WRVS is an age positive national charity founded 75 years ago.
We believe that every older person should have the opportunity and choice to get more out of life. Everyday WRVS helps thousands of older people to live the way they want. We provide personal and practical support so older people can stay independent at home and active in their local community.
At a local community level we deliver personal and practical support through the power of local volunteers to support older people.
At a national level we raise awareness of the issues older people face through our media campaigns and research and lobby the government for age related policy improvements.
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 40,000 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.
Through more than 40,000 volunteers Royal Voluntary Service helps support older people all over the country to stay independent at home and active in their community. Combined, our volunteers carry out over three million individual interactions per year. It is that practical little bit of help that makes all the difference – whether at home, getting them to where they want to go, bringing people together through social activities or supporting them in hospital or in an emergency.
Our overriding aim is to provide the support that enables older people to live independent and fulfilled lives – we want everybody to matter, regardless how old they are.
Each month Royal Voluntary Service helps over 100,000 older people, and every year we deliver two million meals; undertake around 90,000 journeys to hospital and GP appointments, to the shops or into town; and deliver 134,000 books through our 400 Books on Wheels services.
We have approximately 450 community centres and lunch clubs, 50 community transport schemes and over 500 cafés, shops and trolley services in hospitals.