Improving the quality of life for people and communities

About Volunteering

Am I ready to Volunteer?

Do you have skills or experience that you could give to a charity? Do you have a favourite hobby or a passion that you would like to share with others?

There are countless ways in which to volunteer – chances are if you have a skill or a hobby, there is a way to share your passion with others through volunteering. There are also lots of activities and types of opportunities available from coaching a sports team, to campaigning for a health charity or devoting your time to helping support local youth work.


Top questions to consider before volunteering

Why are you doing it?

 If you know why you want to volunteer then you are more likely to know what you want to do. If you are doing work that is of interest to you then you are more likely to get more out of your volunteering role.

What do you want to do?

Think about your skills, the things you enjoy and what you’re good at.

What do you want to get out of it?

Vocational experience, learn new skills, meet new people, keep busy, or to make a difference in your community?

How much time can you give?  

Would you be better suited to a regular volunteering role or would a micro-volunteering or ad-hoc role suit your lifestyle better? Be realistic about how much time you have to devote to volunteering and over what period of time.

What skills do you have to offer?

You may have specific specialist skills that would be invaluable to a charity, this could be anything from financial, musical or IT skills or being a good listener. Think about the skills you have and how these could be best utilised when considering the type of activity, you would like to volunteer for. Is there a particular group you want to support? Older people or young people or an environmental project?

Where can I get help to find what opportunity suits me?

Whatever you are looking for, the Volunteer Centre has a wide choice of voluntary opportunities with different groups and organisations, and we can help point you in the right direction according to your own circumstances and interests.

What could I do?

From fundraising to practical activities, there are volunteering opportunities for everyone.

As a volunteer you could:

  • Provide administrative support
  • Befriend an older person
  • Provide First aid at events
  • Coach a local football team
  • Volunteer for a driving service
  • Help with gardening projects and much more
  • Volunteer in a museum
  • Be a forest / wildlife conservation volunteer
  • Offer a specialist skill

How do I register to become a volunteer?

Once you have registered to become a volunteer you can either search on our website to view volunteer opportunities or if you are unsure of what you want to do or prefer to talk to someone contact our Volunteer Coordinator or a team member  to organise a suitable appointment or discuss over the phone the opportunities available. We can talk to you about a wide range of volunteering opportunities and support you in finding interesting and rewarding volunteering opportunities.  

Want to register

 Volunteering can help people to build confidence and gain new skills and experiences, whilst doing something rewarding at the same time. It can provide you with the opportunity to make new friends, meet new people, find new challenges, but most importantly it can be something you enjoy!

 Volunteering can sometimes open doors to further training and paid employment and can be a really good thing to have on your CV. Last year there was almost 1 million people employed in the Voluntary Sector.

Search for Vol Ops

Once you have viewed a volunteer opportunity you are interest in don’t forget to register your interest by clicking the red button. The Volunteer Centre will review your details and contact you with the organisations details and /or advise the organisation to contact you.


Contact us

For further information or to discuss any of the above, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.

Maggie Gilchrist: 01992 564256

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 The Volunteer Centre is open: 9:30am – 5pm Monday to Thursday


Voluntary Action Epping Forest also manages the Harlow Volunteer Centre, for further information on opportunities in Harlow, Click Here