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1 December 2014

Volunteering is an opportunity to get involved with your community, develop skills and make friends. There are many opportunities to volunteer across Essex, including within the county council.

Is volunteering for you?

All kinds of people volunteer and there are many different opportunities available including sports coaching, conservation and ecological work, creating websites, driving, and befriending. Some roles require particular skills, but others just need enthusiasm and an interest in helping people. You can give as much or as little time as you like.

Why volunteer?

Volunteering can be good for your career, allows you to experience new things and develop skills. It can also create a sense of purpose and satisfaction, which is especially valuable if you are between jobs or retired. If you're thinking about pursuing a new direction, volunteering can help you find it.

Find volunteering opportunities

Volunteer Essex
Volunteer Essex allows you to search for volunteering opportunities and receive support and guidance about volunteering in the county. It also offers a range of volunteering opportunities that meet your needs, such as volunteering as a family or helping build your CV.

Waste Busters
Waste Buster volunteers help spread the word about reducing food waste, home composting and the benefits of reuse by giving talks, demonstrations and workshops at a variety of events. If you would like to know more email

Volunteering abroad
If you are thinking of volunteering abroad, Voluntary Services Overseas and WorldWide Volunteering can help.

Young volunteers
Volunteer Essex has a section for young volunteers. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is one of the best-known schemes for young people, and offers a range of courses.

Volunteer with Essex Libraries
Essex Libraries offer several volunteer opportunities including helping with baby and toddler times and IT support.

Short Breaks
Volunteers are needed to provide regular short breaks, including overnight stays and day care, to give respite to parents of children with disabilities.

Essex Country Parks
Essex Country Park volunteers gain countryside experience and skills including scrub clearance, habitat creations and heathland restoration. To find out more email

School governors
School governors are volunteers who help schools succeed in providing high-quality education.