
A member would really like to have a Home Befriender visit her once a week for an hour or so for some additional company and conversation. She used to be very creative but due to sight loss she is unable to do the activities she used to, although she is hoping that with some help for the volunteer she may be able to do some arty things again.
Headway Essex cares for people who have acquired a brain injury and this may be through sporting or work accidents, road traffic accidents, assault, illness or disease. Support is given in two ways. Through the Headway Centre, which is a day centre in Colchester where rehabilitation activities take place. These activities are designed to help people to rebuild their lives after brain injury. The second way is Community Support Service. The Community Support Team, provides telephone support, information on the different aspects of brain injury, support groups, training for carers, specialist literature on brain injury, home and hospital visits and educational talks.
Volunteer Stroke Group Supporter
As a Stroke Group Supporter you will be part of a team assisting in the running of our Colchester Communication/Peer group. The Group meets in Orchard Baptist Church, Blackheath, 23 Mersea Road. Colchester, CO2 0AE on a Wednesday morning from 10 am to 12 noon.
Female Volunteer Mentor
To provide one-to-one support to offenders from a range of backgrounds and circumstances. Act as a positive role model, helping to raise the individual’s confidence and self-esteem, and support them in identifying and achieving realistic goals and aspirations. Meet with offenders, usually weekly, at an Open Road centre or in a community setting, helping them to re-integrate into society. Accompany offenders to appointments if needed – the GP, Dentist, Jobcentre Plus, training and educational courses and job interviews.
Volunteer Cafe Assistant
Essex Wildlife Trust
Are you great with people? The Essex Wildlife Trust have 11 centres across Essex which are our main point of contact with the general public. We are seeking centre volunteers to generally lend a hand, welcome people to the centres, make cups of tea and help with the retail and café outlets as required.
Creative Team – Volunteer Assistant Director
KYDS Youth Drama Society
KYDS is currently searching for enthusiastic individuals to join our Creative Team as Assistant Directors. Assistant Directors will work on productions with our young people and volunteers.
Volunteer Action Team Member – Essex
MacMillan Cancer Support
Join the Action Team in locations across Essex to help raise money and campaign for improved local cancer care. Bring your energy and enthusiasm to help ensure that life with cancer is still life – let’s help people live it!
Eye Clinic Support Volunteer – Braintree
Support 4 Sight
The eye clinic volunteer role is a very rewarding and satisfying opportunity; you will have the chance to meet people of differing ages from all backgrounds offering support, information. Eye Clinic volunteers will receive one-to-one support from the volunteer coordinator, be buddied with an experienced volunteer until you feel confident in the role. There will be regular updates on the charity’s latest activities as well as help with preparing tasks.
Group Activities Volunteers
InterAct are looking for volunteers to help us with our popular group activities programme where young people with additional needs meet regularly to socialise and have fun in the community.
Volunteer Community Champion
Hope for Tomorrow
As a Community Champion you will be representing Hope for Tomorrow at a range of occasions/community events, distributing information to local companies, schools, surgeries etc, and seeking out new marketing and fundraising avenues in the area.
Volunteer Telephone / Admin Assistant
British Heart Foundation – Braintree
Are you always on the phone? Are you calm, collected and chatty? British Heart Foundation are looking for friendly, confident and helpful people to join their team and become the voice of your local store. You will be the first point of contact for customers helping them with any enquiries and arranging collections for donations and deliveries.
Volunteer Drop-in Centre Team Member
Open Door Colchester
A team member at Open Door works on the front line welcoming homeless and vulnerable people into our drop-in centre. Together with their team, they are responsible for serving food and drink as well as listening to the needs of guests and responding appropriately. There are plenty of opportunities for building meaningful relationships with the regulars.
Circles of Protection Volunteer
The Elfrida Society
Do you want to make a difference in the life of someone who has a learning disability?
Your role would involve visiting a lady who has a profound learning disability, building a trusting relationship with her and keeping our service up to date.
She is exclusively supported by paid staff. you would be the person choosing to spend time with her rather than being paid to be with her.
She enjoys music, cartoons, eating in restaurants and cafes.
Kitchen Assistants and Day Centre Support Volunteers
Volunteers needed to spend time with the social centre for physically disabled adults to help members relearn skills of everyday life such as shopping and how to relate to others.
Basic Computer Support Volunteers
Community360 – Braintree
We are looking for 4 volunteers able to support small groups of people in using their own devices with tasks such as:
Searching the Internet
Shopping on-line safely
Use of Paypal
Transferring photos from one device to another
Volunteer Retail Assistant
St Elizabeth Hospice
Zest is a new concept in retail to raise funds to support the Young Adult Programme. As a volunteer you will be welcoming and serving customers in a friendly and helpful manner. Sorting, pricing and preparing donations and stock for the shop floor. Creating eye catching window and shop displays.
Session Volunteer Baby Beginnings Group Supporter
Barnardo’s Children’s Centre
To support staff in the provision of a warm welcoming friendly environment to support new parents and their Babies. Help staff to set up the room at the beginning of the session with mats and treasure baskets, boards, and tidy up at the end. Talking to the new mum’s with babies and looking out for their wellbeing, reporting any concerns to staff. Provide a listening ear and signpost parents to other children’s centre activities. Complete the infant feeding BFI training to enable you to offer help and advice to parents. Help make the sessions an enjoyable experience for the families attending.
Raise awareness of and support the work of Emmaus Colchester in your local area. Plan and deliver events in the local area. Help participants to have the best possible experience of supporting Emmaus Colchester. Provide information and materials to participants. Placing promotional materials for events in the local community.
Samaritans Listening volunteers offer 24 hour confidential emotional support to people throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland. Listening volunteers deliver our service to people who get in touch by phone, email, letter and in person.
Volunteer Dining Companion
The purpose of the Dining Companion is to assist ward staff by offering support and positive encouragement to patients at meal times.
Volunteer Handy Person
Colchester Archaeological Trust
Looking for volunteers to join a friendly team that maintains the lovely old building at Roman Circus House which is open to the public with free entry to see the only known Roman Circus in the UK.
Volunteer Cancer Patient Partner
As part of the newly established STP Cancer Forum, Patient Partners will work directly with clinicians and NHS managers to ensure that the voice and lived experience of services users, carers and the wider community is used to inform and improve local services. Healthwatch want co-production to be at the centre of the transformation and cancer pathway reviews. The Patient Partners may also be involved in supporting contract monitoring of cancer services.
Side by Side Telephone Volunteers
Alzheimers Society Essex
Side By Side Telephone volunteers make friendly, tailored conversations with people living with dementia. You will be connected with people based on their interests and preferences. Your involvement will support people with dementia to feel less isolated and focus in an individual’s strengths to remain connected, feel valued and more confident. The base for this role is flexible and will be agreed with your role manager.
Museum Events Volunteer
Braintree District Museum
This role is to support the museum with the logistics of changing events, tidying up and general bits and bobs around the Museum. This role is a very important part of keeping the Museum and its services running as smoothly as possible. This role does include lifting of tables and chairs.
Volunteer Leaflet Distributors
A number of volunteers are required across Mid Essex to assist with the promotion of fundraising events and campaigns by distributing promotional leaflets to pre-agreed locations such as your local shops, pubs, gyms etc.
Mobile Library Support Volunteer
This opportunity is available through Witham Library.
As a mobile library support volunteer, you will assist the mobile library supervisor by reading from a set of route notes to ensure the correct route is taken; and make accurate amendments to the routes for future reference.
Home from Hospital Volunteer
Would you like to give something back to our local hospitals? Can you provide cheerful, practical assistance to the more vulnerable members of our society?
If so, then join our Home from Hospital team and help create links within your community! Our team provides simple, practical support to isolated people after they leave hospital.
Ad-hoc Community Volunteer
By becoming an Ad-Hoc Community Volunteer you’ll be part of the team in the community who are called on for ad-hoc support and exciting events This role is varied, very flexible and essential to ensure CLIC Sargent’s presence is felt far and wide.
Volunteer Active Citizens
Essex Police are currently looking for “active citizen” volunteers to assist local neighbourhood policing officers in Essex. They are looking for citizens who will deploy with police officers and police community support officers on foot in the community on crime reduction initiatives. The aim is to help reassure residents, provide crime prevention advice, engagement work opportunities, and importantly – be a high visibility deterrent.
Reoffending Prevention Volunteers
Essex Youth Offending Service
Essex Youth Offending Service are seeking volunteers from the community to help prevent re-offending by young people aged between 10 and 17 years. Volunteers will talk to young people, their parents and sometimes the victim of the offence to draw up a contract to address the young person’s offending behaviour. The contract is designed to prevent young people from re-offending, but also looks to try to repair the harm caused which can benefit both the victim and the community.
Volunteer Events Organiser
Braintree District Museum
This role is to support the museums popular events programme and will include helping with setting up and down of the events. Serving refreshments, meeting, greeting and seating guests, all in all making sure the events run as smoothly as possible from start to finish.
Volunteer Social Host
Every Saturday at Outhouse East they host an exciting social, alternating between breakfast and coffee + cake mornings. These run from 10.10-13.00 every Saturday with some regulars in attendance as well as new faces each week. They are looking for a team of enthusiastic and friendly social hosts, who will help to facilitate these socials.
Volunteer Peer Mentor
Futures in Mind
To support mentees with individual solution focused goal setting.
Support mentees to leave secondary mental health services and/or treatment providers in a planned way where relevant, liaising with everyone involved in the person’s care and support.
Volunteers for Timebank I-Tea Days
Basic Computer lessons for the over 50’s. Each person will bring their own Laptop, mobile, tablet or camera. While enjoying a light refreshment. The Volunteer will support them with their I.T. This is a golden opportunity for anyone who would like to gain some teaching skills, or add to their work experience,or if someone just likes working with small groups and would like to share their basic I.T knowledge with others.
Food for Hungry Children Volunteer Driver required
A driver is needed to make a collection of food from the Lidl store in Halstead and deliver it to a school in Braintree. This task is for Friday mornings only at the moment but could increase to Monday collections.
Great opportunity for artists or crafts people to support people to use and improve their creative skills and well being. Art mentors are needed to support Art in The Community which is an established and recognised group of artists who support people who may have experienced mental health issues to expand their artists skills and improve their wellbeing.
Volunteer Community Gardener
Colchester in Bloom volunteers work to enhance the quality of life in our town by making it cleaner and greener. Tasks include: litter picking, weeding neglected areas, improving pockets of green by replanting and arranging floral displays in baskets and containers around the town.
Event Fundraiser Volunteer
Looking for people to make a real difference by increasing awareness of vital work. As a team you will inspire other people to support and strengthen ties with your local community, through community groups, events and businesses, by working with a passionate team of volunteers.
Volunteer Gallery Assistant – Colchester
If you are 16 or over, interested in the arts and would like to get involved with Firstsite, they’d love to hear from you. They are seeking enthusiastic and friendly individuals to support the front of house, exhibition, event and learning activities.
Volunteer Readers and Copiers
Grays Thurrock Talking Newspaper
Volunteers required for recording or duplicating of Thurrock talking Newspaper for the Blind.
Cafe Assistant (Colchester)
This role involves volunteering in Firstsite Art Gallery whilst completing a 6 week Barista training programme. A commitment of 4 hours a week is required. Duties include; serving customers, experimenting with coffee and espresso machines and general cafe duties. You will gain a food hygiene certificate and receive support in to paid employment.
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Waste Buster Volunteer (Braintree & Colchester)
Any Essex resident can join the Waste Busters, as full training is provided for free. This equips the individual with the knowledge and confidence about the three waste minimisation messages of Essex County Council; Love Food Hate Waste Knowledge around dates, storage, portion sizes, leftovers and planning. Home Composting Getting started and trouble shooting. Reuse Where and what to donate and up-cycling.
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If you are 16 or over, interested in film and the arts in general, and would like to get involved with Firstsite, wthey are expanding theirr volunteering opportunities to include dedicated ushering positions.
Volunteer on a Sense Holiday
On Sense Holidays and Short Breaks, groups of disabled children, young people and adults who are deafblind, have multi-sensory impairments or other complex communication needs pack their bags for a jam-packed week of new activities, friendships and lots of laughs.
Volunteer Dancer/ Dance leader of all genres – Braintree
An individual or duo who would like to come along and lead or possibly teach some of the residents to dance. Mostly ballroom style dancing. You would not have to construct a schedule, just come along and share your skills with some people that have either forgotten how to, or would like to learn how to, or just want to dance.
Volunteer Cancer Patient Partner
As part of the newly established STP Cancer Forum, Patient Partners will work directly with clinicians and NHS managers to ensure that the voice and lived experience of services users, carers and the wider community is used to inform and improve local services. They want co-production to be at the centre of the transformation and cancer pathway reviews. The Patient Partners may also be involved in supporting contract monitoring of cancer services.
Volunteer Community First Responder
East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Community First Responders are volunteers who are trained by the East of England Ambulance Service to attend certain types of emergency calls in the area where they live or work. Their aim is to reach a potential life threatening emergency in the vital minutes before the ambulance crew arrives. Their role is to help stabilise the patient and provide the appropriate care until the more highly skilled ambulance crew arrives on scene to take over the treatment.
Homeless Services volunteer – Colchester
Service-user volunteers have the opportunity to work in several areas: helping with food preparation & service; helping clients with job applications & searches, CV creation etc.; spending time talking to people while helping staff manage access to the medical clinic and other services; and assisting with laundry and the clothing/toiletries store.
Shaw Trust is a national charity working to create brighter futures for the people and communities we serve. We’re looking for people who can provide valuable help by sharing their skills, experience and time with Shaw Trust’s clients to help them prepare for work and successfully navigate recruitment processes.
You will offer face-to-face or virtual (WebEx) time-limited one-to-one coaching or mentoring to help participants improve their confidence and progress in specific aspects of their life. You can help our clients by:
· Building their confidence around their employability and skills
· Sharing your knowledge of applying for jobs, sustaining work, performing well at interview or skills that help with this process such as good communication or basic IT.
In return for your time, you will have the opportunity to meet a wide range of people, boost your own confidence and share your skills with others. Read more
There are also two other new opportunities with Shaw Trust. Please visit the following links for more information:
Rowhedge Youth Community Club Volunteer
Do you want to work with young people in a vibrant and established youth club? We are a friendly group offering the young people of Rowhedge and surrounding areas a safe and welcoming club on Wednesday evenings during term time.
Greenfields Community Housing
Wanted: volunteers to lead life-changing exercise classes
Greenfields Community Housing is on the look-out for volunteers to lead its chair-based exercise classes (CBE), which take place in a variety of locations across the Braintree District and can have life-changing results.
The prescribed, adaptable exercises improve mobility, help to prevent falls and maintain independence, as well as reducing loneliness and isolation. Jane McClure, a 49-year-old Greenfields resident and CBE leader who lives in Halstead, credits the classes for helping her to manage her disability, following a freak accident four years ago; and for inspiring her to launch her own successful business.
Volunteer Befriender – Home From Hospital
Would you like to give something back to our local hospitals? Can you provide cheerful, practical assistance to the more vulnerable members of our society? If so, then join our Home from Hospital team and help create links within your community! Our team provides simple, practical support to isolated people after they leave hospital. We ease their worries about being discharged, assist them in the transition back to their homes and continue to visit for 6 weeks afterwards.
Volunteer befrienders urgently needed in Basildon, Loughton, Walton on the Naze and Colchester
Do you like to chat, do a jigsaw puzzle crosswords or play cards? Do you have time to meet with some one either weekly or fortnightly?
Then we need you to help reduce the feeling of loneliness and isolation to a hearing impaired person?
You don’t need to have a hearing loss yourself – just be a good communicator, volunteers are needed in Basildon, Loughton, Walton on Naze and Colchester.
Volunteer Group Leader / Knitter
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust
Do you enjoy being with people? Do you have a talent for organising? Do you like to knit and/or crochet?
Colchester Hospital need someone to play an essential role in a busy, merry little group of keen knitters.
The CHUFT Blanketeers are a newly formed group who have come together to chat, drink tea and knit/ crochet blankets that are given to patients nearing the end of terminal illnesses.
While in hospital these patients have these blankets to make their environment less clinical and more homely. Visiting relatives know that they loved one is being cared for and comforted. After they pass, the blanket is gifted to the family as a keepsake and a token of kindness; we often spray it with the patient’s perfume or aftershave in the hope that it can bring their loved one some warmth & comfort in the difficult times ahead.
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