Volunteering and work experience

If you have ever thought about volunteering but haven’t got the time, think again.

Volunteers are vital to our community. We have lots of opportunities for volunteering from meals-on-wheels to support in our centres for the community, from countryside volunteers to healthy walk leaders.

Where can you volunteer? 

Find out about volunteer opportunities:

Become an Elmbridge countryside volunteer

If you care about your environment and want to do something to make a difference, why not join our group of countryside volunteers? You will be carrying out a variety of conservation tasks across our local countryside sites. Countryside Rangers will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about the tasks and the flora and fauna that will benefit from your work. You can either join our:

Monthly task:

On the last Wednesday of the month. 

Date: Wednesday 25 January 2023
Time: 10am to 3.30pm. Stay as long as you like
Meet: Esher Common Bar gate (Park at the rangers hut) Nearest postcode: KT10 9JL
Task: scrub clearance

For further information, please contact the Senior Countryside Ranger (Simon) on 07753317941 or Daisy on 07793 259536 or email countryside@elmbridge.gov.uk. Tea and biscuits are provided but please bring your own cup (we’ll only have few spares). 

Tuesday morning weekly task (September 2022 to March 2023): 

Are you passionate about nature conservation? If so, and if you are looking for a new challenge, we would love to hear from you. We are looking for countryside volunteers to start in Sept 2022. Please contact Susy at sjones@elmbridge.gov.uk for further information.

Become an Elmbridge wellbeing walks or cycle rides volunteer

If you enjoy walking and want to improve lives in your area, why not become a 'Walking for Health' walk leader. 

We are actively recruiting for walk leaders to lead short walks (10-30 minute walks). If you feel that you could help other walkers, less agile than yourself, we would love to talk to you.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer walk leader or deputy leader, you will be required to attend a minimum of one day's free training. We also offer a free one-day first aid course. For further information please email health@elmbridge.gov.uk.

Find out more about our wellbeing walks programme.  

Volunteer with a sports club 

Volunteers are the key to a successful sports club. There are various ways sports clubs can recruit volunteers, either through existing memberships or by contacting and advertising for specific positions through Volunteer Action Elmbridge, the local  volunteer centre. 

If you want to become a volunteer for a local club, or have another volunteer opportunity in mind, please email sport@elmbridge.gov.uk and we will try and assist you.

Work experience

Remote work experience

At Elmbridge we recognise how important work experience is for those who are looking to take their first steps into a great career. A wide range of jobs are available in local government that give students the opportunity to develop their skills and gain invaluable experience of working life.

We have created a virtual work experience process which allows students to gain valuable work experience from home. You will be given the opportunity to gain experience from a wide variety of our services.

What does the virtual work experience include?

You will be given a booklet which includes six different real-life business scenarios from six of our departments including: Democratic Services, Planning and Environmental Health, ICT, Customer Services, Policy and Performance and Leisure. You will be asked to pick which 5 services you would like to gain experience from and be given the opportunity to have a telephone call with a staff member from each service before you answer their business question. This experience will be carried out over one week and will allow you the chance to ask any questions you may have for the services and to gain feedback on your work.

How do I apply?

Please email your CV to humanresources@elmbridge.gov.uk who will do their best to find you the right placement. 

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