The Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) is one of the largest volunteer organisations in the UK with over 35000 local volunteers. They run services including support at home such as befriending, shopping and DIY; they organise social activities including lunch clubs and providing mobility services for people from their homes. They also provide important services in hospitals and with local GP surgeries; from running cafe’s and trolley food services, to on-ward support, and have also recently launched “Home from Hospital“, a campaign and service to ensure that no older person leaves hospital and goes home alone.
You can find your local RVS by searching on their website using your postcode. As they are such a respected organisation, it would be worth making enquiries to see what help they can give you.
Originally founded in 1938 as the Women’s Voluntary Services for Air Raid Precautions, WVS was initially formed to help recruit women into the ARP movement assisting civilians during and after air raids by providing emergency rest centres, feeding, first aid, and perhaps most famously assisting with the evacuation and billeting of children. By 1943 the organisation had over one million volunteers and was involved in almost every aspect of wartime life from the collection of salvage to the knitting of socks and gloves for merchant seamen. After the war Royal Voluntary Service transformed to become a leading organisation in the field of social care, pioneering the practices that formed the cornerstone of modern social services.
If you have experience of local voluntary groups then do please let us know about them. Join our forum today here.