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2013: The Year of the Volunteer

Monday, 07 January 2013

2013: The Year of the VolunteerOlder people’s charity WRVS is calling on Britons to add volunteering to their list of new year’s resolutions by committing some of their time to charity.

Volunteering has seen a renaissance in 2012 with volunteer enquires to WRVS doubling during the Olympics. And the charity, which is run by an army of 40,000 volunteers, is keen for the legacy to continue in to 2013 when it celebrates its 75th year.

Enquires about volunteering typically spikes in January and thanks to the example set by the Games Makers praised in the Queen’s Christmas message, WRVS is hoping the trend will continue this year.

"Volunteering is something anyone can do and we’d encourage everyone to do. With councils cutting services we need more volunteers than ever to help older people in the community whether providing company, a lift to the shops or distributing Meals on Wheels. You don’t need lots of time, qualifications or experience to volunteer, just the desire to make a difference and we would urge anyone interested to get in touch."

David McCullough, WRVS chief executive
The work of volunteers was recently recognised through Diamond Champions awards run by WRVS which celebrated people over the age of 60 who volunteer and make a difference to their community. Patrons of the awards, the Prince of Wales and WRVS President, the Duchess of Cornwall, paid tribute at the time to the commitment volunteers make and the impact they have on society.

Volunteering is also recognised to have beneficial health implications – according to research conducted by WRVS this year, older people who volunteer are less depressed, have a better quality of life and are happier with their lives.

WRVS supports over 100,000 older people each month to stay independent in their own homes for longer with tailor made solutions. Through its army of 40,000 volunteers, the charity runs services such as Good Neighbours (Befriending), Meals on Wheels and Books on Wheels that alleviate loneliness and help older people. A charity that receives no direct government funding, it also provides practical support for older people who have been in hospital through its On Ward Befriending and Home from Hospital services, speeding up discharge.

To register an interest in volunteering search our volunteer opportunities or call 0845 601 4670.

For further information

WRVS is one of Britain’s leading age positive volunteering charities with more than 40,000 volunteers working to help make Britain a great place to grow old in.  If you are over the age of 14, we have volunteering opportunities in communities, in hospitals and in emergency situations.

Find out how you could become a WRVS volunteer, call 0845 601 4670 today or search for volunteering opportunities in your area. Or help make a difference by making a secure online donation to WRVS.

If you are a member of the press and have a media enquiry please contact the Media Department. For all other enquires, contact us.

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  1. ann wrote:

    i do volunteer for a charity shop it is for kids who havent got long to live so i would like to work with kids

    Posted: Thursday, 10 January 2013

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