About Royal Voluntary Service, formerly WRVS
Royal Voluntary Service is a charity, powered by the work of around 40,000 volunteers, that enriches the lives of older people and their families across England, Scotland and Wales.
We support older people by giving time and practical help to help them get the best from life. Our volunteers – ordinary men and women of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities – give the gift of their time to help counter isolation amongst older people. Through them we want to help create a society where everyone feels valued and involved whatever their age.
We believe old age should be celebrated. We have recently been celebrating our own 75th birthday and we are still going strong; indeed we are going from strength to strength.
Royal Voluntary Service helps in all sorts of ways:
- We help older people get out of the house for a bite to eat, to social gatherings or just to see friends
- We enjoy popping round for a chat in people’s own homes if that is what they would prefer
- We help with jobs such as doing the shopping and collecting library books
- We can also help with the simple but important things, such as changing a light bulb or fixing a lock
- We are there for older people when they have medical appointments or a stay in hospital, and after a hospital stay we can help to make sure that their return to their home and community is a safe and comfortable one
- We also work at 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.
Volunteering Opportunities with Royal Voluntary Service within Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.
We have shops and cafes in 3 different Sheffield Hospital sites, The Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Weston Park Hospital and The Northern General Hospital. These shops and cafes provide refreshments and goods to hospital patients, visitors and staff and can be very busy places. Any profit we make goes back into the hospital to provide better services and into the local community to help older people.
On Ward Volunteer Service
Our specially trained volunteers are able to provide support to help improve the quality of life for both the patient and in some cases, the carer.
For example through:
- Dementia friendly support
- Carers support
- Information and signposting to other organisations and agencies.
On a practical level we also provide personal support such as:
- Encouraging people to eat and drink (specially trained volunteers can assist with eating in certain circumstances).
- Helping patients to keep mobile.
- Ensuring patients are visited regularly.
- Keeping a log of activities done to help families and carers know how their loved one is doing while they are not there.
All our volunteers receive training to support them in their roles and to deliver our services in a positive, practical and appropriate way. The services are flexible and we welcome anyone over 16 to come and train with us, gain valuable experience and help enrich the lives of older people within our communities.