Advice and support

Older volunteer smiling with arm around older manSince 1938 Royal Voluntary Service volunteers have been offering guidance and advice to the many people that they help on a daily basis. 

Drawn from their knowledge and expertise in supporting older people throughout Great Britain, Royal Voluntary Service has produced a number of downloadable guides aimed at older people or their families and carers to help them get more out of life.  

We will be updating this section regularly so do come back soon for more of our useful Royal Voluntary Service guides.

Eating well when you’re over 70

Eating well when you’re over 70

Advice and simple suggestions and menu ideas for anyone over the age of 70 to ensure healthy eating.

Feeling well and overcoming loneliness

Feeling well and overcoming loneliness

Feeling physically fit and mentally well are important at any age and the two are closely linked.

Get the flu jab, get flu safe

Get the flu jab, get flu safe

Royal Voluntary Service and the NHS are working together to encourage people over 65 to get flu safe with a free flu jab from their GP.

Guide to Retirement

Guide to Retirement

This guide from Legal & General provides straight-forward guidance to help people prepare and enjoy retirement.

Hospital stays

Hospital stays

A stay in hospital can be a worrying time. You might have concerns but they can be reduced by planning your visit in time.

Managing minor winter ailments

Managing minor winter ailments

A guide for people over 60 and above from the NHS for getting help when feeling under the weather this winter.

Practical ways to support a person living with dementia

Practical ways to support a person living with dementia

Support and advice for people affected by all forms of dementia and the people who care for them from the Royal Voluntary Service and the Alzheimer’s Society

Prepare for severe wintry conditions

Prepare for severe wintry conditions

Royal Voluntary Service advice on how older people should prepare for cold, wintry weather.

Preventing falls

Preventing falls

Falling is not an inevitable part of ageing. Follow these practical tips to stay safe in and out of the home.

Stay safe during a heatwave

Stay safe during a heatwave

Advice from Royal Voluntary Service for older people and their families for staying safe during a heatwave.

Staying gas safe

Staying gas safe

Royal Voluntary Service and Gas Safe Register are working together to raise awareness about gas safety and the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Tips for cooking and eating well

Tips for cooking and eating well

Cooking fresh food or eating well needn’t be expensive or time consuming as you'll find out from this guide.

Tips for dealing with bereavement

Tips for dealing with bereavement

Losing someone we love is something most of us will have to go through at some point in our lives. Knowing how other people have dealt with it can be helpful.

Tips for entertaining children on a budget

Tips for entertaining children on a budget

Children’s tastes and interests are very different now to 50 or 60 years ago. But there are still plenty of things they’ll enjoy that are cheap or free.

Tips for long-lasting relationships

Tips for long-lasting relationships

Love is a wonderful thing, but sometimes relationships need a little help. Royal Voluntary Service provides tips and advice for a long-lasting relationship.

Tips for managing your money

Tips for managing your money

Managing your money and knowing how to budget are important skills to have. Tips and advice from older people have been there and done it.

Your home; keeping it maintained and safe

Your home; keeping it maintained and safe

Your home is a big part of your life. It can affect your whole sense of well-being so it is important that you feel happy and safe there.

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