Just a just a few hours of your time, you could make a huge difference to an older person in Essex.

"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 

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. 

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 get back as much as they 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.

Volunteering highlights

  • Telephone Befriender

    We need chatty Telephone Befrienders who will call lonely older people once a week to catch-up on each others news, share stories and build a friendship. We need volunteers who can be based at our Chelmsford office. 

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  • Christmas opportunities

    As part of our No One Should Have No One Christmas campaign, we need volunteers to help us at our exciting social and fundraising events across the county this December.

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Current volunteering opportunities

  • Reception volunteer - management services

    We need a friendly and organised volunteer to cover the reception desk at our Widford Hall office in Chelmsford. You'll also be supporting staff with simple administration tasks.

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  • Voice Network volunteer

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

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  • Active befriender

    Our Active Befrienders play a vital role in helping an older person rebuild their confidence to go out and about in their community and take part in activities. We need volunteers in the Thurrock area only.

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  • Admin assistant - Toenail Cutting Service

    We need volunteers to help us at our mobile toenail cutting clinics by greeting clients, helping them to complete forms and issuing receipts. We currently require volunteers in the Chelmsford and Thurrock area.

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  • Admin assistant - Home Help Service

    Help us keep the office running smoothly by maintaining records, printing and sending documents to staff and clients and assisting with promotional activities and satisfaction monitoring.

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  • Home Help 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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