Job Opportunities

Families InFocus are Hiring

Families In Focus are a leading independent parent led registered charity providing holistic support to families of children with disabilities and special needs (aged 0 to 25) across Essex, who require advice, information and support, particularly at times of change, challenge and crisis.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Saturday Co-ordinator required for our very popular activity club for families of children/young people with SEND.

The ideal candidate will be able to organise, attend, prepare, facilitate and regularly engage with children and young people (with support from volunteers and specialist coaches) and their siblings, alongside their parent/carers, to provide a rewarding and stimulating experience for all.

For more information about the job, please click here.

Fundraising Assistant for Age UK Essex

Age UK Essex is an ambitious local charity with a proud history of improving the lives of older people. With the population of over 65s in Essex projected to grow by 60.5% over the next 25 years, Age UK Essex is working to position itself at the forefront of service delivery and campaigning.

To ensure they can continue to grow and develop their services, they need a Fundraising Assistant to join their team. You will assist in the development and customisation of the charity databases, input and manage data on these databases and support the promotional activity of the charity’s fundraising activities and events.

Closing Date for applicants: Midday Friday 31 August 2018

Interviews: Thursday 6 September 2018

For an application form call 01245 245445, email:
or click here to read more and apply.

Community360 Jobs

Community360 (C360) is seeking to expand its vibrant team. If you would like to support your local community and strengthen voluntary action, there couldn’t be a better time to join the C360 workforce. If you are keen to be part of a fantastic team and are looking for a highly rewarding role, enjoy working under pressure and want to join a forward thinking organisation, then this is the place for you.

C360 have a range of positions available that they have been advertising for a few weeks.

Please note that the deadline for applying for these positions is Friday 24th August 2018.

Click here to look at the Community360 job vacancies page

Healthy Family Support Worker for Barnardos

Location: Berechurch* Children’s Centre
Contract type: Permanent
Hours: 37
Salary: £17,308 – £18,693
Closing Date: 27 August 2018

Extract from job description:

Objectives of Service:

  • To deliver support for children, young people and families pre-birth – 19
  • To provide a family support service, including outreach to families in their own homes or other neutral venue.
  • To work with families to develop person centred outcomes family plans which address identified need.
  • To deliver both intensive and non-intensive levels of family support based on assessed need.

For details please click here.

*There will also be vacancies for Healthy Family Support Assistants in the Colchester and Tendring area not just Berechurch.

Similar links for jobs with Barnardos:
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Sessional Counsellor

Centre For Action on Rape and Abuse

CARA is looking for a Sessional Counsellor to support young people or adult clients who have experienced any form of sexual violence.

The sessional counsellor will be located at CARA offices in Colchester and Clacton at evenings and weekends only.

The successful applicant will be required to attend specialist sexual violence training on; Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th, Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th October 2018.

For a full role description, Click here.

For an application form, Click here.

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 28th August, 12noon.

Please return your completed application form to:

This post is restricted to women applicants under the Equality Act 2010, Schedule 9, Part 1.


Art Mentor

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.

Click here to find out more

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.

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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.

Click here for more information

Youth Worker 16-19

Working with young people 13-19 on a range of different activities including; Cooking, Arts and Crafts, Sports, Discussion groups, Duke of Edinburgh, Games, Gardening, Drama etc.

To support the adult Youth Workers during the delivery of services by encouraging and enabling young people to participate in a range of personally challenging activities.

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Receptionist – Colchester

Wellies-On Community Interest Company

Currently looking for volunteers to help man the reception area. This is a key role in the organisation and will help to ensure staff, service users and visitors are met by a dynamic person. The volunteer would be required to meet and greet our service users and visitors, to undertake admin duties and to sign people and items in and out.

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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.

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Nature Conservation Volunteers – Braintree

Braintree District Council

Braintree District Council has nature conservation volunteer opportunities available across the Braintree District. Volunteers complete a range of practical conservation tasks in woodlands, local nature reserves and public open spaces. Activities vary but can include coppicing, tree planting, river clearance, litter picking, invasive species removal and the chance to get involved with survey work.

Click here to find out more

Clerical Assistant – Braintree

Community360 Braintree Office

Community360 are looking for a volunteer to support once a week with our Weight Management programme, held at a Bocking End Venue. This role would involve supporting local people who like to come along to our outreach sessions to be weighed which helps them keep focused on their food diary and weight loss.

No experience is necessary, Full training provided. This is not a Clinical programme. This is a great way of gaining experience and working with the community. This could lead to further involvement with the Voluntary Sector.

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Volunteer Readers and Copiers

Grays Thurrock Talking Newspaper

Volunteers required for recording or duplicating of Thurrock talking Newspaper for the Blind.

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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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Health & Wellbeing Activity Volunteers (Colchester)

Colchester Borough Homes

Looking for passionate volunteers who can provide a complimentary session(s) in disciplines such as, Yoga, Meditation, Indian Head massage, Aromatherapy or Reflexology. Volunteers will not be expected to offer all of the disciplines, rather if you can offer a one off session in one of the above, or any other related therapy.

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Waste Buster Volunteer (Braintree & Colchester)

Waste Busters

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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Volunteer Mediator (Braintree)

Parents Aid

To carry out mediation between family members, between partners and/or parents and children where a difference of opinion cannot be resolved amicably. To provide a neutral environment, give both parties the opportunity to put their side across and then look for solutions or compromises that both find acceptable. The mediator will be impartial and non-judgemental, his/her only objective to resolve conflict so that both parties come away with a better deal.

Click here to find out more.

Mobile Library Support Volunteer (Braintree)

Essex Libraries

There are occasions when our mobile library drivers have to learn and drive new routes. 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.

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Volunteer Usher


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.

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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.

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Volunteer Community Ambassador

Dementia Adventure

To promote Dementia Adventure and their mission, to enable people living with dementia to get outdoors, connect with nature, themselves and their community, and retain a sense of adventure in their lives, in all aspects within the community.

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Volunteer Dancer/ Dance leader of all genres – Braintree

Millard House

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.

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Volunteer Cancer Patient Partner

Healthwatch Essex

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.

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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.

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Homeless Services volunteer – Colchester

Beacon House

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.

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Volunteer Hairdresser/hairdresser assistant – Colchester

Outlook Foxborough Grange

The residents like to look their best, so if you can spare a couple of hours a week to help you would be much appreciated. This could be valuable experience for young people interested in a hairdressing career or for a qualified person who would like to lend their expertise and help our residents take pride in their appearance.

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Carecall Admin Support Volunteer – Braintree


A volunteer is required to provide administrative support function for the Carecall and Falls Prevention teams.

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Volunteer Drivers – Braintree

Braintree District Mencap Society & Gateway Club

Looking for volunteer drivers to support with activities – both during the week and evenings so even if you only have a couple of hours free one day a week (or even less) then this is the volunteering role for you.

Don’t worry if you’ve never driven a mini bus as training can be provided and the insurance is paid for.

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Volunteer handyman

Braintree District Museum are looking for a reliable person who is interested in helping out at the museum on a regular basis. Somebody who can help move tables in preparation for set up for school visits, can set up computer equipment ready for the sessions, can change light bulbs and batteries and can take responsibility for locking up the museum when they have group visits.

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Volunteer Home-Start Mentors

Home-Start is a family support service that offers the assistance of another person to offer support to local children and parents during difficult times. Home-Start is a local Children and Families Charity that works at grass roots, supporting families in their own home and through community group support. The children supported are aged 0- 11 years and volunteers are needed to help support both home visiting and group activities.

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Volunteer Website Designer/Builder

Torchlight would like to recruit a volunteer who is interested and keen to help us design, and build our website. We need it to be vibrant and relevant to the young people who use our services and to families, carers and friends.

We want you to see it all the way through from design to going live.

For more information Click Here

Volunteer Facebook Enthusiast

Torchlight would like someone to help keep their Facebook page up to date. Post news flashes, upload some of our photographs and dates of events. A general all round FACEBOOK FAN. UNDER 18’s CAN APPLY. This would be an ideal position for someone wishing to gain a little work experience.

For more information Click Here

Volunteer Marketing and Promotions Ambassador

Purpose of role:

Healthwatch Essex Ambassadors are key to raising the profile of Healthwatch Essex and providing an interface with the general public. You should be enthusiastic, a flexible team player and have good communication skills. This role will involve assisting the team with marketing and communication activities, attending events, collating information and feedback, and promoting the work of the charity.

Your duties may include:
  • Attending various events and promoting the work of Healthwatch Essex.
  • Collecting feedback and analysing information (eg surveys).
  • Networking with other organisations and members of the public.
  • Taking photographs for use on website and in reports.
  • Helping with creation of content for blogs, case studies, news stories, website and social media platforms.
  • Keeping up to date with local initiatives and news headlines.
  • Supporting the use of our Chatterbox Cab (our mobile recording studio), encouraging participants to share their lived experience, managing the consent forms and helping to edit and package the footage.
What we can offer you:
  • A chance to volunteer for a local charity that makes a difference!
  • An opportunity to use or develop your marketing and communication skills.
  • Our award-winning ambassador training on lived-experience, along with other training relevant to your work, when the occasion arises.
  • An annual get-together with other Ambassadors and HWE stakeholders to showcase your contribution to our charity.
  • Reasonable travel expenses for any work you conduct with us.
  • A dedicated member of HWE staff to support you.

For more information Click Here.

Volunteer Coach

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:

Volunteer Cafe Assistant – Abberton Reservoir

Are you great with people? The Essex Wildlife Trust have 11 centres across Essex which are their main point of contact with the general public.
EWT 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.

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Volunteer Treasurer

We would like a proactive volunteer who is willing to attend committee meetings to enable them to be fully informed of the organisation’ progress, forthcoming events etc. Someone that is confident in discussing ideas on our financial health and development with us and able to report on the charity’s finances.
Record all income and expenditure, pay invoices, receive and bank grant awards and cash from events, support the production of the Annual Report and Accounts. Work with the fundraising trustee to prepare the annual budget: Fundraising trustee reports progress against budget.

For more information Click here.

Volunteer Social Media Wiz

We require an enthusiastic individual to join our friendly organisation who enjoys social media and can help us improve our on-line communication.
Are you a Wiz on the computer and can help us to keep our followers posted on our events please apply.
This is a flexible opportunity and would suit any person who likes and is familiar with social media platforms.

for more information Click here.

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.

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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.

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Volunteer Chair-Based Exercise Leader

We are looking for Chair-Based Exercise Leaders to lead our classes, as part of our Health and Wellbeing Programme. The fun, enjoyable and rewarding classes are aimed at those with mobility issues and/or long-term health conditions, but any adult can take part.

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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.

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Activity Volunteer

A friendly volunteer is required to assist and lead volunteer based activities and programs that enrich the lives of the residents at Stanway: Grymes Dyke Court, Oatfield Close Community Hall and Winstree Court.

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Volunteer Supportive Team member

Braintree District Mencap Society

To help and support members attending activities, to develop good relationships with members and their carers. To work as part of the team under the direction of the group leader to ensure the activity runs smoothly.

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Volunteer befrienders urgently needed in Basildon, Loughton, Walton on the Naze and Colchester

The Volunteer visitor is the most popular role undertaken by volunteers and this is due in part to its flexibility and the satisfaction it gives. 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.

Some of the older people need more support, others less so. 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.

Please find below links to Befriending volunteering opportunities:

Volunteer Youth Workers 19+

Youth Centres Braintree District

Volunteers needed to support youth workers during the delivery of services by making contact and establishing relationships with young people. Encouraging and enabling young people to participate in a range of personally challenging activities.

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Education Room Volunteer Help Needed

First Stop Centre

Volunteers needed in the education dept on a one to one basis helping people with entry level basic English and Maths. All clients are over 18. Monday morning 9.00 – 12.00. No formal qualifications but lots of patience and understanding.

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Volunteer for Young People’s Events and Projects

Essex Boys and Girls Club

This role is to support the Events and Projects Team in their work with young people.
Volunteering opportunities range from climbing a mountain with a team of young people and
mountain leaders in the Lake District, to helping a youth group to build a raft in Upminster; to
manning a tree-climbing challenge for teams on a night exercise in Great Yeldham, to joining
a small trekking expedition to Nepal. You could be invited to judge a fishing competition in Romford or a table tennis final in Great Sampford. You might be asked to check in teams for a 5-a-side football tournament in Brentwood or lead a fundraising jailbreak in Chelmsford.
You might want to help with the catering at our adventure weekend in June or you could be the minibus driver for one of our early intervention projects. You might get involved for a few hours or a day or a week or a month-long project.

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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.

Click here to find out more or to apply.

Parkrun Volunteer – Great Notley Braintree

The volunteer will fulfil one of several roles required to be filled every Saturday morning to enable the Great Notley parkrun event, working for the Core Team. They have a Core Team of five members and run a weekly parkrun every Saturday at 9am. They are only able to put on an event if they get around 20 volunteers, which normally consists of other runners.

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