Royal Voluntary Service
Royal Voluntary Service wants to help create a society where everyone feels valued and involved whatever their age.
We are one of the largest volunteer organisations in the country. Our 35,000 volunteers help older people stay active, independent and able to continue to contribute to society. They do this by providing practical and emotional help where and when it’s needed.
Royal Voluntary Service helps in all sorts of ways:
- We help older people get out of the house for a bite to eat, social occasions or just to see friends
- We enjoy popping round for a chat as often as is liked
- We will help with jobs such as doing the shopping and collecting library books
- We can also do the simple but important things, such as changing a light bulb or fixing a lock
- We are here to make sure older people are calm and well informed before they have appointments or a stay in hospital, and we’ll check they are ok when they get home
- We also work on a national level to raise awareness of the issues older people face. We do this through our media campaigns and research, and by lobbying the government for age-related policy improvements.
As a charitable organisation we’ve got big plans for the future. Our aim is to reach two million older people in the next ten years. It’s incredibly important we achieve this as the UK’s older population is growing and needs more support.
Sharing time with older people is enjoyable, rewarding and inspiring for all of us, young and old.
Royal Voluntary Service volunteers can assist older people looking to get help to become more independent. Helping them with practical tasks, providing meals, and even bringing books over with our home libraries service.
We are committed to drawing older people out of isolation with our community activities. Our lunch clubs, social centres and community cafés are all ran by volunteers who provide a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Our clubs have enabled older people to meet with older friends, make new friends and even learn new skills.
In healthcare settings our volunteers are there for older people. Where family and friends cannot visit or provide transportation to and from hospital, our volunteers provide warmth and support akin to that of a family member. Sometimes getting out and about can be difficult for an older person who has limited transportation or mobility. Over the years our volunteers have used a combination of their own cars, adapted vehicles or mini buses, to give an older person more access into their local community.
Telephone: 07717 428 567