RVS quite likely known by many as the WRVS but it actually changed its name in May 2013. It helps more than 100,000 older people live independently and about 6,000 of its 40,000 volunteers are men. In Norwich it runs shops in the community hospital on Bowthorpe Road and the Norfolk & Norwich university hospital. In the N & N it takes trolleys around the wards to provide sweets, papers and essential toiletries. Outside it provides a library service where a volunteer will get books for a client. They also provide a car service to give transport to hospital or GP appointments shopping trips etc. in the past I have done those sorts of jobs
£10 could help send a friend to visit an older person who may be struggling to cope on their own. More than one in ten older people are in contact with family, friends or neighbours less than once a month, so a volunteer who calls in for a regular chat and to offer a helping hand is truly appreciated.
£20 could help our volunteers provide much-needed support in emergencies – for example driving people safely through the flood waters in 4×4 vehicles, or setting up rest centres for people evacuated from their homes.
£30 could help cover the costs of a volunteer driver who generously gives their time and uses their own car to help older people who feel trapped in their home to get out and about, to stay connected with their community, or to get to essential medical appointments.
£50 could help to provide intensive home from hospital support to an older person following an illness or injury. No-one wants to spend more time in hospital than they have to, and with this dedicated support for a few weeks, older people can return home and convalesce in the comfort and familiarity of their own home instead
More information can be found on the website: www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk