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"The best thing is sharing laughs, experiences and seeing our lifelong learning students learn and develop.

Lives are hectic for us all, but a day volunteering allows you switch off from everything else and enjoy the moment."

Outreach Academy volunteer, Deb

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City of Chelmsford Mencap relies on the commitment and skills of our dedicated team of volunteers to help run its services and events.  From supporting members accessing our services to helping out at awareness and fundraising events, every contribution is valuable to our charity.  Whether you can give your time occasionally or on a regular basis, there are lots of ways to get involved and support us!

Our volunteers come from every walk of life:


Students gaining experience for college courses, award schemes or personal statements. 

Work age people wanting to contribute to the community - or exploring the social care sector with a view to a career change.


Retired people seeking to continue to use their skills to make a difference to their community. 


Volunteering opportunities

Find out about our latest opportunities

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Frequently asked questions

Answers to common questions about volunteering

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Contact us for more info

If you have questions, we'd love to hear from you

How to apply

The application process involves:

Completing an online application form, including supplying contact details of two people we can approach for references.  

A visit to Mencap Centre, including a taster volunteering session.

Completing an online form and providing identification documents for an Enhanced DBS check.  City of Chelmsford Mencap pays for this check.

Completing an online form about your health needs and emergency contacts, to ensure we support you in the right way when you are volunteering with us.

It's that simple!

Please be aware:

You can ask our office for a paper copies of the forms if you need to apply this way.


All volunteers working in our services are subject to checks with the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Benefits of volunteering with CCM

Regular or flexible roles to suit your lifestyle.


Induction process with support from trained staff.


Training and role development opportunities.


Make a meaningful difference every time you volunteer.

Build work and interpersonal skills and boost your confidence.


The best ‘job satisfaction’ there is!

Use and maintain skills post-retirement.


Develop an understanding of learning disability and autism.


Learn about different forms of communication.


Gain experience in the charity, social care, and lifelong learning sectors.


Be a valued part of a vibrant and supportive community.

Volunteers Week 2024

Our volunteers are blooming marvellous!

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