Find out about the latest opportunities to help your local community.
Volunteer Uttlesford volunteer opportunities
If you are interested in any of these volunteering opportunities please contact Volunteer Uttlesford.
Help people locally during the Coronavirus crisis
Volunteer Uttlesford is putting together a list of volunteers willing to help during the Coronavirus crisis. If you are able to help people in need of assistance during the emergency please contact them.
Delight in donkeys and support an environment project
Do you like donkeys? Would you help look after four very friendly donkeys - re-homed by the Donkey Sanctuary - and even help walk and train them?
The donkeys live at a ten-acre site that will be used to host projects that enhance environmental sustainability, and promote nature-based stress management for people facing challenging life transitions. Fostering resilience in young people and families is seen as a priority.
The programme needs committed volunteers who want to help muck out the stable, clear the paddock, replace the donkeys' feed/water, and groom them on a regular basis. It is also open to anyone who wants to be involved in helping to walk and train them.
A certain level of physical fitness is helpful, but you can also go at your own pace. You should enjoy being outside in all weathers - there are warm indoor areas to dry off if needed. Patience and an open heart are also needed!
Plant trees and look after them
An important forest reserve needs to recruit volunteer 'Visitor Experience Rangers'.
The tasks required of the rangers include:
- making visitors feel welcome
- answering questions about the forest
- helping people understand why we need to take care of special places
- manning the information hub and keeping the discovery room up to date and engaging
- keeping the lake area clean and tidy
- keeping in mind the needs of all visitors, including disabled people and families
Volunteers need to be 'outdoorsy' people, reasonably fit and healthy, and keen to work with people (and lots of dogs!)
Socialising & Serving Refreshments
Saffron Walden's Garden Room Day Centre is open Monday to Friday each week, for people aged over 55, or those who are disabled, to meet their friends, have a cup of tea or coffee and a snack, or to enjoy a freshly cooked hot lunch.
Volunteers are needed to help serve the refreshments and to chat and socialise with Garden Room users. You can volunteer from 10am - 12noon (coffees and light refreshments) 12 noon to 2pm (lunches) or 10am - 2pm (full day).
No particular skills are required. The post would suit someone who is friendly, caring, reliable and interested in older people.
Keeping account - day centre needs treasurer
The Crafton Room (Stansted Day & Community Centre) has been an active part of Stansted Mountfitchet for over 30 years, providing both residents and visitors with an opportunity to socialise. Tea, coffee, snacks and a two-course meal are served three days a week.
A volunteer treasurer is needed to keep the Centre's accounts and do the payroll for three part-time members of staff. In addition he/she would be required to attend, or supply up-to date accounts to, three committee meetings per year and the AGM.
Welcome museum visitors
An established and highly-regarded museum needs more volunteers to run its welcome desk. An addition to giving visitors a friendly welcome, the role includes tickets and merchandise, provide information and directing enquiries to members of staff when necessary. Volunteers must deliver good customer care and provide equal treatment for visitors of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds.
Volunteer at a dementia café
Dementia cafés offer an informal opportunity for people with dementia and their family carers to meet others in a similar situation. We need volunteers to help us run a dementia café in Saffron Walden 2-3 hours per week. They would help in all the tasks involved, including serving refreshments and clearing up. The Dementia Cafe as it is now 10am to noon.
If you are interested in any of the above volunteering opportunities please contact Volunteer Uttlesford.
Tel. 01799 510525.
The office is open Monday to Thursday 9.00 am to 2.00 pm.