WHAT's a placement? 

Thinking about your future? Great, so are we.  This is a good place to start.

Our volunteering placements are aimed at anyone and everyone that wants to figure out what they want to do in life.  Sometimes it’s the best thing that happened to you and sometimes it’s not as thrilling as you were hoping it to be. But it’s still an experience, and every experience counts.

Expect to commit a minimum of 4 hours per week for a minimum of 4 weeks*. Check out the available opportunities and apply. Applications must be submitted by the deadline.  

Check out what we have available below or drop us a line with what you're interested in here or DM us @vteamessex on Instagram , Facebook or Twitter.

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Current Placements

*ACTORS NEEDED* Halloween Fright Nights at Colchester Zoo

Are you a drama student looking for some extra things to add to your portfolio? Are you looking for drama related short work placements for your course? Or do you just love drama and acting? If you answered yes to any of these questions, check this opportunity!

Events Assistant Community 360

We are seeking a volunteer to work with us to design, facilitate and evaluate our community events over the next few months. We will be running a series activities over the Winter to help to improve access to support services for people who live in Colchester. This will link to our One Colchester shop, based in Colchester town centre. We are also organising outreach events to promote local services and this will require support in the planning and facilitation of the work.

Skills Workshop project coordinator, Y.E.S. (youth enquiry service)

As part of our fundraising drive into schools, we are looking to establish a skills workshop for 6th form students looking to go to university. The workshop will be a 6-part workshop dealing with several aspects of university life that is sometimes overlooked by students, including “healthy eating on a budget”, “Plagiarism”, “Mental Health” etc.
We require students who are willing to help design course content and deliver workshops when booked by schools.

'Jailbreak' project fundraising project coordinator, Y.E.S. (youth enquiry service)

You'll be helping Y.E.S. with one of the most ambitious and potentially the most exciting role! They're looking for a student to
head up and drive a singular fundraising campaign in connection with the student RAG (fundraising week)week and SU of the University of Essex.

Fundraising Board project coordinator, Y.E.S. (youth enquiry service)

Y.E.S., the youth enquiry service in Colchester has grand ideas on how to help the local communities of Colchester and Tendring. They're looking for a motivated, determined volunteer that can help develop and implement their ideas.

Event Speaker, Action on Hearing Loss

We need you to help us spread our message by delivering workshops to schools, businesses and community groups to help them understand the importance of inclusion for those who are deaf, have a hearing loss or tinnitus.

Marketing Assistant, St Helena

We are seeking a volunteer to support the marketing team. The role includes researching projects, managing the photo library, proof reading documents, press cuttings management, social media schedule and associated admin in a busy office.

Translator, St Helena

St Helena helps local people face incurable illness, supporting them and their families, friends and carers. We need you to translate medical terms to patients who are not native English speaker and to assist those with hearing difficulties who mainly use sign language

Research Assistant, Only Cowards Carry Weapons

We are seeking a volunteer that will provide general research support to the charity. Only Cowards Carry Weapons (OCC) aims to educate youth about the dangers and consequences of carrying knifes and weapons.


Placement Volunteers

Rebecca Chivers | Session Leader Placement

Rebecca volunteered for the local charity First Stop, running Sunday learning sessions for adults. She approached vTeam wanting to develop her curricular studies through practical experience and to help others. She did so successfully and will continue with her placement as a regular project. Read her testimonial and get in touch if you want to be involved with her project.

"As a first year student I wanted to do something that resonated with my passions and not only taught me, but helped others. When I suggested a placement, which was involved with the teaching of disadvantaged people, I did not expect such an ideal opportunity to come up, and so quickly- but I am grateful it did. Studying Criminology with Social Psychology means that I am able to relate what I learn from volunteering with what I learn during term time, it has also allowed me to delve into a very real issue of contemporary society. 

Now that my placement ended, I am able to confidently say that I have gained skills to lead, teach and manage time and these will undoubtedly help me with my future career plans. I am also now turning my placement into a regular project to continue to support the community."




Saskia Peters | Session Facilitator Placement

Saskia started volunteering with St Matthew's Centre out of passion for family law and children at the start of spring term. A third year student at the time, and president of the Law Society, her experience of working in the community inspired her even more to pursue this strand of law after graduation.

''Throughout this placement, I have been assisting with supervising the meetings between parents and children. My main responsibility was to report to facilitators and assist with updating essential documents like attendance sheets.

The placement enabled me to understand how important contact centres are because they are relied on greatly by families. I have learnt more about the process in family law - my degree which coincides with this placement has introduced me to some measures available to families, and my interest towards family law is even more vivid now. Seeing the successful contact sessions between parents and children - regardless of their circumstances - is very rewarding. Family is a big thing for me and volunteering here has suggested to me that working with families.''