Posted On October 3, 2015
October 03, 2015

A list of volunteering opportunities in and around Chorleywood. Driving, cooking, caring, pruning, admin, there is something that everybody can do to help.

Main photo: River Chess Association


Volunteers needed locally for:

RVS Meals on Wheels/Lunch Club:

Volunteer cooks or drivers needed for MOW. Various hours Mon – Thurs. Young people can help with lunch club food preparation, setting tables; serving food/teas/coffees; chatting to members; clearing away; Minimum commitment 1/2 hour – maximum 4 hours; any Weds between 10am & 2pm. Tel Linda Clarkson on 01494 762849 (Lunch Club) or Barbara 01923 282751 (MOW) Cooking done at Bullsland Hall, The Swillett

Chorleywood Care:

Provides free transport to medical appointments. Volunteers needed as Duty officers, who take phone calls one morning every other month in their own homes and Drivers who use own cars, are contacted in advance and can decline any request if inconvenient. Expenses may be claimed. peterbriscall@yahoo.co.uk  Tel 01923 284783

Hurstleigh Homes:

Help needed to serve afternoon tea, chat to residents or general gardening. Min commitment 1 hr any day by arrangement. Tel 01923 285832 hurstleigh@googlemail.com

Sunrise Senior Living:

From students to senior citizens. Volunteers help organize outings and activities, assist with lunch/dinner service, or chat with residents. 01923 287750

Chorleywood Orchard:

Volunteers needed to help by watering young trees, pruning, labelling, weeding, tree tying and path raking. (Meet every first Sat of the month). Contact Alison 01923 282937 Chorleywood.orchard@gmail.com  

Friends of Carpenters Wood:

Litter picking, undergrowth thinning, path clearing, creating glades, holly removal, and opportunities to train in woodland management and hedge-laying. Tel Barbara Green 01923 282610   bgreenshirelane@yahoo.co.uk

Friends of Philipshill Wood: 

Bluebell wood local nature reserve owned by the Woodland Trust. Managed by a team of volunteers at weekly Wednesday morning working parties. Typical jobs: Widening paths, thinning trees to encourage wildflowers and native woodland plants. To join volunteers contact  peter.haley1@btinternet.com

Friends of Chorleywood House Estate: 

Maintaining River Chess picnic area; looking after Edwardian Sunken Garden; cutting back nettles, brambles and bracken to create woodland glades; sowing wild-flower seeds; building steps, and creating footpaths. Working parties meet every 1st and 3rd Tues am each month, with coffee/cake break ! Contact Tim Venner 01923 284320 timvenner@aol.com

The Friends of Chorleywood Common:

Enjoy, support and preserve YOUR Common, and join the Friends at http://chorleywoodcommon.org.uk/membership/ ; to help with conservation work (for example removing hawthorn saplings and other invaders from grassland), contact Simon Varnals, svarnals@gmail.com.

CW Common Youth Football Club:

Need people to help run teams and assist with overall club eg Running events, the website, helping to secure and develop a new site. Contact guy.allen@ccyfc.net

School Governors:

Volunteers needed from the community to bring their skills to the table working as part of a team. A post involves attending meetings (6 – 12/yr, 45 mins – 2hrs), visiting school during day, attending training. Info: Herts County Council 01438 843082. www.hertsdirect.org . CW Primary are recruiting governors from the community. Contact admin@chorleywood.herts.uk

Chorleywood Library:

Flexible rota system of 1½ hour shifts .Volunteers will be trained and work in pairs or with a staff member to help technophobes with online ordering and help the library thrive. Contact cwlvolunteers@gmail.com   Tel 01923 282626

 Our Charity Shops:

Very flexible, call into shops to arrange or phone, Dogs Trust 01923 283192; Keech 01923 283023; New Hope Trust 01923 285 680; Peace Hospice 01923 285345

Chorleywood Scout Group

A large enthusiastic group which has been running for many years in Orchard Drive, Chorleywood. Catering for  youngsters from 6-18 with a thriving beaver colony, 2 cub packs, 3 scout troops and an explorer unit.  Always needing more volunteer adults  willing to help lead a section. Also currently looking for someone to edit the newly revamped website and someone to be the Quartermaster and look after their kit. Contact Liz.hall69@tesco.net for more information on volunteering.


River Chess Association:

Volunteers needed for working parties to help enhance the river habitat. To take part in activities like clearing and litter picking, monitoring fly life, taking water samples for quality testing and monitoring the activity of water voles. We are also looking for people with administration and spreadsheet skills to manage and analyse data. www.riverchessassociation.co.uk   Paul Jennings Tel  07769224498


Watford-based voluntary organization supporting families with children under five with strong Chorleywood input. Volunteers go in to the homes once a week as support and friendship. www.home-startwatford.org.uk  01923 248010


Over 18s needed to be listening and support volunteer for the Chilterns, Amersham should attend an information evening ( details 01494 432000.) Full training given. www.samaritanschilterns.org.uk.

Michael Sobell Hospice, Mount Vernon Hospital:

Various volunteer roles available. Tel Victoria Mansell on 0203 826 2356 or email her on vmansell@michaelsobellhospice.co.uk

National Epilepsy Centre Chalfont St Giles:

Befriending, Driving, Gardening, Special projects and more www.epilepsysociety.org.uk

Cats Protection:

Feeding, Cleaning pens, vet transport, socialising, fostering, pre-adoption visits.

email: threeriversandwatfordcats@hotmail.co.uk  Tel: 01923 283338

or Hemel debs.catsprotection1@outlook.com  Tel: 0345 371 1851








One Comment

  1. Erica   03/10/2015 5:57 pm / Reply

    I love this list of local volunteer opportunities – who would have thought it would be so long – I am proud to say I have been involved in four of them
    And still am involved in 3 of them – it s good way to give up your time – I do still enjoy the odd cup of coffee outside Rootz with my dog and a couple of friends – we manage to speak to so many of our village elderly folk who are walking past and stop to stroke my shepherds head and for a quick chat – I think it should come under a new organisation of volunteers its s lot of fun !

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