Volunteering

There are many opportunities for people to volunteer around the town, from helping to conserve our green spaces to looking after the animals at Pets’ Corner.  

You will not only be making a very important contribution towards to Harlow’s community and wildlife, but will also have the opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people.

Town Park volunteers

The Town Park volunteers carry out gardening and horticultural work at the Town Park.

They meet every other Thursday at the Walled Gardens. Town Park volunteer events are listed on the events calendar

No previous experience is necessary – just an interest in working outdoors and plenty of enthusiasm is required. Tools, equipment and training are provided.

Harlow Museum

Our passionate volunteers carry out gardening and horticultural work to the Walled Gardens, creating an inviting and serene surrounding for the Museum.

They currently meet every Tuesday and Thursday at 10am in the main garden.

On Friday the main Museum facilities are not available, so volunteers need to bring their own drinks.

We also welcome volunteers who are interested in helping with the running of the Museum itself. This could range from welcoming and directing visitors, to research and supporting events. 

If you are interested in joining or would like more information, email contact@harlow.gov.uk

Leah Manning Centre

The Leah Manning Centre volunteers help with social activities, such as arts and crafts, quizzes, singing, and games. There are also occasional outings, like trips to the bowling alley or restaurants, where volunteers are needed to assist people in wheelchairs.

You do not need any special skills, but having a hobby or interest to share is very helpful.

For more information, email leah.manning@harlow.gov.uk

Pets’ Corner

Pets' Corner offers many volunteering opportunities, including working with the animals, helping with events and in our gift shop.

Volunteering can be any day of the week, for a couple of hours, or all day - all we ask for is enthusiasm and a love of animals, as training is given on site.

Volunteers at Pets' Corner need to be aged 14 years and over. 

For more information, email Pets’ Corner manager Justin Hopwood justin.hopwood@harlow.gov.uk

Harlow Playhouse

The Playhouse is always on the lookout for volunteers to join its team of dedicated Ushers.

Ushering can be weekly or monthly depending on the time you want to commit.

Ushering duties are rewarded with tickets to Playhouse performances and other benefits. Full training is provided and it can be a very sociable and rewarding experience.

For more information, look at the Harlow Playhouse website

Gibberd Gallery

There are plenty of opportunities for volunteering at the Gibberd Gallery, whether it's one day a month or a regular morning slot.

If you can’t commit to a time, they also need volunteers who are able to help with the putting up and taking down of exhibitions - every 2 to 3 months.

Whatever your skills we can use them and in turn we can offer a friendly and artistic environment to spend your spare time, the opportunity to meet new people and develop your skills.

For more information, look at the Gibberd Gallery website

Wildspace volunteersWildspace! volunteers

This group carries out conservation work at Parndon Wood such as scrub clearance, pond dredging and bridge building.

They meet every Tuesday from 10am to 1pm.

No previous experience is necessary. Tools and equipment are provided.

For more information, email wildspace@harlow.gov.uk

Parndon Wood (ECCO) volunteers

There are many opportunities to volunteer at Parndon Wood – run by ECCO.

Work will involve helping to maintain the reserve, serving in the café or carrying out species surveys.

For more information, look at the Parndon Wood website

Harlow Conservation Volunteers

Harlow Conservation Volunteers work to conserve the town’s wildlife and countryside.

The group meets twice a month on a Sunday on a site in or around Harlow.

They carry out practical conservation work such as managing woodlands, building stiles, cleaning out streams and clearing footpaths.

For more information, visit the Harlow Conservation Volunteers website or email hcv@harlowwildlife.org.uk

Greenteam volunteers

Harlow Greenteam volunteers

The Harlow Greenteam is a group of volunteers supported by Harlow Council, who work to improve biodiversity in the town.

Tasks run on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month from 10am to 3pm, but anytime you can spare is greatly appreciated.

Tasks include coppicing, pollarding, and tree planting in autumn or winter. During the spring and summer, they plant wildflowers, build bridges, steps, and boardwalks, and even make charcoal.

The group involves people of all ages in its practical work. No prior experience is required. Training, tools, protective gear and materials are all provided.

For more information, email contact@harlow.gov.uk

Housing 

If you are a council tenant or leaseholder and want to improve your housing service, there are many opportunities for you to get involved. 

For more information on our opportunties, look at the housing section of our website