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"Volunteering is very rewarding. I always end my day happy, knowing I've bought someone the companionship that is so needed." 

 Age UK Essex volunteer

Why volunteer?

Do you love listening and talking? Would you like to support someone learning a new skill? Can you help give a vulnerable person a voice? If so, we want you to join our volunteering team.

There are many reasons why it's great to volunteer. It's an ideal way to give something back to your community and make a difference in people's lives. It can provide an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. It's also a great way to meet others and spend time with people. 

We could not function without our dedicated team of volunteers who help us deliver vital services to older people in Essex. Whatever your talents and interests, we’re bound to have a voluntary opportunity where you can you share your knowledge, make new friends and have fun! You’ll also get the chance to learn new skills and gain important experience to add to your CV.

All our volunteers are offered full training and will get ongoing support and advice from our volunteer management team.

So if you have the time, no matter how little, there are many ways in which you can get involved.

The volunteering process

It's incredibly important to us that our volunteers love what they do and that you get back as much as you put in. So in order to prepare you for your volunteering role, we have a simple recruitment and training process in place.

We ask all our volunteers to:

  • Complete an enrolment form and provide us with two referees who we can contact for references.
  • Attend an informal interview.
  • Attend a one day training session where we will tell you more about the organization, and how the service runs.
  • Complete an enhanced DBS check; this is a check which shows any current and spent convictions, cautions, reprimands and warnings.

This process normally takes about two months to complete but it can vary depending on the role you have volunteered for.

If you can't see a role that fits what you're looking for please get in touch, our volunteer team would love to speak to you. You can give them a ring on 01245 207 011.

Featured roles

Fundraising Event Volunteer

We're looking for volunteers to take part in fundraising events and to assist in the running of events to help raise funds and make a big difference to our charity.

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I&A Information Volunteer

We are looking for an I&A Information Volunteer. The role combines dealing with clients on the telephone, email and occasionally face to face from our office at Widford Hall, Chelmsford. You will be involved in exploring clients’ requirements, providing information, inputting their details on our database, and keeping accurate records.

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Current volunteering roles

  • Telephone Befriender

    We are looking for volunteers to come into our Chelmsford office to provide support to clients using the service through a weekly telephone call.
    Telephone befrienders usually call the same person each week at the same time, to provide a listening ear, links to other services and to monitor general well being.

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  • Admin Assistant

    We need volunteers to help us at our mobile toenail cutting clinics by greeting clients, helping them to complete forms and issuing receipts. We are particularly looking for volunteers in Braintree, Basildon, Brentwood, Chelmsford, Epping, Rayleigh, Southend and Thurrock areas.

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  • Voice Network Volunteer

    The Voice Network is designed to give older people a voice. Our volunteers work in local communities, visiting and sharing information about services with older people, their families, carers, clubs and groups.

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  • Reception Volunteer

    We are looking for enthusiastic, approachable volunteers to cover our reception duties at Widford Hall, Chelmsford.

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  • Home Help assistant

    Our Home Help assistant volunteers support our staff at our office at Basildon or Little Waltham, Chelmsford by collating information, maintaining records and helping with tasks like satisfaction monitoring and service promotion.

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  • Customer Care Assistant

    We need a friendly and confident volunteer who can help the Customer Care team complete client satisfaction monitoring over the telephone and assisting with the of upkeep of client records. This role is based in Chelmsford.

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  • Community Fundraising Volunteers

    We are always keen to support our lovely community fundraising volunteers with their wide and varied events and projects across the county.

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  • Smart Life Volunteer

    We are looking for Smart Life service which supports people over 16 years of age who may be suffering from a long term condition and/or social isolation. 

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What else you can do to support us

  • Take part in a fundraiser

    Could you help us to raise vital funds? We have lots of exciting activities and ideas which you, your club, group or business could join in with to help support older people in your local community.

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  • Become a microvolunteer

    Looking for quick, easy-to-do actions that, small as they might seem, are still incredibly valuable to our charity? Then microvolunteering is for you. Microvolunteering allows you to volunteer for us without making a regular commitment. 

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