Job Opportunities

Employer Engagement Officer

Salary: £22,128 – £28,747 per annum
Hours per week: 37.5
Fixed Term Contract until 31/12/19
Job Reference: 364-7394JC
Location: Colchester

Enable East is looking for an experienced and motivated professional to join our innovative, independent NHS team.

You will be responsible for building relationships with local businesses across Essex to raise awareness about HeadsUp; a three year employability programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund supporting individuals across Essex who are unemployed and experiencing mental health problems.

This central role will help our participants on their journey into employment, by working with local employers to better understand the needs of our project participants, and identify job vacancies and other opportunities to prepare for work.

For further information about the role, or to request an application form if you are unable apply online please contact Rachel Jennings on 07824 473836.

Closing Date: 27/03/18
Interviews held on: 03/04/18

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MS-UK Marketing Officer role

MS-UK has an exciting opportunity to join our dynamic marketing team as a Marketing Officer, who will work with our Marketing Manager to create and deliver all marketing and communication activities for the charity.

The successful candidate will enjoy working in a fast paced, high energy environment, have excellent communication skills and a passion for delivering high quality, creative marketing campaigns. You will be an experienced marketer (with at least one years’ experience in a marketing role, ideally within the charity sector) and you will be able to demonstrate a strong track record of delivering successful marketing campaigns that showcase your copy writing flair and attention to detail.

The role is based at our office in Colchester, Essex and the successful candidate will be required to start as soon as possible.

Please submit a personal statement when applying for this role. This should include your reasons for applying for the role of Marketing Officer, and one original marketing idea of how you would support MS-UK to celebrate our 25th anniversary this year. You can find out more about our anniversary at

To apply, please send your CV with a covering letter, and your personal statement, addressed to Sarah Wright, MS-UK, Unsworth House, Hythe Quay, Colchester CO2 8JF or via email to

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SAVS – Part Time Data Administrator – A Better Start Southend (ABSS)

18.5 hours per week (Monday, Wednesday & Thursday)

Salary: NJC Point 16-19 currently £17,419-£18,746 (pro rata) p.a.

This post is currently funded until 30th September 2018

Southend Association of Voluntary Services is looking for an enthusiastic and organised Data Administrator to join our team working on the A Better Start Project.

Based in our offices in Alexandra Street, Southend, the role is to:

  • Collect project data and input onto the relevant databases
  • Carry out all administrative duties including arranging meetings, sending out papers, producing minutes etc
  • To be responsible for ensuring all financial records for the project are maintained and kept up to date
  • Maintain strong communication amongst the team and ensure relevant information is fed back to the team

The successful candidate will have at least 2 years experience of administration and data management. They will have the ability to produce clear structured reports.

For a full application pack please e-mail Julie Newman at:

Please note we do not accept CVs.

Details can also be downloaded below :



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Closing date for applications: 9am on Tuesday 27th March 2018

Interview Date: Thursday 5th April 2018

If you have not been contacted by us prior to the interview date, then unfortunately your application has been unsuccessful.

This post is subject to a basic DBS check.

SAVS, 29-31 Alexandra Street, Southend on Sea SS1 1BW

Southend Association of Voluntary Services

Reg. Charity No: 1063655 Company No: 03351855

SAVS – 2 x Engagement Officers – A Better Start Southend (ABSS)

37 hours per week (Job share considered)

Salary: NJC Point 25 currently £22,658 (pro rata) per annum

This post is currently funded until 30th September 2018

Southend Association of Voluntary Services is looking for enthusiastic people to assist parents to improve their quality of life through community involvement in local decision making.

This role is based in our offices in Alexandra Street, Southend, however, the position also demands working remotely from community bases within the ABSS areas. A full clean driving licence and access to a vehicle is essential.

The role involves:

  • Identifying through direct street level engagement, parents to join and form parent groups in the ABSS wards
  • Supporting the parent groups in developing their understanding of active engagement and decision making on behalf of their community
  • Encouraging parents to attend formal Parent Champion training (provided as part of the programme)
  • Assisting with the delivery of Parent Champion training

The successful candidate will have experience of communicating with a diverse range of people, including experience of working with children and families.

For a full application pack please e-mail Julie Newman at:

Please note we do not accept CVs.

Details can also be downloaded from the links below



equal ops form

Closing date for applications: 9am on Tuesday 27th March 2018

Interview Date: Tuesday 3 April & Thursday 5 April 2018

If you have not been contacted by us prior to the interview date, then unfortunately your application has been unsuccessful.

This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check

SAVS, 29-31 Alexandra Street, Southend on Sea SS1 1BW

Southend Association of Voluntary Services

Reg. Charity No: 1063655 Company No: 03351855


Chief Executive Officer at Braintree District Mencap Society

Salary: £35,000 initially on a fixed three year contract
Hours: Typically 9am – 5pm
Qualifications: An undergraduate degree or equivalent

The Board wish to appoint a visionary, tenacious, resilient and motivational person who will join the Braintree District Mencap Society team, share their commitment to the delivery of quality services, work well within the existing organisation and who demonstrates the flair to lead the Society into the future.

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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.

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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 Administrator at Abbott’s Hall Farm

The role of an Administrator is busy and varied and will require a wide range of administrative abilities including; representing the Trust on the main Reception desk to greet visitors, sort post, answering calls from the public, redirecting calls, photocopying/scanning documents, uploading volunteering opportunities to the website and other admin tasks.

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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.

Click here for more information.

Volunteer Admin Assistant

CARA (Centre for Action on Rape & Abuse)

Admin Assistant Volunteer to support the Administrator with office tasks.

Main tasks include the following:

  • Check expenses claims
  • List petty cash items and count cash at end of month
  • Enter counselling logs on client database
  • Ensure sufficient supply of forms for counsellor
  • Keep filing up to date
  • Monitor existing paperwork and shred where necessary
  • Photocopying
  • Any other ad hoc tasks as required
  • Abide by CARA policies and procedures

Click here for more information.

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.

Click here to find out more.

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.

Click here to find out more.

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.

Click here to find out more.

Dementia Support Volunteer

Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE)

Dementia Champions will support ACE’s Dementia lead and community teams by raising awareness of Dementia and assisting with administrative tasks such as printing and distributing a variety of information leaflets. The role will include promoting Dementia Friends across the organisation, so will require you to undertake the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friends Champion training, so you can deliver information sessions to staff. You will also work collaboratively with dementia support services to ensure staff are able to easily access and signpost service users to other voluntary services.

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Positive Prescription Volunteer


Positive Prescription is a scheme which collaborates with local partners to provide activities that improve wellbeing for eligible individuals and families. Activities could take the form of improving fitness through providing taster sessions at Leisure World, improving social isolation by brokering friendship groups, or addressing barriers to individual development through education and training.

Click here to find out more.

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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