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Tuesday 13 November 2018
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Royal Voluntary Service (RVS)

Originally founded in 1938 as the Women’s Voluntary Services for Air Raid Precautions,  the newly named RVS celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2013. The RVS 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.

  

WRVS Team

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 RVS transformed to become a leading organisation in the field of social care, pioneering the practices that formed the cornerstone of modern social services.

 

 Since then our services have evolved and they are now a major service provider giving practical help, particularly for older people, to enable choice, independence and dignity so people can enjoy an improved quality of life - all with the help of about 45,000 volunteers.

 

The RVS has played an active role at Salford Royal for over 40 years. We continue to provide a wide range of volunteering services at the hospital, which include ward trolleys, coffee shop volunteers, kitchen assistants and general help. The RVS volunteers are a welcoming presence to visitors and staff alike and provide a key support to the hospital.

 

You can find out more about the RVS here.

 

Recruiting

If you enjoy helping people and would like to join a large team of dedicated volunteers providing an important service to our visitors then please get in contact with volunteer services:

 

Phone:          0161 206 0525

Email:           Dawn.Linnie@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk