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? They meet on the last Wednesday of the month for a variety of conservation tasks across the local countryside sites.

The next volunteer day will take place on Wednesday 27 November

Meet: Esher Common bar gate (near stacking area). Nearest postcode KT11 2ET    
Time: 10am to 3.30pm
Task: hedge laying and scrub clearance

Please bring gardening gloves and suitable footwear (wellies or walking boots). All equipment will be provided along with tea and biscuits and you can stay for as long as you like. A Countryside Ranger will be on hand to answer any questions you might have about the task and the flora and fauna that will benefit from your work.

For more information please contact countryside@elmbridge.gov.uk or call the Senior Countryside Ranger on 07753 317941 or 07793 259536.   

Become a healthy walks 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 fpaterson@elmbridge.gov.uk.

Find out more about our  healthy walks programme

Volunteer with Elmbridge Museum

Do you have a genuine interest in local history and would like to contribute to Elmbridge Museum’s on-going development plan? Then, we would like to hear from you.

Elmbridge Museum is currently looking for enthusiastic volunteers to work as members of the Museum team, assisting the Collections Officer with answering local history enquiries, supervising visitors in the Local Studies room, and contributing to an on-line catalogue of the collections.

If you feel this role could be of interest to you, please look at the  volunteering advert, role description and fill in an application form.We look forward to hearing from you.

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

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.

If you are a student who lives locally, or attends school or college in the Borough, and is interested in learning about how local government serves the community then we would be interested in hearing from you.

When enquiring about a work experience placement (of up to two weeks) please make sure you include the following:

  • an up-to-date CV (including the name and address of the school/college you attend, your date of birth and your home address)
  •  the dates you are available to work
  •  a brief paragraph on your work interests and aspirations

Please send any enquiries to organisationaldevelopment@elmbridge.gov.uk who will do their best to find the right placement for you.

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