Volunteering matters!

Volunteers have always been at the heart of CHAT and are a vital part of the team.

Whether you are looking to gain experience before going off to university or starting a new job, looking for a new challenge or wanting to be part of a friendly team that makes a difference in the local community we would love to hear from you. Some of the roles need a regular commitment, and others are on a casual basis – we can provide training and will support you all the way!
Please click on the link to find out more about the role
If you would like to get involved please complete this form as an initial expression of interest.  We will get back to you within a week and if we haven’t got any suitable vacancies we will talk to you about keeping your application on file. 

Helen WIlliams

Helen is our volunteer co-ordinator.  We want to see volunteers thrive at CHAT and Helen (along with the rest of the team) make it their mission to see you fulfilled while helping us to help others. 

“Volunteers bring so much to the work of CHAT – not least their unique skills and experiences which contribute to this diverse team.  I love working alongside this great group of people who are united by their desire to help their local community – it can be hard work but it is also very rewarding.  Take a look at the Role Descriptions and if volunteering with CHAT sounds like something that might be a good fit for you, why not complete the ‘Expression of Interest’ form and we can then we can take it from there!”

Why Volunteer – well I would say why not?!


I volunteer at CHAT on the reception team and I really enjoy my time spent at CHAT meeting clients and the team.  We have a serious job to do but we also have a lot of laughs!  I was told that CHAT were looking for volunteers via a comment on their website so I applied, and after a DBS check I was asked to join the team – little did they know what they were getting!!

I like it that at the end of a week we have accomplished something worthwhile, and helped in a small way – we have managed to lift a weight off peoples shoulders.  

Until you volunteer you don’t know what you have to offer or indeed what you will receive. he joy you get from helping people and making a difference is unbelievable – so come and join the big CHAT family – it will make a difference to both yours and other peoples lives. 


Meg, reception volunteer, Sept 2022


 “Volunteering at CHAT provides me with a valuable opportunity to invest in local community”

 Dot, foodbank volunteer, October 2022

Policy statements


We recognise the contribution that ex-offenders can make as employees and volunteers and welcome applications from them. A person’s criminal record will not, in itself, debar that person from being appointed to this post. Any information given will be treated in the strictest confidence. Suitable applicants will not be refused posts because of offences which are not relevant to, and do not place them at or make them a risk in, the role for which they are applying.

Some posts are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and therefore applicants are required to declare any cautions, convictions, reprimands and final warnings that are not protected (i.e. that are not filtered out) as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended in 2013).

For further information on filtering please refer to Nacro guidance and the DBS website.

CHAT is committed to valuing diversity and promoting equality. Our policy is to strive to ensure that no job applicant, employee or volunteer receives less favourable treatment than another on grounds of age, disability, ethnic origin, marital or parental status, political belief, religion, gender or sexual orientation.