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Volunteering Opportunities

Aim of the section: To inspire young people to make a meaningful contribution within their communities, influence change, and shape the world they want to live in. 

The DofE website has a list of ideas for the volunteering section.

This page will give more ideas of what you could do and list any opportunities which are local


  • Community 360
  • Colchester Phoenix Amateur Swimming Club
  • Colchester Park Run
  • Colchester Firstsite: 16+ and interested in the Arts
  • Colchester Libraries / Youth Advisory board / Lego in libraries
  • Girl guiding / Scouts
  • Jacqui Robinson Education Centre
  • Colchester Litter Pickers
  • Wivenhoe United Girls Football Club
  • Alpaca Acres
  • Foodbank
  • Essex Wildlife Trust
  • Hospice Shops




  • Lighthouse Furniture Project Warehouse, Hutton (providing those without, furniture and white goods)
  • Chelmsford Community Radio
  • Chelmsford Libraries / Youth Advisory board / Lego in libraries
  • Chelmsford Park Run
  • Girl guiding / Scouts
  • Interact
  • Foodbank
  • Chelmsford Museums
  • Essex Wildlife Trust
  • Barrow Farm Riding for the disabled
  • Hospice Shops
  • Orchard Café, Meadgate Church
  • Baddow Spartak Football Club, Soccability sessions, Saturdays
  • Chelmsford Community Bookshop
  • Cats Protection League
  • All things Alpaca



  • Lighthouse Furniture Project Shop, Hutton.
  • Hutton Recreation Ground junior parkrun, Sundays
  • Brentwood Libraries / Youth Advisory board / Lego in libraries
  • The Felix Project – fighting food waste and hunger (London based)
  • Girl guiding / Scouts
  • Thriftwood Activity Centre
  • Foodbank
  • Hospice shops
  • Essex Wildlife Trust

Digital Champions – Brentwood based volunteering opportunity

  • For 14-19 yr olds  
  • A 12-week volunteering opportunity
  • Involves 3 weeks training and 9 weeks of working in the community
  • Participants working together in pairs, accompanied by a DBS adult
  • Digital champions will be based either at: St Peter’s Church in Hutton, Brentwood Theatre, Maple Hall (3 arch bridge estate), Ingatestone Library
  • Digital champions will be mostly working with older people. They will be facilitating self-paced learning via Learn My Way, a free online tool for learning digital skills from the basic to the more intermediate/advanced
  • To get started, participants will need to sign up to become a Digital Champion with Barclays here.

Current opportunities 

Christmas Appeal

Lego in Libraries